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Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 10% Fantasy Island (2020) We wind up diverted, but not frightened or moved.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
C 89% Come to Daddy (2020) It achieves the deadpan and the darkness, but it is never funny.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
B+ 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Director Cathy Yan and writer Christina Hudson, along with the game Robbie, have crafted a Harley who's daffy but crafty, enraged but never petulant, more exuberant than maniacal.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
B- 72% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge is artful, and it's sometimes clever, but it doesn't have the pacing to thrill or the heart required to hit home.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
B+ 63% Gretel & Hansel (2020) A powerful, dreamy work of folk horror that draws us in and holds us in its spell for the duration.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
B 73% The Gentlemen (2020) The casting is superb... [but] The Gentlemen clearly wants to be seen as bravely anti-PC. That's just another way of saying that it indulges in racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B 43% Three Christs (2020) It's an intriguing set-up, but it feels like there are pieces that are either shuffled around to make a point, or missing entirely.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
A- 91% Clemency (2019) It's moving work.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
B 83% Just Mercy (2020) As a well-performed courtroom drama, it fills the holiday bill.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
A- 89% 1917 (2020) We care about its people, we understand its stakes, we believe in the world it presents to us. It may not tell us anything new about war or the people who fight it, but it also doesn't tell us anything that doesn't feel true.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B+ 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig and her production team have an impeccable sense of period and place, drawing us in. This version of Little Women is enveloping, like a good book, new enough to hold our attention, familiar enough to put us at ease in its world.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Ridley and Boyega are stalwart, and Isaac brings wry personality to his role.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ 81% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real is happy to give us metaphors, but it also goes for the throat in a very dynamic manner.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell is a loving portrait of Richard, his mother and his lawyer. It succeeds at this. But... instead of examining how things went awry there, Richard Jewell provides trumped-up villainy.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B 38% Black Christmas (2019) Director Sophia Takal and her co-writer April Wolfe have a good ear for dialogue.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B- 67% Little Joe (2019) What we get is a lot of gorgeous set pieces that tell a story, but one that comes off as neither new nor urgent.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) An all-round whodunitwhathappened good time.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ 82% Queen & Slim (2019) It doesn't have answers, but Queen & Slim is definitely food for thought.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
A- 77% Frozen II (2019) Even those who don't will be swept up in the propulsive narrative, the sumptuous beauty and the delight of characters who love each other no matter what.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Director Brian Kirk keeps things energetic, but the material defies levity at the same time it never achieves real gravity.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ 89% Dark Waters (2019) When it's over, Ruffalo's slumping, stricken courtroom warrior sticks with us. So do the alarming questions raised by what we learn.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B- 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) It does what it's supposed to do, and in addition isn't ever actively irritating.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
B+ 63% The Good Liar (2019) One of those satisfyingly twisty thrillers made nigh-perfect by the presence of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in the leads.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
B- 46% Last Christmas (2019) Last Christmas winds up being simply okay. It may not satisfy as a romance, but it's got all the Christmas decorations you'll need to see for the season.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This sleight of hand by Flanagan is so impressive that any students of how to make books into films and/or how to do sequels ought to see Doctor Sleep just to take notes.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 73% Harriet (2019) We come out of HARRIET feeling like we've seen something important that we ought to have seen. But we don't feel like we've lived through it alongside any of its people, and it seems like that should have been part of the experience.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B+ 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon creates a darkly beautiful visual palette, and at the same time sets a snappy pace.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B 52% Black and Blue (2019) A propulsive thriller that never questions its convincing female protagonist's abilities or her worth.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B 90% The Lighthouse (2019) We leave the theatre feeling like we've been through something, even if we may not be able to articulate exactly what the hell it was.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
B 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Reasonably enjoyable, even though it lags in a few places and recycles some themes from its predecessor without adding much that's conceptually new.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
B- 4% Mary (2019) It should be okay for viewers who are satisfied with call and response storytelling, but its good looks don't make up for its ultimate lack of imagination.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B+ 68% Joker (2019) Joker is effective art in the service of a worldview that endorses a double standard.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's moderately entertaining, but neither director Lee's visual pizzazz nor the commitment of the actors can keep the story from being predictable and feeling familiar.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
B- 84% Ad Astra (2019) Extremely physically handsome, and director Gray stages some intriguing action sequences.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) A fairly smart, twisty techno fable.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch boasts a number of noteworthy performances... but unless one comes in predisposed to invest, it's neither a moving dramatic experience nor a satisfying thriller.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B 71% Haunt (2019) There is a nicely mythic tinge to both the placement of the haunt and the goings-on within it.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 14% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) If cops vs. psychos with secrets is a subgenre you enjoy, Night Hunter should be acceptable fare.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Director Muscietti maintains an effective, grimy small-town look for Derry, and mostly handles scares deftly.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ 88% Ready or Not (2019) A full-throttle entry in the horror subgenre of the unsuspecting new spouse who finds out the hard way that the in-laws are unusually problematic.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) If you enjoy big shark movies, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged qualifies as decent if unexceptional summer fun.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B 80% Good Boys (2019) The screenplay by Lee Eisenberg & director Gene Stupnitsky handles its schematics well.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B+ 62% Driven (2019) Sudeikis gives us Jim as a small-time con artist who finds himself way out of his depth, relying on self-effacement and the appearance of affability to stay afloat. It's a very effective performance.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino does a splendid job of evoking an era and an environment that give him joy.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
B- 42% Stuber (2019) It's agreeable in a Lethal Weapon knockoff way, and its leads are both deeply likeable. It's just that few of the gags land in the way that seems intended.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B+ 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Mostly, it's fun that doesn't demand a blip-like mind-wipe from the audience, for which we are duly thankful.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar will work best for those who are fans of fairytale art, folklore and horror altogether.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
C+ 63% Yesterday (2019) Director Danny Boyle's eye for composition remains reliable, ensuring that Yesterday is handsome and well-made.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
B+ 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) One of the better horror anthologies to come along in a good while.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B- 63% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play experiments with a few new things that work, but it can't quite succeed at getting its thoughtful side to merge seamlessly with its retro camp horror side.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019