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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B-plus 78% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) A story of Holocaust memories repressed by an otherwise irrepressible Argentinian Jew, The Last Suit has narrative flaws and leaps of faith. But the force of its character's untethered voyage of discovery - and the acting behind it - overcomes all.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
A 75% Cielo (2017) A sky-watching doc that could be the most calming 78 minutes of your summer (this side of actually getting out of town and seeing the real thing). ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
C-plus 62% Dog Days (2018) Adorable dogs notwithstanding, Dog Days is like a mash-up of a bunch of romantic comedy/family scripts that sat in a drawer because not one of them had enough story to justify a movie.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
C-plus 69% Christopher Robin (2018) If kids cared about adults's mid-life crises, Hook would be Robin Williams' most beloved movie. Disney's Christopher Robin may make overworked adults verklemt, but it also may bore children stupid.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
D 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) At its best, the first-thing-we-do-in-a-dystopian-world-is-kill-teenagers genre hasn't been a shining moment in filmmaking. But now that genetic drift has set in, it's dead-genre-walking, with The Darkest Minds as Exhibit A.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
A-minus 82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Interestingly, the wives are the sticks that stir the drink in this mordant war of neighbours, with the husbands dutifully forced to carry out the tragic last act, giving the whole thing the tone of a modern Icelandic Macbeth‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) An often achingly-tragic film about a man who gave the world a lot of guilty laughs. But as moving as it is, we get a lot of the venting, but not enough of the work, or the artist behind it.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
C 48% Skyscraper (2018) The kind of action movie that seems as if the script was written after the film was shot, so unimportant are the plot details. And it was likely pitched in about 10 seconds ("Die Hard plus The Towering Inferno plus The Rock").‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
C 52% The First Purge (2018) A franchise that began as a home invasion movie writ large, now ham-handedly explains its premise as a times-of-Trump fever-dream, complete with a last-act race war and a lot of dull build-up. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Turns out there is a plot device more annoying than time travel - quantum. But the make-it-up-as-we-go-along story aside, Reed still has a flair for using toys at his disposal - glitchy shrinking/growing devices, sight gags, Scott's giant ant pals, etc.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C-plus 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) If Denis Villeneuve's Sicario never existed, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado were a stand-alone, one might be inclined to mildly-recommend it as a fast-moving, improbable action film about Americans killing Mexicans over a little girl.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B-minus 65% Uncle Drew (2018) Not a great movie, but silly, sentimental and sporadically very funny. You don't have to know the players (under all that latex) to enjoy the game.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B-plus 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A sweet, slow-burn, the music themed movie never raises its drama level above a six. But without a lot of noise, it allows us into the lives of a father and daughter, who need to break free from each other.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
A 88% The Cleaners (2018) It's jaw-dropping to discover that even censorship has been outsourced in the era of social media. A documentary of remarkable access and food for worrisome thought.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
A 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a movie that could have been made redundant by time. Instead, it lightens the mood in a world gone super-serious.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
B 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) There's something exhilarating about seeing solid actors chew hard on a preposterous premise. Submitted for your guilty pleasure: Hotel Artemis.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
A-minus 80% Black Cop (2017) Rowe simmers with enough subtlety that his sudden outbreaks of violence seem to burst from somewhere deep. And the almost absurd unlikeliness of the "white profiling" is disturbing when you stop to think of the ordinariness of the reverse.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
C 13% Birthmarked (2018) Effectively a movie about child abuse. There is no sentiment, and as for this being a comedy, there are no laughs. It's not as if this is even a novel idea. As recently as last year, there was Brigsby Bear, which at least had some charm‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
B 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) An inspiring documentary about a religious leader with a message of humility, charity, peace and stewardship of the planet. He's also a man with a whole lot of frequent flyer miles. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B-plus 85% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience contrasts sharply with A Fantastic Woman for its refusal to offer up heroes to cheer for and villains to hate. There are only decisions, repercussions and the pull of tradition that makes freedom traumatic.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
A-minus 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) A superhero version of Airplane! in the frequency of its gags (some of them groaners). With the winky fourth-wall-breaking of a Bob Hope movie, only with explosions and severed limbs. To be clear, this is what I like about it. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
B-plus 92% Revenge (2018) Apparently, peyote is a drug so powerful, it can turn a half-dead rape victim into a vengeful super-soldier.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
100% Pandas (2018) Though dazzling to watch and almost unbearably cute (sorry) Pandas is infuriatingly spare with its facts and will leave kids asking questions.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
B- 52% Rampage (2018) On the plus side, Rampage, having been written by a gorilla (the credits say four humans, but I'm not buying it), is not about to tax any audience's attention span.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B-plus 92% Lean on Pete (2018) Depending on what you want to read into it, Lean On Pete is about the dangerous ease of hitting rock bottom, about the plight of modern manhood and about the disintegration of the American Dream. Whatever, I liked the horse story best.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) In the end, we've learned a fair bit from Borg vs McEnroe about what was behind the façade of Bjorn Borg, and very little about John McEnroe that a verbally abused line-judge couldn't already tell us.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
