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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Creed (2015) Subtly, smartly, writer-director Ryan Coogler bobs and weaves around racial identity even as this Rocky 2.0 expertly does what it's been coached to do--belt us with one bruising, pulsating boxing movie. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
89% Mississippi Grind (2015) Its lead double-act and almost-pointed pointlessness are enough to nudge it over the line. There's a faintly raffish charm to most shuffling-along scenes here. In the end, though, the story bobbles. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
66% The Night Before (2015) Such a ragged, staggering, let-it-all-hang-out bro-comedy that the women feel parachuted in. Strains to be a Christmas movie for '80s babies now all grown up but umbilically attached to their smartphones. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) The convicts are like actors trapped on a set, their awareness of a line between this-is-just-an-experiment and playing power-games dissolving. Zimbardo comes off as a Faustian fiend; the film itself glitters and glares a bit too simply and devilishly. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
19% Love the Coopers (2015) Lots of photogenic folks serve up white whine, usually weak laughs, or suddenly candid chats with strangers. The Hollywood contrivances are cringing. Dundering in its efforts to melt your heart to slush. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) The sordid yet mundane (making it all the sadder) story of a black community plagued by police unconcern, with the men closest to the accused almost shruggingly inured to his voyeurism and predation. (The impressive fighters here are female.) ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Can be a bit frantic and antic; the ending's more schmaltzy than Schulzy. But the sad-sack, what's-the-point-of-it-all? adult humour sneaks in. Pretty much the least disappointing feature-film adaptation America's most famous comic-strip could get. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) Beyond its tardy, fitful contribution to the undead evolution, this teen flick's apparently never heard of the actual women's revolution. So we're treated to some B-horror fun here and there, increasingly buzzkilled by horny-moan, male-it-in humour. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
86% Steve Jobs (2015) Too theatrical, hyper-chatty, and self-involved to become truly involving or insightful. Then comes its crash of an ending, a system-error so staggeringly redemption-reaching that you may glimpse the ghost-image of Christ himself on the frozen screen. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Exposition, backstory, and action-dialogue cliché are all tossed into the pot and stirred up real bad. A hocus-pocus hodge-podge of balderdash and humbuggery. The only smells wafting from this cauldron are the odour of silliness and stench of stupidity. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
76% Goosebumps (2015) The eeks, freaks and bumps-in-the-night in Goosebumps are fine, even fun. It's the goosing of this adolescent-targeting fright-flick into a teen-romance that takes the wild romp out of it. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
71% Crimson Peak (2015) Sumptuously stylized and sound-scaped; there are a few Victorian moments of sublimated psychosexuality. But the sensation-novel plot and ghost-story atmosphere are too steamed-out here, chugging on; the ending gets too stabby, brutal and modern. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
27% Pan (2015) A postmodern splish-splash, this film ziplines here, there, everywhere. The movie's feel skids from circus-tent carnivalesque to amusement-park giddiness. Never boring, Pan's also never sure what it wants to be. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
55% Hyena Road (2016) Canada's own war-on-terror film can't get beyond embedding us among the troops (GoPro-style shots, military code and jargon) to strike at any deep, dark truths about the recent war in Afghanistan. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
92% The Martian (2015) This stranded-astronaut movie can't muster all that much drama. Watney's crewmates just can't convey much emotion; Watney mostly emits smart-ass movie lines. NASA's tech and its astronauts' gutsiness and smarts are glorified to the point of porn-iness. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
94% Sicario (2015) Horror masquerading as action-thriller; a desert-Gothic descent into the nightmare-grotesquerie of Mexico's narco-war. Brutal and dismal in its Stygian twists, Sicario indicts the drug-war as a relentlessly macho, end-justifies-any-means battle. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
62% The Intern (2015) Faux-feminist and whitewashily liberal. A movie that wants us to feel bad for a female executive-who's actually high-power-privileged-only for a great white father-substitute to be her perpetual personal cheer-er is far from feminist and damn near stupid. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
No Score Yet Milk (2015) A more incisive, complex, contextualized (and less stilted) discussion of delivering babies and then delivering milk to them may not go down as easily, but it would be more nutritious food for thought than we ultimately get with Milk. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Boilerplates the YA-gloomy-future fad down to an obstacle-course at the worst-ever summer camp. Plot points are struck with predictable force; line after line battles hopelessly with cliché; camera shots are fired so routinely they feel pre-programmed. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
73% Everest (2015) Everest, the movie, in showing how the mountain conquers man, never explains the torturous trek's appeal, and that monstrous Himalayan peak ends up dwarfing the human stories here, struggling for air. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
64% The Visit (2015) 'Welcome to M Night Shyamaland! What's that? The new one? Well, there's creepy stuff, a Hansel and Gretel bit, grandma gets loony, the ride gets a bit Psycho with a kitchen knife and a basement, and...well, the last section's a bit rickety, really.' ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) Here, Bryson's a wizened cipher, wrapped in a grizzled grump, inside a pickled jerk. Patter gets pat, wise old-guy talk vies with lame wisecracks, and slapstick turns slapschtick. This slog's a waste of time and space. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) Too child-directed and broadly characterized; the commercial-minded, Disney-style high-stakes is a padding out of pondering-ness to ponderousness. This adaptation's more pose-y and cutesy than question-posing or poetically profound. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
45% No Escape (2015) The Amazing Race remixed with The Killing Fields as a disaster-film, with anti-Asian racism simmering hatefully up from the bottom of the pot. An atrocity in its retrograde, racist exploitation of civil strife for tawdrily thrilling ends. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 9, 2016
100% Burning Bush (2014) In its focus on everyday citizens, Burning Bush kindles and then fans a flickering hope for the masses of individuals down and out, waiting and wanting to rise up, consumed not by hate or fear but a desire for a fairer system and better lives. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
