James Verniere, Boston Herald

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Past articles by James:

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ resurrects spooky shtick for old fans

Curious kids unleash something that has something to do with Sumerians and Revelations 6:12 and threatens to, you know. → Read More

‘Julia’ a perfectly served look at life of beloved TV cooking icon

A wonderful film about a woman who changed the way women were seen on television and the way Americans thought about food. → Read More

Will Smith reigns in inspirational ‘King Richard’

Smith delivers the goods as the humble, lowly-born father, who turns his talented daughters into world-shaking champions. → Read More

‘Power of the Dog’ can’t fetch much sympathy for characters

While the acting is uniformly fine and the productions values first-rate, “The Power of the Dog” is almost relentlessly grim, frequently unpleasant and heavy-handed. → Read More

‘Finch’: Even a post-apocalyptic hellscape is OK with Tom Hanks & a dog

The Tom Hanks' vehicle “Finch” is “Cast Away” revisited. → Read More

‘The Souvenir: Part II’ a tight closeup on privilege and art

Honor Swinton Byrne has screen presence, and we care about her, even if she isn't exactly the most interesting person on the screen. → Read More

‘Spencer’ portrait of a princess as an unhappy wife

Kristen Stewart, who bears little resemblance to Diana, is the best thing about the film. → Read More

Looking for a Marvel-ous superhero movie? ‘Eternals’ isn’t it

“Eternals” is a queasy mix of problematic and confusing myth and soap opera issues. → Read More

Things go bump in the night and then some in ‘ROH’ fright film

Ominous stones rain down on the shack in the night. The little girl does something terrible. Along crawls under the house to see what is going on. New horror film law: Do not crawl under the house. → Read More

‘Last Night in Soho’ has lots of style, little substance

Edgar Wright's totally daft “Last Night in Soho” might have worked better as a musical. → Read More

‘Passing’ a rich, complex story of race, roots & cultural identity

A haunted tale about race and identity in America, where race and identity continue to be our most serious quandaries. → Read More

‘Becoming Cousteau’ takes deep dive into oceanographer’s message

Was there a more accomplished citizen of the 20th century than Jacques Cousteau? → Read More

‘Mass’ mines mines school-shooting tragedy, pain for art

While “Mass” can be accused of being manipulative ...it is a stunning showcase for its actors, who are usually seen in supporting roles. → Read More

Todd Haynes brings ‘The Velvet Underground’ art scene back to life

Haynes summons a vast amount of archival footage and still photographs, all of it carefully credited in the end, to tell his story. Warhol, he tells us, wanted to produce music, art and films together. It was a visionary undertaking, and he did it. → Read More

‘The Last Duel’ great for fans of Driver, Damon & medieval eye candy

More than anything else, “The Last Duel, which was co-written by Nicole Holofcener and Academy Award-winning writers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck resembles Akira Kurosawa's 1950 classic “Rashomon” with its competing narratives. → Read More

Out of Iceland, ‘Lamb’ presents something strange and familiar

An oddity from Iceland, “Lamb” comes to us from the land of the “little people” and the 1995 gem “Cold Fever.” → Read More

In ‘The Manor,’ Barbara Hershey finds terror in the nursing home

“The Manor” from former horror film reporter Axelle Carolyn, who wrote and directed, is “Suspiria” for geriatrics and a piece of horror movie fluff. But it is also entertaining and a bit scary with a strong cast headed by the still beautiful Barbara Hershey. → Read More

‘Addams Family 2’ fun running on fumes

The Addams Family remains “mysterious and spooky,” even in the new, completely uninspired film. → Read More

Nelson shines as ‘Old Henry’ revives the classic Western

The film begins with the sounds of insects and birds, and we know we are in a primal world of men, mud, chickens, horses and pigs that will eat anything. → Read More

‘Boris Karloff’ doc illuminates legend of classic horror

Boris Karloff gave arguably the most famous performance in film history as Mary Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 James Whale film “Frankenstein,” an early talking picture in which the actor delivered a virtual silent film performance. → Read More