Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) " When the focus is firmly on McGregor and Thwaites, the movie crackles; the actors rip into the toxic father-son dynamic between their characters, and their rapport gives the key action sequences a real kick. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 14, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Apartment Troubles " Apartment Troubles is nothing less than a stealth remake of Bruce Robinson's classic misery farce Withnail And I from writer/director/stars Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 81% Ned Rifle (2015) " Hartley's deadpan timing hasn't lost a beat, his ensemble knows how to play these notes in their sleep, and newbie Plaza slots in perfectly. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 3, 2015
4/5 75% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) " This is an unabashed celebration of Dick Miller, the veteran character actor whose filmography reads like the history of American genre cinema. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 30, 2015
5/5 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) " The film works powerfully as both a wrenching character study and a mournful commentary on the economic desperation of rural Americans. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) " J.J. Abrams brings the beloved but undeniably creaky franchise back to square one while still delivering a thoroughly contemporary science fiction adventure rooted in the spirit of Gene Roddenberry's original conception. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 96% 1971 (2015) " Johanna Hamilton's 1971 may not be as dynamic or immediate a documentary as executive producer Laura Poitras's Citizenfour, but as a look at the earliest iteration of America as a security state, it's essential. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 17% Rufus (2015) " I don't know what sort of movie Rufus was intended to be when it was shot, but I can't imagine it was anything like what's being dumped into theatres this week. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 3, 2015
2/5 80% Big News From Grand Rock " What might power a fun 22 minutes of TV proves unworkably naive at an hour and a half. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) " The Hurt Locker is set in present-day Baghdad, but it could be taking place anywhere in the world, at virtually any time in the last century. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 25, 2015
5/5 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " The movie's real heat comes from the soulful performances by Patel and stunning newcomer Freida Pinto as Slumdog Millionaire's star-crossed lovers. It's their chemistry, as much as Boyle's exuberance, that sells the whole thing. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 22, 2015
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " McQueen directs with a total lack of sentiment, crafting each sequence with a merciless forward momentum that compensates for the episodic nature of the narrative. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " I found myself longing for the clarity of Darren Aronofsky's recent Noah, which acknowledged the insane implications of its story by putting rock monsters (fallen angels!) on the screen. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 92% Frank (2014) " Even disguised, Fassbender is amazing, often revealing Frank's emotional extremes through body language alone. It's really something. And the music is awfully catchy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 77% Fury (2014) " Fury feels like a swaggering corrective to the old-fashioned pleasures of George Clooney's recent The Monuments Men. I liked Clooney's film, but a lot of people didn't; they're welcome to embrace this instead. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " McConaughey and his co-stars do a terrific job of underplaying the tech-nobabble and selling their individual moments... and Nolan's trademark big-picture confidence propels Interstellar through its near-three-hour running time with breathless style. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) " For a movie in which dozens of people are violently shot in the head, John Wick is an awful lot of fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 86% Chef (2014) " It's 20 minutes too long and a hair too manipulative, but Favreau is so intent on delivering a pleasurable experience that it almost seems unfair to hold his excesses against him. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) " Much of the film consists of footage of Snowden explaining the range and depth of American data-mining to an increasingly horrified Greenwald. If it sounds dull, it isn't. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " I'm not sure whether 20,000 Days On Earth is a documentary, an essay film or a work of complete fiction. I do know I enjoyed it, so it doesn't really matter. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 98% The Overnighters (2014) " Moss is an incredibly sympathetic filmmaker, and his master stroke is to structure The Overnighters as a portrait of both an individual and a community. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 91% Locke (2014) " This is a remarkable cinematic experiment. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A Most Wanted Man deploys its tangled case of surveillance and counter-intelligence with elegance and grace. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