91% Valentine Road (2012) Plumbs the pathetic depths of intolerance and distorted compassion in one of the supposedly most liberal states in the union. Its panoramic and both-sides approach to a brutal, traumatizing act of retaliatory violence chills and stills the heart. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
92% When Marnie Was There (2015) A work as lush and lovely as you'd hope for from a studio that long ago made it clear that films about girls' magical inner lives were for everyone--and anyone who cares about maturely considered, deeply considerate cinema. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) So badly based on a video game that, with every new level of bland cool or serious silliness, you'll wish Mr 47 would scissor-jump barrels to blow Donkey Kong's brains out, or cart-chase Super Mario--anything to make this exciting at some bullet-point. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) That it all (mostly) works is some kind of small, mix-a-lot miracle. There's both wry comedy and dark laughs; only the action scenes are where the genres and tones don't come to a full boil. Still, all the non-spy-action-y stuff is pretty damn good. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The ho-humminess of it all, punctuated by Movie Moments, warbles on. Even goes out like a treacly little jingle, not a burst of raging-'gainst-the-light rock 'n' roll fury, signifying something--hell, anything. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) After racing out of the Brandenburg Gate, Ritchie bottles up all the period-flavour with no fizz; there's no real pop here to go along with the cool '60s culture. Not that the story's much more than B-rate bond. After two hours of this, you'll cry uncle. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
56% Paper Towns (2015) This movie's relationship to teen-romance--flirting with it, undercutting it, swooning back into its clichéd thrall--is frustrating and intriguing in spurts. By the end, it's more like it's-a-wrap than the messy, crumpled-up drafts of life. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) Schumer's script does offer, for much of its game-time, some anti-heroine unlikeableness, anti-rom-com laughs, and a sense that, hey, pretty much all relationships--family, friends, lovers--are wonky and wrecky. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
56% Minions (2015) So much here's fairly uninspired, lacking depth and detail, or not so zippily zany. Mostly these underlings just underperform. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Far less dark or subtle than MM, but far more boisterous, raunchy and exuberant, this is a movie that neon-lights the 'entertainment' in 'male entertainment,' even if it isn't much more than one last road-trip down memory lane. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) This soft, squidgy sequel squanders its comic not-quite-crappiness by padding out its length and getting seriously dull in its exploration of a talking bear's 'personhood.' (Paddington versus Descartes, anyone? I thought not, therefore I zzzzzzzz.) ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
34% Max (2015) It has its moments--mostly involving the title character, a Belgian Malinois--but its human story remains stock and stodgy. A lot more bark than bite here; Max is nothing to go mad over. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 31, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) In this film about Joy's pursuit of Riley-ness, the message is simple, but subtextual strands are crafty. Most often prettily playful, thought-provoking and mood-moving all at once. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
100% Cool Hand Luke (1967) As this 'Southern' turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by 'the man,' swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the convict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke's knowing smile, though, burns on. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
0% United Passions (2015) A bloated historical diorama of FIFA office-life highlights. A ghastly, stiff orgy of self-love. It's like watching blank celluloid and hoping a movie will magically appear. Warning: you may consider melon-balling your eyes out. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
94% Spy (2015) Offers too much one-note character-comedy and grows too concerned with being an action film itself. The feminist subtext is pretty juvenile; the script tries to get a lot of mileage out of a few comic conceits. Jet-sets around Europe but never takes off. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) A vapid male fantasy scantily clad as a movie, this macho soap-opera is all about cocks and gawks. A fantasy-lifestyle-league Super Bore for Hollywood's coveted male-20-something demographic, all bloated up for the big screen. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
48% San Andreas (2015) By the end--a seismologist told "You did good" as reports come in of California's devastation and corpse-littered cities--it's clear just how tone-deaf, context-insensitive, and death-denying this blockbuster is after all its bombast and bomb-blasts. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) The movie serves up a taste of genuinely fraught and realistic native Hawaiian concerns, only to smushily sandwich them between thick slices of white people's well-meaning-ness, hokeyness and lovelorn dilemmas. Lei-lei land becomes la-la land. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
96% Wrinkles (2014) With its wry moments and poetic interludes, this is a film that takes its time, though time is all the old-age home's residents have. But it's the mixture of melancholy, wistfulness, and ennui here that makes the headiest, heartiest cocktail. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 25, 2015
66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) But when it's not being cheeky or a bit raunchy or taking its trilling topic lightly, it's overly serious in its underdogs-gotta-win-it storyline or stupidly crossing some ethical ethnic-joke lines. The finale voice-cracks into self-celebratory sentiment. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 25, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) A blazing descent into a desert hellscape. Revs on and on as a spectacle best seen on the big screen in all its crazy-as-a-desert-fox, carefully car-choreographed glory. One leering, gibbering, riotous romp of an action-extravaganza. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 25, 2015
7% Hot Pursuit (2015) Remains cold as comedy, pursuing laughs unsuccessfully until the end ... where a bloopers reel reveals the cast's chuckling fun. At least someone got some guffaws out of this guff. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 25, 2015
94% Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2005) A textured, elegiac, and deeply plangent music documentary. Brown's film, never exposing Van Zandt to too much harsh light, preserves this enigma just enough that it makes you want to go back to the music after you've caught these glimpses of the man. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 25, 2015
54% Woman in Gold (2015) A movie that can't emerge from its Philomena-like formula (spunky older woman pairs up with younger man advocating for her rights) and emotionally goosesteps its flashbacks to late-1930s Austria, turning history into a heartstring-pulling exercise. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 25, 2015