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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Profile (2018) James Berardinelli It's the best "screenlife" movie to-date and it hints at future possibilities. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/4 Oxygen (2021) James Berardinelli The bad aftertaste from the contrived and unconvincing conclusion diminishes the experience but doesn't completely undo the prior 90 minutes of mystery and tension. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2/4 Wrath of Man (2021) James Berardinelli All the ingredients seem to be in place for a rollicking violent time but the elements don't gel. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2021
3/4 Limbo (2020) James Berardinelli Despite its share of missteps (the most egregious of which unfortunately occurs late in the proceedings), Limbo is just weird and wonderful enough to earn a recommendation. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
2.5/4 Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) James Berardinelli For something based on a Clancy novel, it's disappointingly lacking in the author's trademark complexity and detail. This is pure disposable entertainment - nothing more, nothing less. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/4 Mortal Kombat (2021) James Berardinelli Mortal Kombat is slickly made but hollow, offering little to anyone who isn't deeply invested in the franchise. It may be a good tie-in to the video game series but it's a bad motion picture. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2021
3/4 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) James Berardinelli By employing nostalgia but not relying exclusively on its effects, the filmmakers are able to tell the story of how the program started with details that may surprise all but the most knowledgeable of fans. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2021
3/4 Together Together (2021) James Berardinelli Together Together could have traversed a number of obvious and unappealing melodramatic routes, but this isn't that kind of movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
1/4 Thunder Force (2021) James Berardinelli Thunder Force illustrates what happens when filmmakers take a moderately interesting premise and surround it with witless writing, cringe-inducing acting, stagnant action, humor-deprived comedy, and feckless drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
3/4 The Tunnel (2019) James Berardinelli There are times when a less-is-more approach results in gripping entertainment and The Tunnel is one such example. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2021
2/4 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) James Berardinelli The humans are uninteresting and the monsters seem like what they are: extravagant special effects. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
2/4 King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) James Berardinelli King Kong vs. Godzilla is a pure gold-plated turd. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3/4 Nobody (2021) James Berardinelli The premise isn't new or unique but it's the kind of high-concept idea that, if done right, can be outrageously entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
2/4 Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) James Berardinelli As with any project where the director has no checks or balances, there are problems. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/4 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) James Berardinelli Untethered to Batman's established continuity, it allows the filmmakers to explore different facets of the familiar hero and rearrange the players around him in interesting ways. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
3/4 The Courier (2020) James Berardinelli A sometimes-riveting old-fashioned spy thriller that is occasionally reminiscent of the fictional works of John Le Carre and Len Deighton. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/4 Sans Soleil (1982) James Berardinelli Belongs in the love-it-or-hate-it category of pretentious twaddle. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
2.5/4 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) James Berardinelli Unfortunately, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels isn't quite clever enough to justify the full 110-minute running length. There's a point at which it starts to feel like it has overstayed its welcome. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
3/4 The Bad Sleep Well (1960) James Berardinelli Kurosawa's mastery of the story is evident. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
2/4 Coming 2 America (2021) James Berardinelli The fairest way I can describe Coming 2 America is to say that it's not as bad as I feared it might be. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
2.5/4 The Affair (2019) James Berardinelli History buffs, especially those with an affinity for World War II stories and/or an interest in 20th century Czechoslovakia, may enjoy what The Affair has to offer. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
3/4 Boogie (2021) James Berardinelli Boogie is at times unpolished but it offers a compelling and sympathetic portrayal of the title character and avoids excessive melodrama or a too-facile ending. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
2.5/4 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) James Berardinelli Raya and the Last Dragon should entertain children but adults may fidget from time-to-time and the overall impression is of something that, like many middling Disney titles, will quickly be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
1/4 Death Race 2000 (1975) James Berardinelli Could it be argued that the movie is "so bad that it's good"? I suppose, especially if you're a connoisseur of cinematic guano. For me, Death Race is merely bad. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/4 Crisis (2021) James Berardinelli It's not enough merely to tell stories about different aspects of how drugs impact society - the connections have to be stronger and the narratives have to go deeper that what Jarecki has provided here. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
