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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) To Mungiu's credit, he makes it clear that, although the film is set in Romania, its moral quandaries could be taking place anywhere.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
A- 94% Tramps (2016) The two leads are remarkably fresh, and so is the movie.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
A- 67% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) John Coltrane, who died at age 40 in 1967, gets the comprehensive documentary treatment in John Scheinfeld's terrific Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
C 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) I appreciate [Davie's] desire to counteract the usual romantic cinematic clichés of divinely inspired tortured souls, but he's overcorrected and created an anti-cliché: the harridan as heroine.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
B 69% Tommy's Honour (2017) Connery (an actor as well, and the son of Sean Connery) keeps the performers honest, and a few of the father-son tussles, with their admixture of love and envy, are powerful.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
B- 90% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Richard Gere has always been at his best when cast as a species of con artist, and in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, he gets a chance to show off his motormouth trickster skills.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
B+ 89% The Lost City of Z (2017) You can feel in this film, as you can in Herzog's best movies, the ethereal pull that the uncanny can exert on a man.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
A- 95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Collin's approach to this incendiary material is both blatant and oblique - a bit like Lee's playing itself. Thankfully, we hear quite a bit of that playing in the film.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
B- 86% Their Finest (2017) As enjoyable as it often is, I found myself resenting somewhat the film's insistence on the redemptive powers of movies during wartime.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
C 79% Colossal (2017) To paraphrase what Brahms once told a young composer, what's original in the film isn't very good, and what's good in it isn't very original.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
C- 44% Going in Style (2017) Yes, it's good to see these wonderful actors get together in, well, almost anything, but this broken-down jalopy of a movie is not, to put it charitably, an ideal vehicle.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
C 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It's unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
C 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) How this was managed is truly inspiring, but the way it plays out in Angela Workman's script (adapted from Diane Ackerman's bestseller) is strictly by the numbers.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B- 100% The Last Laugh (2017) At a time when many of us look to comedy to keep us sane, the question is especially pertinent, although the answers here aren't especially penetrating.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B- 40% Wilson (2017) A few good cameos from David Warshofsky, as a prickly old friend of Wilson's, and Margo Martindale, as a date gone wrong, grace the torpid landscape. But it should all be sharper and funnier than it is.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
C- 68% Life (2017) Life is pretty lifeless.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 88% Frantz (2017) One could easily imagine this film being rendered in a high romantic style, but Ozon's austerity gives the story an almost classical rigor. The drama plays out in measured syncopation, with no scene or moment held too long. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) There are times in this lovely, complacent movie about uncomplacent circumstance when I wanted to be shaken up, and wasn't.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
B- 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) All the hit numbers... Emma Watson is charming as Belle; and the enchanted servants are voiced by the likes of Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, and Ewan McGregor. But seeing it will probably send you back to the original animated movie for refreshment.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
B 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Without an actor of Broadbent's poise and humor, The Sense of an Ending - which, I must add, is appropriately also the title of a famous work of literary criticism by Frank Kermode about theories of fiction - would be a bit too fusty.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
A- 99% Get Out (2017) What makes Get Out more than just a slam-bang scarefest is that, in its own darkly satiric way, it is also a movie about racial paranoia that captures the zeitgeist in ways that many more "prestigious" movies don't.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
B 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The action and special effects are mostly first-rate and Vogt-Roberts maintains a vaguely satiric tone that sidesteps schlockiness.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
A- 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The film is a real rarity, made even more so by the fact that what has moved us so profoundly are a bunch of pop-eyed plasticine figures.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
C 39% Wolves (2017) It's all terribly cliché-ridden and predictable, and the best I can say for it is that Shannon and Gugino do their best to convince us otherwise.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B- 92% Logan (2017) Jackman gives Logan a withering rage that seems heartfelt, not hammy; Stewart is touching in his enraged befuddlement; and Keen, who resembles here what Katie Holmes might look like if she were Carrie, has a feral intensity.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
A- 97% Kedi (2017) I loved it and I am more of a dog person, though I admit to having bonded with a few felines in my day. I daresay even elephant or giraffe people will love it, too.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C+ 35% The Great Wall (2017) Zhang does an impressive job of staging the battles... But there is barely a whiff of genuine transcendence in this grand-scale extravaganza.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C 83% A United Kingdom (2017) A United Kingdom, with its saintly good folk and sneering bad folk emptily exhorting, is closer to a dry historical tutorial.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
B+ 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The sequel of sorts... is not quite as good, but at its best, it has the same whiplash wit and inspired freneticism.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
B+ 89% I Am Jane Doe (2017) It's an important subject, lucidly presented.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
C+ 25% The Comedian (2017) Hackford trots out a series of familiar, in some cases faded, faces from the past... but the effect is disheartening, like being trapped inside a mediocre Friars Club Roast. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
C+ 76% The Daughter (2017) As any kind of introduction to Ibsen, this film is more a turnoff than a turn-on. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
B+ 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Farhadi's new film, The Salesman, isn't his best, or even second best, but it offers up glints of what, at times, makes him one of the best directors around.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
B 94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) There is something wonderful about watching the way, for example, the youngest boy, Tain, perhaps 8 or 9 years old, breaks out of his shell when he gets onstage.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
B- 42% Gold (2017) Except for McConaughey's performance, there is little sense of urgency or adventurousness in the way the narrative plays out.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The delicacy of the animated movie The Red Turtle... is so quietly breathtaking that to call it a tone poem doesn't quite do the film justice. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) The Founder remains fascinating largely because Keaton is so good at guile and bile. Not once does he wink at the audience or overplay the obvious.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
C- 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan is a one-trick pony who needs to find a new rodeo.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
B 85% Silence (2017) Alternately powerful and somnolent.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
B- 80% Patriots Day (2017) The film, which swivels frantically between first responders, survivors, and investigators, has a percussive force.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
B 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The story that Hidden Figures tells is so irresistible that you can almost forgive the fact that the movie itself is resistibly unoriginal.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
B- 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) It's all fitfully sharp and amusing but hardly a masterpiece.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
B+ 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Loach's low-key naturalism, which barely masks his fury at the injustices perpetrated on screen, is matched by Dave Johns's performance as Daniel.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
B 83% Julieta (2016) After a while, past and present create an alluring and sorrowful continuum.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
B- 95% Paterson (2016) Driver's low-key charisma in the role rescues it from terminal dullness.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
B 88% 20th Century Women (2017) [Mills is] good with actors, and with Bening especially, he's really keyed into her prodigious gifts.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B- 31% Passengers (2016) If the filmmakers had delved into the direness of their situation and mined it for more than just a grand-scale lovers' spat in outer space, the movie might have been more than a sleek, well-designed curiosity.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) It's clear from the way writer-director Martin Zandvliet sets up the story that the fiery Rasmussen... will eventually soften. It's to the film's credit that he does so in ways that are eminently believable.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B- 93% Fences (2016) I respect [Washington] for not attempting to "open up" the play just to make it seem more "cinematic."‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B 83% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) To a surprising degree, Davis has managed to make a few personal inroads into the white nationalist swamp.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016