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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 94% 1945 (2017) It's a good bet that the director had High Noon in mind when he made this film, but the comparison ends there. As a compact study of wartime guilt, the film has the look and feel of a waking nightmare.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B- 90% I, Tonya (2017) The film is periodically enlivened by some of the supporting players, including Paul Walter Hauser as Shawn Eckhardt, the supposed mastermind of the Kerrigan assault whom the movie depicts as a world-class schlub.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
B- 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) A fresh Woody Allen movie arrives practically every year like clockwork. Some are good - most are middling. Being prolific isn't a crime, but with Allen, what you often get are retreads dolled up to look brand-new.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
B- 94% The Shape of Water (2017) ... marvelously rhapsodic in ways that recall films like Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" without ever seeming slavish.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
B 97% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Although it ends on a powerful, bittersweet chord, the movie is a bit too determinedly soothing for comfort.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
B+ 97% Coco (2017) Pixar rebounds nicely with Coco, a big, spangly animated fiesta with its fair share of "heart."‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B- 85% Darkest Hour (2017) The film itself may skirt stodginess, but Oldman, who has played everyone from Sid Vicious to Ludwig van Beethoven to Lee Harvey Oswald, never does. (The extraordinary makeup job is courtesy of Kazuhiro Tsuji.)‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 97% Mudbound (2017) Blige, the queen of hip-hop and soul, is virtually unrecognizable, but her underplaying in no way negates her force. It's a self-contained force that she possesses here, and she knows when to loosen the bonds.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
62% Home Alone (1990) Home Alone delivers enough laughs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
B- 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Scene by scene, the movie is compelling, but the scenes don't fit together especially well.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
B- 99% Lady Bird (2017) The movie is best when it undercuts its own seriousness, as when Lady Bird proclaims, "I want to be the best version of who I can be," and then follows up with, "What if this is the best version?"‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
B- 73% Last Flag Flying (2017) There is a pleasingness to the predictability of the film, which stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne as Vietnam veterans.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
C 71% Wonderstruck (2017) It's the sort of poetic conceit that needs a filmmaker far more rapt and intuitive than Haynes, whose jeweler's precision keeps everything at an emotional remove. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
C+ 28% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon never jells. Good intentions are not enough.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
B 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) [Meyerowitz] is alternately wide-ranging and self-indulgent.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
A 99% Jane (2017) Brett Morgen's documentary Jane brings Goodall's ineffable and incredible story to vivid life.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
A 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ultimately Ex Libris demonstrates that libraries are about people, and what gives the film its great and accumulating force is that people are infinitely complex.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) It is because Baker views the world without blinders that the moments of lyricism in The Florida Project are so piercing. When a rainbow shows up in the sky, it's not just a rainbow; it's a benediction.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is heavy with portentous and pretentious hoo-ha.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C+ 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) As written and directed by Peter Landesman, the movie is a straightforward nuts-and-bolts affair of no particular consequence. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B- 82% Loving Vincent (2017) It's the kind of folly that demands a measure of respect, for the effort, if not altogether for the result.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
C+ 87% American Made (2017) [Tom] Cruise gives his energetic all to the role, but he, too, doesn't seem to be quite aware that Seal was morally compromised far beyond the shallow confines of this film.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B- 94% Stronger (2017) Jake Gyllenhaal is often better than the movies he appears in, and this is true once again in "Stronger,"... ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) By attempting to use the sports world as a lens through which to view the social-sexual currents of its time, the filmmakers turn "Battle of the Sexes" into a barely muted rallying cry for equality in our own time.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
C- 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) It's ironic that Salinger, who loved movies but refused to have his books sold to Hollywood, should now be the subject of a movie he would in all likelihood disdain. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B 100% Dolores (2017) Her social activism often left her children, some of whom are interviewed, in the lurch. It's a contradiction the film could have more sharply explored.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B+ 98% Trophy (2017) Trophy is a documentary that can make the stomach turn and the head spin. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
C+ 84% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) [Polina] often seems on the verge of being interesting but repeatedly retreats into a formless vapidity. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C 25% Unlocked (2017) Noomi Rapace's CIA agent character is clearly being positioned as a distaff Jason Bourne. The movie demonstrates that's easier said than done.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
A- 89% Marjorie Prime (2017) The haunting and allusive Marjorie Prime is a sci-fi film set in the near future but its emotional resonance is bracingly immediate.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Steven Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky," written by Rebecca Blunt, is a down-home heist movie that comes across like a Southern-fried variation of one of his "Ocean's" films.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
B- 83% The Trip to Spain (2017) The Trip to Spain is the least of the movie trio but has its moments.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B+ 100% California Typewriter (2017) The overlong but charming documentary California Typewriter is an ode to the iconic writing instrument. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B- 83% Detroit (2017) This may be the point that racist violence reduces its victims to an atrocious nothingness. But the unrelenting atrocity, so lacking in dramatic or emotional modulation, becomes numbing.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
C 16% The Dark Tower (2017) [The Dark Tower] resembles nothing so much as a mashup of The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix reimagined for the young adult crowd.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
C+ 87% Wind River (2017) The core story is swallowed up by a series of increasingly outlandish plot devices involving drug runners and Tarantino-esque shootouts. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5/5 91% Icarus (2017) The film moves into more interesting terrain when it follows the odyssey of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
B+ 88% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) What is strikingly brought home in Rumble is how the vast stew of influences in American music, rather than diluting everything, makes the music all the more powerful.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
B 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) I find much to admire in Gore's mission, although I wish the filmmakers had not delivered such a nimbus-tinged view of his exploits.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
B- 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's a series of riveting tableaux, but the human center is lacking.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
B+ 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) It's tempting to say that Bertrand Tavernier's 3-hour-and-15-minute documentary... is a feast for everybody who loves classic Gallic movies. This is certainly true. But it's also a movie for people who just plain love movies‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B+ 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes, the third in the rebooted trilogy, is among the best of the series.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B- 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Watts and his five other screenwriters are better at the small stuff - the jaunty high school scenes - than the kapowie CGI battle sequences.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
B- 86% Okja (2017) The best parts of the movie are also the least wacky.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
C+ 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) The "what if?" aspects of this true-life drama are so tantalizing that the movie's workmanlike execution is doubly dissatisfying.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B- 75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Hayek gives one of her better performances, though - she makes it clear that Beatriz may be righteous, but she's also more than a bit unhinged - and Lithgow is so good at playing CEO oiliness that you have to smile. He's the man you love to hate.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
A- 98% The Big Sick (2017) To call The Big Sick the best comedy so far this year is to skimp its appeal. It's a very funny movie with a surprising amount of depth, and somehow the jokes and the seriousness heighten each other.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
C+ 78% The Beguiled (2017) A few of the performances, especially Nicole Kidman's, as the lady in charge, and Kirsten Dunst's, as the teacher pining to flee with the corporal, have some bite, but not enough to make much of an imprint in this brittle, vaporous chamber piece.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B- 68% Cars 3 (2017) It's a reasonably diverting, somewhat sluggish attempt to reinstall the "heart" of the first installment.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
D+ 16% The Mummy (2017) Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy reboots a franchise I would gladly have dispensed with from the start.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017