Julie Crawford

Julie Crawford
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
67% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow captures the rigors, sweat and rewards of a life lived in pursuit of art but the human connection is absent. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/10 81% Long Shot (2019) Long shots lose a lot more often than they pay out, and Levine's film is no exception. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Fanning does all her own singing and convincingly plays a young woman on her way to superstardom, if only it doesn't consume her first. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
82% The Grizzlies (2019) Who doesn't love a rousing underdog sports drama? Better yet, one based on a true story. And how about one in which team practice takes place in between seal hunts? - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
5/10 19% October Gale (2015) A portrait of grief quickly evolves into a cabin-in-the-woods thriller in October Gale, which shows just how strong - and silly - lone women can be. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 42% The Face of Love (2014) The absence of a thorough backstory will either leave you feeling as though the film is a throwback to less convoluted storytelling, or a soap opera, depending on your taste. With the electric Bening and Harris at the helm, it hardly matters... - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 49% Cake (2015) Aniston's performance is the essential ingredient that makes the film worth watching even as other elements prove half-baked. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/10 46% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) If last year's hit The Maze Runner was the first child in the family - ambitious, concise - bridge film Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is very much the middle sibling in that it is changeable, desperate to please and generally all over the map. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Francis Lawrence nicely balances stunts and spectacle with the growth of Katniss, who goes from teenaged girl to young woman with a wider worldview. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Those who complain that the movie's message of conservation and push for innovation is less-than-subtle need reminding that Tomorrowland is a children's film, after all. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 90% Philomena (2013) Ultimately, Philomena is a film about faith, family and and forgiveness, making it perfect holiday viewing. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 82% Ant-Man (2015) Despite the suit and the Lilliputian size, Rudd manages to be his likeable self, which compensates when the action lags. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/10 18% Ride Along (2014) When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object you get Ride Along, the seldomfunny buddy movie starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 93% Force Majeure (2014) Acting is uniformly great, the players conveying as much of their struggles using body language as with words, while Ostlund's white-out scenery is both majestic and alienating. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out should be required viewing for the parents of pre-teens, just as those embarrassing "What's Happening To Me?" books are must-reads for growing minds and bodies. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 26% The Other Woman (2014) Cameron Diaz may have top billing but Leslie Mann is the real star of The Other Woman, a sisterhood revenge pic sure to be a big hit with women everywhere. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
77% Fury (2014) A spare, unromanticized score by Steven Price only heightens the gravity of the men's circumstances. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) ...ultimately Part One will go down as the film you sat through while you waited for the more exciting main event, the conclusion, due out this time next year. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 67% Lucy (2014) I know what you're thinking, but this is no Limitless (Bradley Cooper). As the cells multiply and Lucy taps into more and more of her brain, it's new thrills-new skills with each passing hour. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 92% Anomalisa (2015) Fun, no. Compelling, yes. Anomalisa is filled with more longing and palpable loneliness than many other live action films registered this year. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 90% Backcountry (2015) Lascivious Irishmen, poor communication, lonely park rangers and bears: armed with these few devices MacDonald gamely shows us how a romantic camping trip gone wrong is no walk in the woods. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/10 7% Paranoia (2013) There's no character to root for, no heart, and all else feels like window dressing. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The story hardly matters; as the lazy title suggests, we're just here to have a good time, and director Jon M. Chu knows how to make two hours of your life disappear. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 80% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang are as sweet as ever, but as far as the human actors go, cutesy has been replaced by snarky in Disney's newest Muppets film, Muppets Most Wanted. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/10 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) You would've put the book down after reading the character's name on the third page: Anastasia Steele? Puh-lease! - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 72% American Sniper (2015) Cooper nails the Texas drawl and makes a compelling patriot, elevating the film beyond ordinary. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 52% The Calling (2014) The Calling is not strictly a connect-the-dots thriller: we see some plot twists coming, but not all, and some mysteries are left unsolved. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 67% Bang Bang Baby (2014) Mutants, musical numbers and a roadkill beaver supper: welcome to the wacky world of Nova Scotia-born filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
9/10 85% Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh) (2015) Ripped straight from the pages of your therapist's notebook, Goodnight Mommy is a thoroughly terrifying fairy tale with a killer twist. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 77% The Daughter (2017) The Daughter is further elevated by excellent, natural performances from veterans and newbies alike. Leslie, in particular, delivers a standout portrayal: everyman optimism shattered by unthinkable betrayal. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 98% Court (2015) There's no outright villain here: it's the system that fails its people. Tamhane capably and quietly condemns the system with little drama and nary a "you can't handle the truth!" outburst. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 62% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Writer-director Matthew Brown keeps it simple, but even those of us who barely skated through high school math are left wanting more explanation of Ramanujan's influence. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Chandor's screenplay is taut and understated, complemented by superb acting, and creates an immersive experience of time and place. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 89% The Angels' Share (2013) The morality may be murky, the language somewhat shocking, but Loach's underdogs win us over nonetheless, and just might win over new whisky lovers, to boot. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
31% The Longest Ride (2015) It's a tried-and-true formula that works, and given the right romantic pairing, works wonders. And admit it, you love it. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 35% Lavender (2017) Extra points to Gass-Donnelly for setting most of his scares during the daytime; even some of the familiar conventions of the genre (mazes, kids' lullabies, terror-fraught cornfields) seem fresh in the light of day. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 84% Deadpool (2016) Reynolds makes it work. Sneering superheroes are a new breed, but Reynolds' inherent charm and first-time director Tim Miller's light touch keep the ultra-gory film from veering into gratuitously snarky territory. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/10 17% The Intruders (2015) Formulaic can be fun but things are downright sleepy until the big reveal, which is mostly silly, not scary. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 21% American Pastoral (2016) McGregor can't quite pull off the cockishness and larger-than-life zeal of a young Swede: he seems already beaten somewhat when we meet him, meaning that his fall into ignominy is less jarring than it should be. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 38% Max (2015) Yakin may let Max may meander a little, thematically, but any filmmaker who takes the time to craft a family film (only a smattering of language and "peril") wedgied in the same week as an R-rated movie about a degenerate stuffed bear is OK in my book. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 85% Lion (2016) Much hinges on the performance coaxed from Pawar, the year's littlest big star, who is ridiculously adorable and natural in the role. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 30% The Monuments Men (2014) The Monuments Men is a buddy movie, an adventure film, and a throwback to less cynical times. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 94% Moneyball (2011) A great film about the business of baseball. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 89% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women is a sun-drenched search for wisdom in changing times that's no less relevant today than it was when Jimmy Carter gave his "Crisis of Conscience" speech. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 45% Everything, Everything (2017) Everything, Everything is an entertaining coming-of-age story that's actually a coming-of-everything all at once. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
6/10 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Dead Men Tell No Tales is a passably entertaining romp, a must for Pirates fans, and proof that the wind has gone out of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise's sails. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman may not be perfect, but it's a validation for young girls everywhere of their strength and value, and it's the first superhero film in a long time that made me look forward to a sequel. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 49% Churchill (2017) The reason to see it is Brian Cox, who gained a substantial amount of weight and leans full bore into the role. Cox roars and blusters. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
10/10 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) The emotional impact of the film lies in its raw, documentary feel and the natural performances of Johns and Squires; the dialogue is akin to eavesdropping on real conversations. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 64% The Wall (2017) Liman's decision to shoot in anamorphic 16mm helps, as we get cosy with Ize behind that wall and see all the grit, grain, blood, and sweat up close. - North Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019