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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Beyond the thrill of seeing Scott's whole world resurrected in deep focus, there's a palpable absence of real feelings. Outside of K, we never seem to get close enough to any of the characters to really care about their outcome.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
4/5 100% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Dean resurrects Lamarr's whole person without false moments or awkward fawning. The honesty makes the tragedy of her story linger. She was damned by something she had no control over: The way she looked. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3.5/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Awareness is where Frears balances both humour and drama because it's the core of the story, emotionally and politically. We can laugh at the politesse disguising denial, at the court's love of the crusty status quo, but Abdul is the emissary of change.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet At the End of the Tunnel (Al final del túnel) (2016) Though some of the plot is self-revealing and the rest seems to stick to genre lines and the frame of Rear Window, there's still a lingering sense of the unknown and the unpredictable that keeps At the End of the Tunnel on a taut line. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
4/5 97% Columbus (2017) If writing about music is like dancing to architecture, then writing about Kogonada's movie Columbus is like waltzing to light.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3.5/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) There's a stillness in the books, a sense of fighting the advances of time inside a melancholy womb of comfort and safety. It's all beautiful. It's also steeped in denial...the movie gives us the insight into why Winnie feels like Albert Camus for kids. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3/5 87% American Made (2017) The tragedy is all there: the coke-fuelled Icarus, the shadow side of the Reagan era, and our perpetual need to make heroes. American Made knows what it is, yet, by for the very same reason, it can't explore the tragic side. It wouldn't be American. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
4/5 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) aris and Dayton, along with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Fishing in the Yemen), have recreated a seismic moment in popular culture that you can almost feel rippling beneath your feet in the theatre.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Kingsman: The Golden Circle stumbles in a drunken stupor into a puddle of filth, flailing its arms in futile attempt at satire, and grabbing at the cheap straw of sexism in a bid to be more than a crass, juvenile parade of mean-spirited obscenity.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/5 68% mother! (2017) Aronofsky is taking a long look in the mirror andseeing the creative monster stare back at him... it's over the top.It's repulsive and ugly. It's abusive to the audience... Aronofsky is giving us the finger as well as an axe to the forehead. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) The whole plot has about as much mystery as a performance on a pole, but it's the brief encounters with believable disaster that give the movie its winning character. Sure, it's hokey and pat, but Patti and Jheri are fantastic... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
2.5/5 34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) a movie that feels like a candy bar you left in your back pocket on a hot day. It's got a great package thanks to the marquis talents of Cynthia Nixon, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale and Jeff Bridges, but in Webb's eager clutches, it turns to sweet mush.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) So much of what happens is truly disturbing, yet Plaza's mere presence somehow tempers the self-destructive edges because she's unafraid to play the fool - in a truly Shakespearean sense.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
3.5/5 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) It's become the Before Sunset for men...The trio has created a thoroughly modern Odyssey, navigating the masculine soul through the Scylla of ego and the Charybdis of doubt, all set against a sea of celebrity self-awareness.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/5 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Not even Reynolds's natural charm seems to work in this poorly constructed frame. It feels like something self-consciously stuck between smug and stupid - like watching Johnny Depp on a talk show.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/5 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron nails the tone with her RuPaul walk, her inner allegiance to Bowie and an Annie Lennox androgyny that defined sexual power in that moment... it almost feels strangely dated, which is another reason why it's worth forgiving the film's many flaws...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Yet, for all the heroic effort, there is no heroic result.... Dunkirk pulls itself apart on the beaches, in the air, and on the seas. It never surrenders a single strand of storyline so the others may survive.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 85% A Better Life (2011) ...Weitz finds a third character in the form of the L.A. landscape. Appearing entirely Eden-like when we're in the gardens with Carlos, but rundown and seedy when he's in his own element, the city assumes all the dimensions of the American dream itself.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) It's Holland's ability to capture the restless adolescent spirit that needs public affirmation, but also wants to hide under a rock, that makes it such a giddy treat. He's a recognizable kid struggling with identity issues -- on an exaggerated scale.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Kumail Nanjiani's performance can't be undervalued... The comic had to sell us every single piece of the puzzle to take us to a tender place. We had to buy his performance without feeling the sheen of revisionism. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola plays it like a violin, a full bow of the emotional strings punctuated by a solo note vibrato. The entertainment comes from the resulting symphonic effect of all those feelings in the same pit. It's more of a mood sometimes than a movie ...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver winks at our obsession with money and power, without actually winking at all. The film's palpably sincere heart saves it from being smarmy, and Wright's direction keeps the emotional arcs predictable, but pure.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 92% Senna (2011) Kapadia's film isn't just a moving resurrection of the driver and his phenomenal career; it's a timely nod to our increasingly competitive times, as we attempt to restart from a long stall of selfishness, and reconstruct the engine of meaning in the pits.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2.5/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) The scenario is terrifying. Yet, this movie isn't as scary as it probably should be. And it certainly isn't as scary as it probably wanted to be given how many times we see shark teeth graze human skin.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 42% The Bad Batch (2017) The Bad Batch is about the good, the bad and the ugly within us. The cannibalism motif makes it heuristic. As we eat each other, can we learn from the experience? Only someone like Arlen could ever really know the answer, and it cost her an arm and a leg.