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Peter Rainer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 96%

La La Land (2016)

"The movie ends with a what-might-have-been fantasia that is one of the most emotionally moving passages I've ever seen in a musical. It's like a bluesy jazz piano chord, full of hurt and healing, that slowly fades to silence." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 100%

Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)

"Huppert never loses sight of the fact that Nathalie's wounded heart often overrules her steel-trap mind." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 2, 2016
C+ 87%

Jackie (2016)

"[Portman] captures Jackie's mincing, tinkly speaking voice and brittle politesse, but some inner emotional core, even in Jackie's most resonant moments, as in the weeks after the assassination, is lacking." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B+ 96%

Moana (2016)

"[Moana] has supercharged wit, eye-popping visuals featuring azure seas and glowing coral, spirited voice work from Auli'i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 56%

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

"What is curious, and oddly pleasing, about Rules Don't Apply is that it doesn't come across as one of those long-gestating dream projects that, when it finally ends up onscreen, often seems well past its expiration date... it's disarmingly light." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 72%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Nocturnal Animals, written and directed by Tom Ford, is essentially two separate films, with the better one folded inside the bad one." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 100%

Off the Rails (2016)

"If nothing else, Off the Rails, which includes a few too many reenactments for my taste, does what many good documentaries do. It provides us with a window into the psyche of a person worth caring about." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"Because Lonergan is so true to the intricacies and rhythms of family strife, we trust his vision. When it comes time for the fade-out, he doesn't gussy up sorrow with a sunrise glow. Healing is hard." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Rowling has a voluminous imagination and Yates keeps things humming along, although, as was also true of many Potter movies, there is often too much of a good thing." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B-- 45%

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"I suspect that whatever virtues the film possesses -- and it does, in flashes, convey the uneasy confluence of jingoism and authentic patriotism -- will come through more clearly in 2-D, without all the hype. " ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 11, 2016
C+ 93%

Arrival (2016)

"It's difficult to get worked into a state of awe with this film because so much of it is so sodden." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 11, 2016
C+ 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"The Marvel Comics movie universe gets a bit bigger, though not appreciably better, with Doctor Strange." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B- 89%

Loving (2016)

"It's a goodness that at least rings true with the Lovings themselves, whose devotion to each other under such an onslaught is convincingly steely. This is due in large part to Negga's performance, which gives Mildred's reticence a righteous core." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 4, 2016
C 20%

Inferno (2016)

"Unless you are a Dante scholar, and perhaps not even then, following Inferno is a wild goose chase - without the goose." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"So few unexploitative movies are made about young black men, especially young black gay men, that the overpraise for this frail, sweet, discursive fantasia is understandable -- and forgivable." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B 94%

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

"The film, some of which looks staged, is too slick, and its feminist emphasis, complete with Australian performer Sia singing "You can do anything" on the soundtrack, grates. But Aisholpan triumphs over these excesses." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B- 93%

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"What makes the movie worth seeing, is the sequence with the Africans chanting in the detention center about making it from Africa, through the scorching Sudanese desert and Libya, to Lampedusa." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B 70%

Before the Flood (2016)

"It should all resemble a vanity project except for one thing: The film lays out the case for reform with steadfast rigor." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
C+ 20%

American Pastoral (2016)

"It's a grueling movie, and a thin one." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 21, 2016
88%

Dead Alive (1993)

"After you see it, you want to race out of the theater and recommend it to your sickest friends right away." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
C- 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"This probably sounded like a surefire idea for a franchise, but there are so many plot twists that the narrative comes to resemble a Möbius strip. That wouldn't be so bad if at least the twists made a modicum of sense." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 85%

Christine (2016)

"Hall gives us Chubbuck in all her vehement contradictoriness." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 93%

Newtown (2016)

"What comes through is that the survivors have in no sense reached "closure" -- that meaningless word. This is a movie about people trying to make sense out of the senselessness of what happened." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2016
C+ 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The highly charged arena into which this film about America's bloodiest slave revolt arrives gives it a cachet that, in artistic if not sociological terms, it does not really merit." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Blunt, who can be quite marvelous in movies, spends most of the film looking haggard and sozzled; the rest of the cast, with the exception of Allison Janney as a police investigator, is dull. The plot twists, such as they are, are garbled and predictable." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2016
B- 81%

