Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " It's a story about an aging actress' angst-filled full-circle self-realization, one that doubles as a dissection of globe-consuming pop culture even though it's mostly set in an isolated locale high up in the Alps. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) " Emotional and intimate. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 85% While We're Young (2015) " There are so many deserving targets skewered by Noah Baumbach's savvy Ben Stiller comedy While We're Young, you could lose count. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) " Mirren is the single reason to watch the movie. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 59% Boychoir (2015) " As it is, Boychoir is a pleasant experience, beautiful to listen to and easy to forget. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 67% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) " The Riot Club is, finally, a monster movie. Which I suppose is what some become who are too rich and powerful to be bothered with inhibitions or morality. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 16% The Gunman (2015) " A plot that makes no sense, characters that are barely there, and a denouement that is an insult to everybody's intelligence, all combine to make Penn's action-man debut fire blanks. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2.5/5 31% Insurgent (2015) " It's impressive how the likes of Winslet, Spencer and Watts can spout their required gobbledygook and still maintain conviction. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) " It's uncomfortable viewing. But scrupulously researched and movingly told. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) " It's well-crafted creative wrapping over a lot of empty noise. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4.5/5 98% The Babadook (2014) " It presents grief as a demon, questions reality, and creeps out the viewer by making psychopathology seem like something that could happen to anybody. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) " This stuff is pretty entertaining on its own, so much that if you just sit back and take it in, you may overlook the fact that the plot is full of holes. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " It's astounding to consider how many eternal earworms are in our brains, courtesy of this accomplished group of West Coast musicians. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) " The actors who play the young runners are a mixed bag of Hollywood unknowns and actual McFarland locals, all of whom are engaging. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) " For my part, it's the most laughs I've had at a theatre this year. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " A grab-bag of things Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending is short of anything new. On its own terms, it's an entertaining action film that doesn't overstay its welcome. But it's less than we expected. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2.5/5 51% The Humbling (2015) " If you liked Birdman, you also might like seeing Al Pacino playing a delusional, indeed hallucinatory, actor trying to save his soul and his onstage career in the sort-of-comedy The Humbling. Or you might not. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 22, 2015
28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " The Wedding Ringer is a soft-hearted bromance, albeit one dotted with moments of surprisingly out-there bad taste. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2.5/5 27% Annie (2014) " The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The Fault In Our Stars could indeed become this generation's Love Story -- mildly implausible, but genuinely moving. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2.5/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " While we're waiting for the release of Taken 3, the man who was Oskar Schindler is keeping us in an action hero frame of mind with the moody-but-essentially-empty A Walk Among the Tombstones. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " There's a mischievous quality to Redmayne that seems a good match with the wit Hawking has always managed to convey with a raised eyebrow and a mechanically-voiced quip. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 89% The Drop (2014) " It's a classic case of a little becoming a lot onscreen on the basis of a single impressive performance. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/4 95% Whiplash (2014) " Director Damien Chazelle, who based the story on his own experience as a student jazz drummer in the thrall of an Alpha task-master, has created a remarkably economical and claustrophobic piece of storytelling. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It's a wicked, violent parable, and one of the only movies of the summer worth talking about after the credits roll. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Corner Gas: The Movie " It is about as good and authentic and funny as we could expect of a movie based on a TV series about almost nothing. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 1, 2014
2.5/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " The movie whets the viewer's appetite, and then offers up nothing but loose ends and strained credulity. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 19, 2014
59% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The Grand Seduction is not entirely lost in translation, and remains a pleasant little redemptive fable. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Is it possible we owe Tom Cruise a collective apology? " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted May 26, 2014
50% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " As rudely and crudely funny (and strangely endearing) as our fave Canucklehheads have ever been on film. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " It's entertaining enough. But the premise promised so much more. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Some of the subterfuge - who's trustworthy and who isn't - is relatively easy to mentally unravel, but thick tension and uncertainty remains the default mode of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 78% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Basically, Muppets Most Wanted hits all the buttons for old Muppet fans. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 20, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " It's obviously not a feel-good story. But there are two great reasons to watch 'Dallas Buyers Club.' Those reasons are McConaughey and Jared Leto. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " A sometimes-funny-but-mostly-not mash-up of Borat, Weekend At Bernie's (a corpse along for the ride) and Bad Santa (an offensive old guy along with a kid). " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " Wan takes some unpromising ingredients and cooks it with style, tension and heart-stopping surprise moments. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush is far more than a sports story - to the point that it is absolutely unnecessary to have any familiarity with the sport at all to be enthralled and entertained by its drama. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2% Getaway (2013) " A movie that's essentially one long car chase? I liked it better when it was called The Fast & The Furious. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2.5/5 52% The To Do List (2013) " The raunch itself may be enough for a teen audience. But The To Do List is no American Pie. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 25, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " How did this movie with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn become so unfunny? " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Wait ... what? It IS a comedy? But ... but ... there are no laughs! " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted May 22, 2013
4/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Yes, I just gave a Michael Bay movie four stars. No, I don't think I've gone crazy. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " The cool stuff in Oblivion is engaging for the first two acts and smooths over the slow parts. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3.5/5 67% Revolution (2013) " Revolution is a such a neck-breakingly random series of connected concerns, it amounts to a Whole Sick Earth Catalogue, a primer of sorts. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 12, 2013
4/5 68% Trance (2013) " A vivid, modern film noir full of slowly unfolding secrets and sexual tension ... " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3.5/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " That speedy camera-through-the-woods rampaging demon effect still thrills three decades later. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " A broad Vegas satire that falls somewhere between Anchorman and Dodgeball on the between-the-eyes funny scale. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " It seems like every 15 minutes, somebody the McClanes think was a friend points a gun at them, which makes for some confused plotting. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " The characters' arc is ultimately sweet and self-aware. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2012
3/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " As a piece of drama, Hyde Park on Hudson is as slight as Bill Murray's performance is weighty. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 14, 2012
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