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) For all the explosions and attempts at suspense, this movie has such a lumbering core of boringly stupid story, it's almost impossible for it to move without great noisy bouts of screaming and grinding metal gears. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3.5/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) An elegant balance between light and dark, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo benefits from Fincher's ascetic treatment, and will silence any of the naysayers who felt the whole American version was little more than a money grab.‐ Vancouver Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3.5/5 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) It's a fish-out-of-water scenario with Beatriz flopping on the top deck while a gaggle of gin-and-tonic sippers ogles. It's painful. But it's also dark and funny the way great social satire can be when it's hitting the right nails on an idealogical coffin‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 21% The Book of Henry (2017) The rest of the plot unwinds in true Rube Goldberg fashion: Some detailed machinations, a few moments of wonder, and a dramatic thunk that leads to something altogether surprising.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) What we get ends up feeling more like a 'dramatic re-enactment' of events more than anything structurally, or emotionally 'dramatic... the whole denouement has an eerie feeling: something that looks like Shakur's life, only it's wallpaper.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2.5/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) There's a fresh mound of metaphysical content to mull over, and in the end, that's the only thing that redeems this somewhat unsatisfying horror experiment: We're forced to think about what we might do in the same situation...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) ...Michell orchestrates an elegant dance between these two characters. The melody is all broody Brontë, but the beats are modern, almost absurdist, as random events and revelations define the denouement.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2.5/5 16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy is a great big expensive mess of a movie. It has the visual ambitions of a Lawrence of Arabia as it uses the vast desert horizon as an existential reference, but it has the emotional depth of a Martin Lawrence Big Momma comedy.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
5/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) I was waiting for Gadot. Now that she's arrived, she was all the Gal I could have hoped for... Jenkins creates a hero who loves without fear. She understands the difference between Wonder Woman and the spandex heap of extraordinary others. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 90% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) His taste for revenge sours. And watching someone move through that kind of transformation - very, very gently, unearthing their own rage and defusing its power- brings the whole purpose of this film to the surface.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/5 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) It's an odd mix, to be sure, but for celebrating a child's creative urge, the transformative power of art and the pleasure of undressing power with wit, Captain Underpants is a sweet brief encounter.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is about good versus evil. On the beach. In bikinis and Bahama shorts ... It's core values served up like a vodka cooler, and director Seth Gordon understood his role as bartender: Keep it cold, and don't run out.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/5 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) n space, no one can hear you scream. But without a direct connection to the crew, why would you even bother? Scott tries to harpoon a leviathan of metaphysics with a toothpick of thought and a few barbed allusions to American culture.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/5 88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere takes every blunt instrument of rejection... and through his face and body language alone, turns them into razor blades of self-doubt. It's a deft performance that possesses the dramatic footwork needed to dance around the awkward mise-en-scene.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 42% Song to Song (2017) Everyone wants to get inside the other, live inside the other's warm soul for a brief moment of connection and comfort. But they're all such airy characters, they breeze through the spaces like so many familiar, almost stereotypical spectres.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
4/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The depth doesn't echo through the entire denouement. At times, the movie is satisfied to simply dazzle the senses with its slick array of computer-assisted action, but even on its own, that's plenty... a candy-coloured shell with a film-noir soul.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The result is a baby pool: a colourful piece of entertainment that does its job, despite being a frustratingly shallow vessel, half-filled with something lukewarm.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The result lands somewhere between camp and slick action... For the most part, it feels like a joyride as the director pulls donuts in the parking lot before making it onto the highway of storytelling.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/5 38% The Last Word (2017) MacLaine sinks her teeth into the limp material with the ferocity of a Jack Russell, shaking it from side to side until the stuffing litters every scene...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan (2017) Stripped of their pen and ink testosterone, we can see them as human. It's not as sexy as ripped muscles and lycra tights, but it's as real as the genre can get without sacrificing our inner child on the cold altar of hard facts and undeniable mortality.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
3.5/5 83% The Founder (2017) All that greasy money sliding around on the griddle of destiny. All that grain-fed optimism dusted with a hint of salt. It's undeniably delicious; manna for the masses...[that] leaves you feeling deep in your gut, something's not right.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
2/5 74% Split (2017) Watching McAvoy play his many parts with such commitment is fun to watch - like a drag artist twirling kitchen knives and live chickens instead of feather boas. There's plenty of suspense and danger, but there's even more camp.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
4/5 82% Julieta (2016) Tragedy has transformed Julieta, and because she is a woman, and because beauty informs so much of the female experience...and because Almodovar is obsessed with beauty... Julieta ranks right up there with Almodovar's best.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Imagine The Help meets The Right Stuff and you get a very good sense of which buttons and emotional thrusters director Melfi is using to guide his plastic model of a moon rocket. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 85% Lion (2016) ...This story of a small boy lost in a sprawling land finds truly epic proportions, not because it's trying to go big, but exactly the opposite: it's determined to find meaning in the beings, things and feelings we often deem too small to matter.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016