Bruce Demara

Bruce Demara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
242

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 58% Rudderless (2014) " The film is a roller-coaster of emotions and the jolt, when it comes, will send you reeling. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 77% The Book of Life (2014) " A joyful, energetic but unconventional 3-D animated adventure with a distinct Latino flavour. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/4 89% These Final Hours " An intense and powerful what-if drama ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Green Prince (2014) " It's a harrowing tale of intrigue and betrayal, but also one of a friendship that survives despite extraordinary circumstances. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " Director Miguel Arteta, who's previous work is a mixed bag of television and film, gets almost everything right here, including bringing together a solid cast ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 31% Annabelle (2014) " If you're sighing heavily at the thought of yet another stupid horror movie involving an evil doll, here's a pleasant surprise: Annabelle is actually rather decent at raising the goose bumps. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/4 0% Kite (2014) " If you're satisfied with pure bloody action, Kite is the ticket. If you want a little emotional and intellectual engagement, try somewhere else. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3.5/4 93% Pride (2014) " That intriguing premise alone makes it worth giving Pride a look. A strong cast and a powerful story - based on real events, though one only learns that as the final credits roll - makes it a film worth recommending. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 29, 2014
3/4 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " It's important that, as we follow Hector's travels and travails, we see him as well-intentioned but flawed. Pegg allows that to come through. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3.5/4 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " [A] totally offbeat and original tale for kids (and adults) looking for something a little more challenging and completely off the wall. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Dr. Cabbie (2014) " Dr. Cabbie does something interesting. It takes a rather serious subject - the fact that immigrants bring vital skills to Canada that are cruelly wasted - and milks the issue for its comic possibilities. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " A solid entry into the film noir genre. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 No Score Yet Little Terrors " Gritty in its realism and topical in the issues it tackles, Little Terrors is an accomplished cinematic work that will resonate long into the future. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/4 69% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " There's some lovely underwater cinematography and a few dollops of suspense. But Dolphin Tale 2 is mostly an easy, breezy ride that will please younger audiences and their parents with its message of resilience and hope. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/4 27% As Above/So Below (2014) " While the film has a reasonably engaging cast and some decent scares, the script feels like an uneasy blend of The Blair Witch Project and Tomb Raider. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 44% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Does a film with haute couture as its heart guarantee an elegant cinematic experience? In the case of Yves Saint Laurent, a biopic about the legendary French couturier, the answer is a tired non. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 15, 2014
1.5/4 No Score Yet It Was You Charlie (2014) " Shirinian, a homegrown filmmaker making his feature-length film debut, is clearly talented behind the camera. It's in the screenwriting that he falters. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 35% The Giver (2014) " Once you've gotten the lesson at the heart of the film, the rest of The Giver seems almost redundant. It's rather a problem. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " If weak plotting isn't a big concern, then Into the Storm may be right up your tornado alley. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 86% Night Moves (2014) " Reichardt wisely leaves it for her audience to decide. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 47% About Alex (2014) " About Alex still has sufficient charm, wit and occasional wisdom to make it worthwhile. Just don't expect another Big Chill. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 60% Hercules (2014) " A surprisingly satisfying blend of action, adventure and swift plotting. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 66% Lucy (2014) " No one onscreen has the answers to the lofty questions Besson poses and, despite all the dizzying and splendid imagery of the film's closing frames, it's patently clear that neither does he. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " It's the plotting, including a number of unexpected twists and turns throughout, that raises the film above the expected blood fest and for that, we must be grateful. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 86% Gerontophilia " Gerontophilia is a simple romance and a rather sweet one if you can get your head around a handsome young man and an old duffer swooning and spooning. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/4 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Robespierre and company deserve high praise for tackling a story with such a difficult subject at its heart, with a combination of grace, humour and courage. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
1.5/4 67% WolfCop " Dean has set himself a very difficult task, blending the genres of horror and comedy in a satisfying way. One can admire the fellow's ambition while deploring the actual result. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 62% The Sacrament (2014) " When this device works, it works well. When it doesn't, one finds oneself sighing a lot as the movie rolls onward. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 82% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " A dark and unsettling journey to the countryside. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " In the capable hands of director Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two X-Men films, it's a nearly seamless adventure ride despite a plot that at times strains credulity. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 22, 2014
1.5/4 34% Stage Fright (2014) " Too bad Stage Fright isn't a better movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 89% Locke (2014) " In the hands of actor Tom Hardy, the story is surprisingly engrossing and compelling, due to Hardy's great skill as an actor and Knight's finely wrought script. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
No Score Yet I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story " The film will remind audiences of the important role Big Bird (and the man in the yellow suit) played in shaping both culture, children's education and even politics. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 30, 2014
0.5/4 8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " A movie for morons that is offensive on so many levels. It is loud, profane and profoundly stupid. One has to question how a film so awful could even be made, it is that bad. Most regrettably, it is not funny, not even a tiny bit. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 41% The Face of Love (2014) " Many are going to find the plot questionable and the protagonist's actions deplorable. But for those who've experienced loss and grief that seems irreparable, it is a film that will strike a deep and melancholy chord. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Those who enjoyed the adventures of Blu and Jewel and company in the first Rio are going to find the sequel an equally pleasing diversion. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 79% Afflicted (2014) " Ambitious in scope and practically flawless in execution, Afflicted is good news for horror fans seeking something fresh and chilling from two impressively assured young filmmakers. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
58% The Returned (2014) " Carballo also fails to capitalize on the climate of paranoia the script attempts to engender throughout. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet Three Days In Havana " Cuba won't top most people's list of exciting vacation destinations. Neither is 3 Days in Havana likely to score highly with dedicated cinephiles, especially thriller fans. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 100% Down River " Down River is an intelligent work with moments of poignancy and emotional resonance by a talented filmmaker. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Sad, sweet, dark, funny and possibly even redemptive. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " As fictional Vulcan Spock might have pronounced: "Fascinating." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 40% No Clue (2014) " Brent Butt's Corner Gas brand of humour has plenty of loyal fans and if you enjoy his wry and self-effacing shtick, you'll find No Clue to be an inconsequential but pleasant diversion. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy this visually splendid, fast-paced blast through the past. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Sure to please audiences and confound critics and cinephiles who are sticklers for plausible plotting. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 68% About Last Night (2014) " It's a romantic dramedy timed for release on Valentine's Day, a confection equal parts tart and sweet. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Rhymes For Young Ghouls (2014) " With a tone alternating between mournful, defiant and hopeful, Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a rewarding experience by a talented director who's sure to make his mark on Canadian cinema. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/4 81% Whitewash (2014) " Despite Church's solid performance, Whitewash feels so leaden in its gravity, it borders on dull. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 17% Ride Along (2014) " It's a noisy ride to nowhere. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Writer/director Alain Guiraudie weaves a dark and intriguing tale of desire and menace in a moralistically ambiguous setting, a gay cruising ground. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
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