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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
B- 82% Denial (2016) Brisk, efficient, and dry.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
B+ 83% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
B- 64% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
B 93% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
C 54% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
C+ 61% Snowden (2016) It's a fawning piece of work.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 99% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
B- 47% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B- 65% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
C+ 60% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
B 83% Imperium (2016) Pulpy but effective.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
B+ 97% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
B 56% Jason Bourne (2016) This new installment in the series is one of the better ones.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
B+ 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
B- 85% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Café Society, is intermittently lovely and melancholic.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
B- 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
B 70% The Infiltrator (2016) On its own limited terms, The Infiltrator, like its hero, delivers the goods.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
91% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
B+ 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
B+ 94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 71% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 75% The BFG (2016) Rylance gives a rueful rendition of the friendly giant.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B+ 82% Les Cowboys (2016) With all this working against it, Les Cowboys strikes a fresh chord.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
B- 77% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
B- 47% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
C 50% Genius (2016) For all its tony trappings, the presentation of genius in Genius is purest Hollywood.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
C- 77% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
B+ 91% The Witness (2016) What lifts "The Witness" out of the true-crime documentary genre is its portrait of Bill Genovese.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
C 58% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 80% 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
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016