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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 96% Coco (2017) The multi-layered story, zippily epic, slip-slides us deeper and deeper into this world beyond ours.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/5 84% 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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
80% 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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
51% 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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman's just not worth sticking your neck out for.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
5/5 92% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) This atmospheric allegory glacially hardens and forms the future of today's Russia becoming an icy, irresolvable thriller.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 88% 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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 51% 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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 68% 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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Cozy but not cloying; funny without trying too hard.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 76% 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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
88% 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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
5/5 95% 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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The Girl with All the Gifts keeps a brisk pace and avoids chunky exposition.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
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, Canada)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2/5 36% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Hey, Resident Evil -- know when to stay dead.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
35% Live By Night (2017) Wisps of what could have been, these moments smoke away from the barrel of this sprawling spectacle's rapid-fire tommy-gun, dead by light.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A true horror film haunting needs depth to get under our skin, to chill us down to the bone. This one can't leave us cold enough.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
1/5 20% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Is a movie beginning with a two-minute recap of previous installments not more like the start of a TV show's latest season? Should we call it True Blood Wars instead?‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
5/5 92% La La Land (2016) La La Land's song-and-dance never feels routine, knowing when to soar and when to come, tapping, down to earth.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2's never-nice act wears thin this time around, seeming more shruggingly sneering, scowling, and sweary as it trudges along in its re-boots.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton's gothic whimsy crackles and cackles gleefully to life with writhing flourishes of the macabre.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) [A] potent near-parable of a documentary.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Most characters in Rafe's real world seem more caricatured than his drawings.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
52% The Accountant (2016) All the origin-story stuff, mysterious machinations, and even action-scenes come off as calculated contrivances in the end.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) The Greasy Strangler needs to be seen on the smallest screen possible, with the sound off.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Beatified and blessed by the camera, Doss is another holier-than-thou hero in another of Gibson's violence-as-a-means-to-salvation big-screen sermons.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) [The Edge of Seventeen] skirts the line between quite-good and near-great.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
92% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) Miss Hokusai gets jarred by a few too-modern music-moments and some preciousness in Ōi and Onao's sisterhood, but otherwise it's a steady sail through one woman's artscape and life that can't be entirely her own.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) It's remarkable how far Villeneuve, too, has travelled -- from minor but impressive Quebec features to big-budget filmmaking that's turned mainstream genre-fare into thrilling, atmosphere-rich cinema.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Even Kate McKinnon's tightly-wound HR director wears out her tightly-smiling-Midwesterner welcome after a while.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
30% Passengers (2016) There's something pretty hollow, even spacey, at the reaction-core of this star-vehicle.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
76% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane's victory feels so hollow at the end because the movie is addicted to the rush of the revelation or trick -- the game itself. And it ends up reducing politics to a glib game as well.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
22% Inferno (2016) Plenty [characters] drop Wiki-like factoids or spout lectures until you feel that, surely, you deserve an honorary degree for sitting through this National Treasure's European Vacation mixed with faux-educational drivel.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017