A 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Something this silent and shockingly effective reminds us how barraged with noise we are by most movies, and how essentially empty that noise is. ("THX! The audience is listening!" No, they're not. They're numbed to the experience).‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Ted Kennedy practically backs away from his own movie. As others take control (and Helms runs away with the film's defining moment), the narrative only leaves him to decide whether or not to do the right thing. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
A 75% The China Hustle (2018) Rothstein, whose film includes Alex Gibney and Mark Cuban as executive producers, tells a story of big time larceny that begs to be made into a feature film a la The Big Short. If anything, it contains even more drama‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
C-plus 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) At times like watching the world's longest episode of Power Rangers. It's childish fun in small doses to watch things blow up and high-rise buildings get destroyed. But eventually senses dull, to match the dialogue.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
C-plus 41% Madame (2018) De Palma's aching Maria is all that lifts Madame to anything approaching watchable. As for mean-girl Collette, she may never have had a more unrewarding role. Her calibre of actress shouldn't settle for one dimension.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
A-plus 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) When you see Wes Anderson's quirk flag fly in stop-motion animated films like Fantastic Mr. Fox and the crazily imaginative faux Japanese fable Isle of Dogs, you wonder why he bothers with actual humans.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
B-plus 82% Love, Cecil (2018) A fascinating doc about a 20th Century style-setter of the sort often remembered lovingly in Vanity Fair magazine. Beaton was a career self-inventor, who insinuated himself into the esthetic of every age from the '20s to the '70s.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
C-minus 49% Tomb Raider (2018) It's hard to understand how a wannabe-blockbuster like this gets made, and at no time, apparently, did a studio exec read the script, put it down halfway through and say, "Okay, when does something happen?"‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
A-minus 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Contributing to the theatre-of-the-absurdism, there are no phony accents. Which means we get Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev sounding exactly like Steve Buscemi. It suggests craven self-interest is universal and not just a "Russian thing."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
39% Gringo (2018) A shambling family-affair directed by Nash Edgerton and co-starring his more famous brother Joel, Gringo is one of those high-speed, series-of-coincidence caper films that sails by on ironic humour and caricatures. Well, almost...‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Late to its own party, The Strangers: Prey at Night trades relative novelty for predictability.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B 57% Juggernaut (2018) Juggernaut does not have the propulsive narrative force its title implies. You expect some sort of vigilante rumble like Walking Tall, but you get more of a morally ambiguous slow burn.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A-minus No Score Yet Boost (2017) Nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards (including actor noms for its two young leads), Darren Curtis's sharply-shot movie has tension, action, menace, betrayal, fast cars and achingly believable characters.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
90% Porcupine Lake (2017) Sweetly-told tale of a tween summer best-friend crush has its own very Canadian vibe. But it has universal appeal to anybody who remembers how it felt to be an awkward age.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
86% Poop Talk (2018) Literally 78 minutes of funny people talking sh--. You should know from the description whether it falls into your comedy comfort zone. I will guiltily admit a lot of it fell into mine.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Sweetly-jokey film is pretty much a reboot of The Flintstones with soccer, smartly written gags and puns (some over the heads of kids) and various Nick Park animated flourishes.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) A Shakespearean flavoured tragedy to its backstory, with palace intrigue and hidden secrets. Where Serkis's maniacally-laughing Klaue is a bad guy who wears thin, Killmonger is one of the few movie villains I've ever felt sorry for.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
60% Entanglement (2018) An oddly enjoyable experience for a film about overcoming suicidal urges. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) I feel if you just just asked uninfected teens to help find a cure, maybe gave them free pizza, you'd avoid the trouble of creating a high-tech Potemkin village to stimulate their adrenal glands to secrete jamba juice. Or something.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
41% Den of Thieves (2018) There seems to be a school of screenwriting that says the more complicated the scheme, the less attention you'll pay to plot-holes. They may be right. The plain-spoken version is, "Bullsh-baffles brains."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
72% Hostiles (2018) Fortunately, Christian Bale's Capt. Blocker does not have a revelatory "moment" where he sees the error of his ways and vows to give up hate. Bale's subtle performance moves from "grim" in increments. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
85% Mountain (2018) High-altitude skiing, para-skiing, ice-climbing, wing-suit gliding. At some moments - like when we see skiers engulfed by avalanches - Mountain is practically a "snuff film." At others, it's a purely meditative experience.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Aida's Secrets (2017) Some 6,000 rescued Jews celebrated every sweet breath and soon produced 1,300 babies. What follows is a a hell of a generational human story, one that speaks to determination, cruel bargains and sacrifice‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) It must be said that Blumhouse Productions knows its game well enough that even its lesser efforts will make you jump occasionally. And make no mistake, Insidious: The Last Key is one of its lesser efforts.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018