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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 33% Mostly Sunny (2016) Mostly Sunny presents a plethora of odd angles to Leone's story. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is a mash-up of the space race and civil rights that serves both well. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) I have yet to meet someone who's watched it and come out in a bad mood. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 88% Jackie (2016) At the core of it all is Natalie Portman's masterful performance of a strong, tightly-reined personality, seen in almost painful, constant close-up. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) You know those office Christmas parties where everyone tries to look like they're having a good time, but they're really not? Well, it's playing at a theatre near you. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Beyond a few shining moments, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a bit of a trudge. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) At this point, there've been so many boxing movies that we really are hoping someone finds a unique approach.Bleed for This is not that movie. It is still a worthwhile watch, however, if only for the unbelievable comeback story it resurrects. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Ford's second film, after 2009's A Single Man, isn't for everybody. But it's an impressive writing/directing turn from a pop cultural figure determined to prove he's not a one-trick pony. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 80% Rush: Time Stand Still (2016) Time Stand Still is as intimate a backstage pass as fans could want. It also includes as much verbiage from the band's laconic muse Peart as you might find in all the interviews he's done put together. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 94% Gimme Danger (2016) Gimme Danger is more than carried by the colourfulness of its story and characters, and by the bold essay-like thesis that The Stooges -- now firmly ensconced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- were the greatest rock band of all time. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) The result is a movie -- about a father's futile willingness to sacrifice everything for his daughter -- that evokes practically no emotion. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 78% American Honey (2016) Too long by at least an hour, American Honey is a movie that would have had more to say if it said less. It is ultimately like a Jim Jarmusch movie without a sense of humour. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 83% Imperium (2016) In the end, Imperium is fairly gripping entertainment that overcomes its faults. It brings nothing new to the table. But chalk up another unlikely win for Radcliffe. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 29, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) There are no real villains, save for a few snobby bureaucrats. Emotional buttons are occasionally pushed a little hard. But true to her reputation, Nair delivers something a little better than one expects of the genre. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) A slow movie for kids, and an infuriatingly unconvincing one for adults. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) It reunites director Greengrass and once-and-future (and still buff) Matt Damon for a Jason Bourne movie so familiar-in-a-good-way that they dispensed with a Ludlum-esque title descriptor and simply called it Jason Bourne. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 76% Lights Out (2016) A terrifically effective little scarefest. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) This is a movie for fans of the show -- who should get everything they could want from it. Newbies are advised to get a hold of Season 1 and binge. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Though the action-packed trailers might suggest he simply launched that manic vibe into space, Lin and scriptwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung made a clever plot move that gives Beyond the most breathing room for its characters in years. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man is rude, crude, bizarre and oddly touching. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Being a human in this movie is a fairly thankless task. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is an unexpectedly funny addition to a gross-out college comedy genre you'd think would be played out by now. It is smartly-written dumb stuff. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) Jeremy Saulnier's little genre gem is simply told and smartly executed, with a little bit of everything, from snarling dogs to bloody murder to the innate fear evoked by the backwoods. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) Mother's Day seems more like a contractual commitment than a creative exercise. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) A "Death of a Salesman" for the out-sourcing era, A Hologram for the King makes full use of Tom Hanks' default note, an everyman struggling painfully against the tide. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/5 22% The Boss (2016) Well, they can't all be Bridesmaids. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1/5 20% I Saw the Light (2016) Saw the Light is not a movie that ever catches fire. One hopes the story will be told again, with more emphasis on what went on inside Hank Williams than on what went on around him. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) The film - which is being marketed as "a spiritual sequel" to Linklater's Dazed And Confused (and a "more chill" Animal House by the director himself) - meanders from minor adventure to minor adventure, with exchanges of amiable dude existentialism. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) As always, the narrative mostly goes: fight, save Tris, Four and Tris kiss. Repeat. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) Miracles from Heaven wrings this story for everything it's worth, and is ultimately saved from mawkishness by the utter believability of Garner's performance as a mother who would do anything to save her daughter. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 16, 2016
3.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) For anyone who's never seen a Michael Moore film and wants the entire experience at once -- it's all here. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 51% Risen (2016) It's nice to finally see the Messiah portrayed by somebody who'd probably get extra attention at a U.S. airport by Homeland Security. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 23, 2016
3.5/5 61% Race (2016) A glossy, superficial biopic set in a historical context that begs for more, Race can at least claim to be one of the two best movies ever made about Olympic hero/Hitler-embarrasser Jesse Owens. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 23, 2016
1/5 31% Mojave (2016) A smudge on the writing record of William Monahan (The Departed), Mojave throws a Hollywood 'player' into the desert to meet the Devil with meandering and pointless results. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 12% The Choice (2016) The result is something with all the worst traits of a standard Hollywood romance, predictability, zero drama and, in this case, a misleading title. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Like its original source material, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies works best as a comedy of manners. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) The life-and-death moments keep it afloat. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4.5/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa is a far more human story than most films I've seen with actual humans in them. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) Ultimately, The Big Short should outrage us, once we understand the sheer larceny that went on with other people's money, and which crippled the world economy. En route to that, it entertains us. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 60% Concussion (2015) The story itself is powerful enough to give Concussion its punch. It's not a feel-good movie, but it is a redemptive and hopeful one. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 21, 2015
2.5/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) I suspect kids may find these Peanuts kind of bland. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/5 29% Burnt (2015) If the last-act redemption is a little predictable, getting there makes for engrossing viewing -- food fights, violence and all. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/5 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) It's a movie that's half-over before it tells us what it's really about. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/5 18% Jem and the Holograms (2015) After a few crackling, resonant digital-age scenes in the opening act, the filmmakers settle in and make Jem into a mediocre Disney Channel movie -- with, for no good reason, a pet robot. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/5 73% He Named Me Malala (2015) What we absorb from He Named Me Malala is the idea of the hero as a product of action rather than being. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/5 55% Hyena Road (2016) The conflict between acting strategically from the comfort of a military base, and acting morally on the ground, plays well in Hyena Road. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 7, 2015
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) An ambitious attempt to follow how the various alumni and side projects of one scurrilous publication variously gave us Animal House, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and The Breakfast Club. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 84% The Walk (2015) The Walk becomes a first-rate caper movie, with a thrilling finish that can't help but move you (if you haven't covered your eyes). ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 24% Hellions (2015) In its best moments, Hellions is interesting and perplexing and worth soaking in, in the sense that one would admire a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired painting. But without at least one foot on the ground, it doesn't inspire fear. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) If it sounds like there isn't an original thought in The Scorch Trials' scripted head, you're right. But at least you won't be smacking yourself in the head trying to figure out what's going on. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 24, 2015