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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 92% 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
B 82% Indignation (2016) "Schamus wants the heat to arise from the story, not the stylistics. Good thing he cast his film so well. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B+ 83% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "The actors work so well together that they reinforce the series' central appeal: This crew is like family. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 22, 2016
B- 81% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) "Lear was a TV pathfinder, all right, but his path is carpeted with rose petals. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 22, 2016
71% Café Society (2016) "Café Society, is intermittently lovely and melancholic. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B- 92% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) "The ghastliness of this situation has its black comic aspects, but director Anne Fontaine keeps everything on an even keel -- too even. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B 68% The Infiltrator (2016) "On its own limited terms, The Infiltrator, like its hero, delivers the goods. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 14, 2016
D 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "As is so often the case with special-effects-heavy movies, the character comedy quickly gets trampled by the effects (in this case, not special). " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 14, 2016
88% Zero Days (2016) "By necessity, far more questions than answers are raised in Zero Days. All of the questions and answers are troubling. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 8, 2016
B+ 91% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) "Kore-eda may have moved away from the adventurous, mysterioso moodiness of early films like "After Life," but the smiles he provokes here -- both with his characters and with us -- are well-earned. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 8, 2016
B+ 93% Life, Animated (2016) "What the film is ultimately about is the extent to which love and caring can help turn a life around for a person deemed beyond reach. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 8, 2016
C+ 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "[Jackson] seems to be in the film mostly to provide some well-needed comic relief. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 70% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) "It's all far-fetched in a way that only international spy thrillers -- bless their hearts -- can be. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 74% The BFG (2016) "Rylance gives a rueful rendition of the friendly giant. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 1, 2016
B+ 80% Les Cowboys (2016) "With all this working against it, Les Cowboys strikes a fresh chord. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 24, 2016
B- 72% Wiener-Dog (2016) "Todd Solondz's dark comedy Wiener-Dog follows the life of a dachshund as she moves through the lives of her various owners, all of whom are, in various ways, cracked. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 24, 2016
B- 43% Free State of Jones (2016) "It's a powerful story but, as written and directed by Gary Ross, it has a by-the-books straightforwardness that sacrifices nuance for homiletics. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 24, 2016
A- 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) "In The Music of Strangers, the sounds these gifted artists make are the truest expressions of themselves. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2016
B- 94% Finding Dory (2016) "There are some rollicky moments in Finding Dory... [But] the inventiveness of the animation is not matched by the frayed workmanship of the story line. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2016
C 49% Genius (2016) "For all its tony trappings, the presentation of genius in Genius is purest Hollywood. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 10, 2016
C- 75% Viktoria (2016) "The symbolism is milked dry. It doesn't help that all of the actors, including Katerina Angelova as the young Viktoria and Irmena Chichikova as her hard-bitten mother, seem near-catatonic. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 10, 2016
B+ 92% The Witness (2016) "What lifts "The Witness" out of the true-crime documentary genre is its portrait of Bill Genovese. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 3, 2016
C 59% Me Before You (2016) "The only real acting in this movie comes from Janet McTeer and Charles Dance as Will's aggrieved parents. They bring some ballast to this blubberfest. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 86% Time To Choose (2016) "What separates... Time to Choose from the many other documentaries about climate change is that, after dutifully presenting many of the usual horrifying climate statistics, it lays out a series of possible solutions, already available, to the crisis. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 79% Unlocking the Cage (2016) "Even allowing for the anthropomorphic misreadings that humans often apply to animals, it's clear that many of the nonhumans in this film deserve a better life. Unlocking the Cage provides some legal ballast for that sentiment. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 27, 2016
B 94% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) "Princess, as a singer, is the real deal, with a throaty resonance that at times recalls Nina Simone. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 27, 2016
C+ 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Some of the franchise stalwarts, such as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, are given too little to do. Most are given too much. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 27, 2016
B- 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "It's an achievement of sorts, but it's worlds away from the poignant lunacy of the Lewis Carroll books. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 27, 2016
B 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "Gerwig is still doing her Greta Gerwig act in Maggie's Plan, but, in her best moments, there's also a slyness and a depth to what she does. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 92% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "It's Lindon's achievement that, even when Thierry is at his most impassive, we always know what is going on inside his head. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 96% Weiner (2016) "It would make a great double bill with Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 89% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) "A Monster With a Thousand Heads is a political outcry masquerading as a taut, well-crafted thriller. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2016
38% Pure Country (1992) "Singers often make good actors, but Strait's debut performance doesn't measure up to his heartfelt, down-home warbling. It doesn't matter much: Pure Country is pure corn. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 18, 2016
C+ 90% The Lobster (2016) "Its tone of deadpan absurdism never really develops into anything truly subversive or visionary. It's a weirdo, sub-J.G. Ballard conceit: J.G. Ballard for Dummies. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 13, 2016
C- 57% Money Monster (2016) "Investing in this movie would not be a safe bet. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 13, 2016
B+ 89% Dheepan (2016) "Dheepan, for all its flaws, is hard-hitting in ways that count. It has the intimacy of a personal drama but the amplitude of a much larger immigrant odyssey. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 6, 2016
B+ 97% Dark Horse (2016) "Louise Osmond's "Dark Horse" is a slight but winning documentary about a most unlikely event, and I hope Hollywood doesn't get wind of it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 6, 2016
B- 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Downey Jr. persists in trying to give a real performance in these Marvel movies, and, against all odds, succeeds. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 5, 2016
B+ 79% The Family Fang (2016) "It successfully manages the difficult transition from loopy to tragic to uplifting. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 29, 2016
B 93% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) "Ushpiz is careful to include naysayers along with supporters of Arendt, but the core of her contention is still a flashpoint for controversy. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 29, 2016
B- 63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "Irons gives a deft performance as a man who is both entranced and flummoxed by his disciple, but the role itself is in most ways skimpily conceived. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 29, 2016
B+ 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "Given the high quotient of hypotheticals in the story line, Nixon & Elvis can't really be said to add to the historical record, but it's an entertaining, deadpan jape that, with a bit of tweaking, could probably work as a stage play. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 22, 2016
B+ 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) "It's a sweet, deliberately meandering movie, and it took me a while to connect with it. But it won me over because ultimately it conveys so well that feeling of estrangement that is both terrifying and comic for any farflung traveler. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 22, 2016
B+ 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "The computer-generated effects are extraordinary; the jungle and its menagerie of beasts and critters looks positively lifelike. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 15, 2016
A- 92% Notfilm "At times, Notfilm resembles a folly about a folly. But in his own way, which manages somehow to be both manic and meditative, Lipman makes it all come together. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 15, 2016
C+ 53% Demolition (2016) "The best I can say is that it's another tour de force for Gyllenhaal, although his intensity isn't matched by the movie itself. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 8, 2016
B+ 88% Francofonia (2016) "[Sokurov's] little capers loosen up the proceedings and make his underlying seriousness more inviting. A philosopher with a sense of humor is a rarity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 8, 2016
D 22% The Boss (2016) "I persist in believing that Melissa McCarthy is capable of starring in a movie that not only makes a scads of money but is -- you know -- good. The latest refutation of my belief is The Boss. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 8, 2016
B- 90% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) "There are some perceptive passages dealing with the infuriating inconstancy of young love, and a few pointed scenes featuring the adult Paul (played by Mathieu Amalric), but overall this overlong movie is too knowingly coy for its own good. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 1, 2016
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