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
94% Riders of Justice (2021) A pitch-black comedy about questions, coincidences and ideas that pile up faster than the body count. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
90% The Oak Room (2020) Cliché? Maybe on my part, but not when it comes to The Oak Room, a taut exercise in story-weaving and twists turned on their heads. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) The photography is elegant, but nothing else is. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
87% Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) [A] likable and melodic dramedy from Cohen enthusiast Matthew Bissonnette. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) A fascinating and uncontrived look at a dead-eyed downer-pop artist who is the antithesis of the typical commercial music phenom. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 97% The Donut King (2020) [I]t's a fine yarn spiced up with moments of hip hop, animation and pop culture references, all packaged nicely in something like the hot-pink doughnut boxes that the cruller maestro Ngoy supposedly invented. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Director Mary Wharton's notion is to portray the aw-shucks politician's embrace of rock music as a sign that Carter was open to fresh ideas, younger generations and strange new aromas. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
2.5/4 95% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) With too much salutation and not enough action, this is a (fine) companion to the album but not a freestanding film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/4 78% Percy vs Goliath (2020) Moralizing and a populist bent are at work, but not out of control. Well, not until the credits roll to the sounds of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land, anyway. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 100% Meeting the Beatles in India (2020) It's a lovely look back - happy memories are revived and wrapped in garlands, set to a sitar-and-tabla soundtrack. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 100% No Ordinary Man (2020) Tender, topical and well-crafted, No Ordinary Man is no ordinary film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/4 61% Project Power (2020) The drug is bad, you see? Power is bad. It's very simple. And so is Project Power. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2.5/4 54% Dreamland (2020) Midnight meets madness in a surrealist exercise in existentialism and deft satire that will unsettle the average viewer while exciting those with freakier tastes. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) LaBeouf's script crackles with penetrating dialogue. His acting - LaBeouf portrays a version of his own father - might be the finest of his career. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/4 53% 21 Bridges (2019) It's all just so average. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
1/4 28% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) One wonders how Everett got mixed up in this mess. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 97% The Cave (2019) It's no surprise the film won the People's Choice Documentary Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/4 94% Western Stars (2019) It's lovely film to look at, Springsteen confronting his past and demons in the prettiest, gently tuneful barn-and-big-sky way imaginable. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2/4 45% The Addams Family (2019) The film's writing is unambitious; there's little to cause adults to smile knowingly. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5/4 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Where's My Roy Cohn? is brash and relentless, much like the man himself. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) The dialogue is clever and the premise witty. It's a New York-y film that has the zip of a farce, without all the nuttiness. (There's a little nuttiness.) - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 100% Honey Bee (2019) With her narrative feature debut, the documentary filmmaker Rama Rau offers an edgier after-school special that is nevertheless worth seeing for Stone alone. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 82% Official Secrets (2019) The end result is a professionally made film that is whistle-blowingly relevant, starring an excellent actress who successfully comes in from her Pride & Prejudice past. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/4 84% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) "All the people were singing," but this film only listens to Robertson. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 82% Abominable (2019) Abominable has charms to soothe the savage child. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 88% David Foster: Off the Record (2019) Despite the film's laudatory tone, a portrait of Foster is competently painted by the veteran documentarian Avrich. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 90% The Climb (2020) Life is an uphill battle says The Climb, a film that gets better as it goes, even if life often does not. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3.5/4 96% Red Penguins (2020) Gonzo skates-and-sticks stuff, Slap Shot being dainty by comparison. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 100% Black Conflux (2019) Filmmaker Dorsey keeps viewers guessing with her promising debut. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/4 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) There's no thrill to this thriller. Nor is there nuance to the characters. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 86% Aquarela (2019) Without any narration or talking heads, Kossakovsky's cinematic globe-trotting documentary dazzles us with doom. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/4 98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Toes will tap, a tear or two might be shed - a complex story about a deceivingly complex musical is adoringly told and ultimately simplified. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 90% Mine 9 (2019) Eddie Mensore has not made a masterpiece of the genre, but there's a poignancy to his gritty calamity tale that makes Mine 9 worth watching. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 83% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Maybe it's real or maybe it's wackadoodle, but a cold-case investigation is heated up considerably and imaginatively by Brugger's charismatic film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) It is what it says it is, and nothing more. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
0/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The dog drops banal pearls of wisdom as if he were pooping on a rug or peeing on the floor (which he does often, and to the same effect). - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) This satire in Hebrew and Arabic is an answer in an allegorical and comical way, about a mad circumstance and a man in the middle of it. A tense and painful backdrop, sure, but there's no stick up Zoabi's butt, just an olive branch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 93% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Remember his name? The dude is unforgettable, now more than ever thanks to this film's excellent, incandescent illumination. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/4 74% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Other than keeping Hamilton's name out there and giving her brand exposure, Unstoppable stops short of making a compelling case for itself. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 65% Astronaut (2019) It's not entirely believable, but where there's a metaphor there's a way. Old asses put out to pasture. Angus appreciates the symbolism. I bet Dreyfuss does too. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The film's calm brutality is effective. Plot-wise, some punches are telegraphed, while others are not. The satire is a spinning wheel kick I didn't see coming. Black belts all around. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 98% 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 60% 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 33% 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 41% 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 90% 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 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) a lively sequel... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019