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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Call Me by Your Name (2017) 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
93% 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
93% 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
73% 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
91% 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
80% 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
61% 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
86% 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
86% 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
85% It (2017) Nosferatu-like incisors punctuating his grimace grin, Bill Skarsgård brings a new level of unpredictable malice to the childkiller entity that haunts King's benighted Derry, Maine. And he does it within a trimmer narrative that maximizes the horror.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
100% Sundowners (2017) Booze, near-sex experiences and minor disasters... a chill indie take on a genre that's usually so desperate to make us laugh, it hyperventilates. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) A pinball series of random criminal misadventures. It carries no message and aims only to keep your attention, even if it has to hit you in the head occasionally with a curveball to do it.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) It's a scary enough movie, but Annabelle is the least important thing in it. It could just as easily have been called Ghost House, but that would have been a harder sell.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
97% Menashe (2017) Despite being set in an almost impenetrably closed society, Menashe is a touching story with the universal theme of being unable to fit in a world of hard rules and expected behavior.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
79% Brigsby Bear (2017) "A movie for people who felt Room wasn't upbeat or quirky enough."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) Bigelow and Mark Boal's simply-structured racially-charged horror story is their most harrowing work together. Yes, even more harrowing than watching a guy defuse bombs in The Hurt Locker.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
84% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) The 29th Toho film featuring the scaly Big Guy is also one of cleverest and smartest, clearly informed by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and a jaundiced view of do-nothing "experts."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3.5/5 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate Of The Furious -- a.k.a. The Fast & The Furious 8 -- is faster and furiouser than ever. Accelerating speed and furiousness is pretty much a given when you've had eight tries at this.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 48% Going in Style (2017) It is such an undeniable thrill to see these three legends together, it really doesn't matter that the heist movie, directed by Zach Braff is nothing more than a pleasant stroll.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 17% CHIPS (2017) Both Shepard and Pena are likable actors, and they do have chemistry together... But good-natured chemistry isn't enough to lift CHiPs anywhere near the ranks of the Lethal Weapons and Bad Boys that Shepard claimed to be aiming for.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Be warned. The movie is three quarters over before you see any Zords, Megazords or monsters. On the other hand, I rather liked what the filmmakers gave us instead. Power Rangers is almost literally The Breakfast Club with superpowers.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 76% 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 89% 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 7% 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 74% 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 92% 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 92% 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 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
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 70% 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 (2017) 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 22% 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 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016