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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
52% Risen (2016) "The greatest mystery of all remains: why create a plodding-along movie about an investigator trying to reason away the divine and an investigation whose twists and turns we can read all about in the original, a good book? " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
83% Deadpool (2016) "The spandex-stretches of irreverence and genre ridicule do enough to dress up what remains a formulaic story. When the scoffs turns smirky, though, Deadpool gets tiresome. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
11% The Choice (2016) "The Choice, hooked up to a sap-dripping IV, drifts through The Instant Attraction, eyelid-flutters through The Sudden Misfortune, and flatlines with The Miracle. Sparks-style, sadness is sanctified as the tear-distilled purity-essence of love. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
72% Dreams of a Life (2012) "How awfully, strangely death can void a personal identity. The filling-in of the chalk outline remains sketchy, as Morley well knows. This docu-obituary's sharply aware of its own bit-ness, its partial-ness. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Nelson's work, feeling more fragmented than kaleidoscopic, falls short of '60s-activist docs The Weather Underground (2002) or 1971 (2014). But sobering images and snippets of poetic insight linger. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
89% Tokyo Godfathers (2003) "Hana tends to swoon into stereotype, her theatricality and campiness infecting the other non-hetero characters here, with so many of them wailing or sobbing. The story's comedy and pathos can be similarly overwrought, too. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
17% The 5th Wave (2016) "Mostly, the movie evaporates into misty clichés and sentiment. Military scenes play out like first-person shooter games. Cassie earnestly declaims, 'Hope makes us human,' but it's this movie's obvious hope for a sequel that makes it so Hollywood. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
66% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) "Only a few of the personal responses or reminiscences here are truly interesting. But it's Giger's images alone which hold our gaze, confronting and confounding us, intriguing and chilling, snaking and startling. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
8% Norm of the North (2016) "As sub-par as the Arctic is sub-zero, Norm of the North is a lumbering snooze. Even some bad puns would have at least made Norm of the North a little more bearable. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
85% Victoria (2015) "Beyond the drawn-out patter of predictable story beats, Victoria's basic problem is that its wanton wanna-bes behave 'so stupid,' yet the movie keeps trying to give their sloppiness and its own scruffiness a mytho-poetic arthouse profundity. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
92% Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) (2001) "A chase film that's chasing after films. All the world's a set as cinema and reality thrillingly blur in this second feature from Satoshi Kon. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 9, 2016
80% A Letter to Momo (2014) "Here, magic-realism and emotional realism run together. The story can lapse into jokiness or drag its heels a little. But when Momo's anguish bursts, and she soon realizes how sad her mother's truly been, the film bursts to life. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
68% Perfect Blue (1999) "The mood is spot-on, then deliriously spottier. As Mima's sense of what's real dissolves, the film spins mirror-plates of possible realities, shattering them on the set of Mima's film before a B-movie-ish action-climax and a too-pat whodunit? reveal. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "The images here lash and last; the story creaks and groans. Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography is brilliant; it's as if we're looking back at this past through a water-sloshed spyglass, darkly. The simpler story's too rote and modern, though. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
65% Krampus (2015) "If this black-comedy horror had had more deep, dark laughs and less drawn-out, what's-around-the-corner horror, it could have been a helliday cult-classic contender. The movie loses too much of its satirical spirit. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
95% Sister (2012) "It's a Dardennes-like move that Meier makes here, plunking us down, without judgment, in the middle of a low life. Just 13 here, Klein, who debuted in Meier's Home at 10 as the son Julien (a name he uses here as an alias) is remarkable. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
94% Creed (2015) "Subtly, smartly, writer-director Ryan Coogler bobs and weaves around racial identity even as this Rocky 2.0 expertly does what it's been coached to do--belt us with one bruising, pulsating boxing movie. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
90% Mississippi Grind (2015) "Its lead double-act and almost-pointed pointlessness are enough to nudge it over the line. There's a faintly raffish charm to most shuffling-along scenes here. In the end, though, the story bobbles. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
66% The Night Before (2015) "Such a ragged, staggering, let-it-all-hang-out bro-comedy that the women feel parachuted in. Strains to be a Christmas movie for '80s babies now all grown up but umbilically attached to their smartphones. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "The convicts are like actors trapped on a set, their awareness of a line between this-is-just-an-experiment and playing power-games dissolving. Zimbardo comes off as a Faustian fiend; the film itself glitters and glares a bit too simply and devilishly. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
19% Love the Coopers (2015) "Lots of photogenic folks serve up white whine, usually weak laughs, or suddenly candid chats with strangers. The Hollywood contrivances are cringing. Dundering in its efforts to melt your heart to slush. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) "The sordid yet mundane (making it all the sadder) story of a black community plagued by police unconcern, with the men closest to the accused almost shruggingly inured to his voyeurism and predation. (The impressive fighters here are female.) " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Can be a bit frantic and antic; the ending's more schmaltzy than Schulzy. But the sad-sack, what's-the-point-of-it-all? adult humour sneaks in. Pretty much the least disappointing feature-film adaptation America's most famous comic-strip could get. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
44% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) "Beyond its tardy, fitful contribution to the undead evolution, this teen flick's apparently never heard of the actual women's revolution. So we're treated to some B-horror fun here and there, increasingly buzzkilled by horny-moan, male-it-in humour. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85% Steve Jobs (2015) "Too theatrical, hyper-chatty, and self-involved to become truly involving or insightful. Then comes its crash of an ending, a system-error so staggeringly redemption-reaching that you may glimpse the ghost-image of Christ himself on the frozen screen. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "Exposition, backstory, and action-dialogue cliché are all tossed into the pot and stirred up real bad. A hocus-pocus hodge-podge of balderdash and humbuggery. The only smells wafting from this cauldron are the odour of silliness and stench of stupidity. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
