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Peter Howell

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 79% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "The Coens have replaced the acid in their pens with honey, for now at least, and the result is an affectionate comedy that is also one of their most satisfying achievements. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 29% Mojave (2016) "Writer/director William Monahan won an Oscar for penning The Departed and he obviously needs the discipline Martin Scorsese brought to that picture. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "Despite the gloomy title and the subject's tragic demise, this valuable documentary of incendiary 1960s blues rocker Janis Joplin is actually more celebration than eulogy. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 4, 2016
100% Love & Friendship (2016) "Whit Stillman and Jane Austen make for such a delightful couple, it's amazing they haven't been brought together prior to Love & Friendship. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2016
2.5/4 59% The Finest Hours (2016) "Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) and his screenwriters laudably strive to keep true to the film's real-life account from 1952... But history often needs more than just the bare facts to make for a satisfying movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2016
1.5/4 9% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "Dirty Grandpa does have one distinction. It makes De Niro's previous comedy low point Meet the Fockers look good by comparison. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3.5/4 96% 45 Years (2015) "Both actors deliver a master class in expression by understatement. The most unsettling of ghosts, we are moved to realize, are the ones we try hardest to deny. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/4 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Kevin Hart clowns, Ice Cube growls. Rinse and repeat. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 55% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "13 Hours is a movie where the questions are asked first and the shooting happens later, the opposite of Bay's usual modus operandi. Bully for him and bravo for journalism, but it doesn't make for satisfying cinema. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/4 91% Anomalisa (2015) "Is it possible to be enthralled and depressed at the same time? " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3.5/4 83% The Revenant (2015) "The Revenant seeps into the soul, like the coldest chill ever experienced. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 7, 2016
2.5/4 31% Daddy's Home (2015) "Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg go together like candy and whiskey. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 25, 2015
4/4 95% Son of Saul (2015) "Director László Nemes films within a very claustrophobic and shallow-focused frame, bringing home the reality of the Nazi horror while also leaving much terror to the imagination. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) "Joy is a fun but untidy muddle, a mess that even the self-wringing mop of its central metaphor can't easily clean up. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "This just isn't the Tarantino of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs or even Inglourious Basterds, although any film that gives Samuel L. Jackson a chance to talk and glower at length is a film worth seeing. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "The really neat feat of The Big Short is getting us to care about these dollar-hungry sharks and other erstwhile profiteers, and to laugh at their desperate dealings, even if we don't always understand what it is they're doing ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 22, 2015
4/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The Force Awakens isn't just one the finest movies of 2015, it's the best movie of the year, full stop. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/4 73% Youth (2015) "There's real humanity here, and it may hit closer to home than you'd expect. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "It stars Michael Fassbender as the murderous general of infamy and Marion Cotillard as his complicit wife. Two of the world's finest actors, they make a magnetic pair. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "This whale tale doesn't blow, but it does sniffle a bit too much. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/4 93% Carol (2015) "Haynes reminds us how bad things used to be. He also invites us to remember how beautiful mad love can be and to swoon along with it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 80% Sleeping Giant "Not just the best Canadian movie of 2015, but one of the year's best films, period. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 65% Krampus (2015) "The fact we care at all about the outcome is a testament to the actors, and only the actors. But buried beneath the Christmas clutter is a much better movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2015
2/4 60% Life (2015) "It ends up demystifying Dean, perhaps by accident but no less regrettably. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/4 62% Legend (2015) "Watching Tom Hardy nearly upstage himself in the gangster biopic Legend makes for mesmerizing viewing. It's also an object lesson in how great acting can transcend a film's limitations. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet Cold Deck (2015) "A suspense-free script co-written by Gallo with Jason Lapeyre contributes to the feeling that we've seen all these cards before. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/4 71% Trumbo (2015) "Trumbo is ... a blast, even if the screenplay perversely lacks the energy of its title character, who is played with great wit and brio by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3/4 91% James White (2015) "Abbott's feral depiction of such fierce loyalty is something close to brilliant. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3.5/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "It makes for a lively documentary subject for critic/director Kent Jones, despite a dearth of archival video and photos of the famous exchange. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2015
1/4 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "Paul McGuigan directs, but apparently without a clue as to what kind of story he's trying to tell. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 24, 2015
2.5/4 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "The Good Dinosaur is an enjoyable romp, especially when it surprisingly turns into a bizarro western midway through. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3.5/4 98% Brooklyn (2015) "Brooklyn is a simple story affectingly told, bridging the emotional gulf one feels when ambition and home are an ocean apart and love is uncertain in either place. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 42% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "Many of the things that made the original film work so well seem drained of power and emotion in the remake, and this includes Danny Moder's desultory cinematography. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "What began so promisingly as a dystopian saga of gladiatorial games, resonating with current global fears, has turned into just another dull race for the almighty dollar. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 31% By The Sea (2015) "For me the film's deeper intent is illustrating the ebb and flow of marriage and the need to not just accept that reality, but to embrace it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2/4 79% Entertainment (2015) "It's a downward spiral that's painful to watch, more pathetic than funny. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/4 23% Heist (2015) "It almost requires belief in magic - and high tolerance for hokum - to buy this whopper of an action picture. But here's where good acting builds empathy and defeats cynicism. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 43% The 33 (2015) "A tangled and pedestrian narrative gets in the way of the thrills, which are still considerable. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
1.5/4 42% Love (2015) "Cinematic satisfaction is denied in Love 3D, an exercise in bedroom boredom by France's Gaspar Noé. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "It's a big, wet dog kiss of an animated family film, hitting all the expected notes of the Charles Schultz comic strip and TV specials that generations have loved. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 64% Spectre (2015) "What pulls together the story's many tentacles is the unflappable Craig, a less-is-more actor who has evolved his Bond from the "blunt instrument" of Casino Royale into the "good man" of Spectre. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 44% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) "The film falls prey to the zombie curse of excessive laddishness, but at least it finds room for a strong female character. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/4 61% Truth (2015) "Nobody does the aggrieved party better than Blanchett, who could play the title tragedians in any smart recasting of King Lear or Hamlet. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/4 68% The Keeping Room (2015) "The scattershot story doesn't fully serve this stellar cast, as the drama often flags. But when it connects, the tension is almost unbearable. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 77% The Assassin (2015) "Hou's kinetic yet serene approach to martial arts is like watching a fast-moving river. It's less about the plot and body count and more about contemplating a story rich in symbols and multiple meanings. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Like the ruthless political strategists the film both satirizes and celebrates, Our Brand Is Crisis speaks out of both sides of its mouth. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) "Suffragette has the power to shock even those familiar with the early days of the feminist movement it dramatizes. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
1.5/4 13% Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) "This series jumped the shark - maybe that should be jumped the dark? - following its not-bad third chapter. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 23, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "The Last Witch Hunter is so drenched in CGI effects, it looks as if it's been dunked in a vat of lacquer. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 23, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Mask (Eyes from Hell) (Face of Fire) (1961) "The 3D bits - which viewers see through a "Magic Mystic Mask" after commands to "Put the mask on now!" - are actually surprisingly freaky and effective, even now, and they fit right in with the current yen for practical effects over CGI ones. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 23, 2015
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