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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B-minus 50% 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 90% 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 77% 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 76% 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 30% 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 91% 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 73% Love, Cecil (2017) 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
40% 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
96% 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
73% 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
92% 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
51% Downsizing (2017) Tiny humans should be able to jump like fleas - musculature versus mass. I mention this because I couldn't help imagine a more entertaining movie in which Matt Damon leaped tall (to him) buildings at a single bound.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) When Hollywood pays attention to blue collar notoriety, there are inevitable accusations of snobbery. But I, Tonya has the ring of absurd truth. The Coen brothers couldn't come up with a better idiot-criminal story.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) A great performance - double duty, really, since Chastain has to both play the character, and keep a narration going about the ins and outs of poker (flops, action, nuts, etc.), at the pace of an auctioneer.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
78% All the Money in the World (2017) Plummer sits well in the skin of a miser whose rep was carved in stone by his refusal to pay ransom to his grandson's kidnappers. But anyone who could do a decent Montgomery Burns impression could play the part as written.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A truly escapist romantic fantasy, the movie is awash in the romance of its setting long before things get serious between its protagonists.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There's a trick to taking something old and making it bigger and more impressive, yet familiar enough to sate our desire for the same. With Last Jedi, Johnson pulls it off assuredly enough to please nearly everybody.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Perhaps the biggest surprise about The Disaster Artist is how utterly sweet it is.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
76% Last Flag Flying (2017) Cranston and Fishburne chew plenty of scenery, but the temperature of Last Flag Standing is told by checking the slumped shoulders of Carell's Doc. They seem to slump more and more as the movie gets heavier. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
93% Thelma (2017) Harboe's Thelma shows the fear of someone who finally has ahold of the steering wheel on her own life, but has never had any driving lessons. The inevitable crash is well-timed and executed.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) It's left to the viewer to decide whether Dahmer's many humiliations had a causative effect. My Friend Dahmer simply drops you at a point in the serial killer's past when he was still just "high school weird."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) As if trying to out-do Guardians of The Galaxy for wisecracks-per-minute, Thor: Ragnarok oxymoronically takes one of the most dire Norse concepts and turns it into a romp with a barrage of broad jokes and slapstick.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) You might be inclined to play a game of "who was responsible for this scene?" Mordant and absurd? Coens. Righteous and angry because racism is bad? That would be Clooney.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) A love story that clacks!‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Nerdy in its approach and scattershot in its presentation, it goes deep to prove that the shower scene changed how movies were made for decades to come. A buzz for bona fide film fans.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
62% The Foreigner (2017) I loved Jackie Chan as an Asian Rambo wreaking havoc on bad guys in a Western country. I would have gleefully watched a whole movie of that. Unfortunately, there's all that other stuff.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Professor Marston & The Wonder Women makes for a perfect double bill with the Gal Gadot blockbuster. In fact, it would be a shame for an adult to see one without the other.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Makes you think about the reality beneath the surface, unhappiness beneath cheer, trauma beneath the stiff upper lip. This feels like how Pooh really happened, bother and all.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Take a hot young actor, surround him with jazz music and cigarette smoke, maybe a little mahogany, and stir. It's a Muppet Babies approach to onscreen literary iconography that was already a trope before Rebel In The Rye came along.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
5% Flatliners (2017) A group of people who should know better find themselves eager for the cold embrace of death. But enough about the poor souls who bought tickets to Flatliners.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
98% Trophy (2017) Disturbing... people say things like, "No animal raised for profit has ever gone extinct." It almost sounds reasonable, and then you watch a deep-pocketed American hunter walk up to a half-dead crocodile, shoot him in the head and yell, "Yeah, MF!"‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
100% Let There Be Light (2017) Aung-Thwin and Royko do a remarkable job juggling the reality of fusion research versus the dreams in Let There Be Light, never allowing either to overcome the other.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The "Battle Of The Sexes" was the 1973 tennis exhibition that, as overhyped spectacle, was the Mayweather/McGregor match of its day. And it's fleshed out as first-rate soap in the movie of the same name starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) O'Brien cuts a cool figure with a gun, but doesn't convey enough personality yet to convince us that he can carry a franchise. Keaton, meanwhile, conveys a grimness that suggests he'd be an even better Batman now‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017