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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 48% The Promise (2017) A well-executed and reasonably engrossing film.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 92% 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 88% 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 64% 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 58% 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 68% 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 73% 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 (2016) 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 19% 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 99% 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 41% 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 88% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 33% Mostly Sunny (2016) Mehta weaves a beguiling tale with an unconventional protagonist.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Bugs (2016) You'll learn as you writhe along.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2.5/4 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Chilling and disturbing, this is not a film for the faint-hearted.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 94% Neruda (2016) With great supporting performances and an intelligent script, it's an accomplished and engrossing tale.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 50% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 71% The Other Half (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
3/4 50% Anatomy of Violence (2016) Mehta's message ... has a resonance that transcends East and West.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 33% Lavender (2017) [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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 77% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 35% Equals (2016) We've been down this cinematic road before and Equals doesn't offer anything particularly new or edifying.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016