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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Stewart gets his ideas across with a laid-back-dude appeal that will reach kids of all ages, avoiding scientific lecturing and instilling hope even as he's sounding an alarm.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
64% Beautiful Boy (2018) If you're a parent, it will wreck you.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's a winding but awesomely entertaining ride, even for western fans who've ridden them thar hills many times before.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) But as in so much of this sprawling meditation-an odd mix where the heinously crass often outweighs the authentically beautiful-deep analysis is lacking.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
25% Mile 22 (2018) Yes, absolutely, there is fun to be had, as well as many, many things to go boom, all amid an atmospheric urban jungle.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) Part of an exciting new wave of movies addressing America's racial divide (see: Sorry to Bother You), these guys take huge risks.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
No Score Yet Arrhythmia (Aritmiya) (2017) feels like a Russian Scrubs or ER-admittedly with a lot more vodka-fuelled benders.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
95% Ava (2018) It's a gripping, steely performance, complex and smart in a way you don't often see teen girls portrayed-anywhere.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) For all its deco-dystopian flair and cartoon-scale characters, Hotel Artemis lacks one key ingredient: momentum.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) What sets First Reformed apart is Schrader's relentless reserve.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
100% Venus (2017) Eisha Marjara makes her culture-crossing family comedy with a transgender twist so light and warm that it all somehow fits together.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) [Schumer] is digging at something real here, despite a seriously silly plot, and some even more seriously mixed messages.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Phoenix's nuanced yet epic performance-the guy's perfected pushing the brink of losing control-melds well with Ramsay's impressionistic style. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
38% Gringo (2018) Gringo is shooting for an action-cranked Quentin Tarantino feel here, but even the Pulp Fiction maestro knows the importance of redeeming qualities.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) [Alex Garland has] perfected an atmospheric cocktail of foreboding music, the threatening half-dark of twilight, and mysterious characters who bury secrets.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
63% Every Day (2018) Yes, it's important that Rhiannon learns to stand up for herself... and realizes love can transcend gender, race, or status. You just wish Every Day would take more risks-with a little less Nicholas Sparks and a little more... Alex Garland?‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
98% Félicité (2017) ... introduces you to people who are enigmatic yet real, and to a country that's ferocious, alive, and resilient enough to survive the worst-like the film's frowning heroine.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
93% Shadowman (2017) It's not easy to watch. But set to the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie, the documentary succeeds as an unglamorized ode to the uncompromising '80s art scene in New York-and one talented man that it consumed.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) So even if you're convinced you don't need to see Neeson grimace his way through yet another race against the clock, this commute is a lot more exciting than what you're likely to experience on the SkyTrain anytime soon.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
71% Ferdinand (2017) Ferdinand provides the kind of be-yourself, make-love-not-war, antibullying messages kids probably need right now. But unfortunately, as adorable as its flower-crazy bovine hero may be, it doesn't do that with enough magic to get them to actually stick.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
95% The Breadwinner (2017) The key is that The Breadwinner finds hope, even in this violent place. The climax's descent into chaos is certainly not a fairy-tale ending, but it puts forth a message that courageous acts, even by a child, can make a difference.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
100% Rebels on Pointe (2017) ... more than anything, Rebels on Pointe sets out to prove the company, despite its gags, is no joke-that behind the gallons of makeup, the metres of tulle, and the size-12 slippers, the men here are top-flight dancers.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Yes, The Man Who Invented Christmas is creative and fresh enough to fit as smoothly as gingerbread and eggnog into your holiday ritual.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
45% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) The Dancer is so dreamily shot, with such nakedly committed acting by music artist SoKo, that you can almost forgive its narrative gaps-and the considerable liberties it takes with historical fact.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
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
64% 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
96% 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
86% 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
90% 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
33% 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
75% 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
66% 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
91% 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
86% 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
89% 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
89% 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
81% 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