Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 88% Girlfight (2000) Girlfight brings freshness and enthusiasm to a routine we've seen several times over. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
4/5 94% Nomadland (2021) It's all so minimal... but undeniably magical, and undoubtedly of the moment. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 37% Cherry (2021) The Russos carved out the modern notion of heroism for a generation weaned on Iron Man's glowing breast. Cherry proves how much the Russos have learned about heroes, then it deconstructs the contents in each pocket of the cargo pants called male identity. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/5 87% Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) Yes, it's all familiar pastiche that feels like Kingsley Amis redux when it's funny and pathetic, but there's a twitch of novelty that keeps tickling the viewer thanks to Byrne's presence because he's always lost in the given moment. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 25% Above Suspicion (2021) It's all the ingredients of a Bronte novel, only delivered with all the twang and white trash cliche of a Dukes of Hazzard episode. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 84% Nobody (2021) Ilya Naishuller's Nobody delivers the primal scream we need because it doesn't really hold back. More importantly, the central figure isn't a GQ cover boy... but a middle-aged man chained to a Costco shopping cart on weekends. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 87% Bhaji On the Beach (1995) It's not always funny, its not always pretty it's not even consistently well-shot but thanks to a wonderful cast and sincere direction Bhaji an the Beach is a delightful film full of surprises that will stick in your heart like a deep-fried dumpling. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3.5/5 72% My Salinger Year (2021) Joanna is supposed to be a symbol of creative integrity, but ... she feels a little too-much the sculpted ingenue, to convince us of great artistic sacrifice... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
3.5/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) With Awkwafina taking on the role of the 'last dragon,' this sweet and sour mix of Mulan, Lassie and Avengers finds a wackiness that lets it float over the sea of cliche that washes over the screen from the first few computer-generated frames. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
3/5 48% Greed (2020) We should feel complicit in this mess, but Winterbottom shields us from all culpability by nailing McCreadie to the cross of popular resentment. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 92% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is not a feel-good movie. It's not even a rage-inspiring indictment of systemic sexism. It's an ode to millennial depression, brought on by the ambient pathogen of denial, and the collective will to keep swimming in an effluent of lies - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig shows us the dazzling confusion of youth, meted out in measured doses of mature reverie. She fully absorbs the material as her own, manipulating the timelines ... to evoke a sense of memory and a continuous stream of thought and theme. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The passing of time puts some gas into the film's tired engine, with Marcus now looking to retire ...while Mike still pull donuts in his Porsche and pins villains... but the buddy dilemma, the whole film's raison d'être, gets pushed into the background. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 14% Dolittle (2020) The animals... feel like hammy clutter who literally chew the scenery... They're scripted the way you'd script a person, which defeats the conceit of talking to animals in the first place. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 41% Midway (2019) Soaking his frames in a yellow, incandescent tint that evokes the warm sun of the Pacific and the passage of time, the director nails the necessary nostalgia to take us on a voyage that feels sincere, even as it lists hard into swirling seas of sentiment. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's a pile of sizzling schmaltz by the final frames, but how better to defeat a black blob of evil? Dark Fate doesn't reinvent the war, but by inflecting the film with a feminine world view, it exploits a new power surge coursing through the body politic - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 94% Western Stars (2019) We can stare at his iconic Boss pose - sturdy, bent-kneed, poised like a hood ornament into the wind... but like the music itself, it feels a little too smooth, a little too contrived and just a teensy bit cheesy to embrace on a deeply personal level. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/5 83% Before You Know It (2019) The script captures the edges of the internal drama within each character without asking them to say everything out loud... It's such a female way of communicating that it gives the film a whole other facet, adding depth to a tub of predictable... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) A weak assembly of Terminator parts and I, Robot code strings, Gemini Man runs its program without major glitches, but you can always feel the ghost in the machine. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 68% Joker (2019) The movie tells its story without apology, and Phoenix plays it to the serrated edge, conjuring a modern take on Milton's Paradise Lost, where we're asked to find sympathy for the devil after being cast out of heaven... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/5 81% Judy (2019) Hail Mary. Full of grace. And now, Hail Judy. Full of pharmaceuticals. Propelled by perpetual sorrow, the archetype carries on in Rupert Goold's lavish take on Judy Garland's finale - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
