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Bruce Demara

Bruce Demara
Bruce Demara's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 94% Sieranevada (2016) It is a bit of a slog, clocking in at almost three hours, but those of us with quarrelsome kin will find much to relate to. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 33% Mostly Sunny (2016) Mehta weaves a beguiling tale with an unconventional protagonist. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Bugs (2016) You'll learn as you writhe along. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is unconventional storytelling in the best way. But parents should be aware that it's not exactly a feel-good film to share with their kids. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Fans of ribald, gross-out humour looking for light seasonal fare with a mildly redemptive message will find Why Him? a wildly entertaining jaunt. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2.5/4 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Chilling and disturbing, this is not a film for the faint-hearted. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 96% Neruda (2016) With great supporting performances and an intelligent script, it's an accomplished and engrossing tale. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 36% Sugar Mountain (2016) Despite a shaky premise, an engaging cast and a sinuous storyline make Sugar Mountain a moderately diverting adventure. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 40% Sadie's Last Days on Earth (2016) One is left with the gnawing feeling that the film could have been edgier and funnier and that it doesn't authentically reflect the adolescent experience. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 40% Lovesick (2016) It's a familiar and semi-depressing tale. But Caron has a host of tricks up his sleeve, starting with Tierney as Dash, a lovable loser in love who has our sympathy even as he makes one damn misstep after another. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 100% The Other Half (2016) Klein creates a mood of tension, foreboding and sombre reflection through occasional moments of slo-mo and camera work that blurs reality. His literate script offers no easy resolution, only the faint hope that love can rescue two lost souls. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Celtic Soul (2016) As road movies goes, it is well-intentioned but rather a snore, kind of like watching - for non-fans - an actual football, sorry, soccer match. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 27, 2016
3/4 50% Anatomy of Violence (2016) Mehta's message ... has a resonance that transcends East and West. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 25, 2016
2.5/4 72% The Carer (2015) It's a tired formula. But saving graces come from two fine performances, the criminally underrated Brian Cox as high-maintenance Sir Michael and newcomer Coco Konig as Dorottya, who's plucky, compassionate and wise. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 77% London Road (2016) What starts out like a documentary soon morphs into something quite odd but strangely compelling, a social commentary of sorts about everyday people confronting a shocking and monstrous reality close to home. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 43% Lavender (2016) [Donnelly] draws strong performances from his cast, especially Abbie Cornish, who's compelling as a damaged woman who finds herself doubting everything around her. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) The animation is superb, with fine attention to period detail, and director Keiichi Hara's use of modern music - some of it rock-infused - is apt accompaniment to a story of a young woman who lives life boldly by refusing to bend to cultural norms. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Raking up the past of a Ouija board that more recently menaced so many hapless teenagers may not seem like a particularly auspicious idea but the result here is surprisingly good. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 100% The Stairs (2016) Offering no pat solutions, Gibson is content for us to understand that the unconventional lives of his subjects make them no less worthy of dignity and respect. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) It's a riveting story steeped in Cold War intrigue and personal tragedy but also not without its ironies. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 67% Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016) Director Hugh Hudson maintains a steady hand throughout in this low-key but powerful rumination on faith and reason. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) There aren't enough adrenalin moments to supercharge a film that gets bogged down in exposition. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Sci-fi fans will surely see beyond any shortcomings and appreciate a film full of visual dazzle, action and suspense. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) In such a dark time and place, hope does emerge. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 33% Equals (2016) We've been down this cinematic road before and Equals doesn't offer anything particularly new or edifying. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3.5/4 91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) Great performances ... elevate the film from merely likable to poignantly satisfying. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/4 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Fans of spy novelist John le Carré may take umbrage with the reworked ending, but the film is nonetheless a riveting and accomplished work. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 8% No Stranger Than Love (2016) Leaves us in the dark (rather like the guy who falls in the hole). ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 90% Green Room (2016) It doesn't take a big budget and loads of special effects to create a genuinely scary movie. It just takes - as writer/director Jeremy Saulnier ably demonstrates in Green Room - an intriguing premise, a taut, sinewy script and a solid cast. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) There are enough moments that feel both real and true to make one hope the latest cut isn't the final one. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 85% Francofonia (2016) Sokurov presents some interesting visuals and ideas but this rumination feels like a work of self-conceit that is likely to leave even the art house crowd mystified. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Trapero has crafted a compelling tale about the tragic price of unquestioning loyalty. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/4 40% About Scout (2016) Road movies have become all too common. But the cast is excellent and there's a genuine sweetness and poignancy that makes this one worth the journey. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Virtually every scene is delivered through a gauzy cinematic curtain that obscures rather than elucidates, and we never come close to penetrating the angst-filled veneer of the protagonist. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 83% River (2016) Dagg does a decent job of helming a tale that is not particularly complex or edifying, although an interesting twist at the end will almost certainly divide audiences. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 10, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet End Of Days, Inc. (2015) The initial laughs gave way to ennui and a general sense of unease that the joke behind the story isn't all worth waiting for. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) There are a few twists along the way as Larrain expertly explores the nature of sin and redemption before bringing the tale to an unexpected but satisfying conclusion. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Guantanamo's Child - Omar Khadr (2015) You will weep with sorrow, rage and finally with a sense of hope at the indomitability of the human spirit. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 67% Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist (2016) The film could have been edgier and more sharply observed. And since it deals with sex and intimacy, a little eroticism would have helped. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 89% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2.5/4 100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2.5/4 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2/4 27% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) With backing from producers in no less than five countries and director of the gravitas of Wim Wenders - not to mention a solid cast - you'd think Every Thing Will Be Fine would be more impressive than it turns out to be. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 30% Don Verdean (2015) There is a redemptive message in Verdean's eventual downfall but it's mostly lost in a storyline that tries way too hard to be outlandish. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 75% A Royal Night Out (2015) The lovely performances, especially by Gadon and Powley, make the film a passably pleasing tale of teens gone slightly wild, with a royal twist. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3.5/4 92% Requiem For The American Dream (2016) It's a documentary that couldn't be more timely. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3.5/4 100% Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World (2015) It's instructive, never strident and ultimately hopeful, a lesson to all about how to live and thrive in concert with our natural environment. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) It's dreamlike and deliberately abstruse, rather like visual poetry that requires viewers to reflect upon and draw their own interpretations. It's a fascinating exercise. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 84% Victoria (2015) Victoria is suspenseful and engagingly subversive, creating a surreal sense of anything-goes that takes place in the wee hours before dawn. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Screenwriter-director Leslye Headland has an ear for dialogue and offbeat characters, but the film never feels fresh or engaging. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 15, 2015