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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 76% 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- 97% 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+ 72% 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- 66% 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- 64% 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- 79% 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- 73% 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+ 71% 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 35% 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+ 84% 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- 74% 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+ 86% 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+ 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 65% 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
B+ 88% 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- 87% 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 80% 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- 46% 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 60% 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- 46% 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- 67% Life (2017) Life is pretty lifeless.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 90% 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 96% 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 76% 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- 93% 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