2.5/5 82% Abominable (2019) There's something about the character design chosen by director and writer Jill Culton that doesn't really serve the story. They've made the young yeti into a cross between a slobbering St. Bernard, an albino pug, and polyvinyl chew toy. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) When this two-hour sci-fi art film was all over, the only thing it addressed on an emotional level - at least, in my eyes - was the abstract idea of masculinity... and frankly, it feels like a very lonely place. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The writing reflects a larger, social whole because as much as we get lost in individual storylines, we feel the immoveable anchor of place. The sprawling elegance of the house keeps its inhabitants contained -- together but dramatically apart... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 87% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria's long lens stands in awe of these women as they twist around the pole, shake their booty and manipulate the male ego like so much silly putty. The movie looks like a coke-fuelled night out, but Hustlers is more than a formula quickie. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 25% The Goldfinch (2019) Crowley's yellow-cast frames soaked in incandescent light capture the hue of the painting, the glow of an ancient veneer, and the warmth of a love-filled memory. Things degrade when we hit the harsh sun of the Las Vegas suburbs... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) There's a dark sense of humour that fuses with astute human observation, which means the actors have to find the magic friction point between camp and the last act of a Tennessee Williams play. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is everything it had to be, and yet, like our conflicted hero, we'll no doubt wish it could have been more. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 96% Booksmart (2019) There's a lot to process. Yet, Wilde's ride wouldn't be complete without the full roller coaster of emotions, and to her credit, she doesn't pander. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The vocal talents are so good, the only things you really wish for through The Secret Life of Pets 2 are better lines, a few more sight gags featuring cats and laser pointers - and maybe a little less Hart. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's an uncomfortable place to be, because we crave easy judgments fuelled by emotional certainty. Yet, if there's one thing living in the Jean Grey zone for two hours accomplishes, it's holding up the looking glass to our splintered moment in time... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch's latest film doesn't end well at all. In fact, the white-haired hipster has created something close to a painfully self-aware groaner that stumbles in a semi-conscious daze from start to finish. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 33% Shaft (2019) For those of us weaned on 1970s and '80s television, Shaft feels like dozing off on a shag rug - an unconscious nod into a long, open loop of nostalgia that conjures an entire, and unique, set of sounds and textures. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 87% Pavarotti (2019) Pavarotti was the Babe Ruth of tenors, and with Opie behind the wheel, there's an element of fandom that creeps into the mix - by keeping things out of the mix. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 79% Late Night (2019) ...Because Late Night featured such a complex character in Katherine, and such a capable actor in Emma Thompson, the movie probably could have gone a few floors deeper into the dungeons of our dated ideas. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stearns's broad-strokes spreadsheet bares all in time, but it's only when you start to audit the details that you fully appreciate the film, and its well-disguised emotional embezzlement. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's clever, but like all things branded Tarantino, it's also purely exploitative. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 24% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen has so many male constructs sewn into its inseam, Berloff doesn't have a lot of room to move. It's a man's cut, yet she makes it comfortable by wearing it all a size too large, boyfriend style. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) When the running joke all about "the Peter tingle" - and whether Peter feels his "Peter tingle" - you know you're scraping the great barrier reef of frat-boy lazy, where many a good idea has been grounded by an urge to go low for an easy laugh. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman isn't just another biopic about a rock star whose music formed the soundtrack of a generation, it's an affirmation of the human endeavour - for all its good, and all its bad. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3.5/5 56% J.T. LeRoy (2019) JT Leroy unveils all the lies to show us a shared sense of desperation, as well as a deep need to invest in any fiction if it appeals to, and heroically reaffirms, our personal version of truth. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Sure, there's a howling gale of action sequences and an acrobatic collage of mind-bending stunt work.. but really John Wick is about Keanu's chemistry with canines. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The directing team of Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kolsch are so fluent in their chosen genre, the movie feels slick and seamless even when the story stops making sense. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is not documentary, yet it feels like we've borne witness to something undeniably real by the time it's over. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) ...Think of Shazam! as D.C. comics' DUPLO - a simplified and safe take on what could be seen as the Marvel Comic Universe's LEGO, a well-designed, scalable and interlocked structure of franchise success. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Kim Nguyen's ambitious attempt at an artsy thriller headlined by Hollywood talent drills itself into the ground by betting on big equipment, instead of empathetic characters, to do the heavy lifting. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) The contrast between human love and the hospital environment is what seduced me most of all. For those people who know what it's like- as a patient or visitor -Five Feet Apart does a tender job of articulating the unique experience of long term ward life. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 78% Wonders of the Sea (2019) The Cousteau family returns to the big screen for a three-dimensional dive that goes deep to reveal the ocean's mind-bending beauty in minute detail, yet comes up a little shallow when it comes to addressing the human flaws that now define the landscape. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 87% Miss Bala (2012) Hardwicke loads the barrel with everything any feminist action fan could hope for, but Miss Bala splatters shotgun-style, with fragments of narrative shrapnel piercing every scene, without hitting any specific dramatic targets. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) ...We're scratching at aortal scabs. And like all itches, there's something super-satisfying about nailing the right spot with a good dose of digital friction - even if the results leave a mess. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019