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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) A big, dumb beast that, for all its noise, is kind of lovable at heart. That describes both a certain giant ape and Kong: Skull Island, the latest of an oeuvre of King Kong films going back 80-plus years.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Might be the closest that the unfolding DC Universe gets to an actually enjoyable film.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) For those who are in it for non-stop car chases, explosions, gunplay and jujutsu, it's an all-you-can-swallow buffet.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1/5 6% Rings (2017) After 100 minutes, you're dead from boredom.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/5 83% The Founder (2017) Belying its premise, The Founder is a terrific movie offering a surprising amount of fast food for thought.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 76% Split (2017) Split is all about atmosphere and build-up, which Shyamalan renders suitably claustrophobic.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 33% Mostly Sunny (2016) Mostly Sunny presents a plethora of odd angles to Leone's story. ‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 89% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/5 41% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 79% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) A slow movie for kids, and an infuriatingly unconvincing one for adults.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 76% Lights Out (2016) A terrifically effective little scarefest.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man is rude, crude, bizarre and oddly touching.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/5 22% The Boss (2016) Well, they can't all be Bridesmaids.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
3.5/5 79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
3.5/5 60% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
1/5 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) The life-and-death moments keep it afloat.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
2.5/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) I suspect kids may find these Peanuts kind of bland.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/5 30% Burnt (2015) If the last-act redemption is a little predictable, getting there makes for engrossing viewing -- food fights, violence and all.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015