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Peter Howell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 59% The Water Diviner (2015) " The awfulness and futility of war are seared onto the screen, in images that are often hard to look at. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 70% The Salvation (2015) " Wild West vengeance gets a terrific homage and a bloody reckoning in this oater excursion ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 31% Lost River (2015) " Designed to daze and confuse, and succeeding, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a stunner in visual terms alone. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 90% Ex Machina (2015) " Ex Machina packs a scientist's brain inside a thrill seeker's body, much like the nubile robot within it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
0.5/4 4% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) " Caddyshack 2. Exorcist 2. Speed 2. To this small sample of the ever-expanding list of wretched movie sequels, add Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, a gobsmackingly witless excuse for entertainment. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/4 30% Cut Bank (2015) " Deficient in charisma, Hemsworth lacks both the grit and grin that his complicated role demands. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 94% The Salt of the Earth (2015) " The film is at times too much in awe of its subject, failing to seriously address oft-expressed criticism that Salgado is a voyeur of global pain. But he's willing to get his hands dirty for real change. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " It's about all women, and the conflicting dual roles they are expected to play in life, more so than men: nurturer/fighter, mother/lover, submissive/dominant and so on. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 29% The Longest Ride (2015) " It runs a long 128 minutes. You have to wade through not just puddles of tears, but also piles of BS. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 82% Furious 7 (2015) " A remarkably satisfying and entertaining action movie, one of the best in the series. Put your brain in neutral and enjoy the ride. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1.5/4 17% Last Knights (2015) " Morgan Freeman thunders and Clive Owen glowers, but there's little that can be done to save this muddled medieval adventure from itself. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014) " It often looks like an accident in a film lab, although the sound is great, especially with guest vocalists Kelis, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Beth Ditto (The Gossip). " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/4 85% While We're Young (2015) " While We're Young pairs two New York couples, one middle-aged and anxious and the other millennial and carefree. Both are in for a satirical skewering, but also - and here's a change for Baumbach - something close to a hug. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Man On The Moon " The Last Man on the Moon alternates between archival footage and current interviews, the latter tinged with nostalgia and regret. But Craig avoids either lionizing or reducing his subject. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) " It Follows manages to bend the rules of fateful juvenile sexuality, and does so in a manner that genuinely tingles the spine and disturbs the mind. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 67% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) " The Riot Club comes with the dubious ambition of instructing us as to the evil ways of spoiled British toffs, as if that were needed. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 91% White God (2015) " Hungarian director Korn√©l Mundrucz√≥ downplays White God as a "genre experiment," but his film has real bite regardless. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) " The movie seeks to make you laugh while also risking offense by going too far. It succeeds on both counts. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 31% Insurgent (2015) " Insurgent has more action than last year's debut film, which was modestly titled just Divergent. Action is what you want in a picture such as this, especially when you don't really have a lot on your mind. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 16% The Gunman (2015) " Whatever else we might think of Sean Penn's bid for an active middle age via The Gunman, we can't doubt his enthusiasm. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 60% Run All Night (2015) " Another month, another Liam Neeson action movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 97% '71 (2015) " Scenes take on a surreal nightmare quality, sometimes with no accompanying sound, as even the camera seems dazed by what it is witnessing. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 27% The Search " Young Hadji's silence gives The Search what lasting power it possesses. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) " The Hunting Ground's most unsettling finding is widespread institutional tolerance of campus rapists, because school administrators fear bad publicity and the loss of alumni cash endowments. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 86% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " To quote one damning corporate memo seen in the film: "Doubt is our product." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/4 30% Chappie (2015) " Sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp bolts together used and stolen parts for his robot movie Chappie, and the lamentable result is far from riveting. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/4 98% The Babadook (2014) " This simple yet shiver-inducing tale, the auspicious feature debut of Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, makes for one of the better horror movies of recent times. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " Fairly enjoyable and credit is due to its sterling cast, led by Anthony Hopkins as Heineken ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Valley Below " The walls may be closing in on these people, but we are constantly aware of the vast environment outside, at once threatening and awe-inspiring. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) " With the darkest of humour, it graphically illustrates what happens when the stress of 21st century living causes regular citizens to "go postal." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 67% Elephant Song " There's no small pleasure in watching Dolan and Greenwood square off against each other ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) " The Duke of Burgundy is no mere style exercise or slavish homage. Strickland finds both humour and pathos in the situation of Cynthia and Evelyn, who are every bit as trapped as the insects they collect and catalogue. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Monsoon " We meet some interesting characters, including a bookie who takes bets on rain, and travel to fascinating destinations like "Place of the Clouds" at the base of the Himalaya Range, reportedly the world's rainiest spot. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 56% Focus (2015) " We can't say we weren't warned. Will Smith has been telling us not to trust him the entire movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " Long on nostalgia, the film does shed further light on the genius of Brian Wilson and the unfair uproar over the Monkees' need for musical backup. Turns out even the Beach Boys required the Wrecking Crew to rock. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
0.5/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " An early candidate for worst sequel of 2015 and also worst movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) " A masterful and heartbreaking account of religion trumping humanity. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " What We Do In the Shadows leaps to the top of the pack, by resolutely sticking to deadpan humour and absurd riffs on the awkwardness of being a vampire in a world made for humans. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Vainly seeking to reach the widest possible audience, the makers of this exercise in banality stripped it of almost anything that could cause offence. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/4 6% Outcast (2015) " Stunt man Nicholas Powell helms, his directing debut, showing little regard for characters or story. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " Watching Jupiter Ascending is like reading a menu of genre munchies at a drive-thru "B" movie burger stand. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " [A] tight anti-thriller, one where the violence of the title is more implied than seen. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/4 99% Leviathan (2014) " Andrey Zvyagintsev's Oscar-nominated and vodka-soaked satire of modern Russia, which plays more like tragedy. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/4 49% Cake (2015) " Unsure of whether it wants to be comedy or tragedy, it meanders along an awkward middle path. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/4 33% Blackhat (2015) " Mann also used to have a much better feel for action, in movies like Heat, Collateral and Manhunter, than he exhibits here. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " The message of American Sniper? There really isn't one, apart from Eastwood's career-long fascination with taciturn men called upon to do a dirty but necessary job well. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1.5/4 9% Taken 3 (2015) " Taken 3 is such a blatant paycheque gig for Liam Neeson, you almost expect him to stop midmovie to deposit his loot into an ATM. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) " We see history as it unfolds, not as it has been encased in amber, in a movie that needs to be seen in these anxious days of renewed racial and cultural unrest. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3.5/4 88% Winter Sleep (2014) " Ceylan spins gold in thought and image, set to the mournful strains of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 20, with this impeccably acted morality tale of a wealthy man who sins by omission. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2.5/4 53% The Interview (2014) " Te best satire provokes and even outrages, and Rogen, Franco and Goldberg certainly succeed on that score. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 1, 2015
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