Bruce Demara

Bruce Demara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 67% The Dead Lands (2015) "Action fans will enjoy the fight scenes while the rest of us may find the film perversely interesting from a socio-anthropological perspective. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 84% Dior and I (2015) "One does come away with a grudging admiration for the toil and ingenuity of the many players who bring it all together. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 64% Unfriended (2015) "Younger audiences in particular are likely to enjoy this entertaining and fast-paced chiller. And who knows? They may even absorb the film's underlying message ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Relative Happiness "Melissa Bergland is likeably larger than life in the lead but the script sorely lacks enough of the witty dialogue and humour the story requires. Even worse, it's awfully predictable. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 74% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet "A challenging film that adults might enjoy but one that is likely to leave younger audiences bewildered. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Pretend We're Kissing "There's just enough kooky appeal and wit to make Pretend We're Kissing a romantic comedy that's also a cautionary tale. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 82% Queen and Country (2015) "The director gets all the period detail exactly right and there are plenty of historical and cultural references that evoke a sense of nostalgia. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/4 75% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) "Drenner makes a persuasive argument that Miller is a far better actor than he's ever been given credit for. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet Sitting On The Edge Of Marlene "Next time out, Valine needs to find a story with greater nuance and range. A film of such unrelenting darkness makes for a dreary cinematic experience. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1.5/4 22% Tracers (2015) "Lautner keeps his best assets - a super-ripped body - mostly well hidden while trying gamely to sell a very hackneyed storyline. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1.5/4 9% The Cobbler (2015) "Fans of Adam Sandler are a hardy lot, impervious to the derision of friends and family and the slings and arrows his films frequently attract from critics. The Cobbler is likely to test their mettle. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Price We Pay "In addition to diagnosing the problem, the film also offers solutions though the challenge ahead is beyond daunting. Open your eyes. Go and see this film. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "There's enough big laughs combined with sweet family drama to make Unfinished Business an eventful journey. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/4 96% 1971 (2015) "For those who care about personal freedoms, this well-crafted and illuminating film is required viewing. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/4 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "While The Lazarus Effect isn't the worst scary movie film you'll see this year, it is probably one of the most predictable and lazily plotted. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 80% Big News From Grand Rock "Writer/director Daniel Perlmutter presents a sweet little comedy satirizing life in a small town that is more likely to produce gentle smiles than laugh-out-loud guffaws. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Dirty Singles "The film doesn't cover much by way of new ground. But with a solid cast, believable situations and sharp observations, Dirty Singles offers audiences enough to mull and enjoy. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 100% Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015) "Filmmaker Michele Josue, who knew Matthew, does a fine job of reconstructing the crime and the reaction it provoked across the U.S. and beyond. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "There's enough action, suspense and all-around fun to make Kingsman: The Secret Service an unexpectedly enjoyable ride. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/4 28% Wild Card (2015) "No stranger to piloting action films, West allows the yarn to unwind at a perfectly measured pace. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 60% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "A suspenseful and labyrinthine tale that, while fictional, is both suspenseful and insightful. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 98% Paddington (2015) "It's a relief to say that - as films based on fictional animals go - Paddington is better than merely bearable. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/4 60% The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015) "[It] has quite a lot to recommend it. But it also has a few glaring flaws that detract from it being stellar action fare. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) "She's back, the Woman in Black, and it does give one pause to wonder if it's for no better reason than to scare up some more box office lucre. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2/4 71% Big Eyes (2014) "It dwells in that amorphously ill-defined zone, Dramedyland, a place from whence audiences too often return with a shrug and a vague sense of confusion and disappointment. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3.5/4 85% Cold in July (2014) "A well-paced story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats as it bucks and rolls in unexpected directions to a bloody and satisfying climax. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/4 83% Zero Motivation (2014) "To the panoply of films that explore the banality and inanity of army life, here's a worthy addition told from a refreshing perspective: that of young women conscripts in the Israel Defence Forces. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 82% Bad Turn Worse (2014) "Bad Turn Worse is a taut noir tale, bolstered by a trio of excellent lead performances and a well-plotted script. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Fall "There's some fine supporting work by the cast, particularly Suzanne Clement as the parishioner's embittered widow. But it's Odette's restrained and deliberate storytelling that makes Fall so quietly haunting and effective. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/4 No Score Yet Emptying The Skies (2015) "You are going to shake with rage. That is a very good thing. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2014
1.5/4 41% The Better Angels (2014) "History, as subject matter, is hard enough to sell as cinema. The Better Angels will not make the struggle any easier. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet Don't Get Killed In Alaska "The film - competently shot and well-cast - isn't a particularly revelatory journey. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/4 63% 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 82% 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 78% These Final Hours (2015) "An intense and powerful what-if drama ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/4 78% 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 62% 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 29% 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 92% 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 35% 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 75% 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 65% 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 67% 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 36% 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
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