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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
1.5/4 No Score Yet Blood Honey (2017) Director Jeff Kopas has talent and a decent eye for imbuing scenes with subtle menace but, as co-writer of the screenplay, he also shares some responsibility for a story that doesn't quite hang together.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 43% Bushwick (2017) Snow and Bautista deliver serviceable performances, and glimmers of humour give welcome relief in this darkly moody tale.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 21% Birth of the Dragon (2017) The fight scenes - including the actual showdown - are well executed and the story, though hoary, is actually a lot of fun.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Expo 67: Mission Impossible (2017) Canadians can be justifiably proud. But put the flags down and just watch an engrossing and well-executed documentary.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 88% This Time Tomorrow (Mañana a esta hora) (2016) There aren't any big revelations here, just a gentle exploration of the daily rhythms of life.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 96% Menashe (2017) The subtle on-screen chemistry between father and son gives this sweet and poignant drama a solid emotional base.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2/4 68% Annabelle: Creation (2017) While the original Annabelle was a rather decent, well-crafted chiller, this one seems a bit more ham-fisted and less satisfying.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/4 74% Landline (2017) You can't go wrong with fine actors like Turturro and Edie Falco as the unappreciated mom. But it's Quinn as the feisty kid sister who shines.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) The scenery is strikingly beautiful and the food will make your mouth water.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Director William Oldroyd delivers a taut and well-paced period drama elevated by Pugh's riveting performance.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2/4 89% Girls Trip (2017) The film is audacious and unabashed in its determination to draw laughs from material that takes vulgarity to the extreme. Some of it works while a lot of it is just head-shakingly awful.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 100% Mermaids (2017) Weinstein finds poignancy in the tales of the tails and Catherine Lutes' stunning underwater photography just might send you out searching for a fish tail of your own.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 77% The Little Hours (2017) Medieval purists: prepare to cringe.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 78% Past Life (2017) While so many films have examined the war and the Holocaust that took such an egregious toll on the Jewish community, Past Life looks at it from a novel perspective, examining the possible "crimes" committed by a survivor.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) Expect the unexpected in this satisfyingly unorthodox love triangle.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 95% Radio Dreams (2017) Jalali has constructed a true comic gem elevated by a deep sense of poignancy.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 43% The Bad Batch (2017) Brace yourself for a dark, nasty and surprisingly enjoyable ride.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/4 22% The Book of Henry (2017) It's a darker, far less conventional story with a few plot turns that confound expectations. It's also well-acted, suspenseful and ultimately satisfying.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/4 100% A Better Man (2017) It's not a perfect film by any means but it explores a painful subject intelligently and respectfully.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 84% Megan Leavey (2017) Kate Mara imbues the role with plenty of grit and pluck but it's Rex, the dog she bonds with, who turns out to be a natural in front of the camera.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/4 27% Drone (2017) A suspenseful and satisfying thriller that forces the audience out of its complacency to confront some painful truths about the toll of conflict.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/4 92% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) Exploring the process of creating a film score, as fascinating as it is, soon becomes a bit wearying. Still, you'll find yourself humming some of the more memorable tunes as the credits roll.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1/4 18% Baywatch (2017) Ever sat in a wet bathing suit for a prolonged period? It's uncomfortable. Sitting through Baywatch feels like that.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/4 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Expect to find your own ideas about love and personal responsibility challenged.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 80% Chuck (2017) Liev Schreiber is top-notch in the lead role in this funny, sad and warm cautionary tale.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 93% Certain Women (2016) This is not a film of big revelations or ready-made solutions. It's gentle and finely executed storytelling about ordinary people longing for connection and meaning as they face the challenges of another day.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 74% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Smith's idiosyncratic style isn't going to please everyone, but she deserves top marks for bold ideas and storytelling.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/4 79% Violet (2017) Despite a studied sense of detachment throughout, Devos' feature-length debut is a film of subtle power.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/4 67% The Wall (2017) The Wall is the best kind of war film, one that expresses both the brutality of combat and the ambiguity of conflict.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Jackie Boy (2015) It's difficult to see Jackie beyond his excesses, except in the fleeting moments when he stares into the camera and you sense the wounded animal. Giraldi deserves top marks for pulling it off.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/4 91% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) A bit of a letdown.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/4 17% The Circle (2017) The future is now and it's scary. Too bad The Circle isn't.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
2.5/4 50% The Promise (2017) A well-executed and reasonably engrossing film.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Cynthia Nixon is superlative in her portrayal of a woman who lived a privileged but increasingly cloistered life as she struggled with personal faith and physical illness.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) The performances are unaffected and wonderful and there's much gentle humour to be drawn from Olli's struggles to make nice with sponsors, lose weight and participate in a clumsy documentary.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Giants of Africa (2016) The low-key style and the simplicity of its storytelling make the film all the more powerful.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 90% Frantz (2017) French filmmaker Francois Ozon reminds us of the adage, "the first casualty of war is truth." He does so in a way that beguiles but also bedevils.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/4 72% Gifted (2017) Webb takes a well-crafted script by Tom Flynn and raises it up, spinning a tale so filled with wit, poignancy and authenticity that when the emotional sparks do fly, the audience is ready ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Chastain is an appealing protagonist, radiating an aura of determination in the face of uncertainty and adversity - and getting the Polish accent just right.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 100% The Second Time Around (2017) A film that's pleasant enough but never achieves the level of emotional resonance that Marr was aiming for.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 67% Life (2017) Life is the latest sci-fi adventure to imagine humankind's first contact with an otherworldly life form, and it's a darkly atmospheric and pulse-racing ride.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Director Ritesh Batra adapts the Man Booker Prize-winning novel into a contemplative but compelling tale about regret, remorse and redemption.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 100% Window Horses (2017) Throughout, writer/director Ann Marie Fleming demonstrates an adeptness at storytelling.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Saigon Bodyguards (2016) Like good Vietnamese cuisine, Saigon Bodyguards is pho fresh and hot.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/4 20% The Shack (2017) At more than two hours, the film is too long and the storyline too faith-infused to be truly redemptive for a broader audience.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The result - hard-hitting and insightful - is a reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Overstuffed and overlong, collapsing under the weight of a silly conclusion.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/4 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Zandvliet masterfully brings all the elements together to create a suspenseful, sorrowful and memorable tale.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Kiss and Cry (2017) Without nuance, it's not a challenging or rewarding film.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 57% Shepherds and Butchers (2016) The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017