Toronto Star

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Hercules (2014)

"A surprisingly satisfying blend of action, adventure and swift plotting."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bruce Demara

2 59%

Lucy (2014)

"No one onscreen has the answers to the lofty questions Besson poses and, despite all the dizzying and splendid imagery of the film's closing frames, it's patently clear that neither does he."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bruce Demara

3 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

"Pure schmaltz masquerading as life wisdom, it pairs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton for no apparent reason other than that they fit the elder baby boomer cohort the film is squarely aimed at."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Peter Howell

4 67%

A Master Builder (2014)

"The oddly unheroic Shawn is somehow perfect as Solness, a flawed contemporary man who feels his genius entitles him to run roughshod over those he loves as well as those he works with."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Richard Ouzounian

5 49%

I Origins (2014)

"The cinematography by Markus Forderer is dreamy and memorable, even if the science in I Origins feels a tad half baked, even to the unschooled."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Linda Barnard

6 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman leaves us with a quality film that showcases his tremendous depth and range as an actor."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Peter Howell

7 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"It's the plotting, including a number of unexpected twists and turns throughout, that raises the film above the expected blood fest and for that, we must be grateful."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Bruce Demara

8 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"You couldn't ask for a better metaphor for hell on Earth than what Bong Joon-ho has wrought with Snowpiercer: constant forward momentum while getting absolutely nowhere, suffering all the while."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Peter Howell

9 43%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"For the most part, Planes: Fire & Rescue is more about chuckles than big guffaws, coupled with thrilling 3-D flight and firefighting action scenes and lessons about friendship, respect and loyalty."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Linda Barnard

10 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Just lie back and think of funnier films."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Linda Barnard

11 19%

Video Games: The Movie (2014)

"A by-the-books documentary that gives the history of video games bracketed with the voices of spirited members of the vast community of gamers, Video Games: The Movie is aimed squarely at its target audience."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Linda Barnard

12 91%

Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014)

"Walking the Camino is easy on the ears as well as the eyes and inspiring to the soul. It may even prompt you to skip the subway and walk home from the theatre - the whole way."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Kathryn Laskaris

13 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Disjointed and uneven, seeming at times like the Kickstarter gang got to contribute one idea each in exchange for their donations, all of which were greenlit by Braff - with the proviso they all be about him."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Linda Barnard

14 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best and brainiest blockbuster of the summer, the kind of movie you hope for when you pay your money and buy your popcorn."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Peter Howell

15 ——

Doc Of The Dead ()

"Time for a brainy look at brain-eating zombies, and this one delivers like molars to skull."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Peter Howell

16 ——

Men of the Cloth ()

"While there are some scenes of how suits are made, it's not enough to satisfy curiosity."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Linda Barnard

17 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"An account that's affectionate but also honest, taking the title and much of the content of Ebert's bestselling 2011 autobiography."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Peter Howell

18 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Can a meaningful glance mean as much as a kiss? In this film, it can, and that's enough."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Peter Howell

19 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"A romantic comedy about a match neither written nor pictured in heaven."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Peter Howell

20 79%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"It's a complex case and Berlinger isn't always successful in keeping the story clear."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Linda Barnard

21 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"Invited to sit in the facing seat, we have long minutes to watch, listen and assess, considering who these pilgrims are and what, aside from worship, has really brought them here."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Linda Barnard

22 83%

Gerontophilia ()

"Gerontophilia is a simple romance and a rather sweet one if you can get your head around a handsome young man and an old duffer swooning and spooning."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Bruce Demara

23 85%

Borgman (2014)

"A creepily comical story about an insistent vagrant turned insidious home occupier."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Peter Howell

24 30%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Just another dumb riff on The Exorcist ..."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Peter Howell

25 23%

Tammy (2014)

"There is playing to your strengths and there is cringing overkill and with the road comedy Tammy, Melissa McCarthy is getting awfully close to the latter."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Peter Howell

26 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"With so few kid-friendly movies on the summer slate, Earth to Echo offers a heartfelt and often comic adventure. For that, some copycatting can be forgiven."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Linda Barnard

27 67%

Me and You (2014)

"There's something oddly endearing about Me and You, a minor work from the master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Peter Howell

28 76%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"The film is an equally fun and sobering look at the lives of these animals, along with the evolving efforts to try and save this distant cousin of humans."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Raju Mudhar

29 91%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"Swartz might be better served by a sensitive actor's portrayal in a future dramatic biopic."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Peter Howell

30 91%

The Case Against 8 (2014)

"Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White are dedicated to getting it all in, which occasionally impedes the flow of the story."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Linda Barnard

31 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"It's amusing enough summer entertainment with a winning cast ... and some genuine laughs thanks to its puppy-dog enthusiasm. And who doesn't like a dressing-to-impress montage?"

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Linda Barnard

32 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"It's long, it's loud and it's really stupid."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Peter Howell

33 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Robespierre and company deserve high praise for tackling a story with such a difficult subject at its heart, with a combination of grace, humour and courage."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Bruce Demara

34 ——

Uvanga ()

"A story of homecoming and reconciliation told in the patient, rhythmic cadences of Inuit voices."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Linda Barnard

35 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"It's tamer than you would expect - and hope."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Peter Howell

36 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The film entertainingly recreates an acclaimed stage show that you can now see for the price of a multiplex ticket rather than a Broadway one."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Peter Howell

37 62%

The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014)

"As much a social and psychological study as a fascinating look at a woman who lived by her own rules."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Linda Barnard

38 25%

I'll Follow You Down (2014)

"Ponderous in spots and not as smoothly crafted as it could be, I'll Follow You Down is also held back by Osment's performance, which never seems comfortable or convincing ..."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Linda Barnard

39 65%

The Rover (2014)

"This minimalist gem affords a chance to see ex-Twilight star Robert Pattinson at his dramatic best."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Peter Howell

40 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"If it seemed Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill couldn't possibly exceed their over-the-top buddy cop antics of 21 Jump Street, you lost that bet."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Peter Howell

41 83%

The Double (2014)

"The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Linda Barnard

42 20%

WolfCop ()

"Dean has set himself a very difficult task, blending the genres of horror and comedy in a satisfying way. One can admire the fellow's ambition while deploring the actual result."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Bruce Demara

43 70%

Burt's Buzz (2014)

"Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) lets the story play out in a meandering fashion that echoes Shavitz's approach to life."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Linda Barnard

44 ——

Silent Retreat ()

"Aside from Nolan, performances lean toward the uneven, while unanswered questions and frayed threads of plot nag ..."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Linda Barnard

45 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Taking its cues as much from Star Wars and Game of Thrones as from its own storybook narrative, How to Train Your Dragon 2 breathes fire into a franchise sequel."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Peter Howell

46 50%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"All Cheerleaders Die began as a lo-fi video feature 13 years ago and weirdly, the inspirational rah-rah seemed to have stopped right there."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Peter Howell

47 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"When this device works, it works well. When it doesn't, one finds oneself sighing a lot as the movie rolls onward."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Bruce Demara

48 100%

Brothers Hypnotic (2014)

"The music throughout is wonderful and you wish there was more of it, including concert footage."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Trish Crawford

49 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"Myers makes a pretty good case for the "supermensch" benediction for Gordon."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Peter Howell

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