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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
3.5/4 72% Mom and Dad (2018) It's a madly satisfying mélange of suspense and comedy, though perhaps not recommended for family viewing.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 88% Porcupine Lake (2017) Indy filmmaker Ingrid Veninger strives earnestly to create an iconic Canadian coming-of-age story. It isn't entirely successful.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 84% Game Night (2018) Bateman has a natural flair for comedy but it's McAdams who's a pleasant surprise here, a partner who's equally engaging and doesn't settle for playing second fiddle. Together, their on-screen chemistry is a huge bonus.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/4 98% In Between (2018) There's a double meaning to the title of this intriguing and defiantly feminist film out of the Middle East.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) It's a quirky hybrid of a film that mostly works, thanks to some fine performances and by a script to goes in unexpected directions.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 60% Entanglement (2018) It's not exactly a date movie (unless a breakup is in the works) but it's a pleasant enough story, thanks to a smart script and some appealing performances.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3.5/4 92% Machines (2016) This is not an easy film to watch but it is an important one.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1.5/4 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Though it's difficult to discern the flavour of ice cream used in one so-called erotic encounter, it's probably vanilla.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 62% Hollow in the Land (2017) Corkle has amply demonstrated his strengths as a filmmaker, in crafting a noir-ish tale with a few well-placed twists and in assembling a solid cast bolstered by an engaging lead.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Well-written, thoughtful and revelatory in all the right ways...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2.5/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The third and final entry in the sci-fi series based on the books by James Dashner will give fans of the first two exactly what they're looking for.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) It tells its story, about 12 American special-forces soldiers who spearhead a decisive battle in Afghanistan against the Taliban, with both laudable restraint and a healthy respect for what actually happened.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 84% The Final Year (2018) Rather interesting although only fitfully compelling ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/4 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Family-friendly fun for all ages, thanks to a marvellous script, a sterling cast and the adept, sure-handed direction of Paul King.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 51% Downsizing (2017) The premise is absurd to the max, but Payne delivers a comedy for those who enjoy contemplating bigger themes behind the laughs along with an ending that is aptly sublime.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/4 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The final pitch is a big miss.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Strikes every false note possible along its meandering path.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 92% Chavela (2017) What a wonderful and worthy tribute to a woman who led such a fascinating life.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
1.5/4 56% Pyewacket (2018) A horror-lite film that barely increases the heart rate.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
1.5/4 60% Another WolfCop (2017) There isn't one single moment in the film that is meant to be taken seriously. If that's your idea of cinematic fun, howl along.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 91% Radius (2017) The star of the film is the story, which unfolds in bits and pieces as memories are recovered before a final twist that radically changes everything.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Breadwinner (2017) The Breadwinner is a well-crafted and inspiring story with an important message about female empowerment, embodied in heroic Parvana, something people of all ages should embrace.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
3.5/4 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) While Last Flag Flying has moments of lightness and levity, it's ultimately a sombre and moving tale about the trials that life throws in our path and how we move on with a little help from our friends.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
3.5/4 70% Paradise (Ray) (2017) Konchalovskiy presents this grimly contemplative tale appropriately in black and white, drawing powerful performances from all three principals, especially Yuliya Vysotskaya as Olga.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 92% Thelma (2017) The ending is a little shy of perfection but Thelma remains a tantalizing gem.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 85% Wonder (2017) It's a film that's going to touch a lot of people in all the right ways with a life-affirming message about looking beyond the obvious differences to see the person behind the mask.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 99% Jane (2017) Goodall has left her mark on the world and this documentary ably and engagingly celebrates that legacy.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 98% Dina (2017) There are moments of humour in a gently affecting story that celebrates the ordinariness of its subjects.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% God's Own Country (2017) Combining gritty realism with poignancy, the result is a film that is exceptionally moving.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) There are two ready-made audiences for this doc and both will benefit from seeing it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3.5/4 75% Una (2017) This is a film that could easily divide opinion along gender lines. What everyone will agree on is that it raises troubling but important questions.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 88% Only the Brave (2017) Kosinski lets the story unfold at a measured pace - so much so that by the time we reach the climactic scene, we're unprepared for what unfolds. As a result, it's even more devastating and effective.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 66% Breathe (2017) This is a film that rises above the doldrums. It inspires in the best way, in large part because it's based on a true story.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Although a decent enough film touching on important themes, its emotional resonance falls a little short of satisfying.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/4 62% The Foreigner (2017) Chan ... remains a likeable everyman hero type that the audience roots as he navigates his world through a labyrinth of violence and betrayal.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/4 84% Loving Vincent (2017) A visually arresting and worthy tribute to a genius.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/4 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) A faithful and often moving look in the life of J.D. Salinger, a warts-and-all portrayal that succeeds in large part because of a dynamically persuasive performance by Nicholas Hoult.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet White Night (2017) Five directors unveil six storylines over the course of the night and the results are mostly worthy.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2.5/4 67% Don't Talk to Irene (2018) There's a warm-hearted tale here suffused with wit and a positive and life-affirming message about having the confidence to achieve your goals in the face of adversity.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet Blood Honey (2018) 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 44% 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 26% 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 97% 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 69% 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 82% 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 89% 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 90% 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