77% Goosebumps (2015) "The eeks, freaks and bumps-in-the-night in Goosebumps are fine, even fun. It's the goosing of this adolescent-targeting fright-flick into a teen-romance that takes the wild romp out of it. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
70% Crimson Peak (2015) "Sumptuously stylized and sound-scaped; there are a few Victorian moments of sublimated psychosexuality. But the sensation-novel plot and ghost-story atmosphere are too steamed-out here, chugging on; the ending gets too stabby, brutal and modern. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
26% Pan (2015) "A postmodern splish-splash, this film ziplines here, there, everywhere. The movie's feel skids from circus-tent carnivalesque to amusement-park giddiness. Never boring, Pan's also never sure what it wants to be. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
52% Hyena Road (2016) "Canada's own war-on-terror film can't get beyond embedding us among the troops (GoPro-style shots, military code and jargon) to strike at any deep, dark truths about the recent war in Afghanistan. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
92% The Martian (2015) "This stranded-astronaut movie can't muster all that much drama. Watney's crewmates just can't convey much emotion; Watney mostly emits smart-ass movie lines. NASA's tech and its astronauts' gutsiness and smarts are glorified to the point of porn-iness. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
93% Sicario (2015) "Horror masquerading as action-thriller; a desert-Gothic descent into the nightmare-grotesquerie of Mexico's narco-war. Brutal and dismal in its Stygian twists, Sicario indicts the drug-war as a relentlessly macho, end-justifies-any-means battle. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
61% The Intern (2015) "Faux-feminist and whitewashily liberal. A movie that wants us to feel bad for a female executive-who's actually high-power-privileged-only for a great white father-substitute to be her perpetual personal cheer-er is far from feminist and damn near stupid. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
No Score Yet Milk (2015) "A more incisive, complex, contextualized (and less stilted) discussion of delivering babies and then delivering milk to them may not go down as easily, but it would be more nutritious food for thought than we ultimately get with Milk. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "Boilerplates the YA-gloomy-future fad down to an obstacle-course at the worst-ever summer camp. Plot points are struck with predictable force; line after line battles hopelessly with cliché; camera shots are fired so routinely they feel pre-programmed. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
73% Everest (2015) "Everest, the movie, in showing how the mountain conquers man, never explains the torturous trek's appeal, and that monstrous Himalayan peak ends up dwarfing the human stories here, struggling for air. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
64% The Visit (2015) "'Welcome to M Night Shyamaland! What's that? The new one? Well, there's creepy stuff, a Hansel and Gretel bit, grandma gets loony, the ride gets a bit Psycho with a kitchen knife and a basement, and...well, the last section's a bit rickety, really.' " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
45% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "Here, Bryson's a wizened cipher, wrapped in a grizzled grump, inside a pickled jerk. Patter gets pat, wise old-guy talk vies with lame wisecracks, and slapstick turns slapschtick. This slog's a waste of time and space. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
67% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) "Too child-directed and broadly characterized; the commercial-minded, Disney-style high-stakes is a padding out of pondering-ness to ponderousness. This adaptation's more pose-y and cutesy than question-posing or poetically profound. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
45% No Escape (2015) "The Amazing Race remixed with The Killing Fields as a disaster-film, with anti-Asian racism simmering hatefully up from the bottom of the pot. An atrocity in its retrograde, racist exploitation of civil strife for tawdrily thrilling ends. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
100% Burning Bush (2014) "In its focus on everyday citizens, Burning Bush kindles and then fans a flickering hope for the masses of individuals down and out, waiting and wanting to rise up, consumed not by hate or fear but a desire for a fairer system and better lives. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
91% Valentine Road (2015) "Plumbs the pathetic depths of intolerance and distorted compassion in one of the supposedly most liberal states in the union. Its panoramic and both-sides approach to a brutal, traumatizing act of retaliatory violence chills and stills the heart. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
90% When Marnie Was There (2015) "A work as lush and lovely as you'd hope for from a studio that long ago made it clear that films about girls' magical inner lives were for everyone--and anyone who cares about maturely considered, deeply considerate cinema. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "So badly based on a video game that, with every new level of bland cool or serious silliness, you'll wish Mr 47 would scissor-jump barrels to blow Donkey Kong's brains out, or cart-chase Super Mario--anything to make this exciting at some bullet-point. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) "That it all (mostly) works is some kind of small, mix-a-lot miracle. There's both wry comedy and dark laughs; only the action scenes are where the genres and tones don't come to a full boil. Still, all the non-spy-action-y stuff is pretty damn good. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "The ho-humminess of it all, punctuated by Movie Moments, warbles on. Even goes out like a treacly little jingle, not a burst of raging-'gainst-the-light rock 'n' roll fury, signifying something--hell, anything. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "After racing out of the Brandenburg Gate, Ritchie bottles up all the period-flavour with no fizz; there's no real pop here to go along with the cool '60s culture. Not that the story's much more than B-rate bond. After two hours of this, you'll cry uncle. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
56% Paper Towns (2015) "This movie's relationship to teen-romance--flirting with it, undercutting it, swooning back into its clichéd thrall--is frustrating and intriguing in spurts. By the end, it's more like it's-a-wrap than the messy, crumpled-up drafts of life. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Schumer's script does offer, for much of its game-time, some anti-heroine unlikeableness, anti-rom-com laughs, and a sense that, hey, pretty much all relationships--family, friends, lovers--are wonky and wrecky. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
55% Minions (2015) "So much here's fairly uninspired, lacking depth and detail, or not so zippily zany. Mostly these underlings just underperform. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
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