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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 72% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Kids will enjoy it and parents will be sufficiently diverted that they won't be tempted to take a nap. It's disposable entertainment but the receptacle in question doesn't have to be a garbage disposal.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Here's a rare example of a Netflix prestige film that neither runs too long nor overstays its welcome.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/4 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) An entertaining if uneven mixture of post-World War II fact and fiction.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/4 85% Belushi (2020) Although mysteries remain, the film uncovers enough to re-enforce the maxim that fame and stardom can exacerbate rather than cure some ills of the soul.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/4 87% The Nest (2020) This is either a tragedy or horror movie, depending on your point of view. Maybe, in truth, it's both.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
2.5/4 83% Freaky (2020) Blumhouse has an uncanny ability to identify projects that sound compelling on paper but are less attractive when watched on-screen. Freaky is the latest of these.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
1.5/4 45% Fatman (2020) The Nelms had some ideas - a few good, a few bad - about making a different sort of Christmas movie but, when it came time to forge them into a movie, they stumbled badly.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/4 79% Let Him Go (2020) Casting turns out to be the best thing Bezucha could have done for this uneven screenplay. The pair makes Let Him Go worthwhile even when the storyline is poised to let us down.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
2/4 55% Come Play (2020) It feels like a Blumhouse throw-away, complete with the low-profile cast and last-act narrative twist.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Like it or hate it, the second Borat film, like the first one, offers the captivating quality of a train wreck or fatal car crash - even when you're horrified, you can't look away.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
2/4 50% The Witches (2020) Like far too many unnecessary remakes, The Witches doesn't do enough to justify its existence.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 40% Rebecca (2020) As remakes go, Rebecca is a serviceable take on a story that most viewers with a solid background in English literature will be familiar with.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 40% Honest Thief (2020) A tedious, overlong embarrassment that not even Liam Neeson's craggy countenance can save.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3.5/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful job of picking through months of testimony to find significant exchanges that speak a universal language about the corruption of power and the desire to silence opposition voices.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) I'd like to see a follow-up - only this time, get a real mystery writer involved at the screenplay stage.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2.5/4 60% Nocturne (2020) Although missing opportunities to present a memorable production, Quirke has crafted the kind of popcorn horror film that doesn't demand much from its audience and, in the process, delivers something unsettling.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
1/4 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Robert De Niro has made his share of nearly-unwatchable comedies so, although it's tempting to say The War with Grandpa is the worst, I can't say that definitively.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) The Forty-Year-Old Version provides a megaphone for a new voice in cinema.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2/4 45% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) There are some nice supporting performances - Liev Schreiber, Jude Law, Selena Gomez, and Cherry Jones - but the two leads are so bad that it hardly matters.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
1.5/4 43% The Lie (2020) This is the kind of movie that Mystery Science Theater 3K would have had a field day with. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/4 82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) This movie will likely go down as the definitive documentary about Alpert and, as such, it's not a bad way to be remembered.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/4 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) A shocking and disturbing gem that doesn't betray itself by softening things during the final act.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Engrossing but conventional - a well-told story whose evocative setting and vivid performances combine to produce a grim and lurid tableau.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) As gloomy as all of this may sound, July invests it with a lively energy that avoids a spiral into darkness and depression, no matter how bad things get.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 61% Blackbird (2020) Although Blackbird is effective as a buzz-kill and features a few nicely choreographed scenes, too little about the film feels like real life and who wants a fantasy film that's such a relentless downer?‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/4 48% Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) Director William Olsson appears unwilling to fully commit to the darkness that a movie of this sort would need to embrace to be both ephemerally disturbing (which it is) and memorable (which it isn't).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 28% Antebellum (2020) The movie never loses sight of its twin objectives: maintain suspense and emphasize a message about the enduring, pernicious power of racism.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
2.5/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Through it all, though, Viswanathan's live wire presence keeps the movie from overstaying its welcome even when it veers into sitcom territory.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/4 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Although there's a desire to give the benefit of the doubt to any filmmaker who was once involved in the creation of screen treasures, there comes a time when one must ruefully give up the hope that the future will be reflective of the past.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/4 87% Get Duked! (2020) Doff announces himself as a talent to be reckoned with. His feature debut seems destined for admission into the cult classic hall of fame.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 74% Mulan (2020) A compelling and engaging adventure that represents not only an effective retelling of the 1998 film but arguably the best of the studio's animated-to-live action reconstructions.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) The movie runs out of steam well before the halfway point and, after that, it seems to be going through the motions, as if everyone involved was having too good a time to put the meandering narrative out of its misery.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3.5/4 71% Tenet (2020) It's among the director's most ambitious efforts and is a match for his most narratively complicated screenplays.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The Personal History of David Copperfield can be deliciously, viciously devious in its pursuit of laughter.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 60% Tesla (2020) Those who prefer their bio-pics to unspool like history books chapters may at times be unimpressed by Tesla, which is more interested in applying non-standard cinematic tactics to enliven the facts rather than being enslaved by them.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/4 61% Chemical Hearts (2020) The result, although neither groundbreaking nor extraordinary within the genre, is sufficiently compelling to make this worthwhile for those with interest.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2.5/4 60% Project Power (2020) This movie is passable popcorn entertainment - a two-hour distraction... that won't stand the test of time but was never intended to.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
2/4 73% An American Pickle (2020) Like a bottled Vlassic Dill, this movie offers only an imitation flavor of something more genuine and robust.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
2.5/4 93% The Witches (1990) The Witches feels like a throwaway feature rather than a fully-realized fantasy adventure...‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
2.5/4 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) There are enough elements in The Burnt Orange Heresy to offer a fitfully entertaining 100 minutes.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2.5/4 93% Howard (2020) There's little here that couldn't be divined from Ashman's Wikipedia article and it seems a shame that someone responsible for four such extraordinary movies should be given such an unremarkable cinematic biography.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
2/4 85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) In the end... it's all a rather hollow experience (as is too often the case with existential horror).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/4 72% TRON (1982) Director Steven Lisberger treats his actors like props, which is understandable when one considers how technically oriented the project is.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
2.5/4 77% Summerland (2020) For what it is, Summerland is solidly made, but don't expect anything extraordinary from the production.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/4 61% Radioactive (2020) Just because a person's accomplishments are great, it doesn't follow that a movie about their life and achievements will be equally as compelling.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/4 79% Greyhound (2020) Hanks' script is an example of economical storytelling and the end result is a thrilling 75 minutes of the kinds of things one expects from well-made submarine movies.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
3/4 94% Palm Springs (2020) Palm Springs is a delightfully romantic flight-of-fancy with enough salt to avoiding becoming too saccharine and a story that proves there's room for more than one flavor of the Groundhog Day premise.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/4 81% The Old Guard (2020) If sequels are made with the same equal mix of character-based narrative and kick-ass action, then The Old Guard could represent the next franchise to become excited about.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3.5/4 98% Marty (1955) When speaking about Marty, Chayefsky called it "the most ordinary love story in the world." Therein lies its appeal.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
2/4 81% The Beach House (2020) Visiting The Beach House leads to a decidedly unremarkable experience.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020