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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is biopic agony.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 88% In Search of Greatness (2018) In Search of Greatness, the latest from Gabe Polsky (Red Army), explores the passion, obsessiveness, and creativity in sports. But, though intriguing and sometimes adrenalizing, this search stumbles.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet Viral Beauty (2018) It's hard to watch and tough to look away.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) Beyond the stabs of tension, there's a disturbing self-reflection on Halloween's appeal.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) As it is, Bad Times at the El Royale ends up feeling like a long drive in a slow-building desert storm: vast, arid stretches of story between lightning-flashes of action.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Wondering if our plugged-in world is short-circuiting our most haywire years, Eighth Grade is neither alarmist nor condemning -- just wincingly sensitive.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/5 8% Slender Man (2018) Unfortunately, Slender Man is just a schlocky horror flick. Even then, it's a little too reminiscent of recent real-life horror.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 53% The First Purge (2018) After its intriguingly tasty first course, though, the overwritten dialogue, undercooked characters, and overdone camerawork reveal themselves.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) And what remains so pleasantly surprising is how slyly and smoothly, from start to finish, this chronicle of a much-beloved children's program goes against the grain of the Trump era.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Twinned in their passion to outmatch the other, their sporting "love" seems a strange, awful, awesome game.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) A dull con-artist movie like Ocean's 8 makes its audience feel like suckers.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) But the neatest trick that Hereditary manages is the feeling, especially in that beginning and with its ending, that there's some strange force beyond us, perhaps even beyond this film, just waiting and beholding us...‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 71% Adrift (2018) What emerges, most remarkably, is how one 24-year-old's sense of herself, for nearly six weeks on the planet's largest ocean, slipped and shifted but found enough resolve, enough of a polestar-force guiding her on, to keep her not just adrift, but alive.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) [Writer Diablo] Cody locates lots of lovely comedy in the harried, hamstrung, and harassed.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) In its skittering vision of innocence corrupted, the film's beauty spellbinds even more.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 74% Final Portrait (2018) Stanley Tucci's docudrama of this trial-by-paint, Final Portrait, is at its wry, weary best when it enfolds the grumbly master-artist in a fuggy funk of this-isn't-good-enough.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Iannucci takes some historical liberties, da, and super-compresses all the post-Stalin angling for power... But the reverse-courses, doublespeak, and obfuscations are 1984-ish dystopia-politics at their bitter best.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) All this low-rent, intrepid Indiana Jonesing-for-adventure is stuffed with poppycock and twaddle. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
1/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The movie prefers to drift into CGI mistiness, big-budget FX supplanting any emotional subtleties. There's no wonderland here at all. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 88% Annihilation (2018) There's some grisly predation-metastasized nature's red in fang and claw-but the clearest message here concerns the constancy of change.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson may have outdone himself with his latest tale.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) If that sounds lofty, this is more surreal japery than suave satire. It plays out at times more like an arthouse-Jackass or a cringe-comedy made chucklingly icky-odd.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) This movie-Peter was mostly cheeky, rarely sad, and often scheming. And why was he so possessive, even obsessive, about humans and their gardens? Old Peter gave himself up for lost, and shed big tears.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 14% Winchester (2018) But it becomes a wax-museum of apparitions stuck in a gabled, and garbled, poltergeist plot.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Thomas remains a bland, uninspiring leader that was basically born the 'Great Saviour,' but he never seems like a big deal. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 88% The Post (2018) This picture, in an era of Facebook-funneled feeds and 24/7 hype-cycles, turns out to be a far newsboy's cry from that classic.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
86% Altered States (1980) A sensationalist head-trip, swirling us up in one man's desire to resurrect his "more primitive self," Altered States remains luridly intense.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya is brash and stirring, all while reflecting sympathetically on this woman's blinkered, bruised life.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 49% Downsizing (2017) By making the political such a sharply zig-zagging personal quest, Downsizing quietly, impressively upgrades the social-issues drama for our troubled times.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Amid the fading romance of this Brooklyn amusement park, there's a wan lustre to the raging against the dying of the light by these weary, frazzled souls.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
No Score Yet The Silent Partner (1978) If only The Silent Partner had been less sexy-thriller frolics and more sexual politics, it could have been a Hitchcockian neo-noir of real interest.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) This movie feels like a TIE fighter on the fritz, spinning in circles as it fires off one light-show after another.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which flickers with a raw, elemental power despite occasional conveniences, heavy-handedness, and a too-savage tone.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) There are more funny lines in Lady Bird's first five minutes than in most films.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) The multi-layered story, zippily epic, slip-slides us deeper and deeper into this world beyond ours.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) The point of it all? Nothing more than a flash of steel in the darkness, it seems.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
81% Audition (Ôdishon) (1999) But it's one man's pursuit of one woman who turns out to be so much more of his crazed counterpart than he could have ever feared, which makes Audition so petrifying.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) But, strung together, the moments here make for too much convenience and an overdependence on a quirky outcast's best intentions.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's the funny and games between the action-sequences that fizzes and pops in what often feels like a sly remix of Flash Gordon and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
88% Long Time Running (2017) But it's the unsteady, un-Hip-like lurching-from hallowed career-retrospective, to cross-country concert-doc, to one-last-success story, to farewell love-letter-that makes this no show-stopper.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
100% Li'l Quinquin (2015) Only this is his most vivacious, even affable work, blurring mystery and comedy-as if, some have noted, [Bruno] Dumont's taking the starch out of his big screen dramas with this warm, wacky small-screen series.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman's just not worth sticking your neck out for.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) This atmospheric allegory glacially hardens and forms the future of today's Russia becoming an icy, irresolvable thriller.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) This intriguing record soon hits flat notes ... when it's not needle-skipping from one instrumental indigenous rocker or folk-singer to another.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
5/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) A marvellously understated take on Europe's migrant crisis, with two men searching for safe harbours in their lives.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It was only at its best when it had some sly fun with, rather than trying to ape, 007 tropes. Now, in parachute-troops Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and company aren't so self-satisfied this go-around. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
85% It (2017) It's a too-long (130 min.), too-rambling trek to the meta-horror face-off with Franklin D. Roosevelt's idea that 'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Is this film one long, twisted, metaphorical apology from auteur [Darren] Aronofsky for the toll that his creations take? At least mother! has enough serpentine freakiness to writhe away from such easy explanations. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1/5 38% Kidnap (2017) In this week's instalment of cliché-explorers, we delve down deep into the question: How fierce is a mother's love?‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) It's not endless, but it can often seem insufferable.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017