3/4 Cherry (2021) James Berardinelli It's no surprise that Holland's performance is in the fore. He is never found lacking. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/4 The Father (2020) James Berardinelli The Father is an excellent movie but it's not a lot of fun to watch, especially for those with first-hand experience in this area. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 Land (2021) James Berardinelli Land is both a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit and an examination of the difficulties of setting aside modern conveniences for primitive survival. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/4 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) James Berardinelli The characters are likeable, the actors evidence chemistry, and the romantic comedy elements are assembled effectively. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) James Berardinelli Although King's film may not accomplish everything it sets out to do, it represents an important perspective of a time period whose essential injustices have gained renewed attention some 50 years later. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 Minari (2020) James Berardinelli It's a rewarding but not overpowering experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/4 Bliss (2021) James Berardinelli With its blend of existential science fiction and character-based romance, it would seem to be as close to a can't-miss premise as one can imagine yet, despite that, it somehow does miss - and by a wide margin. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
3/4 Malcolm & Marie (2021) James Berardinelli The movie is well worth a look both as an exploration of love's bitter aftermath and as an example of how art can bloom even in the most challenging circumstances. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
2.5/4 The Dig (2021) James Berardinelli Had the narrative stayed the course established in the early-goings, it might have been unremarkable but satisfying. As it is, there's too much of the former and too little of the latter. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/4 The Little Things (2021) James Berardinelli The movie works when viewed through the narrow lens of one character's personal redemption rather than through a wider portal. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/4 Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) James Berardinelli On the whole, The Killing Joke feels like it was cobbled together out of different pieces of varying quality and, as such, it doesn't work as well as it might. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/4 The Dissident (2020) James Berardinelli The Dissident is a solid recap of Jamal Khashoggi's demise, but it left me wanting more than Fogel is able to provide, even though he hints at an issue of vastly greater importance than the death of one dissident. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
2/4 Greenland (2020) James Berardinelli If there's one thing most people don't want to watch now, it's a voyeuristic experience detailing the end of life on Earth as we know it. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
3/4 One Night in Miami (2020) James Berardinelli Although inconsistently paced, there's enough compelling material here to make for a challenging and thought-provoking fly-on-the-wall's perspective. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
3.5/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) James Berardinelli Pieces of a Woman isn't flawless but it leaves a lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
3/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) James Berardinelli Fennell hasn't hit a home run with Promising Young Woman, but she has crafted something that's more often delicious than unpalatable. The mixing of genres gives Promising Young Woman staying power. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.5/4 Soul (2020) James Berardinelli Soul adopts many of the elements and ideas that have made Pixar films so beloved over the years. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/4 News of the World (2020) James Berardinelli This is one of those movies in which the simple story is enriched by the elements that coalesce before, during, and after the production. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) James Berardinelli The film falls short of its predecessor on a number of levels and suffers from many of the problems that plague superhero sequels including an inability to achieve the same level of freshness. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) James Berardinelli In making this film, Clooney has accomplished something rare and unusual in today's cinema - an epic science fiction motion picture that focuses on characters and ideas. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) James Berardinelli Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a small film with big ideas, bigger speeches, and two towering performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
2.5/4 The Prom (2020) James Berardinelli Despite its awkward and uneven elements, The Prom offers enough high-energy moments to be seen as a passable motion picture adaptation of the stage play written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 Let Them All Talk (2020) James Berardinelli I'm not going to claim that Let Them All Talk is a 2020 Top 10 contender but I found watching it to be a breezy and enjoyable experience, which is more than I can say for a lot of the movies I have screened this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
2/4 Wander Darkly (2020) James Berardinelli While I don't doubt that Miele's heart was in the right place when she wrote Wander Darkly, the resolution feels false and manipulative. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/4 Nomadland (2020) James Berardinelli Moody, introspective, and meditative, Nomadland makes up for its meandering, sometimes maddeningly slow pace with its insights about human nature and its incisive portrait of indomitability. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020