Boston Herald

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Rating Title/Year Author
B Little Woods (2018) James Verniere Fine cast transcends dreary drama. Writer director Nia DaCosta now in line to direct Jordan Peele's reboot of Candyman. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
A- Wild Nights With Emily (2018) James Verniere Molly Shannon excels as groundbreaking American poet and proto-feminist icon Emily Dickinson in this lusty biopic. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
A Teen Spirit (2018) Stephen Schaefer A familiar story yet one with enough new twists to be engagingly propulsive and altogether winning. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
B+ Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) James Verniere Director Woo-Ping Yuen and producers Donnie Yen and Dave Bautista, who also appears in the film, along with legendary Michelle Yeoh, give this martial arts a lot of class. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B Hellboy (2019) James Verniere A lot more fun than its detractors hint. Neil Marshall gets his punk rock school of supernatural film-making going in fits and starts. Visuals and fx are exceptional. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
A- Missing Link (2019) James Verniere Another gem from Laika. Not as deliciously dark as Coraline or ParaNorman, but lots of fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
A- Peterloo (2018) James Verniere Mike Leigh's stunningly realized period depiction of a massacre that occurred in his own backyard in 1819. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B- Little (2019) Stephen Schaefer As obvious as "Little" is, under co-screenwriter Tina Gordon's direction, it's well paced and, in a comedic platform like this, all the performances are uniformly overly emphatic. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B The Chaperone (2018) Stephen Schaefer Credit for this breezy journey of generational self-discovery goes to a pair of "Downton Abbey" veterans, Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
A+ Amazing Grace (2018) Stephen Schaefer For reasons no one ever really understood, Franklin blocked the release. Perhaps she wanted "Amazing Grace" to stand, as it so beautifully does, as her (monumental) epitaph. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ Storm Boy (2019) James Verniere A nice old fashioned family film and a possible introduction to the Australian New Wave. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
A- Diane (2018) James Verniere An Oscar worthy turn by indie regular Mary Kay Place. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B Shazam! (2019) James Verniere Surprisingly funny. Very good cast. I still think the suit is padded. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B The Public (2018) Stephen Schaefer It's a potent stew that finds humor, humanity and even grace in a society that often shows little compassion... EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
C Pet Sematary (2019) Stephen Schaefer This brand-new "Pet" vision, courtesy of the directing duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, is one horror show more likely to provoke unintentional laughs than scares. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
C- The Beach Bum (2019) James Verniere Memo to Oscar winner McConaughey: Just stop. This self-indulgent turn in a Harmony Korine production is the latest stop on your "look at me" tour. Give it a rest, Matthew. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B Hotel Mumbai (2018) James Verniere Dev Patel, Anupam Kher and others playing hotel workers make real life terrorist tale Hotel Mumbai gripping human story. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B+ The Mustang (2019) James Verniere Suffers somewhat by comparison to The Rider. But Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts is terrific as convict who bonds with wild horse. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B Dumbo (2019) James Verniere Visually spectacular thanks to Burton and his team. DeVito is a hoot. It's like a Batman Returns reunion. Swipe at corporate culture lacks bite. Wonder why. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B- The Aftermath (2019) James Verniere More soap opera than historical fiction, The Aftermath is not as good as director James Kent's Testament of Youth, but is similar in many ways. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
A- Ash Is Purest White (2018) James Verniere Zhangke Jia's wife and muse Tao Zhao excels as plucky scam artist and femme fatale in film noir set against a changing 21st century China. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B Us (2019) James Verniere Not as politically explosive as Get Out, Us has plenty of scares and fun. Lupita Nyong'o and Wilson Duke are terrific as are the kids. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