Denial (2016)

"Brisk, efficient, and dry." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B+ 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"At its best, the movie is like The Towering Inferno but without all the sudsy subplots that doused that film's fires." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B- 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"To me, Burton's movies always seem a full grade too grotesque for the whimsical stories he is trying to tell... At least in Miss Peregrine, his ghastliness fits the fable, although, even at its best, it's fairly generic Burton." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"[Nair] manages to do justice to these people's lives, and when, at the end, the real-life characters show up on-screen and stand smiling beside their actor counterparts, the screen lights up along with the audience." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 23, 2016
C 53%

The Dressmaker (2016)

"The film has so many moodswings that watching it induces whiplash, and just about everybody in it, from Winslet on down to Judy Davis, playing the dressmaker's crotchety mother, flagrantly overdoes it." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B- 89%

Fatima (2016)

"Well-observed and unassuming as this film is, it glides along rather too blandly." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 16, 2016
C+ 61%

Snowden (2016)

"It's a fawning piece of work." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 16, 2016
A- 92%

Demon (2016)

"Wrona keeps everything creepily ambiguous right up to the end, when the foggy dawn breaks and what we have witnessed becomes like a dream within a dream." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 38%

Come What May (2016)

"There's nothing excessively imaginative or distinguished about the film, but it has some of the solid narrative pleasures of a good, old-fashioned Hollywood war epic." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 100%

Cameraperson (2016)

"The linkages between these mostly brief snippets is somewhat haphazard, but, given the waywardness of her travels, that's appropriate." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 85%

Sully (2016)

"Hanks is very good at playing an Everyman, and Eastwood is content to showcase Sullenberger in that way." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B- 48%

Complete Unknown (2016)

"Shannon is usually playing human question marks in the movies, so it's a twist here to see him playing the "normal" guy, except Shannon is too unconventional an actor to play anything in the normal range." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 2, 2016
B+ 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"As long as Herzog continues to mouth his mysterioso epiphanies, it can't be all bad." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 2, 2016
A- 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"All of the performers in this film, right down to the bit players, are quite good, but Bridges demonstrates yet again that he is one of the finest actors in America." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 26, 2016
B- 64%

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

"I admire the attempt more than the execution, which is often irretrievably dour. But throughout the film, there are moments when its people and their predicaments come alive." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 19, 2016
C+ 59%

War Dogs (2016)

"I'm getting a bit weary of movies "based on a true story" that chronicle big-time scams by sleazeball upstarts." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 19, 2016
C- 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"A general rule of thumb has emerged: Movies in 3-D almost always feature dimensionless people. Ben-Hur is a striking example of this rule." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 19, 2016
B 83%

Imperium (2016)

"Pulpy but effective." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 19, 2016
A 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"In Florence Foster Jenkins, the supremely gifted Meryl Streep is playing a supremely ungifted singer with artistic ambitions. It's official: Streep can play anything, even someone without a trace of talent." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 12, 2016
B+ 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Little Men is a sweet, deceptively slight movie about boyhood friendship and parental conflict set against the backdrop of a gentrified New York." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 12, 2016
B- 53%

Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016)

"Van Huystee doesn't seem terribly interested in the art as art, and yet the power of the works comes through anyway, despite the film's plodding presentation." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 5, 2016
B- 93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"Director Mark Osborne [achieves] some charming effects... But the computer-animated portions that function as a real-world framing device are more tedious than fanciful. " ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Writer-director David Ayer doesn't have the right graphic technique for a comic-book-style jamboree -- he's strictly a noirish-pulp guy -- and the characters, all of whom are promisingly introduced, fizzle fast." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 5, 2016
B 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"This new installment in the series is one of the better ones." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B 96%

Gleason (2016)

"The documentary Gleason, a big Sundance hit, is difficult to watch -- and that's the point. " ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2016
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