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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 30% Mojave (2016) "A smudge on the writing record of William Monahan (The Departed), Mojave throws a Hollywood 'player' into the desert to meet the Devil with meandering and pointless results. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 8% The Choice (2016) "The result is something with all the worst traits of a standard Hollywood romance, predictability, zero drama and, in this case, a misleading title. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Like its original source material, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies works best as a comedy of manners. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 59% The Finest Hours (2016) "The life-and-death moments keep it afloat. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4.5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Anomalisa is a far more human story than most films I've seen with actual humans in them. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) "Ultimately, The Big Short should outrage us, once we understand the sheer larceny that went on with other people's money, and which crippled the world economy. En route to that, it entertains us. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 63% Concussion (2015) "The story itself is powerful enough to give Concussion its punch. It's not a feel-good movie, but it is a redemptive and hopeful one. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 21, 2015
2.5/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "I suspect kids may find these Peanuts kind of bland. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/5 29% Burnt (2015) "If the last-act redemption is a little predictable, getting there makes for engrossing viewing -- food fights, violence and all. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/5 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "It's a movie that's half-over before it tells us what it's really about. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/5 18% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "After a few crackling, resonant digital-age scenes in the opening act, the filmmakers settle in and make Jem into a mediocre Disney Channel movie -- with, for no good reason, a pet robot. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/5 71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "What we absorb from He Named Me Malala is the idea of the hero as a product of action rather than being. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/5 64% Hyena Road "The conflict between acting strategically from the comfort of a military base, and acting morally on the ground, plays well in Hyena Road. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 7, 2015
88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "An ambitious attempt to follow how the various alumni and side projects of one scurrilous publication variously gave us Animal House, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and The Breakfast Club. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 85% The Walk (2015) "The Walk becomes a first-rate caper movie, with a thrilling finish that can't help but move you (if you haven't covered your eyes). " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 25% Hellions (2015) "In its best moments, Hellions is interesting and perplexing and worth soaking in, in the sense that one would admire a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired painting. But without at least one foot on the ground, it doesn't inspire fear. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "If it sounds like there isn't an original thought in The Scorch Trials' scripted head, you're right. But at least you won't be smacking yourself in the head trying to figure out what's going on. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/5 90% Mississippi Grind (2015) "A remarkably fully-realized portrait of a couple of losers, whose brand new friendship is forged over a poker table and plays out on a fool's-errand road trip through some of the most seedily-picturesque pit stops in the U.S. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/5 72% Everest (2015) "With a harrowing story to tell, and this many characters, it's a given that character development will be sketchy. The good news is that this cast is capable of turning a little into a lot. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "Robert Redford remains an enigma as the lead character, and the movie would be slower than a Swedish art film without Nolte's inchoate boisterousness. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 2, 2015
85% A Sinner in Mecca (2015) "The result is a fascinating look at a city off-limits to non-Muslims. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/5 88% Turbo Kid (2015) "It may be that, while watching the nine-figure reboot of Mad Max, there was a part of you that yearned for the $1.98 version. If so, Turbo Kid is for you. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/5 77% I Am Chris Farley (2015) "It serves merely to remind us of lightning that struck briefly and memorably in the comedy world, and then was gone. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/5 100% Diamond Tongues "Goldstein has something to fall back on if this music thing doesn't work out. In an impressive feature debut, she carries literally an entire movie. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 27% Vacation (2015) "I must adhere to my rule that, no matter how else I feel about a comedy, it gets a passing grade if it makes me laugh -- which I did, several times. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 28, 2015
2/5 15% American Heist (2015) "American Heist has straight-to-video written all over it. Once there, I recommend you skip directly to the last act if you decide to watch it at all. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/5 56% Paper Towns (2015) "For all the drama and comedy, nothing much really happens in it - other than the palpable maturation of nearly every character in less than two hours. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "It gave me at least eight good laughs - mostly from set pieces that had nothing to do with the story. Your mileage may vary. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 92% Slow West (2015) "Essentially an old-school Western with some interesting tweaks, Slow West -- the debut feature from musician-turned-filmmaker John Maclean -- is a simple story told, yes, slowly. But it offers a bang-up finish. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 11, 2015
85% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Spinney is a one-of-a-kind personality, an oddball even among the oddballs who pioneered Sesame Street's Children's Television Workshop. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Debug (2015) "The story and script could have been written by a computer, lifting elements of malevolent-computer stories from 2001 onward. And the execution is just as machinelike. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/5 89% 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 84% 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 54% Woman in Gold (2015) "Mirren is the single reason to watch the movie. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 49% 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 65% 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 17% 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 29% 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 93% The Hunting Ground (2015) "It's uncomfortable viewing. But scrupulously researched and movingly told. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 61% 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 57% 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 94% 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 80% 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 79% 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 26% 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 50% 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
27% 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
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