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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 51% Underwater (2020) Underwater will likely satisfy audiences who go in with appropriately established expectations because, for what it is, the film is solidly entertaining.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/4 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) The movie never breaks its rules and never loses sight of its objective.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 68% Bombshell (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
2.5/4 20% Cats (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's too bad that the Star Wars saga has saved the worst for last.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/4 74% Richard Jewell (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2.5/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) 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.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) At its best, this movie is searing. It pinpoints many of the little talked-about aspects of divorce that seem the least significant but hurt the most.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/4 71% The Aeronauts (2019) Overall, this is a well-acted peek back in history to an era when scientific and engineering techniques currently taken for granted were in their pioneering stages, impelled forward by humanity's insatiable desire to explore and conquer new vistas.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II is a worthy follow-up with enough heart, action, and music to entertain younger and older viewers alike.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) It's exceptional escapist entertainment for those who don't mind a little spice sprinkled into their cozy mystery.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A celebration of Mr. Rogers and the healing capabilities of his words and doctrine, the movie may not be a splashy as many of the year-end multiplex stocking stuffers but the experience it offers tugs effectively at the heart strings.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) Whether seen on the big screen or a small one, The Irishman is among 2019's best motion pictures and should receive its share of Oscar attention in 2020.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold takes Ford v. Ferrari out of the simple realm of the genre without entirely losing the vibe.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) This is one of the most enjoyable non-prestige offerings out there and, if it doesn't find its niche in theaters, it will certainly surface again in the home video market and become a favorite for Christmases to come.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Although Doctor Sleep is flawed, it's arguably the best of a surprisingly strong group of movies that prove King's enduring popularity as he enters his sixth decade as a professional writer.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The ingredients are appetizing but the final mixture curdles.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Just as many of the director's previous efforts have defied pigeonholing, Parasite delights in ping-ponging from one genre to another, defying expectations along the way.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The story introduces interesting new wrinkles and the ending, when considered in the context of a trilogy, makes this movie feel less like an extraneous add-on than a part of a larger tale.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) Erivo is a standout in this modest, well-intentioned story of courage and inspiration, and is worthy of consideration when Oscar nominations are handed out.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Moore was always bigger-than-life and that's how Murphy plays him. It's a strong performance of a character worthy of biopic treatment. Dolemite lives!‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse works because of the strength of the actors' performances, the power of their interaction, and the aura of incipient dread that saturates everything.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/4 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) It's a bit of a bore.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 100% Only Yesterday (1991) I have little in common with Takeo, yet I related to her experiences as if they were my own. This represents the genius of Takahata.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2.5/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) If you liked Zombieland, you'll probably like Zombieland: Double Tap, just not as much.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Mistress of Evil makes a conscious decision to address a subject that not many family films would touch with a ten-foot pole...then bungles the implications and the message.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 43% The Addams Family (2019) With sledgehammer subtlety, it transforms the antics of the titular clan into a tract for political correctness.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/4 4% Mary (2019) Mary is more mediocre than bad but there's nothing here to catch the attention of anyone serious about their horror.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) The film promises more than the by-the-numbers climax it delivers.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 42% The Laundromat (2019) Other filmmakers might have approached the material with more heat and passion. Soderbergh opts for an arm's-length style, using this as an opportunity to educate as much as entertain.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/4 69% Joker (2019) Although it may be difficult to "like" this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) The Day Shall Come is an angry film - funny at times but with an acidic underpinning.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) Although Judy doesn't adhere rigorously to the chronology of the main character's last months, it provides a compelling portrait of the tragic decline of one of America's 20th century icons.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
1/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) An unwatchable piece of excrement.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) The film's geography takes us on a cross-solar system journey but the real trajectory is deep into the human experience - finding meaning in life and coming to grips with being left behind.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The bottom line is simple: If you're a fan, you'll see the movie and most likely enjoy it. If you're unfamiliar with the Crawleys and their immense demesne, you'll give the screen spin-off a pass and not be the poorer for it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) There's something delicious about the way Hustlers delivers on its promise of glitz, sex, and raunchiness while delving far enough beneath the surface to subvert the genre.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Although Peter Straughan's stripped-down regurgitation of the story is faithful to Tartt's narrative in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Considering the challenges associated with adapting the second half of the novel, the filmmakers have done an adequate job, which is probably all that's needed to make Chapter Two a major box office success.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The genre tropes are all alive and well and Scary Stories delivers them with élan but the dispiriting ending hangs over everything like a pall. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 83% Official Secrets (2019) Although Official Secrets may take liberties with the historical record, it's effective as both a drama and a cautionary tale and the lessons it teaches are possibly more relevant in today's world than they were 15 years ago.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Nayagan (1987) Once one overcomes any cinematic cultural differences, what Nayagan has to offer is universally compelling.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
3.5/4 97% Annie Hall (1977) Romantic, honest, and touching - all the kinds of things one wants from a smart rom-com that refuses to be guided by the genre's tropes.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel Has Fallen feels like it was cobbled together with cliched action scenes and circumstances overused by the once-popular TV series 24.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019