Alison Gillmor

Alison Gillmor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Winnipeg Free Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is clearly aspiring to reach the heights of recent projects like John Greene's The Fault in Our Stars, but these kind of narrative stumbles keep it grounded. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 47% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Hummingbird remains a tonally erratic project that struggles to find a point of view. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Even when a formidably female Captain Marvel finally gets her own film, it feels less like a standalone story and more like a placeholder. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
88% Non-Fiction (2019) This is a sneaky film of ideas, as Assayas manages to be very talky without ever becoming arid. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Amanda (2018) This kind of set-up often gets played for sentimental life lessons in Hollywood, but director Mikhael Hers explores David and Amanda's situation with delicacy and poignance. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) Super-stylized and darkly absurd, the story becomes increasingly unmoored as fact and fiction, past and future start to melt and meld together. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) The Watermelon Woman can be awkward and clunky, and its shoestring budget sometimes shows. But it's also fresh and frequently very funny. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee brings his stylized esthetic and flair for genre-flipping to this kooky fact-based story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) This is an achingly specific picture of mundane moments and sudden sorrows, with long, patient scenes of young men shooting hoops or playing blues guitar, of a toddler tiring himself out, of kids just doing stuff in backyards and fields. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) There were tons of references to other rom-coms. It works by taking the tropes of the romantic comedy head on and admitting that they're kind of ridiculous. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) In the end, the power of Shoplifters is cumulative and unexpected. As with Osamu's tricks, legal and otherwise, it's only afterwards that you realize what has happened. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 19% Serenity (2019) There's a reason why Serenity feels, well, like a bad movie. But by the time we get to the reason, we've had to sit through 90 minutes of that bad movie, and those 90 minutes are not redeemed by Knight's big reveal. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Moving quietly through a year in Cleo's life and using beautiful black-and-white cinematography, the film is deeply emotional but rigorously unsentimental. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Add in a story that handles both large-scale superhero action and small-scale human problems and actually pulls off some real feeling, and this Spider-Man - along with all his Spider-Friends - is the best cinematic webslinger in years. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Goose (2018) He hasn't defaulted to a conventional narrative - that's not really his thing - but The Goose still manages to hold together, partly because of the brilliance and consistency of Maryniuk's trippy visual style. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 97% 1945 (2017) The darkness of wartime reaches not only into one day in August. In this muted but powerful film, Török is also commenting, obliquely but effectively, on the rise of far-right nationalism and anti-Semitism in present-day Hungary. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Just as important as all this gorgeousness, however, is the film's inventive and original tone, which fearlessly embraces its source material's weirdness. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 61% Bel Canto (2018) Even with life and death stakes, Bel Canto never holds our attention. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
No Score Yet The Vivian Maier Mystery (2013) Maier never walks out into the light, ultimately remaining as mysterious as the title implies. But, with patient and penetrating analysis of her work, this doc lets her images speak for her. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Based on a minor, morally fluid Marvel Comics character, Venom isn't a good movie, exactly, being a sloppily scripted, unevenly executed tonal mess. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Comically - and often subversively - upending the Bigfoot story, this appealing but uneven animated adventure takes us to a yeti village high up on a Himalayan mountain. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) Mortimer's Florence, who is motivated not so much by high-flown idealism as stubborn everyday determination, holds our attention when she's on her own, as she often is. Her scenes with Nighy are lovely bits of low-key drama and deadpan comedy. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 79% Cielo (2017) Slow and meditative, Cielo offers vertiginous time-lapse photography of the rotating Milky Way, as well as special-effects sequences that recreate astronomical events. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Binoche looks great - she can do that French-woman thing with scarves - but she is not afraid to convey her full 54 years in a scrupulously unvain performance. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This is all from the standard rom-com template, but the likable leads and sparky supporting cast manage to reinvigorate these old clichés. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) It's a strange structure for a film, and ultimately the drama is concentrated into the two compelling central performances, culminating in an electrifying slow build. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/5 93% Beast (2018) A naked expression of female emotion [is] what forms the dark centre of this flawed but fascinating film. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) For a story in which emotions are tamped down and shunted, The Rider finds a moving and difficult power. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The film's shape, such as it is, comes instead from an unsparing central performance by Joaquin Phoenix and strong support from an eclectic ensemble cast. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes struggles to connect to the story's sincere emotional core, his exquisite style and experimental tricks too often feeling like meticulous technical exercises. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Bleak, wintry and rigorously controlled. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Even after this comprehensive account of her life and career, she remains an enigma that can never be fully explored - which is itself a rather Kusama-ish idea. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) The letdown in On Chesil Beach is McEwan's scripting...the final climax [is] wretched Hollywood hoke. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Mature, moving and graceful... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 94% RBG (2018) At a time in America when we've seen the judicial branch of government acting as a democratic bulwark, this message feels urgent and important. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/5 60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) It doesn't exactly work, but compelling performances - and Peck's intrepidly weird attempts to somehow make reading, writing and thinking cinematic - make it watchable just the same. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
1/5 54% Bad Samaritan (2018) The scripting, from Brandon Boyce, is comically clunky, while director Dean Devlin can manage only a movie-of-the-week look and feel. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3.5/5 70% Happy End (2017) There are indelible single scenes in Happy Ending, but without the strong scaffolding of Haneke's usual craft, the all-out nihilism feels shallow. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/5 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Sober and deliberately understated, Chappaquiddick sometimes struggles to keep up the tension. But the film rests on strong performances and an evocative sense of period atmosphere. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) This is basically a modest B-movie, but with compelling characters, potent performances and tight, crafted direction, it effectively explores the quiet power of its premise. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Comedy is not the obvious genre for dealing with a brutal autocrat who killed millions of his own people, but The Death of Stalin mostly works. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 100% Aida's Secrets (2017) Aida's Secrets is not an incredibly artful doc...But the straight-ahead observation of this specific human story is powerfully emotional and affecting, particularly in the way it tracks the brothers' newfound relationship. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 89% Meditation Park (2017) Meditation Park is mostly a complex and compassionate look at marriage, families, aging and the immigrant experience. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Ai's subjects remain nameless and voiceless, viewed en masse. He often seems to overlook individuals in his attempt to underline the almost unimaginable magnitude of this crisis. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Mixed in with these dark strains, we have glints of comedy and bursts of magic realism...In this empathetic portrait of suffering and resilience, Lelio has also crafted a very 21st-century version of the woman's picture. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 81% The Party (2018) The Party remains fast, brittle and more than a bit mean...Anchored by Scott Thomas's portrayal of cool competence and boosted by Clarkson's magnificently crisp zingers, the ensemble cast is tight and terrific. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4/5 95% The Breadwinner (2017) In particular, the film celebrates the stories we tell ourselves and each other - the stories that educate, encourage and inspire. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) As an account of a serial killer, then, My Friend Dahmer doesn't quite work. Instead it is Derf's story, with its uncomfortable mixture of compassion, complicity and retrospective horror, where the film's real strength lies. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4.5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Nothing happens and everything happens, the story's growing emotional power coming from subtle, complicated lead performances, exquisite pacing and dreamy, melancholy music from Sufjan Stevens. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
1/5 24% Forever My Girl (2018) With a C-list cast and generic direction, Forever My Girl comes off more as a mid-budget Lifetime movie-of-the-week that has somehow migrated to the big screen. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018