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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Crawl (2019) James Berardinelli The film delivers what it promises and it's hard to believe many fans of the genre are going to leave Crawl disappointed, even if it doesn't overreach its admittedly limited grasp. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 Stuber (2019) James Berardinelli Stuber is as bland and generic a mismatched buddy action-comedy as you're likely to find. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Sting (1973) James Berardinelli The Sting adopts the playful, quasi-comedic tone evident throughout much of Butch Cassidy. On the whole, however, this is a more upbeat endeavor. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) James Berardinelli Midsommar has that sort of staying power, which makes it a better choice for horror aficionados than the other midsummer garbage currently being dumped into theaters. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) James Berardinelli Even though Talbot opts for a quasi-humorous approach to the subject matter, the comedic edge can't hide an underlying sadness about what this all means. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) James Berardinelli With a dose of comedy, a dash of romance, and some CGI-heavy battles, the film accomplishes what it needs to do. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/4 Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) James Berardinelli Many animated films are pitched at kids and, as such, often seem condescending. There's nothing of that sort here. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
2.5/4 Ophelia (2018) James Berardinelli There wasn't much to Hamlet's Ophelia and there's not a lot more to this production's version of her. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
3/4 Yesterday (2019) James Berardinelli Weaknesses aside, it's a feel-good experience with more to recommend it than the obligatory nostalgia trip associated with half-century old songs. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/4 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) James Berardinelli It's hard to say whether Annabelle Comes Home represents a new low for films set in the Conjuring Universe but it's the most obviously commercial, quickly assembled with little concern... EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
1/4 Child's Play (2019) James Berardinelli Although Child's Play is only 90 minutes long, it's one of those movies where you check your watch so often you think it has stopped. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) James Berardinelli Although parting is such sweet sorrow, I hope this is goodbye. It's time to go and the ending offers a graceful, hopeful exit. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) James Berardinelli Whoever spearheaded this halfhearted resurrection should be fitted with a golden parachute. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 Shaft (2019) James Berardinelli What the film fails to deliver in adrenaline, it makes up for with testosterone-flavored laughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Plus One (2019) James Berardinelli For romance junkies, the film checks all the boxes. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) James Berardinelli This isn't Jarmusch at his best but it's more accessible than some of his films and doesn't demand more from an audience than to sit back and be amused. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) James Berardinelli Although not "bad" in a conventional sense, it's a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn't have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) James Berardinelli This movie falls short of its grand aspirations to be an emotionally fraught tale of power and its consequences, violence, and redemption but there's something worthwhile about how it tries. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Domino (2019) James Berardinelli Domino is a lackluster, hard-to-swallow police procedural with soap opera-ish subplots and flat characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 Ma (2019) James Berardinelli It's creepy and suspenseful and, although the last act goes on auto-pilot, the film offers a better-than-average experience for those who like their psychopaths unhinged. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) James Berardinelli Although the movie will be rightfully and enthusiastically embraced by the singer's fans, it has something to offer those with no more than a casual recognition and appreciation of the man's music. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) James Berardinelli Emerging from the loud, overlong spectacle that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, I was struck by the disheartening realization that what I had just seen owed more to Transformers than kaiju. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 L'Atalante (1934) James Berardinelli Although the film left me emotionally unmoved, I recognize its importance to a generation of future filmmakers. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
1/4 Brightburn (2019) James Berardinelli Brightburn can at least boast an interesting premise - not that it does anything with it. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
