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David Berry

David Berry

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 95% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "If you can stomach a metaphorical climax where a parade of hippies create a colourful phoenix with the power of music, but it loses a battle with an evil raven created by the military's black procession, you will probably be downright touched. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1.5/4 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Buddy comedies usually need two people willing to do something for a laugh to really work - one guy trying twice as hard really isn't enough. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/4 80% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "As Perfect as Black is for Po, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a pretty good indication that everything runs its course. Time to let the bear live on as another actor's impression on Saturday morning TV. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1.5/4 17% The 5th Wave (2016) "Pointedly and joylessly explaining everything turns out to be this movie's favourite thing, I guess because aliens tend to struggle with our human emotions. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
1.5/4 9% Point Break (2015) "Honestly, if this wasn't a remake, it's a fair bet you might not have any idea of what exactly was supposed to be going on. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2/4 63% Concussion (2015) "Everything here is roughly that plodding, managing to make what actually should be a life-and-death issue into something with all the nuance and depth of a Law and Order courtroom capper. " ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1/4 0% Extraction (2015) "There are, I guess, some decently staged fight scenes, including clever use of some pool balls, but they in no way make up for having to sit there and watch Lutz garble out warmed-over tough guy dialogue. " ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "His Macbeth does at times fall into that all-too-common trap of Shakespeare: more concerned with cleverly - or, in this case, gorgeously - playing with well-known themes than actually making us feel them. " ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/4 93% Carol (2015) "Carol is the rare film that couldn't just get away with being silent, but could probably also be just as engrossing completely still -- just sitting there, watching Mara and Blanchett watch each other. " ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 62% Legend (2015) "How you start with an epic crime tale and Tom Hardy at his most Hardy and end up with something this tepid might even be a more interesting story than the movie itself. " ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1.5/4 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "McAvoy might be able to make himself froth at the mouth while screaming "It's alive!" but no one concerned ever manages to make the movie feel like the same thing can be said of it. " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 91% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "It's safe to say there's never been many like Peggy Guggenheim. " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 80% Man Up (2015) "Honestly it would be nice if on occasion a film like this at least tried harder than making the main character somewhat dissatisfied and assuming that would be enough to get everyone identifying with her. " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 67% The Night Before (2015) "The Night Before is loose and wild enough that it's easy to forget the backstory and just revel in ridiculousness. " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "For a story of such monumental scope, which asks some awfully big questions about what constitutes good, writer/director Tom McCarthy seems finely attuned to minor, but infinitely human, moments. " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 31% By The Sea (2015) "There is just so much lived-in luxury and poorly borrowed Euro art-film grandeur and repressed nothing that you half expect some French narrator to intone "D├ępression. By Clinique." " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "When Our Brand actually pops its head into the real nuts and bolts of shaping a candidate, it feints toward something resembling satire without ever quite biting. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 29% Burnt (2015) "For a movie about a chef who just will not shut up about how great everything needs to be, he sure is stuck in a movie that otherwise screams milquetoast, in both ideas and execution. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
1/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "I say from some experience that there's a lot to recommend in a good ol' game of Dungeons and Dragons, especially if you have a little imagination. There's absolutely no reason to sit down and watch someone else do it, though. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2.5/4 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "Sleeping With Other People has plenty of bad habits, but at its core is a refreshing and sometimes downright sad look at what love can do to people, dressed up with the sweet hope of new love. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
1.5/4 62% This Changes Everything (2015) "Klein and husband/director Avi Lewis can't make a rhetorically strong enough case for the central idea... so they fire up the waterworks and hope you'll feel bad enough to let them have their way. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 9, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet People Hold On "Unfortunately, all of this has to work against writing that is chokingly self-conscious, starting with the well-worn set-up and extending to dialogue that always sounds like screenwriter-y tics. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 9, 2015
