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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 72% 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
49% 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 39% 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 87% 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 62% 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 42% 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 90% 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 51% 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 31% 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 92% 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 37% 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 94% 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
91% Tanna (2016) Tanna grows compellingly urgent, its Romeo-and-Juliet story becoming the story of that people's survival.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Cozy but not cloying; funny without trying too hard.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
92% Obit (2017) While it's worth a flip-through, Obit doesn't merit an above-the-fold headline.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) While at times too caught up in his stunt-journalism conceit, [Louis] Theroux does uncover a particular Los Angeles kookiness beneath the world's most famous cult.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
75% Alive Inside (2014) What remains undoubtable is how deeply moving it is to watch one shut-in after another be let loose, in a moment, by sound.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) More cold fusion than hot fission, Atomic Blonde tries to icily merge Berlin-noir and gritty spy-thriller...but it remains more of a strut-about exercise in style. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) In deft camera strokes -- and lit up by Sally Hawkins' remarkable performance -- it paints a keen picture of one woman getting by, and two people staying married in a backwater nook where comforts are few and far between.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
5/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) With The Red Turtle, where a man's solitude is relieved by a moment of wonder, it's fantastically difficult to decide which is more amazing -- nature's power or humanity's art.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
60% The Mask You Live In (2015) It overstates -- and over-stats -- its case, at times making that case as overly simplistic and over-determined as it argues American masculinity is.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet O, Brazen Age (2015) Moving through the art world of young-adult Torontonians, O, Brazen Age ends up as scenes in search of a movie.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The Girl with All the Gifts keeps a brisk pace and avoids chunky exposition.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
5/5 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch's droll stroll, reworking his signature-style -- cross-cultural encounters, bohemian souls, deadpan humour, the eye of an urban flâneur -- makes Paterson his own two-hour, small-scale poem.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) The film wears its influences lightly (The Stepford Wives; the revelation's echo of Being John Malkovich, which starred Keener) even as it camera-tracks the dark side of a supposedly "post-racial" USA.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 95% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) Too intent to cement her as an idol, And Still I Rise just won't let stories tell the whole picture.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Returning to his homeland for The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi again concocts a heady mix of dark Western tragedy -- via echoes of a classic American drama here -- and potent Persian culture. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017