Bernard Boo

Bernard Boo
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T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home is arguably the cutest, funniest, most entertaining comic book superhero movie of the year. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
6.8/10 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) The cast's spot-on performances are worth the price of admission, but I can't help but think how great the film could have been, if only it were more comfortable in its own skin. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
6.8/10 No Score Yet Someone I Used To Know (2013) Someone I Used to Know is a fun watch, but only a so-so example of the talky subgenre. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
6.1/10 85% Resolution (2013) Though Resolution has some significant flaws, it's important that films like it get made and that filmmakers like Moorehead and Benson continue to aim high and take chances. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
6.3/10 74% Red Flag (2013) Though the premise of Red Flag is meta by nature, at the end of the day it amounts to little more than a decently entertaining yet largely dispensable road trip movie. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.9/10 No Score Yet The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012) What makes this film work is the passion Paul Bunnell injects into it; he obviously loves and is a connoisseur of the genres he pays homage to. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.1/10 No Score Yet Menatek Ha-maim (The Cutoff Man) (2012) While Gabi's story easily could have been told as a short film, the added length helps the emotional heft of his plight sink in deep. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
8.2/10 86% The Attack (2013) The lasting images Doueiri conjures are what I ultimately took with me after all was said and done, and the droning, ambient electronic music he pairs with the visuals adds a surprising amount of tension and mood. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
8.8/10 94% Stories We Tell (2013) It's thrilling, with emotional highs and lows that are intensified by the fact that we're watching real people-a real family-have their world shaken and turned upside-down. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
9/10 76% Simon Killer (2013) A raw, primal film that will leave you emotionally and psychologically stripped. Though a feeling of unease and dissonance pervades it, its cinematic elements are immaculate. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
8.7/10 98% Short Term 12 (2013) Short Term 12 lives and breathes true reality onto the movie screen better than most documentaries can. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.1/10 No Score Yet Rue Mandar (2013) Rue Mandar isn't going to win any awards for creativity or innovation in storytelling, but it introduces a bit of wickedness and morbidity into the family dramedy formula that gives it more resonance. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
6.7/10 73% Populaire (2013) Despite a painful lack of narrative originality, Populaire's peppy charm, game cast, and spectacular bubblegum imagery save the day and make it fun, at least. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.2/10 79% Out in the Dark (2013) Out in the Dark creates an atmospheric sense of tension that soaks into every scene, but what's slightly lacking here are surprises. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
8.2/10 94% Museum Hours (2013) Cohen examines the skill of looking-looking at art, looking at film, looking at the world around you. He observes the art, and we observe his art, watching intently as he films intently. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.7/10 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Much Ado About Nothing is light, good-humored fun. It's sparkly and summery and full of laughs, though the modern setting doesn't gel with the Elizabethan material quite as well as I'd hoped. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
5.2/10 47% Mademoiselle C (2013) Constant has resigned from constructing anything resembling a narrative arc with Mademoiselle C. It's so anecdotal that it feels like a music video highlight reel of the lives of fashion moguls. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
6.9/10 34% LUV (2013) A woefully contrived tale of delinquent father-figures and inescapable pasts, but it succeeds as a platform for its excellent cast to exhibit their masterful acting skills. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
8/10 83% Like Someone in Love (2013) Like Someone in Love might initially feel elusive and trying, but the more you give of yourself to the movie, the more it gives back. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
8/10 100% Life According To Sam (2013) Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine have crafted an inspirational, triumphant, and uplifting tale that educates as it stirs your emotions. Sam and his family are beautiful, beautiful people, and their unflinching optimism is awe-inspiring. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
6.6 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) It's a shame that the excellent central storyline gets so obstructed and mucked up by all the noise, spectacle, and pageantry. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/10 28% Jobs (2013) The film's major moving parts are damaged, effectively crashing the machine. Send this one back to the factory. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7/10 57% No se aceptan devoluciones (Instructions Not Included) (2013) Instructions Not Included's humor, while effective, feels confused as to who it's aimed at. The physical gags are unapologetically slapstick and cartoony. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.4/10 92% In a World... (2013) In a World... is a clever, character-centric comedy that's got a great cast and is framed by such a strangely peculiar backdrop that it sets itself apart. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
7.8/10 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) Has Almodóvar's filthy comedic mind lost its edge during his extended respite? No-his edge is sharp, and he's still fiendishly provocative, no question. He had me constantly shaking my head in disbelief at the dirty things he got me to laugh at. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8.7/10 88% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) Herzog lends the golden touch that is his voice to the film, making the grueling, harsh winter landscape lyrical and poetic. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