73% Oculus (2014) " Oculus doesn't do anything especially new - in fact, its vibe is strangely similar to that of last year's Mama - but it's cleverly written, and the actors are all much better than they need to be. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams find new angles on the required action beats, playing up the human relationships and having fun with Baymax's logical, single-minded nature. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 89% The Drop (2014) " It's basically a murky, mobbed-up character study dressed up as a grubby thriller with an overqualified cast of imported stars ... " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 81% Beyond the Lights (2014) " The film reminds us why straight-up romances are so few and far between these days: the genre depends on contrivance more than almost any other. But when the couple clicks, it still feels pretty damn good. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " Holy crap: Godzilla. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Yes, the title is bland to the point of meaninglessness. But that's just about the only thing Edge Of Tomorrow gets wrong. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 90% Wild (2014) " [Witherspoon is] entirely credible as the worn-down Strayed, and the performance grows even more impressive as VallĂ©e lets us learn where this person's been and where she sees herself going. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It has a charismatic hero, inspired action choreography and Robert Redford as a living signifier of the days when Hollywood thrillers tried to make you think about stuff between shootouts. Also, it's really funny. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 4, 2015
95% Whiplash (2014) " Chazelle's plot twists grow increasingly ridiculous, prizing intensity over credibility, and the final act has the feel of a fever dream. I just couldn't go with it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Gilroy's script is less interested in social commentary than in crafting a slippery character study, and Gyllenhaal is perfectly suited to that. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " It's a testament to David Fincher's skill as a filmmaker that he makes something as complex as Gone Girl feel so effortless. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Motion-capture technology just gets better and better -- and so do the Planet Of The Apes reboots. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Sweet, funny, preposterously complex and uniquely ridiculous, The Lego Movie feels like a quantum step up for both CG animation and movies based on marketing pitches. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 3, 2015
2/5 93% Birdman (2014) " A near-total fiasco from a filmmaker bent on impressing the world with his prodigious talent. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Really, though, this is an excuse to let the all-star casts of the original trilogy and 2011's swinging 60s prequel share the same screen space while the effects crew comes up with nifty new gags and suitably spectacular set pieces. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 2, 2015
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Bong Joon-ho's movie is a gripping, thrilling, utterly credible adventure. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 2, 2015
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) " This is the best American movie I've seen in years -- and one of the very best movies about America ever made. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 46% The Gambler (2014) " Wyatt's showy direction gets in the way of the story more often than it should, but Wahlberg and a solid supporting cast will keep you invested in the outcome. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 22, 2014
4/5 94% The Dance of Reality (2014) " It is absolutely crazy -- but it's the good kind of crazy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 9, 2014
2/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Del Toro is his generation's Terry Gilliam, an intensely visual director who loves his ideas so much that he's happy to disappear into them for minutes at a time, forgetting all about such trivial concerns as story, characters and audience. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 93% Copenhagen (2014) " It's a small film -- almost self-consciously so -- but it lingers in a very pleasant way. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " Even when the serious stuff falls flat and the racial caricaturing gets a little sticky, the movie still has its moments. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 7, 2014
4/5 90% Coraline (2009) " A cinematically inventive, dramatically involving children's adventure that isn't exclusively aimed at children. There's no talking down, no softening of potentially unsettling moments. It's awesome. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 17, 2014
5/5 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) " Alex Ross Perry follows his impressive The Color Wheel with this magnificently observed study of people trapped in uncomfortable spaces with one another. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 24, 2014
2/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Wan is basically just remaking his own Insidious with a few modest tweaks and a polyester wardrobe, and, just like that movie, The Conjuring gets progressively less scary as it goes along. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Guardians Of The Galaxy is deliriously, insanely its own thing, possessed of an idiosyncratic, intimate sense of humour and a magnificently diverse cast, all of whom find exactly the right tone of low-key commitment. Everything fits. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 30, 2014
2/4 90% Zombieland (2009) " Zombieland falls somewhere between affectionate parody and straight-up horror movie, but it keeps getting confused about what sort of movie it wants to be. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 22, 2014
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