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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The Vast of Night (2019) James Berardinelli It's a stark reminder that ideas are more important than production budgets in crafting compelling science fiction. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
2/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) James Berardinelli [With] accents that range from passable to comically bad... EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 The High Note (2020) James Berardinelli Consider it the anti-A Star Is Born. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/4 The Lovebirds (2020) James Berardinelli The Lovebirds might have underwhelmed in a movie theater but works just fine in the very different circumstances in which it has been unveiled. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
2/4 Inheritance (2020) James Berardinelli Roughly 20 minutes into Inheritance, I was hooked... Alas, Inheritance isn't 20 minutes long. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
2.5/4 Scoob! (2020) James Berardinelli It tries to do a little too much and runs too long but it's an affable mix of nostalgia and family-friendly animated action/adventure. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
2/4 Valley Girl (2020) James Berardinelli Valley Girl is an '80s artifact that either should have been given a more interesting makeover or been left untouched in the dustbin of the decade that spawned it. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) James Berardinelli Those who enjoy gritty, angry Westerns (especially those set in the Australian bush rather than along the American frontier) will find much here to their taste, none of which is in need of additional seasoning. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
1.5/4 Clementine (2019) James Berardinelli The only reason I stuck it out until the end credits is because it's unfair to write a review without seeing the entire movie. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
3/4 Extraction (2020) James Berardinelli Extraction is bold not only for the way it tells its story but the medium in which it has chosen to tell it. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
2.5/4 To the Stars (2019) James Berardinelli The plot contortions during the final 20 minutes feel rushed, poorly motivated, and leave the viewer not with the blossom of hope that the filmmakers intend but with a sense of incompleteness. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/4 Castle in the Sky (1986) James Berardinelli Castle in the Sky is a good enough film to benefit from multiple viewings. And, for anyone unfamiliar with Miyazaki's canon, it provides a great introduction to a wonderfully rich animated catalog. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/4 Selah and the Spades (2019) James Berardinelli It's closer to horror than the usual lightweight fare one finds in the genre. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
2/4 The Quarry (2020) James Berardinelli One note portrayals, skin deep characters, and a glacial pace all combine to prevent The Quarry from succeeding either as a slow-burn thriller or a message-oriented drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2020
2/4 My Spy (2020) James Berardinelli My Spy is one of those action/comedies that fails both in terms of action and comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/4 EMMA. (2020) James Berardinelli The movie is handsomely mounted and consistently engaging. Yes, the story is familiar but part of the charm is seeing how key scenes have been re-envisioned by the filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2/4 Trolls World Tour (2020) James Berardinelli It's a shadow of its predecessor, a regurgitation of some of the elements that made the first one popular but without the sense of spontaneous fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
2.5/4 We Summon the Darkness (2019) James Berardinelli The twist/reveal happens too early in the proceedings, bursting the mystery bubble and resulting in a long, drawn-out anticlimactic second-half that's disappointingly generic. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) James Berardinelli For those with a taste for serious, non-prefabricated dramas, this is worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020
2.5/4 The Hunt (2020) James Berardinelli It's a solid throwaway B-movie that probably thinks it has more to say than it actually does but is entertaining nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020
3/4 Vivarium (2020) James Berardinelli The movie demands a willing suspension of disbelief and, for those who can accommodate, it opens a portal into a hellish, allegorical nightmare about the placid myth of suburbia gone wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
3/4 Banana Split (2018) James Berardinelli This offbeat approach brings a freshness to a genre that has become so static and predictable that it has largely fallen out of favor with current movie-goers. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/4 Blow the Man Down (2019) James Berardinelli Although there are some structural and pacing issues, the film as a whole works by doing David Lynch's favorite trick: finding the rot underlying the seemingly placid exterior of small town America. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2020
2/4 Bloodshot (2020) James Berardinelli The premise becomes little more than a device by which the filmmakers can get Vin Diesel to flex his muscles, sneer into the camera, and engage in CGI-crafted, gravity-defying fights with other equally unexpressive actors. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
2/4 Spenser Confidential (2020) James Berardinelli "Serviceable" is probably the most complimentary term I can come up with. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