2.5/4 64% Hyena Road "Gross' combat scenes are the appropriate kind of chaotic, explosive rushes that tend to feature the soldiers trying to figure what's going on as much as actually fighting. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/4 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "The sheer absurdity of cracking down on any artist, particularly one so fulsomely empathetic and curious, simmers under every scene here " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/4 88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "This is just about hanging around talking about the glory days, and as far as reminisces go, you could do worse than the group of people who put out the funniest work of the '70s. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2/4 71% Wolf Totem (2015) "Though Wolf Totem is notable for being a Chinese-scripted-and-shot film that actually offers some kind of critique of the communists, it nevertheless falls into a fairly well-worn story of an outsider growing to appreciate a culture he's come to change. " ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2/4 63% The Visit (2015) "Whatever [Shyamalan's] intent, he has at least succeeded in producing a film that, in its wild hodgepodge of absurd emotion, hammy jokes and jumping creeps, is unlike anything else you're likely to see. " ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "It's like a soft-pedalled self-help version of Grumpy Old Men: Genial Old Men Face Their Decline With Chipper Goodwill But an Inevitable Sense of the Tragedy of Decay, Plus Bears. " ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2.5/4 88% Turbo Kid (2015) "There isn't a lot of anything to latch onto in Turbo Kid beyond warm nostalgia, but there's something to be said for gripping hold of even a flimsy premise and squeezing it until it explodes in a flurry of goopy blood. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 88% Backcountry (2015) "The result is 90 straight minutes of rising tension, never so much relieved as occasionally back-pedalled to take another mad run at Alex and Jenn and us. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/4 46% No Escape (2015) "It does still feel a bit odd that we whizz by what must amount to hundreds of people without so much as a subtitle reflecting their thoughts of what's going to be a major change for their lives. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 26, 2015
2.5/4 60% Bang Bang Baby "What begins as a sort of fitfully cute small town musical parody mutates into a decidedly more unique cartoon of feeling trapped; the lesson seems to be that, if you're going to go Lynch, its best to follow him all the way into the darkness. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 43% American Ultra (2015) "As an action movie Ultra is essentially a gory blur, both frantic and airless. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet Teen Lust "Fundamentally, Teen Lust is a sex comedy that feels the need to broadcast its sex and comedy at every available opportunity -- a desperation that's a sure-fire way to kill the mood for either. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Sexiness and fading nostalgia have powered far worse things than a bubbly, refreshing late-summer spy comedy. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/4 25% Dark Places (2015) "It's neither really a story of reconciliation nor a particularly gripping thriller, just a chance to join the kill club as they wade through misery and miserable people under the guise of puzzle-solving. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/4 100% Diamond Tongues "The second feature by Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson, Diamond Tongues lives in its careful attention to detail, the meticulous but breezy way it captures Edith's meandering life as much as her increasingly destructive disenchantment. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "As an introduction to a pivotal moment in how the media frames politics, it's essential stuff: this is the moment when pundit culture was born. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "There's little comfort here, no easy way to reconcile anything. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 65% Unexpected (2015) "It mostly fails to acutely capture the careful observations and shaggy, handmade structure that makes a movie still feel animated and close to the heart. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 56% Paper Towns (2015) "Following the mystery injects some welcome momentum into what's otherwise the standard laundry list of end-of-school projects, and Green does have a way with the mildly pathetic drama of geeky youth. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 78% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "It's all that talk that makes [Loach's] latest, Jimmy's Hall, more than just a particularly dour, Depression-era remake of Footloose. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/4 88% The Tribe (2015) "The Tribe builds to a revolution in your attention, forcing you to change not just how you watch the film but how you feel its characters, but director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky is sly enough to ease you in. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "There's plenty of space for cynicism in this bitter, cold world, but Batkid Begins makes a fine case for an authentically rare mass moment of everyone acting like a decent person. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1/4 No Score Yet My Ex-Ex "Little about this script -- stuffed with dudebro jokes, wacky accents and "funny" rapping that would have seemed tired in the days of Sir Mix-a-Lot -- seems thought out beyond the premise. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
94% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "This survey of second-wave feminism has considerably more verve than your standard talking-heads doc, thanks mostly to its engaging front-line fighters, most of whom are still animated with the fire of smashing the patriarchy. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 64% The Great Museum (2015) "You might be better served by taking your own long, slow walk through the scenes your local museum has set for you. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 62% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's a simpler experience, but then doesn't everyone (or everywoman) need a little mindless worship now and again? " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/4 19% 7 Minutes (2015) "There isn't a character here... who doesn't feel like a low-res scan of a shaky photocopy of a faded polaroid of a character in a better crime drama, none of which is helped by a plot that's too simple to generate tension even from its narrative tricks. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 88% Dope (2015) "It's not always a perfect movie, but it really knows what it feels like to be alive, and there's a good chance it will push you out the theatre door reverberating with its potent and particular energy. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
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