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
Biography:
Globe and Mail contributor.
Publications: Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 99% Maiden (2019) Using archival footage and fresh recollections, director Alex Holmes offers an illuminating look into the weird world of jibs and rigging in a film that transcends the action of the sport. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) With a softened lens, British documentarian Nick Broomfield adoringly examines a fascinating relationship in a fascinating time that saw Cohen transition from a poet to a world-class songwriter. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday has great fun with a great premise. But the song-based rise-and-fall story line? Sounds like something we've heard before. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) What follows is excellent, uncomplicated and well-wrought house-of-horrors fun, complete with a message about self-blame and the real things that haunt us. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/4 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) An exercise in naive commentary and globe-trotting magical realism, the film dares viewers to take it seriously. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1/4 27% Anna (2019) Luss's uncompelling character elicits no empathy - except when she cries to be free, which is something trapped, yawning audiences will surely understand. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Ronnie? She's just looking for someone to sing Muskrat Love with. If you are as well, this quaint, doting film might be your thing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) "We were putting good poetry on the radio - pop radio." That's David Crosby's take on the seminal California folk-rock scene of 1965 to '67, an era explained lovingly and with due reverence in the hashish-scented documentary Echo in the Canyon. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) a lively sequel... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 78% Photograph (2019) Like Polaroids and introverted people, Photograph takes its time developing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/4 90% Rocketman (2019) It's whimsy, magic and metaphor. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 100% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019) We get an entertaining but superficial and laudatory overview of one of his country's greatest singer-songwriters. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) A Dog's Journey ends in bittersweet fashion, but with the suspicion that this franchise will live on. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Defining a politician's titan legacy in a singularly unexpected way, Meeting Gorbachev meets its expectations. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 51% Tolkien (2019) Stately, handsome and ferociously romantic, the new biopic of British high-fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien won't be everyone's cup of tea, though there is some excellent tea drinking to be had. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 30% Red Joan (2019) Although the story sounds fascinating - subterfuge! centrifuge! pinkos! - the film is cold fusion. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 91% Sir (2018) The film, from Indian screenwriter and documentary director Rohena Gera, is well-paced and properly sentimental. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) A sweet, playful coming-of-age documentary - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Even for those who do not believe that God's grace is amazing, it is hard not to see Franklin in her prime as something near miraculous, with a long-buried film serving as a witness in 16mm. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) Although it might sound like a lost web address to today's computer-savvy youth, Missing Link is a delightful and polished stop-motion adventure-comedy and droll comment on colonialism. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 83% The Brink (2019) With Klayman using the man's own words against him, Bannon comes off as a wallower in the mire. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 60% Acquainted (2018) Like the four principal actors, Acquainted is nice to look at but not so stimulating. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 70% The Invisibles (2019) The Invisibles, about humans as living ghosts, needs to be seen, and believed. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 100% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) It's about music, yes, but the label and this film concern more: Life-lessons, collaboration, open-minded attitudes and the value of submitting to the now. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/4 39% The Dirt (2019) Presented as an "unflinching" story of redemption, this silly-sappy film lowers the bar for to musical biopics. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 81% Level 16 (2019) And while fans of the genre will absolutely appreciate the surreal gloom, for most others Level 16 will come in at a level below an average Twilight Zone episode. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 88% To Dust (2019) To Dust's humour is of the one-trick kind - an odd couple on an odd mission - but there is soul and small pleasures to its fly-by 92 minutes. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Goalie (2019) Director Maggs tells a tough, sympathetic story in an imaginative way that makes Goalie feel like a war story. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Todd Douglas Miller's documentary about the first moon landing is dead brilliant, sure to enrage conspiracy theorists while thrilling most everyone else. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Tales From The Winnipeg Film Group (2018) [T]he film's charisma has less to do with history and more to do with the hows and whys of the group's quixotic ethos and defiant resolve. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A satisfying adventure story with allegorical manifest-destiny allusions, The Hidden World reminds us that if butterflies were the size of horses, humans would surely ride them. And wouldn't that be an awful thing? - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Trouble in the Garden (2018) The best thing you can say about Trouble in the Garden is that it's well-intentioned. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 60% Into Invisible Light (2018) The softly romantic drama Into Invisible Light is thoughtful, a touch pretentious and extremely well-acted. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 76% Wonders of the Sea (2019) A combination of state-of-the-art cinematography and old-fashioned documentary storytelling, this gorgeous film is 3D visually, but frustratingly two-dimensional otherwise. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 73% Chef Flynn (2018) The film doesn't quite come together. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 71% SuperGrid (2018) A satisfying enough, bullet-strewn B-movie set in postapocalyptic Western Canada. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake isn't your standard catastrophe drama, even if it does leave viewers shaking in their boots. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/4 25% Love Jacked (2018) The only thing jacked here is the hour and a half wasted watching this film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Show tunes meet Shaun of the Dead in the delightfully gruesome Scottish horror-musical Anna and the Apocalypse. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 71% The Go-Getters (2018) Abrams and Piri have scant on-screen charisma. And, even if they did, their dialogue together is nothing more than foul-mouthed insults - unimaginative ones at that. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Henchmen (2016) Zippy (if slightly confusing)... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 48% Clara (2019) The well-acted Clara lacks clarity, and there's nothing worse than an out-of-focus telescope. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
89% In Search of Greatness (2018) An eloquent and inventive look at self-expression in sports and to those athletes... who succeed at the highest levels not by dint of sheer physical prowess, but by ingenuity and creativity. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 90% Studio 54 (2018) [A] lively, contextual but much-too-laudatory documentary... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 81% Knuckleball (2018) Ironside... excellently exudes an old-man smell and no-nonsense-allowed temperament. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) [An] unpolished but ultimately intriguing film... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) I love what savvy director David Lowery does with the camera, panning here and there, picking up stray sights and happenings. Top-rate stuff. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) That being said, the victory of What Keeps You Alive is not its heart-thumping (and a little too long) second act, but the question of survival versus vengeance the film raises. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2.5/4 78% Bad Reputation (2018) Bad Reputation roars through Jett's 60 years like one of her songs, snarling and unsubtle. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A fantastical adventure, dandy ode to weirdos, and accessible anti-war allegory for all ages, especially 10-year-old boys. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018