3/4 Onward (2020) James Berardinelli There's something here for everyone, even if the overall package isn't likely to go down as the next Disney/Pixar "classic." EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 The Way Back (2020) James Berardinelli Despite narrative issues, the film is overall affecting and effective with Ben Affleck's powerful performance being a driving force. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
2.5/4 Burden (2018) James Berardinelli Overall, Burden is too long and many of its beats have been appropriated from other movies about Southern racism. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
2.5/4 The Invisible Man (2020) James Berardinelli Although too much of the final half-hour feels like a cookie-cutter collage of familiar moments, it delivers an adequate main course for a time of the year in which movies of this genre clog the box office. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
3.5/4 63 Up (2019) James Berardinelli Watching 63 Up as a stand-alone endeavor may not seem remarkable. In fact, it may even be a little boring. But watching it as part of the larger picture imbues it with immediacy and power. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
2.5/4 The Call of the Wild (2020) James Berardinelli Sanders' new interpretation enters the roster as another swing-and-a-miss. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/4 Seberg (2019) James Berardinelli The chief problem with Seberg, as is often the case with biopics, is that the filmmakers never really find the character underlying the historical figure. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
1/4 Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) James Berardinelli The biggest shock of this new movie re-imagination is that it makes the original seem fresh and smart by comparison. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
2/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) James Berardinelli Whatever else it may achieve, Sonic the Hedgehog is unlikely to elevate the based-on-a-videogame category above the dismal level where it has wallowed for the past quarter-century. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/4 Horse Girl (2020) James Berardinelli I found the experience of watching Horse Girl to be more of a chore than a pleasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) James Berardinelli Birds of Prey is a glorious, hyperkinetic mess and, although it never quite takes flight, it at least holds the attention. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/4 The Rhythm Section (2020) James Berardinelli Offers a few well-crafted individual scenes but overall is a mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/4 The Gentlemen (2020) James Berardinelli It's generally not a good thing to be sitting in a theater seat and realizing that the director is as interested in showing off as telling a story. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) James Berardinelli The reek of desperation is so strong that it permeates every frame and would be hard to miss by even the most distracted of viewers. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 Underwater (2020) James Berardinelli Underwater will likely satisfy audiences who go in with appropriately established expectations because, for what it is, the film is solidly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) James Berardinelli Although it may work for its target audience - video game-consuming pre-teen boys - other viewers may find the production to be lacking in anything beyond a little visual razzle-dazzle. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Little Women (2019) James Berardinelli Because of the strength of the acting (Ronan's in particular) and Gerwig's unusual (love it or hate it) reworking of the novel's chronology and ending, it deserves to be seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) James Berardinelli Despite the whiff of "Oscar bait" surrounding the production, it's a well-made, affecting tale about do-gooders who do good rather than merely muddying the waters. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 1917 (2019) James Berardinelli The movie never breaks its rules and never loses sight of its objective. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) James Berardinelli With Bombshell, thanks in large part to the contributions of his actors, Roach has crafted a compelling "ripped from the headlines" motion picture that unfolds like a page-turner. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
2.5/4 Cats (2019) James Berardinelli There isn't much more to Cats than the experience of sitting back and watching weird-looking performers pretending to be cats while gyrating to Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) James Berardinelli It's too bad that the Star Wars saga has saved the worst for last. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 Uncut Gems (2019) James Berardinelli The Safdies have a preferred aesthetic and mood and remain true to it throughout. For those who appreciate this sort of modern-day neo noir experience, it gleams as hypnotically as the titular totem. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/4 Richard Jewell (2019) James Berardinelli By keeping the tone from becoming too somber and generating a degree of sympathy for Jewell, Eastwood has crafted an engaging (albeit fictionalized) account of the triumph of ordinary men over the establishment. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
2.5/4 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) James Berardinelli In its determination to rely on the tried-and-true elements of Welcome to the Jungle, The Next Level stands still rather than taking a step forward. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019