Adrian Mack

Adrian Mack
Adrian Mack's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Georgia Straight
Publications: Georgia Straight

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
78% Watergate (2019) The sordid tale is a deftly structured true-crime saga, with writer-director Charles Ferguson narrating. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Melody Makers, Should've Been There (2017) Although a tad threadbare in the talking-head department (here comes Eric Burdon, again), this cheerful history of the British music weekly Melody Maker has enough inside dope to maintain interest. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) When that climax comes, helped along by a hasty reading of the riot act, ale for the troops, and the provocateuring of Home Office spies, Peterloo explodes into epic cinema-and epic rage. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) Starts with it strongest short and ends with its weakest. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) There's so much here to recommend. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Few 20th century artists lived more completely in the process, and Stanley Nelson's film, brimming with fabulous footage, doesn't fail to impart that crucial aspect of the story. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Dark Suns (Soleils noirs) (2019) Shot in luminous black-and-white and edited to perfection, this 154-minute Canadian production might be the definitive take on the subject. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet Gods of Molenbeek (Aatos ja Amine) (2019) A crisp and absorbing doc from Reetta Huhtanen. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet Dive: Rituals in Water (2019) This isn't the most information-dense of movies, given its 72-minute running time, but every one of those minutes is a joy. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet City of the Dead (Ciutat dels morts) (2019) Those of us tuned to the very tiny subgenre of docs about the death industry will find this contemplative piece closer to 1979's haunting Des Morts than, say, the mondo autopsy porn of Death Scenes. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Mosco Levi Boucault's film is absorbing and unfussy, flashes of wit aside. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
74% Roar (1981) Such unusual challenges rob the film of its coherency at times, but so what? Who's going to tear their eyes away from that big, beautiful cat? - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
95% Buddy (2019) This amounts to about 90 minutes of going "Awwww..." - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Its greatest achievement is the way Hagazussa becomes more powerfully hallucinatory and yet more bluntly real as it unfolds. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Makuko (2019) This is a beautiful film: modest, warm, and unflashy in all ways, not counting its sometimes startling photography. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
88% Mia and the White Lion (2019) Mia and the White Lion is loaded with such unforgettable moments, constituting perhaps the cat video to end all cat videos. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
87% Diamantino (2019) Here's a movie very satisfied with its own zaniness. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Giant Little Ones (2019) It's all so beautifully executed that we can forgive certain narrative conveniences. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
No Score Yet Midian Farm (2018) If we're closer to oblivion than ever before, Midian Farm reminds us that the road to utopia still means grappling with the alien technology of being human. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
70% Climax (2019) I liked it, but then, as the great Chuck Barris once said, "I like morgues." - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw never reconciles its moods, mixing its outré humour and satisfyingly nasty wish fulfillment with an inelegant grasp of horror. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
No Score Yet V6A (2018) Romano keeps the film's politics low-key. Through its warmth and heart... V6A is already making a big enough statement. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) The film certainly isn't interested in the engineering of drama; just shock and disgust and the projection of Von Trier's incoherent ideas. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) A moving celebration of the potential to simply do good. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
38% Tiger (2018) There's no boxing-movie cliché left unturned in this biopic... but it's an amiably rousing effort all the same. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
No Score Yet This Mountain Life (2018) [An] astounding hymn to the natural world. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Mandy borrows from a (Panos) cosmology of profane influences-stoner metal, '80s trash cinema, bad drugs-and fashions them into something that feels sacred. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
77% The Crescent (2017) The title sequence alone is a masterpiece of downer psychedelia, setting the tone for the film's acid-gobbling take on the supernatural. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
29% Shock and Awe (2018) The real problem here is false consciousness. Joey Hartstone's didactic, sermonizing screenplay is hardly any less fantastical than the lies it seeks to condemn. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Beneath the slight narrative, deliberate pace, and long stretches of quiet, Granik and her outstanding cast are busy flushing Leave No Trace with sadness and compassion. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
87% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) Appropriately unhurried... Oudolf is giving us new ways to see. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
No Score Yet Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (2017) According to Elvis Costello, one of the film's parade of international notables, once you've heard one volume, you'll want all 32. He's right. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
No Score Yet Ex-Shaman (Ex Pajé) (2018) Bolognesi has refashioned his footage into a quasi-fictional narrative, landing on a kind of diplomatic storytelling language to bridge two stubbornly incompatible worldviews. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
100% Anote's Ark (2018) We should feel drowned by this film. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
93% The Cleaners (2018) Deep nausea aside, The Cleaners is a very noble effort to backspace us into reality. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
No Score Yet The Pain of Others (2018) [A] heartbreaking doc. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
No Score Yet The Quiet Zone (2017) What really beguiles about this modest film... is the in-the-moment quality that it somehow manages to transmit (not by radio) to screen. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
86% Roller Dreams (2017) Roller Dreams delivers ecstatic jolts of adrenaline while retelling the never-ending story of America's war on the poor. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
65% Our New President (2018) Pandering to the new McCarthyism of the pseudoleft with dollops of Evil Putin porn only clouds the film's gonzo entertainment value, revealing its dangerous blind spots and ideological bent. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
93% The Endless (2018) Tthey have a ball with the film's screwy internal logic and effective visual design, somehow landing on a breezy tone despite a seriously heavy nucleus of unthinkable dread. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
No Score Yet Shut Up and Say Something (2017) If the film and its subject both tend to be assiduously apolitical, Shut Up still reminds us time and again that Shane Koyczan means something to a lot of good people. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
79% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) In some ways, a distant and much less portentous cousin to 2016's Arrival. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) I enjoyed this so much that I screened it twice, back-to-back. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% Too Funny To Fail (2017) With some of the funniest people on Earth enthusiastically discussing their greatest failure, it's the interviews that really sell this insanely entertaining film. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
79% Never Steady, Never Still (2018) Hepburn's film boasts mammoth confidence, inching along with often spellbinding effect at a pace that mirrors the physical impairments suffered by Judy, a mother in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
94% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) The compositions are never less than immaculate, producing all manner of random correspondences and a recurring touch of camp that occasionally blossoms into full-blown Tom of Finland territory. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
71% Hostiles (2018) To put all this another way: here's an exceptionally timely neowestern that goes out of its way to press all the right buttons, and ends up being tremendously entertaining in the process - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
No Score Yet Dark Harvest (2017) Honestly, Dark Harvest is the kind of film I wish Vancouver would make more of; a humble but smart B-movie made with grit, economy, and a real sense of place elevated by Ryan Petey's bruised cinematography. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Tom of Finland briefly moves to California when Laaksonen's fortunes begin to rise in the '70s, but it becomes a weak-tea Boogie Nights along the way. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
74% Bernard and Huey (2018) ... Bernard and Huey deserves to exist if only to bug the insufferably Stalinist "woke" among us who might not want an inside critique of toxic masculinity with this much wry compassion attached. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017