Brian Gibson

Brian Gibson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Favorites:
Citizen Kane Ran Three Colours: Red
Publications:
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Total Reviews:
572
Total QuickRatings:
77
Location:
Nova Scotia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " This sequel masks the tragically personal--loss, grief, guilt--beneath sparking screwball romance. Swings a fine line between comic-book lightness and ever-approaching tragedy ... when time runs out, even for the most wise-cracking young hero." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " At least this comedy goes well beyond the bunch of creative revenge ploys that these next-door nemeses wreak on each other. Neighbors isn't straight-As, bring-down-the-house smart-funny, but it's no drop-out, sprawling, lame block party of a flick either." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " This reboot, for some un-godzilla-y reason, doesn't want to admit it's a creature-feature B-movie. Serious actors seriously try to make their running-down-a-corridor or obsession-with-a-contaminated-site or stares-at-a-monster very dramatic and believable" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The period details and zeitgeist echoes--along with one bravura sequence--make this another entertaining entry, though this rebooted, revised and repopulated franchise is starting to see diminishing returns." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " Blessedly written by someone who's not Sandler--and it's almost passable, even palatable ... until the movie throws in vagina-size jokes. And passes off tomboys as weird non-men. And goes to "Africa."" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " There are a million moments in which to contemplate your own demise while watching the smug self-indulgence and cheap, overelaborated non-comedy of this vanity project." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
48% Maleficent (2014) " Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just?" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " This hypothetical hype-fest is alternately gonzo and tedious, though Jodorowsky can be an engaging self-promoter. There are some nice touches but it's all a bit much: too much of a muchness; too much hypo-hype; too much obsessing over what will never be." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " More story than testosterone, more time-jump-cuts than spacey filler, and more war-as-hell than war-as-cool. Leaves you pondering if we're 'masters of our fate' or just action-figures going through the emotions in some supreme player's idea of a war game." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Speaks truth to cancer, only to wade into the puddles of tears it jerks, then bathe there by hyper-eulogizing itself; it even reduces the Anne Frank house to a metaphor for Hazel's struggle and foreplay for the star-crossed lovers' loss of virginity. Ugh." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " Blathers on like an unoriginal stand-up's meandering riff on 'Remember when you used to have sex all the time?' Pathetically prudish in its avoidance of frontal nudity and its finale, where Annie and Jay watch their tape, cringing and wincing all the way " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " In its social-warfare parable, The Purge: Anarchy crassly reflects a recognizable 21st-century America--where could-be neighbours would rather be me-first, shooting-sprees are practically sanctioned by the state, and $ often comes before community." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " This rotor movie's rote in places, too talky, and overstuffed with characters. Worst of all, one 'copter is a stereotypical Native; second-worst is Dipper, the main female character, a dippy, clingy, quasi-stalker type. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
88% When I Walk (2013) " So much of this documentary is like a smattering of poor selfies and vlog entries--context-less, background-less and persistently, frustratingly short on details--that it remains less memorable than your average Hollywood disability biopic." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " At first, it looks so smart that it's easy to miss the emptiness behind the sharp design and snappy patter. In the end, it's a collection of scenes sticking to a simplistic adage: 'You can take the boys out of Jersey but not Jersey out of the boys.'" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Pretends to be a post-racial couples' night gone wild, but it's chock-filled with retrograde gender stereotypes-when the camera's not ogling Vegas. Also offers lazy mocking of foreign accents and a homophobic 'joke' about a short-haired woman in a cell." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " From its stereotypes and endlessly quipping tinpot has-been-bro-heroes to its brazen product placement, pandering to the Chinese market, and incessant bombast, this flick's the nadir of 21st-century F/X blockbusters--no weight or wonder, just clanking off" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) " Despite Bertolucci's keen eye, Antinori's wolfish face, Falco's impressive work (watch her mischievous smile turn into a lean, hungry, vengeful stare in a bravura scene), and a few striking moments, a strong sense of going-through-the-motions persists." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
80% Reality (2013) " In this echo chamber of fame-for-fame's-sake, real life imitates reel life. There's a lurid, Felliniesque sheen to Garrone's floating camerawork; this is reality tweaked, dialed up to 10.1. And there's a cheeky, sideways satire of Roman Catholicism." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Addicted to pat lines and clichéd scenes of individual heroism or sentimental nonsense, from the usual battle between alpha males to the Florence Nightingale stereotype of an often weepy but sweet and soothing woman (Keri Russell) cooing over a baby ape." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) " A Spielbergian adventure flick targeted at tweens who tweet, this is an intermittently interesting tale about three kids who, mainly, discover that technology is even more really, really awesome and cool than any of us earthlings ever thought." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " Falls into that narrow crevice between cringe comedy and working-class drama. Then, deep underground, long out of the range of humour, it flails where no one can hear it, drawing scenes out into shapeless, squalid things. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
79% 112 Weddings " Deftly rips the veil off a day that mainstream culture still sappily proclaims is about 'soulmates' ... when we all know it's about one managed moment, full of statement and purpose and signifying an awful lot, in a life we can't possibly plan for." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
57% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " Jags and lags, offering no buzz at all to its trips into road-movie, bromance and stoner-comedy territory. It's all a rather genial, homegrown failure at a scheming-and-conning crop of a comedy." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
62% Draft Day (2014) " The longer this picks-pic runs its plays, the safer and more sanitized it seems, until this romanticizing ad is like a crazed safety, covering way more of the backfield (backroom drama, office romance, family drama, etc.) than ever becomes interesting." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
48% Rio 2 (2014) " There are moments, mainly from the menagerie of menacers, but, flying mostly on feather-light plots, this avian animation just isn't flockin' hilarious." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky manages to transform a story, hokey on paper and even on reflection, into a spiritual flood-saga that's pretty damned immersive and elemental in its power." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " This dystopia flick offers a pseudo-allegory for teenagehood along with a predictable plot, bland setting, and pat romance. So it conforms to today's alt-world teen-film formula." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
—— Nairobi Half Life " Crackles to more than half-life amid the bustle of the big city, with a matter-of-factness about getting by that's almost documentary-like in its relaxed realism." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
92% The Freshman (College Days) (1925) " In a comedy of emulation, idolizing and popularity, the flimsy mannequins of maleness stand out as Lloyd gives the old college try to becoming a fresh man by being a stale model. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
94% Heavenly Creatures (1994) " It remains, two decades on, a vertiginous, surreal psycho-portrait of adolescent girlhood's dramas and despairs--Little Town on the Prairie gone Badlands." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
85% Bottle Rocket (1996) " It's only in the finale of Bottle Rocket, brimming over with poignant male self-delusion, that the flair and sizzle of Anderson's future promise returns." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
29% Pompeii (2014) " Rapidly burnt by a volcanically ludicrous story, Pompeii rumbles and crumbles, over-baking itself into a frothy crisp--puffery on the outside and clichéd passions within." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
—— Sex After Kids (2014) " From its good-natured, cheery effort at amusement to its dramatic hot flashes of mild irritation between couples, it's all a mildly earnest, mildly pleasant time." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
100% About Elly (2009) " Farhadi's expert at foreboding; these vacationers' sheer exultation is soon limned by a sense of life as coming tragedy, its sure and steady sadness rolling in like the surf." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) " Laughton's only film makes up, in atmospherics and its horribly righteous wrongdoer, for lapses into talkiness and staginess. There are the moody, often German Expressionist shots and that twinkling gleam to the word-crafty, preaching predator's malice." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Drives the anti-hero focus of so many superb viewer-identification series into a new frontier: nationalism. The pair's state-of-the-union is at the star-sickled, hammer-spangled heart of the show. Romances are nearly always mission-bound con-jobs. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
93% Being John Malkovich (1999) " There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
18% Devil's Due (2014) " A by-the-blueprint Prenatal Activity stalking a boring white couple as Satan's spawn gestates in her womb. But it's the ubiquity of cameras that seems most infernal--is there anywhere a lens won't follow? Forget hell--it's more like eternal HAL." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
81% Road to Perdition (2002) " Crisply, starchily self-conscious in its efforts to be a gangster epic. A pretty-enough remote place, with its rain and snow and fedoras and trenchcoats, but it's still a long way from Boardwalk Empire and Miller's Crossing. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
—— The Staircase 2 " Appalls in its presentation of the sheer incompetence of one 'expert' and builds that rare feeling-of watching and waiting to see if, just maybe, a victim of injustice will be released from a virtual death-sentence." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " A hulking, Rob Ford-like movie; a lazy, drunken-stupor mess. The non-comedy includes Burgundy telling his ex she's 'like a mentally ill whore having PMS from the 1800s.' Slapdash, flat, bloated (119 min.) and gratingly full of its own white-power bulls**t" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " Even Niall's schtick of whipping up or quieting down a mass of waiting fans seems the most innocuous metaphor imaginable for the manipulation that, unexamined here, lies at the hollow heart of all this manufactured stardom and its manufactured followers." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
59% Riddick (2013) " A general scuzziness and dinginess starts to creep over the picture like a mold ... soon, it's hard to get your heart-rate up over whether or not the coming wave of scorpo-aliens kill these scowling, sneering bags of man-meat." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
29% The Family (2013) " American family, presumed obnoxious by French villagers, deals with problems by being obnoxiously, smugly violent. The daughter, when not beating people up, is a moist-eyed virgin eroticized by the camera, all her romantic aspirations cringingly mawkish." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) " A nicely tangled, smartly paced and cold little thriller-nothing more, nothing less." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Should be re-titled Periods of Satire, Broken by Scattered Jokes of Varying Quality, Sun-Burning Colour and Sudden Storm-Surge-Pacing." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " Mixes the vacuous and tedious, slick and predictable, smarmy and smug. There's gambling lingo, racism or sleaziness spouting from the mouths of male a**holes, conversations steaming with banal bluster, and tropical scenes out of perfume and liqueur ads." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Stuffs male jackassery into a paper-thin piñata of a contrived plot, then blindly bashes us over the head, again and again, with a stick marked 'SEE WHAT AN OLD MAN AND A YOUNG BOY CAN GET AWAY WITH!'" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " From its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment start 'til its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment end, this flick's got a severe case of the Messiah Complex. Lots of human-phobia here--it's 100-percent gravitas and humourless inhumanity." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
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