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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 33% 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+ 100% 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 24% 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- 91% 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- 85% 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- 82% 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+ 86% 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+ 90% 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- 93% 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- 85% 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- 78% 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
B 89% Maudie (2017) Sally Hawkins gives a standout performance in Maudie.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C- 68% The Journey (2017) The men's meeting serves the cause of Irish reunification, but the movie itself never coheres into anything believable.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
B- 77% The Hero (2017) Elliott, who, despite that voice, does most of his acting here with his eyes, is quietly effective, and so, in what could have been a queasy role, is Prepon.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
A- 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) The rise and fall of Dawson City, intimately tied to the vagaries of climate and man's greed, is heartbreakingly rendered.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B- 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) [Weisz] accomplishes the near-impossible here: She humanizes a Gothic conceit and, in so doing, turns stage blood into real blood. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B- 48% Churchill (2017) Too often Churchill feels more like an exposé than a deep-dish psychological exploration. Still, there are moments in Cox's performance when we can locate the living, breathing man inside the commemorative statue, and that's not nothing.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B- 92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's overlong at 141 minutes and suffers from too much origin story exposition and middling CGI effects, but it has a frisky, friendly spirit that perfectly aligns with its wide-eyed lead actress, Gal Gadot.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
A 84% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Wajda brings such a controlled fervor to this portrait because it's clear that, like Strzeminski, he identifies as a dissident in dangerous times.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B- 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg work up a stormy sea-parting finale that is better than anything in The Ten Commandments. Again, the trick to enjoying this film is to expect nothing.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B+ 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) But make no mistake: The Michelsons have a lot more going for them than their marital longevity. As the documentary makes clear, both Harold and Lillian made integral contributions to some of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B- 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Dyrholm's extraordinary performance is conspicuously better than Thomsen's. She's the best - the only - reason to check out The Commune.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
C+ 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) If this is your idea of a good time, you can tick away the film's two-plus hours guessing which crew members will get offed, and in what order.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
D 36% Snatched (2017) Almost entirely laugh-free.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
C+ 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) This is not your father's King Arthur legend. It may not be yours, either.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
A- 100% Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia (2017) [Angkor Awakens] is a comprehensive and compelling film that does justice to the anguished history of Cambodia, focusing on the devastation wrought by the Pol Pot regime and the Khmer Rouge right up to the present.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
B+ 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) The reason The Wedding Plan rises above its flippancies is not only because of the novelty of its Israeli trappings but also because Michal is such an ingratiating whirlwind.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
B- 76% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) The woman, Jeanne (Judith Chemla)... which director Stéphane Brizé and his co-writer, Florence Vignon, follow for 27 years from the time Jeanne is 20, is unavoidably representative. Her afflictions are both symbolic and intensely personal.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
C+ 83% The Lovers (2017) Director Azazel Jacobs knows what he has in Winger, but her intensity is too much for this goofy grab bag of a movie.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
B+ 95% 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- 95% Tramps (2016) The two leads are remarkably fresh, and so is the movie.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
A- 70% 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 91% 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 66% 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- 89% 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