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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 81% We Live in Public (2009) Ondi Timoner gives us a front row seat to emotional disintegration of dot-com millionaire and disgraced internet pioneer Josh Harris. Watching the social network short-circuit and the entire fabric of civility shred before your eyes can be very compelling‐ Canwest News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2009
A 89% A Serious Man (2009) A Serious Man buckles and cleaves and tugs at the buttons like a badly tailored suit, and really, what better metaphor could there be for the plight of the downtrodden Everyman?‐ Canwest News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2009
A 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Serving as an ethereal signal delay, this cobbled-together rehearsal footage brings the echoing presence of Jackson back into his body, and back on stage, where we came to know and love the man as a gifted performer and a musical genius...It's authentic.‐ Canwest News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2009
5/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) Yates strikes a beautiful harmony to make the most of the storytelling and the technology.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
5/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) Sarah Polley doesn't just understand this slippery sense of personal truth, she opens a throbbing vein of her own history in the stunning new documentary Stories We Tell.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2013
5/5 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997) A film that touches on the essence of love by throwing us into the abyss of loss, The Sweet Hereafter marks the apex of the English-Canadian film tradition as it navigates the empty space left in the wake of tragedy with a gentle, but unsentimental eye.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
5/5 86% The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain) (1986) Arcand's chatty examination of a group of middle-aged intellectuals brought a hint of Woody Allen to the wilds of the Canadian film landscape, eclipsing linguistic politics with sex, and successfully reframing the next generation's existential crisis...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
5/5 94% Carol (2015) It's all about a mood, a feeling that leaves you aching to knead the unspoken into a satisfying loaf of thought, but sits unleavened like a cold lump of dough at the bottom of your gut...Carol is a masterpiece, a shining reflection of what movies do well.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2015
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) So bang a gong. This one goes deep, and the ambient whale-like pulses of bass on the soundtrack provide the perfect score for a journey that not only satisfies any latent science-fiction craving, it may well reboot your subconscious with a jolt of love.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
5/5 93% 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
5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is the percussion blast we all need right now, so tip your hat to Ryan Coogler, the director and co-writer of a modern classic that addresses the deep fault lines in American society without compromising action movie fundamentals.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
5/5 98% Free Solo (2018) Honnold's whole being is an existential equation. His only means of survival is to remain completely dedicated to each single nanosecond, and his exact place in the universe. He must Be. Or not Be.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4.5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Every facet of this impressive piece reaffirms the same thematic gristle as it forces the viewer to chew on the notion of personal responsibility.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2013
4.5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a running jump off the cliff of cinema into a dream-state free fall, where you wait for that dreaded moment of impact, only to wake in a chilly sweat.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
4.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's not an argument about Biblical interpretation. This is a movie about how we choose to treat each other, and how we choose to solve problems. Edgerton and the talented cast create a brilliant rainbow of emotion through a single source of light: Love.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Lion King (1994) It's the stuff of classics, and every shred of this movie matches the intent and soulful message of personal growth and evolution, which is why it remains the emotional triumph it is.‐ Canada.com
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Saving Luna: The True Story of a Lone Orca (2007) Whether you loved or hated the idea of an orca seeking human company, the story resonated across generational lines and tugged at something deeper, perhaps even primal, in the human psyche. Because directors Parfit and Chisholm explore this psycho-spiritu‐ Canwest News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2008
4/5 93% Milk (2008) Penn seems to disappear behind the upright shoulders and coquettish grin of his alter ego. He not only launches into each close-up screen kiss with co-star James Franco with palpable zeal, he makes Milk a lovable hero despite all his flaws and unflagging‐ CBC Infoculture
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/5 95% The Muppets (2011) An altogether charming, smart and strangely moving little movie.‐ Vancouver Sun
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2012
4/5 90% A Royal Affair (2012) It's all high-drama and in the hands of director Arcel, every little knot in this detailed needlepoint is handled to period perfection.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2013
4/5 85% Detropia (2012) Detropia is everything you think it's going to be: educational, emotional and highly depressing. Yet, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing's documentary portrait of Detroit, America's noted city of industry, is not a static picture of decay.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2013
4/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) Not since the 1950s, and movies such as The Best Years of Our Lives, have we seen such an adult treatment of long-term relationships in American cinema, all of which makes Before Midnight as refreshing as it is smart, and as bold as love itself.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 84% Dirty Wars (2013) His [Scahill] betrayal at the overall ambivalence of an entire population is what gives this movie teeth.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) What makes Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary about this particular tragedy so compelling is the way it forces us to re-evaluate our initial perception of the whole narrative, as well as our relationship to the natural world as a whole.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2013
