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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 94% Sieranevada (2016) That's the other thing about Puiu's brand of realism: it effaces the virtuosity required to pull it off. The very mode downplays the feat. ‐ National Post
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 93% La La Land (2016) Audiences find themselves carried away. That may be sensible enough. What's odd is that La La Land is not the merry entertainment it sometimes seems to be. ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 21, 2016
1/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Both perform -- Fassbender as the death-row convict whose ancestral memories Abstergo is after; Cotillard as the lead scientist working on behalf of the Templar cause -- with grim conviction. Neither seem to be having any fun. ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Things to Come charts its year briskly, never stopping to linger for long on any one moment or event. The days recede and fade and evaporate -- as they invariably do. ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 4, 2016
2.5/4 100% The Other Half (2016) Maslany and Cullen have been praised extensively (and justly) for their work here in festival reviews and across the trades; no less excellent, if perhaps less conspicuous, are the performances of the film's supporting players. ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 2, 2016
1/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Endless is the wink-wink oh-no-they-didn't jesting. Exhausting are the faux-defiant rib-nudging jibes. ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 43% Lavender (2016) As with nearly every other machination of this shopworn plot, how the psychiatrist turns out to be involved in this story would surprise only someone totally unacquainted with the medium of motion pictures. ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The flourishes of brutality, the pageantry of hardcore, the punchlines and slapstick gags: what's all this doing in an otherwise earnest film about deception and love? ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 28, 2016
1/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) American Pastoral is a good novel and now a very bad film. ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Flanagan does indeed dazzle and rouse and win the skeptical over. ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/4 100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) Certainly it's possible that a live JT concert would entertain. But can this special achieve anything more? Oh, yes. ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 14, 2016
1/4 81% Denial (2016) Denial is, if nothing else, a rousing thespian pageant, a showcase for the sort of histrionics that impress not so much as good or bad as simply abundant. For better or worse, you're unlikely to see more acting all year. ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 7, 2016
1.5/4 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) "To find where you belong... sometimes you must make your move" is the Disney-approved, no-doubt-focus-tested tagline that bubbles up in block letters during the trailer... That's how groan-inducingly broad this stuff is. ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
1/4 53% The Dressmaker (2016) More often the intrusions of the comic on the dramatic aren't so much offensive as merely strange, which nevertheless torpedoes any hope of the audience taking this very seriously. ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) Alas, Blair Witch is another carnival of jump-scares: the new found-footage is the same as the old found-footage, despite the technological leaps. ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Our heroes are compelled to spend so much time skulking around the house quietly that whenever one of them do make a noise, often stupidly, the entire audience groans in unison, as if they're blurting out, "Hey, blind man, I'm over here!" ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 25, 2016
1/4 60% War Dogs (2016) Look at all this depravity and vice! Madness. Throw in an upbeat rise-to-power montage and a few platitudes about the American Dream, and voila: prestige picture. ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 19, 2016
2.5/4 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970) This being a film by John Waters no stunt is too outrageous and no idea is too grotesque, and whether you'll personally leave shocked or delighted is as always a case of your-milage-may-vary. ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 5, 2016
1/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad is the most miserable time I've had at the movies in my life. ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 4, 2016
1/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) It isn't just Bourne who's triumphantly returning. It's that hash of a style: the shaky-cam is back. ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 28, 2016
1.5/4 76% Lights Out (2016) It has a fabulous idea of what it looks like when the boogeyman is coming to get you. It has no idea what to do when the boogeyman finally gets there. ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 22, 2016
80% Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang (2016) Salles, scrupulously self-effacing, affords Jia the latitude to think and talk at his leisure - to speak at length, and candidly, about his work and what informs it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) It's hardly surprising that O.J. continues to intrigue. Few subjects seem as extraordinary. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2016
2.5/4 91% City Of Gold (2016) Gabbert's film is part portrait, part city symphony. It celebrates Gold as a fixture of his native Los Angeles and L.A. as in thrall to its stalwart guide. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 1, 2016
95% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) Beauty is fragile. Magic is rare. And it's precisely the blessing of the cinema that it affords us such opportunities to indulge in fantasy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 9, 2016
4/4 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Gomes proves more than mere raconteur. And Arabian Nights turns out to be as much about the art of storytelling as what the stories tell us about Portugal and the world. ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
81% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964) An extraordinarily rich and provocative picture in its own right. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
89% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
4/4 97% Johnny Guitar (1954) It's a film that's many things to many people, from camp spectacular to revisionist genre epic, and nearly every reading seems viable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2015
1/4 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) Whatever virtues this film may have will be lost on anyone far out of puberty. ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 4, 2015
0.5/4 33% War Room (2015) This is no mere entertainment. It's an instructional video. ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 12, 2015
2.5/4 72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) If you're better off skipping over the chess, why make a chess movie in the first place? ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 25, 2015
86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) Provocation is all this thing is after -- and in all the most predictable ways. ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 25, 2015
1/4 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) "Be yourself" proves the obvious takeaway from these exploits, this being a children's movie. I'm just not sure the message rang clear among the sounds of the children screaming. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) [The film] understands that it's a mistake to believe that a road trip with Wallace is enough to somehow solve him... That, I think, is the film's covert virtue: deference. It defers to the complexity of a man it knows it isn't able to comprehend. ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) The friction between stateliness and lunacy is more intriguing than, say, the line-toeing mediocrity of a second-rate Marvel movie. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 21, 2015
3.5/4 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) A certain tendency toward myth-making is inherent in the biopic style. And Straight Outta Compton, naturally, obliges convention with the necessary legend-printing flair. ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% Diamond Tongues (2015) Suggests All About Eve by way of The King of Comedy: contempt and envy reign and the threat of disaster closely follows. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 7, 2015
0/4 26% Vacation (2015) There's so much dead air in the film that I wondered whether punchlines had been cleaved out to secure a PG-13 rating, but no: it's a hard, inexplicable R. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 31, 2015
70% Uncle Kent 2 (2016) Keyed-up and ludicrously over-the-top. Scarcely are sequels so ambitious -- or so original. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2015
88% The Invitation (2016) A dinner-party mystery so sweat-inducingly tense that I could only watch it through laced fingers. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) This is vigorous, frightening, electrifying stuff. Even minor Perry outclasses most contemporary majors. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2015
1.5/4 43% Madame Bovary (2015) What language the film does make us of, where it differs from Flaubert, is careless, littered with strange anachronisms and mistakes of usage and tone. ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/4 83% Eden (2015) It isn't a cautionary tale. Hansen-Love renders Paul's hip drift as a reasonable choice, all things considered - a way one man chose to be, with both good and bad consequences. ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/4 86% Heaven Knows What (2015) The Safdies observe it all with a smart, sensitive eye, and of the truth miss nothing. Holmes, meanwhile, is electrifying: she really is a star. ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) A lot of young children, indeed more than you might expect, are routinely whipped and thrashed by mental illness. When was the last time you saw a movie about one? ‐ National Post
Posted May 28, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet Debug (2015) When your character's name is "Iam" - pronounced, you know, "I am" - even your most tasteful work begins to seem like overacting. ‐ National Post
Posted May 28, 2015
No Score Yet Anita B. (2015) Just as it seems on the verge of yielding a nuanced view of the Holocaust's emotional and psychological fallout, Anita B. recedes into platitudes and cliché. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 23, 2015