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Geoff Pevere

Geoff Pevere
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) Afternoon of a Faun is primarily the story of a woman loved, desired, objectified and watched by men. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) The best way to watch this movie is as an account of an eccentric visionary maverick who could not be stopped or influenced by reason ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 83% The Husband (2013) This is the kind of thoughtful, confident and seamlessly integrated filmmaking that comes from an uncommon fusion of artist and subject ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 75% Enemy (2014) Enemy operates on a level of carefully calibrated unease, where the very elusiveness of motivation and logic is exploited for purposes of sustained cinematic disorientation. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/4 21% Son Of God (2014) By playing it so safely reverential, Son of God tends to plod its way to Calvary, begging to be discussed among Bible study groups and positively name-checked in the Sunday sermons. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 69% About Last Night (2014) The 2014 model of About Last Night... it beefs up the girl-side element of the story, incorporates considerably more frank sex talk, and generally provides its cast with a lot more meat to chew on and spit back out. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3.5/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini's La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/4 83% Whitewash (2014) Whitewash is a small but sparkling gem on ice. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) The sensation of being pinned down and shot apart is so harrowingly conveyed by Peter Berg's fact-based war movie Lone Survivor that one almost forgives the movie's failure to be quite as persuasive in almost every other respect. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/4 98% Blackfish (2013) Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 1, 2014
1.5/4 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) In adapting Mitty's tale to the 21st century, actor-director Ben Stiller proves Thurber -- a dyed-in-the-wool cynic -- is still too thorny a sensibility for the popcorn crowd. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) The Last Days on Mars ultimately confirms what science has already spent billions of dollars establishing: There's just no life here. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3.5/4 41% Oldboy (2013) Lee's is more of a hard-edged, hammer-and-nail noir than Park's existential horror, and it's far less concerned with the internal state of Joe's mind than the external havoc it creates. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the narrative and thematic liberties traditionally granted the middle chapter in a trilogy and drives the stakes up sharply. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) Refreshingly free of digital apocalyptics and unnervingly prone to random violence. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/4 69% The Best Man Holiday (2013) A movie that does to your emotions exactly what one player does to another on the big Christmas game day: slams them to the ground and stomps them silly. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) A sharply observed, post-economic crash comedy-drama that boasts a formidable performance by Cate Blanchett and addresses such pertinent real-world concerns as class, gender and corporate criminality in urban America. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/4 No Score Yet All the Wrong Reasons (2013) The result teeters uncomfortably between dead-end-job slacker comedy and high soap, but it shows enough potential to bode well for Milani's future. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 2% Getaway (2013) By the time the movie actually arrives at its finest moment - a nearly two-minute single shot from the Mustang's hood as it chases the villain's van through dense traffic - you've become so numb to speed and sensation that you may barely notice. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3/4 95% A Hijacking (2013) A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) Stirring, heartbreaking and thoroughly infuriating ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 16, 2013
94% A Band Called Death (2013) An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) It restores the tarnished lustre to this most fan-beloved of Marvel characters by doing precisely what Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's near-sacred 1982 run did: It pumps some feeling into the guy along with his muscles and steel talons. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 81% Crystal Fairy (2013) Consistently funny and fascinating. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 93% Casting By (2013) Something of an elegy for a lost era, when talent, even at its rawest, stood far above prettiness as the primary reason for getting the part. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/4 14% Syrup (2013) It's tempting to say that Aram Rappaport's Syrup sticks, but it's also true. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3/4 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) Ultimately, the most frightening lesson the film teaches is just how dysfunctionally impervious to defeat the so-called war on drugs is ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2.5/4 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) The foundation of a much better movie is buried somewhere beneath the debris that's too quickly piled on to The Kings of Summer ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 7, 2013
57% American Mary (2013) This is truly a cut above. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
2/4 50% The Lesser Blessed (2013) Part of the long march of misunderstood movie adolescents that leads from the frozen Canadian North straight down to James Dean's Los Angeles in Rebel Without a Cause. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet Old Stock (2012) Old Stock is an amiably warm celebration. Wear it like one of Stock's sweater vests and stand for the national anthem. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) After Earth at least looks distinctive, and the movie's overall atmosphere of close-quarter jungle delirium is enhanced by the cramped, earth-toned interiors of spaceships, off-world colony condos and crashed cockpits. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
1/4 No Score Yet Please Kill Mr. Know It All (2013) The ride gets bumpy almost immediately ... and the scenery is as familiar as what you might see driving to a job you've had for more years than you care to remember. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet Slaughter Nick for President (2012) [An] odyssey of belated, documentary-boosted pop-culture reclamation. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 10, 2013
90% Portrait of Wally (2012) An account of greed, betrayal, culpability and self-serving moral relativism. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 6, 2013
3/4 93% Still Mine (2013) Still Mine is a measured but considerably moving celebration of things hand-crafted, traditional and built to last. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 3, 2013
1.5/4 71% My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013) Almost entirely devoid of reasons to keep watching, unless of course you're curious about the sex-ed applications of a cantaloupe. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 19, 2013
3/4 85% Upstream Color (2013) Upstream Color is a deliberate exercise in swooning obscurity. You either go with its considerable sensory powers or you scratch a groove on your head. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/4 100% Tatsumi (2012) Western viewers might liken it to Disney meets The Dark Knight. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/4 50% Pusher (2012) Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 9, 2012
2/4 64% Antiviral (2013) A virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 80% Pitch Perfect (2012) A let's-put-on-a-show story so steeped in backlot Hollywood convention it almost embarrasses itself, with the difference being it really doesn't care. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/4 86% Arbitrage (2012) Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/4 56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) Boasts almost the same degree of intellectual heft, moral nuance and philosophical rigour as a sitcom. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 31, 2012
3/4 96% BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008) Bechis, a former political exile from Argentina with a clear anti-colonialist bent, may be angered by the Guarani's plight, but his movie - like these people - is contemplative, patient and forcefully determined. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 3, 2011
3.5/4 91% Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) It's the coolness of Gibney's account of the possibly systematic sabotaging of Spitzer's career, perpetrated by a strangely camera-friendly cast of enemies-cum-conspirators, that makes it such transfixing viewing. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2.5/4 67% Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story (2010) I doubt there's much here any die-hard fan doesn't already know, but having it retold from the perspective of a struggling, respect-hungry community merely makes the metaphoric affinities of the game that much more persuasive. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 32% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop is a tipsy wedding of low hijinks and tiptoe-tense suspense stretches. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 5, 2010