4/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) Only God Forgives often looks silly and sad, but in Refn's surreal universe, silly, sad and selfishly stupid is synonymous with artistic success.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/5 94% The Hunt (Jagten) (2013) A subtle piece of moral drama crowned by a truly beautiful performance from Mikkelsen, The Hunt puts every one of us in the crosshairs.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Beautifully human at every level, and visually poetic without a hint of pretense, Fruitvale Station isn't just one of the best films of the year, it may well be the most important.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 75% Watermark (2014) Without a single statistic or news story about climate change appearing on screen, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky's new film Watermark offers an ocean of evidence about how humankind is changing the planet.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) By forcing his audience to watch, passively, for minute after minute, McQueen makes us all complicit. It's the scene that no American has been able to produce because it's void of heroism, and shows us slavery as a mere means of doing business.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) The first movie felt a little stiff, as though the director were mechanically turning the pages, but this movie sinks into your skin because Lawrence immerses us in a pool of accepted injustice until we start to itch.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 91% Nebraska (2013) Removing the colour from the film also removes any hint of contemporary glamour or digitized studio syrup, and boldly places us in new dimension where we're forced to look and listen to people who look and sound a lot like us.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 93% After Tiller (2013) We can see how they wrestle and it's immeasurably moving because they've given it endless consideration and still put themselves in harm's way.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 92% American Hustle (2013) If the opening scene of a film marks the first move of a grand seduction, David O. Russell scores a home run in the first five minutes of American Hustle.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) The Hurt Locker transcends the political slop surrounding Iraq and cuts straight to the bone, letting us touch the hard, bloody reality of war without casualties of cliche or naive acts of emotional heroism.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) Miyazaki successfully immerses us in an analog world where the human hand -- not a machine -- bridges the gap between the imagination and the mechanical reality.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 96% Particle Fever (2014) Levinson's film seems to capture the instability of just about everything, from a large hadron collider, to a helium pipe, to the Higgs boson, to people in general.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) No matter how thin the narrative clay gets in this stop-motion animated piece, there's more than enough faux fur to make you purr from plush-toy flashbacks.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2014
4/5 72% Enemy (2014) Gyllenhaal masters the Jekyll and Hyde side of the job by finding the right dynamic with his foil.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The performers ensure all the apocalyptic sparkle feels human. Thanks to their sense of committed purpose in making it personal, Captain America transcends patriotism and hits the universal.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 91% Disneynature Bears (2014) John C. Reilly's friendly, Midwestern tone seems well-suited to the subject matter, as well as the whole genre, but it's the incredible pictures that make this movie stand so tall, and with so much power.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 84% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Great metaphor doesn't work unless it's airtight, and thanks to the director's elegant framing and keen eye for character detail, he holds a mirror to society and shows us what only a vampire's reflection can: absence.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) It's a dark trip that only grows darker with each stomach-turning twist, but Saulnier brings an elegant touch to the frame that makes the whole movie feel different from your average violence-laden revenge film.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 90% Locke (2014) Hardy makes us care about the mystery of his character, which in turn, clicks the ignition of suspense.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) You can feel the cold. That's the simplest way to explain Jonathan Glazer's success with Under the Skin.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Singer's clever uses of period style and sound... [provides] an extra dimension, beyond 3D visuals, capable of delivering a larger, deeper, emotional experience because it offers context to the endless, chaotic action.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) An inspired and inspiring piece of escapism, this one will get the kids cheering on their feet and the grown-ups blubbering in their seats.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
4/5 92% The Case Against 8 (2014) The Case Against 8 is just as much a courtroom drama, a soap opera and a family channel special feature as much as it's an LGBTQ anthem because it's about people first, politics second and the fear and loathing that lasts without reason.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Perhaps the strongest effort in a long line of Planet of the Apes efforts, the arrival of this new Dawn suggests taking an evolutionary step backward may be the best way to secure the future.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) He led a five-star life and it's a three-star film, but we can split the difference to four stars for a film about a film critic -- a man a lot of us in the soft-seated film community knew as a human being.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 97% Boyhood (2014) Boyhood is the closest we've ever come to narrative cinéma-vérité -- and the results are just a little mind-altering.‐ Canada.com
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014