Alison Gillmor

Alison Gillmor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Winnipeg Free Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Jagger is such a deliciously fascinating presence one wishes he were in every scene. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3.5/5 88% Onward (2020) This is not quite the weep-fest of Toy Story 3, but it will probably make you a bit teary. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2.5/5 47% Greed (2020) With flat characters, an undeveloped script and only sporadic comedy, we're left in an in-between place where it feels as if nothing is at stake and nothing can be done. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3/5 73% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) As an ambiguous look at the nature of truth and deception, Clifton Hill has an unsettling low-key potency, which is why the final third - when the plotting gets strained and Shin wraps things up with a "gotcha" ending - is so disappointing. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
2.5/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) ...where the story goes wrong, it's certainly not Buck's fault. There are no bad dogs, only bad dog movies. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 37% Downhill (2020) Sometimes movie titles are just asking for trouble. This exasperating comedy-drama starts with a good premise - taken from its much better source material, the Swedish film Force Majeure - and goes, well, downhill from there. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
2/5 11% The Turning (2020) Most fatally, the script doesn't seem to know what it wants to say. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
1.5/5 14% Dolittle (2020) This absolute disaster of a live-action adventure is bad in the way many formulaic kids' movies are bad. It's lazy and pandering, simultaneously over-packed and under-filled. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) The film's unique strength lies in its hyper-focused approach. The concentration on one minor mission might feel limiting, but at its best 1917 becomes a refracting lens for the vastness of the Great War's suffering... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
85% The Tree of Life (2011) Malick examines family, faith and loss, moving from the central character's postwar Texas childhood to contemporary urban anomie while treating vast cosmic possibilities and small domestic details with the same lyrical vision. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% Paddington 2 (2018) The Paddington Cinematic Universe is original, inventive and fun, stacked with classic comedy references, packed with every British character actor going and finished with optimistic humanism. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
98% Paddington (2015) Unexpectedly effective commentaries on immigration... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) There's a terrifying singularity to Joshua Oppenheimer's examination of trauma, memory and denial. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) Lively and playful, but never cheaply satirical, The Two Popes makes serious points about the possibility of human change and the need for reconciliation in a broken world. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
2/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) There is a movie to be made about this true-life story of an innocent man convicted in the public sphere on bias rather than evidence. This is not that movie. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's a genre that is often self-indulgent - and occasionally angry and aggrieved - but in the hands of the 70-year-old Spanish master becomes a gentle and generous examination of time, age and the act of creation. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Watching Ken Miles race is pure pleasure, but in the end, the film's clumsily drawn conflict feels more assembly-line than artisanal. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Complicated, difficult, necessary reckoning is at the core of her work. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) There are sections that vibrate with avant-garde energy - Smith uses a lot of experimental film footage to set the scene... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5 96% Buddy (2019) Buddy is slow, quiet and never showy. It gives us specific insight into six households, but it also builds toward larger ideas. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 61% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) While Sunset may not be as viscerally difficult as Son of Saul, Nemes's evocation of 1913 Budapest is still beset by an overwhelming sense of violence and dread, with its dark, phantasmagoric images suggesting a civilization on the brink of conflagration. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Green isn't much good at self-promotion. He's enthusiastic, thoughtful and sincere about every step he takes, and his attitude spreads to documentarian Jeremy Workman and, by extension, to us. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) In the final section of the film, Gray is perhaps too obvious, but there's still something magnificent about the filmmaker's obsession, which for most of this powerful, strange and unexpected film, manages to be both epic and intimate. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's one thing to get all those things in a big, juicy novel. This attempt to stuff them all into a movie, even one that clocks in at 149 minutes, ends up feeling rushed, shallow, sometimes even a bit silly. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) Applying edgy style to upper-middle-class English life, Joanna Hogg's work is both intense and delicate. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 45% After the Wedding (2019) As we reach the conclusion of After the Wedding, the end of the film seems to have lost touch with the beginning. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Ric Roman Waugh's action sequences are mediocre. They have a ramped-up, jittery look, but they don't feel urgent. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 87% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Meeting Gorbachev's unhurried pace and granular detail probably won't appeal to a general audience, but for hardcore Herzog fans and political junkies, this doc will exert a steady gravitational pull. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Be Natural occasionally wanders, but in the end it offers a passionate portrait of a remarkable woman, a necessary historical corrective and an urgent argument for the importance of film preservation. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Richard Linklater plays Bernadette's vanishing act not as a big narrative mystery but as a messy human mix of screw-ups and saving graces. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet There Are No Fakes (2019) Kastner gives a glimpse of the largely unregulated global art market, with only a hazy legal framework for dealing with frauds and forgeries and lots of convenient myths that obscure the connections among art, money and power. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 92% Diane (2019) Diane is a rare thing: an unsentimental and honest indie film about the radical power of kindness. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Funny, sad, perversely nostalgic, Quentin Tarantino's obsessive ode to a lost Hollywood era is packed with visual verve, pop-culture riffs and cineaste pleasures. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 80% Sir (2018) Sir is a delicate and powerful look at human connection. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) This franchise has always been about the passage of time, and there's something poignant, powerful and fitting about seeing it playing out within a real-time context, almost 24 years after it began. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 67% The White Crow (2019) That common dance-movie trope of technique versus passion applies to the film itself, which is handsome and correct in form but somewhat lacking, at crucial moments, in life and spark. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) Shot and edited with lots of colour and pep, the film offers a travelogue-y take on the streets of Mumbai, Paris and Rome. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night raises some timely questions. How do you make entertainment "relevant" without losing your sense of humour? How do you keep it accessible without resorting to lowest-common-denominator pap? - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) The film follows its own interesting directions, mixing up footage from Bergman's films and archival material with thoughtful interviews with Bergman collaborators. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 96% Ghost Town Anthology (Répertoire des Villes Disparues) (2019) The dead don't die in this subdued and eerily strange drama, but Ghost Town Anthology isn't a standard ghost story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 90% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Easy to dislike at times but hard to dismiss, The Image Book is a difficult, contradictory, complex work. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) With striking cinematography, stately pacing and a formal and distant tone, Birds of Passage has a stark simplicity. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) The film also makes points - sometimes subtle, sometimes very frank - about the ways in which women, especially older women, are overlooked and underestimated. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) To call Amazing Grace a concert film is a pale description of a soul-expanding, whole-body experience. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 93% Giant Little Ones (2019) While not as accomplished as Lady Bird or Eighth Grade, Giant Little Ones avoids the usual high school clichés, crafting an honest and nuanced 21st-century coming-out story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The subtext is pointedly political but always expressed through Lee's subtle cinematic intensity, with evocative views of murky interiors and landscapes that dissolve into dusk and darkness. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) Unfortunately, the serial-killer-as-artiste trope is a little culturally exhausted, and von Trier's attempts to liven it up don't really work. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is just a good movie. It's freaky, scary, carefully crafted and deeply unsettling. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Holmes' undented belief in her mission is embodied in her odd, unblinking gaze. Our fascination with this eerie disconnect -- this bright blue gap between truth and deception -- is why we keep meeting that gaze. In The Inventor, it's hard to look away. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 53% 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