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Janet Smith

Janet Smith
Janet Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Georgia Straight

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
28% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) For a movie that pretends to be against excess-three exasperated moms are going to "take Christmas back", dammit-this sequel really doesn't know when to stop.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
66% Breathe (2017) ... the biopic's most compelling story is about the way paralysis was treated up until the 1970s and '80s.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
59% The Foreigner (2017) There is still some subversive satisfaction in watching a "foreigner" rip homegrown terrorists a new one.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
93% Clash (Eshtebak) (2017) It's not a pleasant ride-you'll be relieved when you can escape this patrol wagon from hell. But Diab has created a thought-provoking and timely hell all the same.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Infinite Happiness (2016) So much architecture porn lovingly dwells on the structure itself that it's beyond refreshing to see a film that focuses entirely on the people-and cats and dogs-that actually live in these places.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
95% Step (2017) Step is about dance like Hoop Dreams was about basketball. . .but this new girl-powered film is much zippier, more inspiring, and more energetically hopeful.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
88% Wind River (2017) It's the subject matter that chills the most, from the opening scene of violence on a frost-encrusted Indigenous reservation to a harrowing end title about missing Native American women that hits close to home.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) A leak and brutally excellent new film -- echoing similar lessons from the equally savage, but less complex period piece The Beguiled.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) It isn't all as tawdry as it sounds: in her exquisitely shot film, director Nicole Garcia poses some compelling questions about class and war.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) The main beguiler may be Coppola herself, who, through rich atmosphere and enigmatic characters, bewitches her audience.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
73% Ballerina (2016) Ballerina would be just another predictable, rags-to-riches, girl-follows-her-dreams movie if it weren't for one big factor: it's set in fin-de-siècle Paris.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
No Score Yet Vancouver: No Fixed Address (2017) It isn't hyperbole to say Vancouver: No Fixed Address is essential viewing for anyone living in the Lower Mainland.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
67% The Wall (2017) Two guys, a crumbling wall, a few guns, and enough dust to make you practically taste the grit. That's about all director Doug Liman needed to make this tense, claustrophobic little war movie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
71% Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017) Despite some glossy car chases (maybe more than we need) and violent run-ins with evil mob bosses, the film feels too long for the fluff that it is.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
16% The Circle (2017) The Circle, based on the David Eggers book of the same name, builds a clever premise that it can't play out, spinning its strong setup into a muddied, melodramatic, and ultimately unbuyable treatise on wired-world surveillance.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) No lie: it's a difficult film, dense with words and ideas, focused on an often frustrating protagonist. Still, you have to admire its austerity, its refusal to romanticize, and its fearless commitment.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) From its title to its dashing, mustachioed lead, The Lost City of Z harks back to the classic explorer movies of the last century. But it also comments on the downfall of that era, when all-male geographic societies talked about savages.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Perfume War (2017) Perfume War is a compelling success story; still, you're left wondering what a more arm's-length documentary team might have sniffed out of all this.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
92% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) More than anything, it is an ode to human endurance -- and the kind of tenacity and passion that we can only hope may save humankind.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Stupidly enjoyable as all this is, by the time this Wick burns out, you might actually be wondering if there is such a thing as too much.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
88% Dancer (2016) The brilliance of Dancer is that its story speaks not only to the lengths parents will go to better their children's lives but the damage that demanding nothing less than perfection can ultimately inflict.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
24% The Comedian (2017) This isn't to say De Niro can't be funny. But file The Comedian next to Dirty Grandpa for career lows from the man who was once considered America's greatest actor.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
No Score Yet Where the Universe Sings (2017) Though very much in the vein of educational TV-doc filmmaking, this thorough new movie will raise your appreciation for Harris's glowing ice forms and dreamlike islandscapes.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
80% Patriots Day (2017) Berg's managed to do the impossible: he crafts a respectful portrait of the Boston citizens who pulled together in the face of trauma while he creates a taut, electric action movie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Go to Reset to see beautiful contemporary ballet and watch a creative genius do his thing... But if you're searching for drama, conflict, or simply the dirt on Millepied's short but influential reign, look elsewhere.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals feels like a tawdry paperback but looks like a Taschen coffee-table book.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
90% Loving (2016) There's understatement, and then there's Loving, a film that tells its real-life story of 1950s interracial marriage with a tone as stubbornly restrained as its subjects.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Character development, big philosophical questions, and political relevance: not what you expect heading out to a creature feature, especially one with alien heptapods that look this threatening. But welcome all the same.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
89% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) If you can free yourself to ride the millennia with Malick, it's a strange voyage, but one ultimately worth taking.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
81% Mean Dreams (2017) Part dreamy coming-of-age story, part crime thriller, part homage to Badlands, Mean Dreams manages to build a mood all its own.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
65% The Vessel (2016) The Vessel is a gorgeously lensed parable. It's just that its messages and symbolism are so heavy-handed, so laden with biblical meaning, they're never left to work their own miracles.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
75% Yarn (2016) As visually resplendent as that crazy pink-and-orange afghan your grandma made you.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
97% Burden (2017) ou'll walk out with a whole new respect for one of contemporary art's true s--- disturbers.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) An understated Isabelle Huppert brings unexpected profundity to a movie that could have remained dry and academic.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
100% Growing Up Coy (2016) The doc is most fascinating as a portrait of a humble family, one with five children scraping to get by, facing a battle they might not be fully prepared for, but ready to go to the wall for a child they love unconditionally.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
93% All This Panic (2017) With dreamy-hazy lighting and finessed handheld lensing, All This Panic viscerally captures all the yearning and uncertainty of its intimate coming-of-age story.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
No Score Yet By the time the circus ends, there is a kind of resolution, a sense of enlightenment after the madness -- and a message that throws the celebrity-adoption frenzy into a complicated new light.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Just getting through the dizzying chaos of Bourne's first chase, set amid a protest in Athens, and trying to follow him through darkness, crowds, and exploding Molotov cocktails is exhausting.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
80% Closet Monster (2016) Dunn's off-kilter risks show the same kind of daring that's made Xavier Dolan a star.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
No Score Yet Titans Of The Ice Age 3D (2013) The real draw of Titans of the Ice Age, and what sets it apart from so much epic-screen edutainment, is its deep, years-long level of research -- and its ability to convey it in a hugely accessible way.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
43% Gurukulam (2016) Gurukulam shows you what it's like to retreat for months to a remote ashram, and not always in a good way.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
77% Into The Forest (2016) Do we really need another end-times film to add to the ever-growing pile? In the case of Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest, the answer is a definite yes, please-mostly because she has such a compelling new take on a well-worn subject.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) By the end it's hard to really engage in the narrative when you're being assaulted with enough imagery to make you wish you had your own mirror to escape through.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
44% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Sarcastically, subversively funny, and all set within a surprisingly creative universe where three-dimensionally fluffy birds inhabit turquoise beaches and wonky houses that make you think of Dr. Seuss by way of Montego Bay.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Carefully crafted and understated.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
86% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Mark this "Required Viewing" for dance fans who know the term Gaga goes far beyond the lady in the meat dress.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
93% Under The Sun (2016) [An] epically eerie look inside the closed world of North Korea.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Beyond the eye candy, remarkably little happens here.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) McCarthy lands a few big zingers and aces her usual outrageous physical gags. But her character just isn't as complex or likable as the lovable yet filthy-mouthed underdogs she's played in more successful Paul Feig comedies like Spy.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
89% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) As fascinating as a historical document as it is as a gruesome Scorsese-esque crime story, Argentina's The Clan works most powerfully as a metaphor.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016