Chris Knight

Chris Knight
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Post

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 70% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Even so, it's a great showcase for the actors, and proof that thorny moral dilemmas aren't confined to one's home country. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Trouble in the Garden (2018) [Gee] is reason enough to see this flawed but fascinating film. [Full Review in Spanish] - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
1.5/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alas, while the film looks amazing, it's all style and no substance, stocked with cardboard villains speaking wooden dialogue, their motivations either blindingly obvious or just never revealed at all. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Despite the whirlwind nature of these romances, audiences will be forgiven for shouting out to Natalie and Josh that they're clearly meant to be with each other. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 24% Miss Bala (2019) Say what you will about this remake of a 2011 Mexican crime thriller, but the American version has a kick-ass elevator pitch: Miss Congeniality meets Sicario. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/5 80% Wonders of the Sea 3D (2019) Wonders of the Sea enters a hefty field of environmental documentaries - even the sub-genre of ocean docs is quite crowded - and does little to stand apart from the shoal. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Into Invisible Light (2018) [A] solid piece of CanCon filmmaking, anchored by a powerful and nuanced performance from Dale. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4.5/5 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The movie deftly weaves together the personal and the political. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 21% Serenity (2019) Serenity starts out big. But boy, does it fall hard. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Racetime (La course des tuques) (2018) But like a toboggan ride down a steep and snowy hill, knowing the destination doesn't lessen the fun of the journey one bit. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 88% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) This may strain the comprehension (and patience) of those unversed in the topic (guilty), but as with so much in this brief and moving testament to the power of the image, you can also just let it wash over you. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) With its mild scares, emphasis on good manners and a mid-movie tea break, The Kid Who Would Be King is an appealingly lighthearted fantasy romp. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) The message seems to be that these comedy greats deserved better. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan does what he can to put together two tonally different tales, but the results don't always mesh neatly. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 91% Hal (2018) [Hal Ashby's] legacy has gotten a little, shall we say, dusty. But editor and first-time director Amy Scott aims to rectify that with the new documentary Hal. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A work of visual poetry, emotional and impressionistic. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) There's something gut-wrenchingly effective about a child-in-peril movie... But if that nail-biting tension is too much, be warned: Capernaum will have you chewing your fingers off. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) Just watch the original, The Intouchables. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Whether you choose to follow her katabatic journey - well, as the film makes eminently clear, that's your choice. But there are rewards to those who take the leap. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) For the time being, whether you have fond memories of the first one or are asking "Mary Who?", this return engagement should provide a jolly holiday. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) So while the film is an intriguing portrait of fame, it functions as more of a snapshot than a moving picture. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/5 45% Second Act (2018) Second Act isn't the most surprising present under the tree this season. But with Lopez turning in a heartfelt performance and the rest of the performers following her lead, it's difficult to dislike the results. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice doesn't seem to be sure whether it's going for a tone of hijinks or moral outrage. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It was only about 20 minutes into Aquaman that I heard the unmistakable sound of a movie taking on water... Titanic didn't go down this fast. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) This story about a young woman and her self-aware Volkswagen is warm, funny, relatable, coherent and less than two hours long - all first-time traits in the Transformers universe. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson's achievement is a technical one, but it ultimately becomes an emotional triumph as well. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 71% SuperGrid (2018) Throw in a few vaguely futuristic terms - Jacks, Overwatch - and a cameo by pro wrestler Jay Reso, and you've got a distinctly Canadian take on the genre. Because apocalypse starts with an "Eh." - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 70% The Mule (2018) It feels slapdash; you can believe the stories that this director does two takes of every scene and calls it a day. It's economical storytelling, but who wants to travel economy? - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Alas, Rivers plays it safe, the by-the-numbers script backed by take-you-by-the-hand editing, and a style of shooting I'm going to call cinematobvious. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) Beautifully shot, this low-key life story feels at times like you're flipping through an old album, crammed with artfully arranged memories and aphorisms. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Once this animated plane is in the air, it feels like it'll never come down. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 80% Ben is Back (2018) [Lucas Hedges] turns in a beautiful performance of a man grappling with shame and fear, trying to prove to himself and to his family, against the evidence and the odds, that he's going to be alright. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) I don't know what [Lanthimos] meant this one to be, but it's his funniest by far. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1.5/5 25% Love Jacked (2018) It's pretty, but lacking in personality. And that's not enough to build even a forced relationship with an audience. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 100% Rams (2018) The biography portion of the doc is pretty standard; much more fun is to hear Rams hold forth on his philosophy of design. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Henchmen (2016) The last time I saw such a one-dimensional, poorly drawn animated figure it was hawking cereal with a prize in the box. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna goes a long way on the strength of its young cast, and will appeal to those looking for a Christmas/zombie crossover, but it doesn't make good enough use of its braaains. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/5 67% The Go-Getters (2018) Director Jeremy LaLonde seems almost to have given himself a challenge - make a comedy in which the two protagonists are not only completely unlovable; they're actually kind of hateable. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It will appeal most to those with a previous interest in the artist; if you insist on saying his last name with the guttural "van-hockh" instead of "van-go," get your tickets now. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
4/5 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) It's worth watching for the clips alone. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Price of Everything (2018) [A] lively, wide-ranging documentary by Nathaniel Kahn that seeks to understand the link between fine art and finance. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
4/5 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) Don't wait for an English-language remake, if there is one; let the mood and the sound of this one seep into your soul. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
4/5 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The movie, which clocks in at a shade over three hours, is not one for viewers in a hurry, but it will reward patience. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
0/5 14% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood steals from the poor and gives to the rich. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's more the equivalent of a spent video game asking: "Would you like to continue? (Y/N)" Your move. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) [The Front Runner] provides an instructive how-did-we-get-here tale, looking at how media intrusion, once started, and whether for good or ill, is difficult to rein in. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4.5/5 80% Green Book (2018) A smart, nuanced story of two men thrown together by unlikely circumstance, and how each gains something from the experience. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) It's a consistently surprising, twisty, (female-) character-driven drama. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) For all its hot-iron violence, The Ballad is a raucously funny tale, and the humour carries into the second chamber piece, full of actual gallows humour. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 89% A Private War (2018) Arash Amel's excellent screenplay also includes a cogent description of post-traumatic stress disorder. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018