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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) The movie is elevated by two intriguingly digressive moments.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
1/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) The ending twist-dives so deep into maudlin sappiness that we're left snorkelling through syrup.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
2/5 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Sinking from an uncertain anti-heroine into the muck of torrid titillation and base psychodrama, The Girl on the Train is less an electric ride off the rails than a creaking, rickety descent into a pit.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
100% Angry Inuk (2016) In her personal, reactivist National Film Board documentary Angry Inuk, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril asks -- how does a culture with an understated anger fight against misinformers so outraged and outspoken? The film itself is one answer.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Ade's sticky mix of the foolish and the lonesome clings on afterwards, seeping slowly under the skin around your funny bone.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 78% American Honey (2016) A searingly poetic tour of a land deliriously in thrall to its own myths of vast opportunity.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
63% Storks (2016) Obsessively, this movie returns us to babies as creatures of perfect cuteness. And so the story goes, milking bottle after bottle of sappy, nappy-happy baby sentiment. Storks just can't wean itself off its cheap-and-easy, fallback formula. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Rootin-tootin' self-aware of its grandeur. Drawls out the build-ups to the mega-climax and refuses to tie-up the terse, macho dialogue to taut, whip-smart action sequences.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) Despite its artful playing with digital-audio and video, this re-Blair repeats the problems of many a found-footage horror: uninteresting characters taking us on a rattle-and-startle run through a void of subtext.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Clobbers us over the head with a This Truthteller Is A Patriot signboard even as the action's mish-mashed, drained of political juice. Explanation poses as dialogue; Mills and sudden epileptic fits come off as plot devices meant to humanize this tech-guy.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
86% Sully (2016) Glides between workplace drama and action-adventure while avoiding most of the right-stuff cliches of one-good-man biopics. And it doesn't land without first navigating some turbulent questions about heroism, post-9/11.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
16% The Wild Life (2016) Robinson Crusoe badly and baldly retold from a talking macaw's point-of-view, French-Belgian production The Wild Life is chattering, increasingly antic animal-animation.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) Moments of body-horror and zombie-dom sometimes appall and sometimes seem B-movie-rated. But the possessed Hyo-jin strikes both fear and a kind of awe into the adults around her. If only the film were always so horrifyingly fascinating. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) It's as sincere and honest as Minnie can be heartfelt and self-assertive. Bittersweetly raw about young-adult feelings and feeling so not-quite-adult. Joins Show Me Love and She Monkeys in the pantheon of superb female coming-of-age films. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
100% Paris Is Burning (1991) The directness and honesty of moment after moment strike back at peppily 'cheerful' white America's model-world. Blazes forth the importance, for a marginalized community, of adopting a fervid, fiery attitude all its own.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
31% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Unnecessary second-shot Mechanic: Resurrection, playing like a third-rate remake of Bond scenes, can't resurrect the ghost of a thrilling action sequence, the spirit of a high-calibre assassin adventure, even the faintest whiff of originality.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Wrapping stories within stories, characters within characters, and personal memories within cross-cultural myths, Kubo and the Two Strings is a deft delight, strumming and thrumming out a bittersweet adventure-quest.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) More a bland weapons-biz infomercial (ending with the crime-doesn't-pay fine print blown up to fill your widescreen) than a hard, sharp look at gunrunning or war-profiteering.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
82% Sausage Party (2016) Less a talking-wieners 'toon than a post-modern snack-mix of high-concept and lowbrow humour, socio-political parables and animation-spoofery-plus food-sex, injected bath salts, and Meatloaf's rock 'n' roll-this is a fairly bangin' bangers mash-up.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) DC's pretty much been about Dark Clouds, Dismal Conditions, and Dire Consequences so far. And so it continues in anti-hero flick Suicide Squad, except for the welcome, bright-eyed relief of an anti-romance between two Deranged Characters.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
81% Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (1978) Worth watching for the slapstick-like kung fu Chan made famous-it's here martial arts kicked back to Chaplin and Keaton, fusing Eastern acrobatic-fighting with those two Western silent-movie master-clowns (there are also echoes of the Three Stooges).‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
99% Taxi Driver (1976) A masterpiece, perhaps the masterpiece, of American loner-ness, a portrait of a psycho as a young man. Scorsese's interest in raging bulls and New York City wolves would return, but his fifth fiction-feature remains his magnum opus.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
58% Bad Moms (2016) This awful ma-full flick should have been even more honestly titled Lazy Movie. The premise is numb-dumb obvious and the plot barely furthers it. As the movie wears on and on, the moms' bipolar-anxiety about being only 'good' or 'bad' gets stupider. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) The action sequences, though unspooling in a vacuum of consequences and plausibility, remain strong. But in Vegas, Jason Bourne shows how weak its hand is. There's wanton destruction everywhere, but no real thrills, no actual ideas, to cash in on.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
No Score Yet 36th Chamber (1978) What's best by far about The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is its drawn-out middle act, where our hero struggles to learn Shaolin Kung Fu the gruelling way, failure after half-advance after small success.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) This summit meeting's a competition of self-interests soon bridged by anti-Communist feeling, but little gets declared about image, self-image, or notoriety. Elvis & Nixon is just a cheap sideshow-attraction. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
16% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Well before its midway point, it's clear that IA V should be put on IV; by the movie's end, it's elephantine-obvious that it's past time for this furry franchise to have its prehistoric plug pulled-it's reached that age to be iced.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) At about 75 minutes of run-run-running time, this often claustrophobic chamber piece never drags. The plot is, beyond its occult conceit, perfectly plausible. And the family's mired in a cycle of trauma and loss. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
94% Photographic Memory (2012) In the end, the camera in Photographic Memory is not so much roving as at ease with itself, moving at its own pace, not shambling but ambling along, content in its own small, personal, unassuming search for meaning. ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Never wacky, weird, or wise-ass enough, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rings hollow in its daring and just hits too many false comic notes.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
75% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) It's the little touches and elastic comic tension between tame and wild which really snap and zing. Because, after all, this film suggests, beyond all the creature comforts, NYC's just a bunch of animals, every one with its own wild, woolly tale.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) I enjoyed the dreamcatching and skiddling-along and bogthumping, but the movie was not quite so scrumdiddlyumptious as I was hoping. Mr Spielberg often puts a few too many drops of cozy and lovey into his dream-works. I give the movie three snozzcumbers.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Ape Lord's laconic to the point of catatonic. The real-life Williams is reduced to a comic-book sidekick. There's an over-reliance on a blue-grey palette, extreme close-ups, and aerial shots. Africa's either ravishing wilderness or ravaged wilderness.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
30% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Breathlessly, senselessly, on and on this movie skitters and jitters, offering no build-ups, no high-points, even scene-switching perfunctorily just to connect plot-dots. There's not a single moment of original, dramatic sci-fi action for us to enjoy.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Two raffish sea lions, a loony bird, and camouflaging, ink-blurting Gary are welcome new additions. But there's no thematic reason to return to Nemo-land-the messages are predictable. Sprightly and amusing but a bit slight and not quite memorable enough.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The five prestidigitators' political pretense-a show of Snowden-era privacy protection-seems flimsier as the plotting gets more personal. In the end, this is fast and furious franchise-formula.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
85% Francofonia (2016) Unfortunately, as one man's idiosyncratic rumination on not just the Louvre during the Occupation but how the Louvre occupies Europe's imagination, Francofonia's only intermittently interesting.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) As with so much here, the odd couple's increasingly close relationship is overstated, and Hardy's speech to his colleagues about making Ramanujan a Fellow of the Royal Society is as insistent and pleading as the movie, on the whole, seems to be.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
57% Me Before You (2016) Bilious, twee Brit-tedium that tops itself by reducing a disabled man's potential suicide to heartstrings-twanging hokum. What should have died with dignity was this horrid flick, in pre-production.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) Even as he relishes sinuous-sentence lines, Stillman finds a comic sprightliness in his take on Austen. Crafty and exuberant, this film finely dresses up its radical-rebel of a conniving woman in a polished, poised show of eloquent entertainment.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Tweedledolt or tweedledumb? It's hard to know what's worst: Alice's preposterous self-actualizing and anachronistic faux-feminism; or how predictable and unnecessary all the timey-wimey stuff, backstory, pop psychologizing, and CGI whiz-whooshery are.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) One scene is brilliant; there are worldly wisecracks; and, rarest of all, a funny Holocaust joke. But many moments drag and jag. Jokes fall flatter until it feels as if Neighbors 2 has number-crunched comedy down to a hit-miss ratio.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
91% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) The scenes of luminance, slow pans, flashbacks, and action sequences here are masterly. Yet it's that deep, rancorous affection between adoptive father and surrogate son spurring, charging, stampeding The Boy and the Beast along.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) And on this potted, ploddingly plotted pretense at socio-economic drama goes, until you realize what matters here is only the show itself--the self-sustaining, sensational spectacle of movie-machinery, gears greasing along in the guise of edu-tainment.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Keanu (2016) Can still feel like sketch-work stretched and splayed too far, though the sheer, dogged commitment of both men to this material (written by Peele and series-writer Alex Rubens) makes for enough laughs.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Not wretched and clunky, at least, Ratchet & Clank adapts the Playstation game but feels more like a candy-coloured circus act, full of clowning-around and furry things but signifying, well, not much.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
73% A Hologram for the King (2016) It's best when addling us with that jet-lagged strangeness of the first few days in a baffling new land. Its shimmering-mirages of strangeness and even its mature, second-chances romance are enough to make this hologram flicker to life.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) What happens when an unnecessary sequel, CGI aplenty, and usually good actors get snow-plowed into each other at hyper-Zamboni speed-none will survive.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
92% Requiem For The American Dream (2016) The directors bring to filmic life Chomsky's calm, composed talking-points--his measured, reasonable long-view of history and polic--with inventive framing of archival footage and coolly sharp images. A potent Panama Papers-era dissection of power.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Kipling's tales get the full action-adventure treatment here, providing some thrills, though the cute-animal factor and tame storyline make it more furry family fun than a beastly tale that digs its claws right into you.‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016