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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
0.5/4 33% War Room (2015) This is no mere entertainment. It's an instructional video.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2015
2.5/4 71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) If you're better off skipping over the chess, why make a chess movie in the first place?‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) Provocation is all this thing is after -- and in all the most predictable ways.‐ National Post
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) This is vigorous, frightening, electrifying stuff. Even minor Perry outclasses most contemporary majors. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/4 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Like aging, the mystery feels both frustrating and inevitable.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 62% Unfriended (2015) When the genre-film spectacle arrives, it's in full force, and the strictures of the framing device manage to amplify, rather than suppress, the impact of the shocks and scares. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) Something of a masterpiece ... Electrifying. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
97% Theeb (2015) Nowar, a smart, savvy filmmaker, keeps his focus narrow and the frame alert, eager to drink in not only action but nuances of culture and history. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
81% Entertainment (2015) It's what new films ought to strive for: to strike back against the familiar.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
79% Violet (2017) Violet is deft and rigorous, oblique to the point of inscrutability. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
53% The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La Mafia Uccide solo d'Estate) (2015) Diliberto has devised a rather more unusual method of addressing Palermo's Mafia infestation. If he can't fight them, he'll skewer them - scathingly, uproariously, with great comic verve.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015
1/4 13% Seventh Son (2015) Seventh Son is a very bad film, to be sure, but I'd like to think its badness would have been as evident had it been whisked at once to the frontlines of Universal's summer slate, emboldened by the confidence of a proper blockbuster premiere.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
1/4 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Why a movie about an unassuming cartoon sponge felt compelled to adopt the register of a summer blockbuster is beyond me.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
94% Whiplash (2014) Chazelle, training a keen eye on the proceedings, seems to delight in the spectacle of relentless punishment.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
78% La última película (2015) It takes stock of the state of contemporary cinema, impoverished by film's looming obsolescence, and draws some dire conclusions indeed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
71% Red Hollywood (2014) Rigorously argued and exhaustively researched.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2014
No Score Yet Billy Bates (2014) Despite proving thoroughly ridiculous, it remains an unabashedly self-serious film‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2014
89% Remote Area Medical (2014) Harrowing stuff, and Reichert and Zaman make it count: It's hard to watch and not feel galvanized.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2014
2/4 25% Wolves (2014) This, as you've doubtless guessed, is all quite silly. And occasionally charming, too, in its wilfully old-fashioned way.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/4 91% Dear White People (2014) The film is concerned not only with the ways in which racism manifests itself, but the ways in which it tends to be effaced -- chiefly from the privileged who deny that race remains an issue. ‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
88% Actress (2014) Greene seems fascinated by the contradictory identities - each a kind of real-life performance - that Burre endeavors to reconcile, and he is profoundly sensitive to the emotional truth these performances describe.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/4 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) This is the closest any film has come to apprehending Roth's fiction.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
93% Force Majeure (2014) Force Majeure represents what is perhaps Östlund's most sophisticated thought experiment yet, at once provocative and wise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) The most charitable thing you can say about This Is Where I Leave You is that it is resolutely innocuous -- a nothing of a movie, neutered and sanitary.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s (2014) The film mounts a compelling case on behalf of what was, perhaps, a sort of genius - a rare gift for identifying talent in others and nurturing it, even amplifying it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
100% The Conformist (1970) Bertolucci's boldest and most expressive film ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Boy Meets Girl (1984) (1984) A debut feature of extraordinary passion and vigor.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2014
75% Starry Eyes (2014) The film, in the end, doesn't have much to say about the nature of fame and ambition, other than a bit of facile posturing and shopworn wisdom, and frankly, Widmyer and Kolsch seem more interested in exploitation than reflection.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
44% Beneath (2014) Beneath exhausts the appeal of its thinly sketched characters almost as soon as they're trapped together in the mine's emergency bunker ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2014
53% I Origins (2014) Even in high school, thinking of plots as puzzles is a pretty facile way to think about films, and as such the pleasures of I Origins remain strictly superficial.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014
63% Jackpot (2014) Certainly, a lot of blood is spilled in the name of laughs. There's only one problem with its broad attempts at grotesque comedy: Jackpot simply isn't funny.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) Bertolucci, despite his obvious affection for Lorenzo, can't help but seem out of touch, and his hero looks and sounds less like a modern-day teen than an old man's wistful idea of one.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2014
94% The Heart Machine (2014) Its concerns are deeper, and more richly psychological, than merely trendy probings of the zeitgeist.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
100% Approaching the Elephant (2014) Freedom curdles into chaos, and it's from this turbulence that the film derives much of its visceral power.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014