C The Highwaymen (2019) Stephen Schaefer The worst flaw however is not this risible retake on history or legend but the lack of momentum. "The Highwaymen" dawdles. Handsomely mounted, it depicts not a pulse-quickening chase but a slow, pokey crawl. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B The Hummingbird Project (2018) Stephen Schaefer "Hummingbird" hums - it's a spectacle focused on the thrills of accomplishment, the steely ability to make dreams come true no matter the cost. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- Five Feet Apart (2019) James Verniere The cast makes this maudlin and predictable film version of what has become known as "sick lit" appealing. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- Gloria Bell (2018) James Verniere The great Julianne Moore gives Gloria another spin and I say, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- Woman at War (2018) James Verniere Stylish and offbeat eco-thriller with great lead performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
C Captive State (2019) James Verniere All atmosphere, very little coherent plot. Plays like another bad "War of the Worlds" knockoff. Netflix already has a ton of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ Giant Little Ones (2018) Stephen Schaefer Writer-director Keith Behrman avoids most of the cliches of the coming-of-age drama to present Franky's world as a fluid landscape with many sexual possibilities. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- Climax (2018) Stephen Schaefer This vision of happiness slaughtered for pain, sorrow and regret makes "Climax" semi-interminable. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- To Dust (2018) James Verniere Matthew Broderick and Geza Rohrig of Son of Saul must be oddest Odd Couple in film history. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
B- Mapplethorpe (2018) James Verniere The acting is uneven, but the film almost captures how Mapplethorpe was a visionary artist and openly gay man at just the right moment in history. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
C+ Captain Marvel (2019) James Verniere Captain Marvel could not be duller beside DC's Wonder Woman if she tried. Apparently, personality is not the Captain's superpower. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) James Verniere For art lovers and film lovers alike. I might have just seen my favorite animated film of 2019. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B+ A Tuba to Cuba (2018) James Verniere A worthwhile journey for New Orleans and Caribbean music buffs and music buffs in general. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
A- Greta (2018) James Verniere Single White Surrogate Mother, anyone? Huppert is great fun as eponymous stalker in Neil Jordan thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
A Apollo 11 (2019) Stephen Schaefer A film of many wonders. The real wonder of Miller's work here is his ability to condense and reveal essential steps in an eight-day voyage that remains a pivotal moment in space exploration. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
A Fighting With My Family (2019) Stephen Schaefer While the WWE has been making movies for years, only now - thanks to Dwayne Johnson - have they scored a winner with "Fighting with My Family." EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
B- Patrick (2018) Stephen Schaefer If Patrick is sweetly predictable with low-key Brit self-effacing humor - that's the whole point. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B Never Look Away (2018) James Verniere Seems like a glorified soap opera. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
C Alita: Battle Angel (2019) James Verniere The screenplay by Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis and Rodriguez overflows with undeveloped characters and plot lines and pushes the CG action, which I found numbing in its monotony and brutality, to the front. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
C- Happy Death Day 2U (2019) James Verniere Boring, borderline offensive rehash of much better original. Jessica Rothe still a plus. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
B- What Men Want (2019) Stephen Schaefer Taraji P. Henson single-handedly lifts "What Men Want" from its formulaic, predictable plotting to become a comically engaging portrait of a woman who must learn that success in a man's world doesn't bring happiness. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
C The Prodigy (2019) Stephen Schaefer A reincarnation-horror movie that's more irritating than scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
C+ Cold Pursuit (2019) James Verniere Neeson, who just shot himself in the proverbial foot big time, has charisma as crusading father. But the original 2014 film was better. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
A- Arctic (2018) James Verniere Mads Mikkelsen is terrific in taut survivalist drama from Brazilian sensation Joe Penna aka #MysteryGuitarMan. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) James Verniere I feel like a Sparkle Baby just puked rainbow-colored dust all over my head. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
B ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019) Mark A. Perigard The fact that it accomplishes so much in less than 90 minutes is a testament to the love and respect Cooke still inspires. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
B- Song of Parkland (2019) Mark A. Perigard Too darn short. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
B Miss Bala (2019) James Verniere Talented and hugely likable Rodriguez makes this obvious remake worth watching. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019