6.2/10 No Score Yet Ghosts With Shit Jobs (2012) There is serious potential that lies beneath the surface of Ghosts with Shit Jobs, but sadly, it isn't realized. The film has moments of brilliance, but these moments are fleeting and soon-forgotten. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9.1/10 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Fruitvale Station will rattle you to the core. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link pushes the boundaries of the hand-crafted medium in spectacular ways, though the story at the heart of it doesn't live up to the high standard of the animation itself. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 62% Evil Dead (2013) What makes the film work is that it's not completely consumed with hitting every single beat from the original. It paves its own gory path, though the spirit of Raimi and Campbell can be felt throughout. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8.2/10 92% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) It would be entertaining enough to simply set Ricky Jay in front of a camera and let him talk, but Bernstein captures the essence of Jay's persona in a way that's as intimate and riveting as his routines. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
6.7/10 69% C.O.G. (2013) We should love these characters, but Alvarez hurries by them and doesn't give us much of a chance to get acquainted. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
7.8/10 66% Byzantium (2013) What resonates most about Byzantium aren't its flaws, but its truly remarkable strengths-the themes of identity and trust; the richly textured, alluring imagery; the brilliantly acted relationships. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8.4/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) Though Allen opted to not endow Blue Jasmine with his travelogue visual flare that I've grown fond of, Blanchett provides so much to chew on and gawk at that she single-handedly makes the film a certifiably significant work. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
6.7/10 83% Blue Caprice (2013) Moors exercises taste by not sensationalizing the violence or playing it for shock value, but refraining from showing the murders entirely would have been much, much more tasteful. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9.3/10 97% Before Midnight (2013) Unblemished and smooth-as-silk, flowing from one moment to the next like water. It's a seamless experience. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
7/10 31% Austenland (2013) Hess' bread and butter shines through; the silly, elastic facial expressions, the shameless pratfalls, witty exchanges, and Coolidge's golden one-liners kept me laughing all the way through and saved the experience from being a regrettable one. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
7.8/10 78% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) With Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Lowery has all the pieces to the puzzle, but just can't put them together like the master can, though his creation is undeniably beautiful in its own right. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
6.7/10 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) Focus is what's sorely lacking here, tonally. The smart-ass exchanges between the comedy-centric ensemble generally read as light-hearted and clever, no edgier than what you'd see on The Office. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 94% A Band Called Death (2013) More than a rock-doc, though it sure does rock. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9/10 78% You're Next (2013) You're Next is an absolute beast of a horror picture that's so fierce, barbaric, and terrifying that the guy sitting next to me in the theater started to convulse from fright and leaped over his chair and bolted out of the theater. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
8.8/10 99% Wadjda (2013) Wadjda is unstoppable, and the character will no doubt serve to empower many young Saudi girls. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
8.5/10 No Score Yet The Zigzag Kid (Nono, het Zigzag Kind) (2014) It's nice to see a challenging topic being tackled in a family-friendly film like this. The Zigzag Kid's irresistible charm leaps off the screen thanks to Bal's flourishing imagery and gifted cast. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7.5/10 70% The We and the I (2013) While The We and the I is visually more grounded in reality than most of Gondry's famous works, it's still incredibly colorful and striking. Virtually the entirety of the film takes place inside the bus, with the illusion of real time. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
8.9 83% The Story Of Luke (2013) Mayo and Pucci work together to create a portrayal of a young autistic male with authenticity and taste. Luke is not a caricature, nor is his condition understated. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7.9/10 85% The Patience Stone (2013) If you listen, watch, and submit to the film's admittedly glacial pace, you'll be rewarded with a wonderful, soul-stirring filmic experience. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7/10 69% Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (2013) Herb & Dorothy is still like the most uplifting, inspiring, beautifully shot episode of Hoarders ever, the perfect ending to an artful American romance. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
8.3/10 93% On The Job (2013) As the myriad plot elements begin to iron out and the true nature of the situation becomes clear, high-concept is replaced by high tension, intellect falls way to instinct and emotion, and an intense, pulsating, super-charged crime flick emerges. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
8.2/10 74% Concussion (2013) Writer-director Stacie Passon's debut feature is an accomplished first statement, with polished visuals, strong performances, and an ending that leaves you with a lot to chew on after leaving the theater. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7.2/10 86% We Are What We Are (2013) More family drama than gore fest, Mickle's film is driven by atmosphere and mystique, more concerned with creeping you out than making you hurl. - Way Too Indie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019