2/4 Aladdin (2019) James Berardinelli Perhaps the most appropriate word to describe Disney's 2019 re-make of their 1992 classic, Aladdin, is "unnecessary." "Pointless" might also apply. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Booksmart (2019) James Berardinelli If you're in high school (or have ever gone through the experience), you'll laugh quite a bit, wince more than once, and relate from start to finish. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) James Berardinelli Although devoid of sophistication and overly dependent on contrivance, the frothy, fizzy giddiness of the love story may win over viewers who are predisposed to enjoy this sort of entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/4 Richard Says Goodbye (2018) James Berardinelli The movie frequently makes no sense from a purely human perspective... and it becomes increasingly annoying as the story rolls on. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) James Berardinelli I'd love to say that fans of the first two movies will love this one, but I fall into that group and I was a little disappointed by this outing. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) James Berardinelli Tolkien may have been the most important modern fantasy author but the movie bearing his name won't stand the test of time. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
2/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) James Berardinelli Pokemon: Detective Pikachu isn't a movie. It's a cog in a multibillion-dollar media empire, a soulless feature-length example of product placement at its most blatant. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 Black Girl (1966) James Berardinelli Whatever its faults, Black Girl takes us into the heart of a world that may be strange and unfamiliar to those who watch it today. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
2/4 Tell It to the Bees (2018) James Berardinelli It would be easy to argue that the movie's heart is in the right place, because it is. However, to apply another cliché, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) James Berardinelli Ask Dr. Ruth has some surprises for all but the most devoted of Westheimer's followers. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/4 The Intruder (2019) James Berardinelli This new take on an old idea won't challenge The Stepfather for primacy in the thriller subgenre. In fact, it's a lot closer to the bottom of the barrel than the rim at the top. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) James Berardinelli Long Shot reminds viewers how pleasant and giddy this sort of fairy tale can be, especially when brought to the screen by talented performers who can seduce viewers as effectively as their characters attract each other. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Stalker (1979) James Berardinelli It is masterfully done, contains some haunting images, and has a difficult-to-pinpoint mesmerism in the way it progresses. Once it gets you (which, for some, may never happen), it will hold you like a fly trapped in amber. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
2.5/4 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) James Berardinelli There's a sense that a story as remarkable as that of J.T. LeRoy deserves a more compelling rendition than the one presented in Kelly's interpretation. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) James Berardinelli Avengers: Endgame isn't as brash, surprising, or relentless as its predecessor but it's a worthy conclusion to the Infinity War duology and provides a satisfying end to the First Avengers Era. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Last Hour (2017) James Berardinelli Despite starting out as a seemingly straightforward procedural, The Last Hour goes in directions one wouldn't normally expect from something falling under the umbrella of a "crime thriller." EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/4 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) James Berardinelli When the movie goes "boo!" and the viewer tries hard to stifle a yawn, something has gone wrong. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) James Berardinelli Despite all the devilishly clever moments, freaky episodes, and general weirdness, Under the Silver Lake is ultimately unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/4 Red Joan (2018) James Berardinelli We're left with a mediocre mash-up of an old-fashioned spy movie and the story of a son coping with the sins of his mother. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 Little (2019) James Berardinelli The writing and directing are at best '90s direct-to-video and the film's unwillingness to do anything remotely interesting with the tired premise makes for a very long 105 minutes. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1.5/4 Hellboy (2019) James Berardinelli Comparing it to Del Toro's 2004 original and 2008 sequel is like making an analogy between a Broadway production and a high school stage show. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 Mary Magdalene (2018) James Berardinelli One reason why the movie seems so emotionally hollow is because the relationship between Mary and Jesus, which is supposed to be at the heart of the story, isn't developed in a meaningful fashion. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 Peterloo (2018) James Berardinelli I learned things while sitting in the audience and that's a claim I rarely make about any motion picture circa 2019. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 The Best of Enemies (2019) James Berardinelli While The Best of Enemies may be met by stinging criticism from the far left and far right (for different reasons), those with centrist leanings will appreciate it for what it is (as opposed to for what it isn't). EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Pet Sematary (2019) James Berardinelli From start to finish, there's little joy to be had from Pet Sematary. Those who accept this and perhaps even welcome it will find that Kolsch and Widmyer have crafted an effective and unnerving interpretation of King's novel. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) James Berardinelli In Shazam!, the positives outweigh the negatives. The film's fresh aspects are strong enough to keep the stale ones at bay. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019