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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 The Addams Family (2019) James Berardinelli With sledgehammer subtlety, it transforms the antics of the titular clan into a tract for political correctness. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/4 Mary (2019) James Berardinelli Mary is more mediocre than bad but there's nothing here to catch the attention of anyone serious about their horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) James Berardinelli The film promises more than the by-the-numbers climax it delivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 The Laundromat (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/4 Joker (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 The Day Shall Come (2019) James Berardinelli The Day Shall Come is an angry film - funny at times but with an acidic underpinning. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
1/4 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) James Berardinelli An unwatchable piece of excrement. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Downton Abbey (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/4 Don't Let Go (2019) James Berardinelli Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Official Secrets (2019) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 () James Berardinelli Once one overcomes any cinematic cultural differences, what Nayagan has to offer is universally compelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
3.5/4 Annie Hall (1977) James Berardinelli 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/4 Angel Has Fallen (2019) James Berardinelli Angel Has Fallen feels like it was cobbled together with cliched action scenes and circumstances overused by the once-popular TV series 24. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 Ready or Not (2019) James Berardinelli It's the kind of thing we might have gotten if Monty Python had made a gothic-tinged horror movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
2.5/4 After the Wedding (2019) James Berardinelli After the Wedding is competently made and appealing in an exaggerated soap opera-tinged fashion but, as is often the case with remakes, the original is the stronger version and the next generation version fails to make a strong case for its raison d'être. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) James Berardinelli The movie's charm comes from its ability to conjure up the innocence of the twilight of childhood; its humor arises from the adult perspective of certain not-so-innocent things. Good Boys may not be for everyone but my funny bone was tickled. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
2.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) James Berardinelli Although Where'd You Go, Bernadette suffers from an ungainly structure and uneven pacing, the production as a whole is engaging and uplifting. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) James Berardinelli Blinded by the Light is a one-third Bruce Springsteen hagiography, one-third kitschy '80s recreation, and one-third feel-good father/son coming together. Surprisingly, however, it works. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/4 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) James Berardinelli At best, The Angry Birds Movie 2 could be viewed as a 90-minute diversion for kids who have already exhausted Disney's significant 2019 output. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/4 Ode to Joy (2019) James Berardinelli Instead of being a song to lift the heart, Ode to Joy is a discordant, off-key tune that lasts too long. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) James Berardinelli With so many characters and subplots crammed into a 100-minute running time, it's no surprise that none are given the space to gain heft. The end result is something that feels like it should have been much better than it is. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) James Berardinelli There's a problem with the kinds of bloated action sequences that form the skeleton, muscle, and flesh of something like Hobbs & Shaw - a lack of excitement. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 Astronaut (2019) James Berardinelli It's meant to be consumed quickly and easily and the resulting taste is bland. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) James Berardinelli Chock-full of brilliant moments, great performances, and a sense of '60s Hollywood infused with a mix of fairy tale nostalgia and clear-eyed realism. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/4 Supervized (2019) James Berardinelli To an extent and for a while, the film gets by primarily on the strength of its tepid and uneven humor. However, when it's forced to draw on comic book tropes, it loses steam. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) James Berardinelli The end result is life-affirming and the average viewer is likely to leave the film feeling uplifted. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 The Lion King (2019) James Berardinelli Calling it a "worthy successor" would be a stretch. Better instead to call it a reason to visit theaters at a time when such "reasons" are becoming increasingly few and far between. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/4 Crawl (2019) James Berardinelli The film delivers what it promises and it's hard to believe many fans of the genre are going to leave Crawl disappointed, even if it doesn't overreach its admittedly limited grasp. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 Stuber (2019) James Berardinelli Stuber is as bland and generic a mismatched buddy action-comedy as you're likely to find. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Sting (1973) James Berardinelli The Sting adopts the playful, quasi-comedic tone evident throughout much of Butch Cassidy. On the whole, however, this is a more upbeat endeavor. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) James Berardinelli Midsommar has that sort of staying power, which makes it a better choice for horror aficionados than the other midsummer garbage currently being dumped into theaters. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) James Berardinelli Even though Talbot opts for a quasi-humorous approach to the subject matter, the comedic edge can't hide an underlying sadness about what this all means. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) James Berardinelli With a dose of comedy, a dash of romance, and some CGI-heavy battles, the film accomplishes what it needs to do. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/4 Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) James Berardinelli Many animated films are pitched at kids and, as such, often seem condescending. There's nothing of that sort here. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
2.5/4 Ophelia (2018) James Berardinelli There wasn't much to Hamlet's Ophelia and there's not a lot more to this production's version of her. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
3/4 Yesterday (2019) James Berardinelli Weaknesses aside, it's a feel-good experience with more to recommend it than the obligatory nostalgia trip associated with half-century old songs. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/4 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) James Berardinelli It's hard to say whether Annabelle Comes Home represents a new low for films set in the Conjuring Universe but it's the most obviously commercial, quickly assembled with little concern... EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
1/4 Child's Play (2019) James Berardinelli Although Child's Play is only 90 minutes long, it's one of those movies where you check your watch so often you think it has stopped. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) James Berardinelli Although parting is such sweet sorrow, I hope this is goodbye. It's time to go and the ending offers a graceful, hopeful exit. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) James Berardinelli Whoever spearheaded this halfhearted resurrection should be fitted with a golden parachute. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 Shaft (2019) James Berardinelli What the film fails to deliver in adrenaline, it makes up for with testosterone-flavored laughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Plus One (2019) James Berardinelli For romance junkies, the film checks all the boxes. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) James Berardinelli This isn't Jarmusch at his best but it's more accessible than some of his films and doesn't demand more from an audience than to sit back and be amused. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) James Berardinelli Although not "bad" in a conventional sense, it's a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn't have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019