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Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler
Brad Wheeler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0.5/4 43% Bakery in Brooklyn (My Bakery in Brooklyn) (2017) A layer cake of cutesy romance, fight-for-your-dreams earnestness and a syrupy score. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 76% Split (2017) McAvoy is excellent, but, for pure squeals and entertainment, the film falls short of Shyamalan's The Visit from 2015. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Bugs (2016) Grubs as grub isn't a new idea, but Andreas Johnsen's documentary Bugs looks at the subject in a lively and thoughtful way. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/4 97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) What we learn from the enjoyable punditry of siblings, art-world associates and former lovers is that the gorgeous provocateur was consumed with fame, and that everything and everybody was a means to that end. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/4 94% Sieranevada (2016) The film's 176-minute length will tax patience, but that almost seems the point in a story about how truth is arrived at and/or denied. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 13, 2017
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Uneven but funny enough ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Loeb, the man behind more than one Kevin James vehicle, attempts Christmastime magic à la Miracle on 34th Street, but ends up conjuring Maudlin on Madison Avenue instead. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 87% Lion (2016) Davis offers sweeping cinematic shots, with a soundtrack that is pleasingly epic, but the second act is a bit skimpy, script-wise. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/4 100% The Other Half (2016) The film is the Canadian actor Klein's first feature as a writer and director. His entry is auspicious and welcome. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Coming Home (2016) A magazine article probably would have sufficed just as well as a full-length doc. That being said, the tone is agreeable - a love letter not overromanticized. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Celtic Soul (2016) Unpolished and often sophomoric ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/4 93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Age in Being 17 comes in awkward bursts, and yet the film moves sublimely. Director Téchiné, 73 years old, is wise beyond his years. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) There's always another fight, just as there's always another boxing film. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Birdwatcher (2015) The Birdwatcher isn't for everyone, but those who know a yellow-rumped warbler from a woodpecker and those who appreciate a thoughtful story about the upsetting of delicate habitats will find reward. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/4 67% An Eye for an Eye (2016) A well-layered film makes a fascinating case for forgiveness and a sharp rebuke of Bible-taught eye-for-an-eye revenge. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Age of Consequences (2017) A laser-guided film on the perils of climate change to national security, without a polar bear on a melting ice float in sight. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 11, 2016
2/4 80% Rush: Time Stand Still (2016) Rush music isn't for everyone. Neither is Rush: Time Stand Still, a rock-doc chronicle of the band's purported final tour in 2015. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/4 94% Gimme Danger (2016) Chronologically charts the chaotic rise, fall and reunion of shirtless Iggy Pop and his grungy, volatile crew of iconoclastic Michigan punks who wowed the critics but disappointed the record companies. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) A stylish but tedious thriller that never does catch fire. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) This plush anime version of Hinako Sugiura's original manga tells a tale in a poetic, episodic fashion. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Angry Inuk (2016) A dignified response to those who oppose seal hunting but willfully ignore the fact that international bans on seal products severely inhibit the subsistence hunting vital to Arctic communities. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 100% Atlantic (2016) The humanist doc is one-sided, with no voice given to the politicians who balance big and small interests, but the overall message of short-term economic gain versus long-term sustainability is well delivered (if obvious). ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) This is a prequel superior to its predecessor - we're not bored with board-game ghoulishness yet. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 75% Mean Dreams (2016) Spiritual questions and thoughts on the importance of flesh-and-blood relationships are raised, but the strength of the you-can-run-but-you-can't-hide drama is the dewy charisma of the two young co-stars. T ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/4 90% Art Bastard (2016) Kanefsky paints a vivid picture of an entertaining rogue, one who finally gets his due with this film. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 51% The Accountant (2016) A character study as much as a ruthless shoot-'em-up. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Gun Runners (2015) Gun Runners is a contextual, intimate look inside a world most of us know nothing about. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2/4 56% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Ironically, Middle School's message is about encouraging kids and grown-ups to think outside the box and yet, the filmmakers themselves do precisely the opposite. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 100% Off the Rails (2016) Well-woven, with the kind-hearted voices of psychiatrists, playwrights, family members, lawyers and the gregarious McCollum himself failing to come up with a solution on how to handle an autistic, obsessive and irresponsible rail rider. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Documentarians Rob Cannan and Ross Adam compellingly couple an epic love story with an international espionage thriller. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 30, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet Moments of Clarity (2016) The plot is implausible and overstuffed; tones are mixed together willy-nilly. In a film about self-realization and life's meaning, any moments of clarity are few and far between. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/4 67% Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016) Finding Altamira is let down by ordinary acting, way too many scholarly adages and a perplexing level of inaction. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/4 42% The Girl King (2015) Gadon as the sheet-warming lady-in-waiting is given little to do but look naive and dumbstruck. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 100% Transpecos (2016) A taut 86 minutes of moral dilemmas, a drug deal gone wrong and a very bad day in the lives of three border guards. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 93% Blue Jay (2016) The script is loose; the acting is natural and nuanced. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/4 33% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016) Director DeCubellis is frightfully beholden to the tropes of the genre, and the premise (involving blackmail, strange dares and an inexplicable horse story) is just not credible. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3.5/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) A home invasion story that is as artfully terrifying as Home Alone was entertainingly hilarious. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/4 82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) A smartly written, evenly wrought drama ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Scenic, well-paced and rich in dialogue and character, the film is Coen brothers for the squares, and maybe the best middle-of-the-seat drama of the summer. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 96% Gleason (2016) It's a tough watch, but inspiring. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) The best thing you can say about The Infiltrator is that Cranston and company are entirely persuasive in a film that doesn't make the best use of their stellar efforts. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) The film is poetically structured and Lear is a spry, emotionally involved participant in a lively bio-doc that succeeds eulogistically and contextually. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 87% Phantom Boy (2016) Adults should get a kick out of Phantom Boy's sly humour but the story and the action is for the kids. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/4 66% Nerve (2016) Nerve looks fabulous and the pace is evenly adrenalized, which makes up for clichéd characters, a concocted premise and commentary that is a bit on the nose ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 76% Lights Out (2016) There are a few inconsistencies with the scary bits, but the script is rich, and having Teresa Palmer as a badass adult daughter with commitment issues - typically a male role - is refreshing. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 22, 2016
1/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Toddlers will dig the shenanigans, but bewildered adults should root for the annihilation of this tapped-out series. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2015) Beyond the insight into the restaurant culture, Sparaga shows us a bit of that celebrated New York state of mind. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet The Dark Stranger (2015) While Trebilcock uses creepily animated sequences to artful effect, the film peaks too weakly. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/4 91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) Sims probably uses a setting-sun metaphor more than necessary, but otherwise his decisions are immaculate and his film should hold audiences in thrall. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Eat That Question, a fascinating and compelling dive into an artist's uniquely ticking parts, gives voice to a complex dude and broadens the picture. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 8, 2016