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Kate Taylor
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 33% Live By Night (2017) Here, the outlaw-as-hero trick just doesn't work; we can't both sympathize with Coughlin's moral quandaries and thrill to his crimes. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/4 92% 20th Century Women (2017) If the small domestic drama established in this rich period setting proves satisfyingly emotional, it is because the characters are acutely well observed, both by Mills's script and by his excellent cast. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 13, 2017
2/4 84% Silence (2017) This is a long and dull costume drama that seems to think a contemporary audience can picture faith as easily as it does a cassock, cross or kimono. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) For all that it tells a highly unusual story, Hidden Figures is a classic Hollywood feel-good movie. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/4 82% Julieta (2016) Almodovar has little time to develop these characters' emotional ties because there is so much clutter in his plot, a soap opera full of improbable coincidences, premature deaths and sad declines. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/4 70% Sing (2016) Kids will like the animals and the mayhem and won't mind the predictable plot. Adults should appreciate the entertaining musical pairings. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) In the end, this hardening of the franchise seems likely to alienate both the fans and the uninitiated. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/4 69% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane is a powerfully conceived thriller with something dead at its centre: there is no reason a female protagonist must be good or well-behaved, but she must at least be interesting. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) There is a certain Gallic pretension here ... but the delicacy and intelligence that the film brings to Nathalie's situation is always admirable. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/4 No Score Yet The Apology (2016) As women age they become invisible to society; what is heartrendingly inspiring about The Apology is the grandmothers' steadfast refusal to disappear. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Its initial enigma seems to need no explanation; yet, once deciphered, the film does not falter but moves only deeper into the emotional territory it charts. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2016
1/4 61% Allied (2016) The characters are so marginally observed by both the actors and the script there is no tension in the themes. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) [Lurches] from a grim family drama cursorily observed to a big and broad satire of the United States in the early 2000s before descending into the very kind of sentimental militarism it has parodied. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/4 88% Elle (2016) In the end, Michèle's entire persona and all her actions are a reaction to the behaviour of the men around her and her character becomes flatter and less intriguing the more her own sociopathy is exposed. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) Negga and Edgerton make these noble people three-dimensional, turning a docile, unambitious couple with neither the self-knowledge nor the words to launch a social revolution into unlikely protagonists in the civil-rights movement. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 11, 2016
2.5/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) This carefully massaged doc, with its spectacular aerial views of the landscape and the hunt, is a heartwarming story about perseverance and talent - if you believe it. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Park's Handmaiden is a great big chocolate box of a movie in which a rich and satisfying narrative is enlivened by some piquant erotica and the sharp tang of politics. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins's excellent Moonlight is a film filled with bittersweet ironies. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 90% Into the Inferno (2016) This intersection of nature and culture is filled with insight. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) A lyrical account of Earth's evolution ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016) With Canada's 150th approaching, there is much talk of reconciliation with aboriginal people: Obomsawin has painstakingly exposed the official attitudes that might get in the way. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 86% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) A more-or-less successful thriller that can rely for tension on the shadowy setting of a society trying to hide from itself. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) You can empathize with their pain - or at least you can imagine it - but these are not performances that do justice to the couple's shifting disbelief, grief and sense of self. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) Beautifully animated with a delightful paper cutout and oil-crayon look that delicately conjures up ice, snow and fog. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 81% Denial (2016) It is a particularly difficult and complex case to dramatize and this clever film with its impressive cast mainly succeeds. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Whatever the locomotive power of the novel, this film adaptation only limps into the station. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2/4 83% Imperium (2016) As the baddies get nicer - or at least quieter - the plot slackens and Ragussis plods his way through a transparent three-act structure towards a less-than-thrilling denouement. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/4 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) An intriguing but uneven thriller that doesn't fully establish the tone and style that would be needed for an audience to accept its supernatural plot. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/4 53% Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016) The story of a determined quest is always enlivened by insights into the clawing animals, bizarre monsters and sinful humans that populate Bosch's fantastical visions. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 26, 2016
1/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Its few good ideas inevitably collapse, leaving a remake that can really only justify its existence with the truth that chariot races look great in CGI and Morgan Freeman looks great in dreads. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 45% Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) It works, partly because the Indian cinema, accustomed to epics encompassing musical, comedy and tragedy, has a sprawling sensibility and partly because the script, for all its sunshine and sentiment, has actually built to its startling conclusion. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/4 81% Equity (2016) It's [an] admirable move, but not a successful one. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [A] fascinating but alarmist film ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2/4 82% Indignation (2016) Writer and director James Schamus turns Indignation into a minor period piece, a precise but seemingly pointless evocation of the stultifying conventionalism of an American university campus in the 1950s. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/4 70% Café Society (2016) Cafe Society is mainly a small and unnervingly familiar private drama that is never funny enough nor smart enough to justify its anachronistic style. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) An amusing animated adventure full of talking animals that should please both children and their parents. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 8, 2016
2/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) There seems little reason to resurrect Tarzan in 2016; his character, or at least his creator, the turn-of-the-century American schlockmeister Edgar Rice Burroughs, is racist and sexist by any contemporary standard. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 1, 2016
1.5/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Things go downhill rapidly as the movie descends into horror material that is laughably grotesque yet so visually cool it remains fatally unfunny. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) A sequel that betters the boffo 2003 animated feature Finding Nemo and provides more evidence, after last year's highly original Inside Out, that Pixar has finally emerged from the uninspiring years of the Cars franchise. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/4 28% Warcraft (2016) The characters are one-dimensional, but this is fantasy fiction not domestic drama. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2.5/4 94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) [A] solid intellectual biography ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/4 79% The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016) In the end, the power of Minervini's pseudo-fiction gives way to a much blander version of pseudo-reality. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/4 100% KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful (2016) A subtle and remarkably even-handed evocation of what it means to live near the site of the Red Chris gold-and-copper mine among the sweeping landscapes of northwestern B.C. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 77% Into The Forest (2016) Page gently matures the girlish Nell, creating a figure of increasing psychological strength, while the more high-strung Eva, who cannot cope without music to dance to, falls into a despair that Wood makes desperately real. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 3, 2016
1.5/4 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) This sprawling tale trades yet again on cultural affection for Alice, the Hatter and the Red Queen without incorporating them into a story or a design that can stand on its own feet. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 27, 2016
3/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Both children and adults will delight in the way the destruction of the pigs' island amplifies the joys of the original game. The effect is an amusing reversal of cultural recognition as the role of the icons expands through reproduction ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 57% Money Monster (2016) In a different year, Money Monster might just be another solidly entertaining thriller with an admirable script; in 2016, it feels like the movie of the moment. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 13, 2016
2/4 81% Sunset Song (2016) To judge from Davies's uneven and melodramatic film, there is very little to lament about the disappearance of premodern Scotland. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Stratford Festival: The Adventures of Pericles (2016) It's estimated only half this awkward, episodic play was actually written by Shakespeare, but Stratford's smart production turns a sow's ear into a silk purse. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 100% Natasha (2015) A deceptive and delicate coming-of-age piece - deceptive because it exposes a troubling underside, delicate because it does so with a measured and quiet intelligence. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 6, 2016