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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 64% Love, Marilyn (2012) By the end of the film, we learn just about everything about Monroe was self-created, which somehow makes the eventual self-destruction a little more understandable, and her life story a cautionary meditation on the booby-traps of celebrity. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) The minute you see the electric knife slicing into some bloody roast beef, you know The Evil Dead is piercing the right vein of genre horror. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2013
3/5 9% The Host (2013) Yes. It all feels weird and just a little awkward, but thanks to Ronan and the endless layers of well-intentioned meaning, The Host finds enough schmaltzy charm to bid its guests adieu without embarrassment. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2013
3/5 79% Ginger & Rosa (2013) It's not an easy voyage, but it is memorable thanks to the careful work of the outstanding ensemble cast and the nuanced presence of Fanning as the confused, but creatively gifted Ginger. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Mad Ship (2013) At times, Mad Ship is mesmerizing. And at other times, it's maddening because Mortin creates so much allure through texture and character, we begin to expect a better payoff. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/5 67% New World (2013) Living up to the core of the noir tradition, New World takes a long view of the human species and dissects us with the cold, surgical blade of a laboratory scientist. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2013
2.5/5 29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) As disjointed and frenetic as a Saturday morning cartoon from Japan, GI Joe: Retaliation could very well bring out your inner child, in addition to your inner child's attention deficit disorder. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet Beautiful Creatures understood what it had to do, and what it had to be, to cast the right spell on its target audience of hormone-besieged teens. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013
2.5/5 15% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) Yippee-ki ... whatever. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013
96% West of Memphis (2012) Amy Berg's West of Memphis does bring new information to light, which is why this somewhat procedural feature is so important. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2013
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2013
2/5 41% Parker (2013) Statham delivers everything he is supposed to, and everything we want him to, but the rest of the movie doesn't deliver much of anything -- except the awkward sensation of watching a big movie with high-profile stars sputter. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) Lost in a dizzying sea of images that will no doubt dazzle the senses, the viewer will cling to the handful of scenes where we're treated to dramatic dialogue and character development -- because they're surprisingly solid. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2012
30% Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Easily the worst outing in an already mediocre movie series. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
3/5 73% Collaborator (2012) A solid, character-based drama that speaks to the disappointments of middle age and mortality in general, Collaborator doesn't let anyone off the hook -- not even the viewer. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2012
3/5 66% Cosmopolis (2012) The symbols are all functional and Cronenberg's allegory for a civilization divorcing itself from its own humanity is entirely realized, but without a potent emotional angle, it's little more than an intellectual exercise. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
57% The Dictator (2012) Not all comedy can be redeemed with gooey sentiment or a man hug in the final frames, but The Dictator makes good on its promise of a raunchy comedy with a worthy message, and delivers lowbrow yuks with high-minded intellect. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 95% The Muppets (2011) An altogether charming, smart and strangely moving little movie. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2012
71% Like Crazy (2011) This movie creates an emotional collage of those moments that eventually decide the fate of every couple. Sweet, subtle and perfectly acted, Like Crazy is easy to fall for. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2011
3/4 49% The Bang Bang Club (2011) Silver's execution lacks elegance or great dramatic structure, but it works well enough to tell an urgent story that defined an era, and continues to define our times. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2011
3/5 48% The A-Team (2010) If you walk into this movie expecting anything more than a chunk of deep-fried cheese poured over steaming links of sausage, you'll suffer a bad case of cinematic indigestion. - Canwest News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2010
3.5/5 75% Kick-Ass (2010) Lurking beneath the flat panels of this adaptation lies a contemporary and sophisticated message about everything from free will to the ambient morality of popular culture. - Montreal Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2010
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2009
A 82% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2009
70% Bart Got a Room (2009) Hecker's film finds a charm that eludes most movies dependent on misplaced prostitutes, bedroom sex noises and male insecurities. - Vancouver Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/5 21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Keanu Reeves was clearly born to play Klaatu, the alien from another planet who visits Earth with a dire warning. The actor's blank facial expressions ensure he's a believable ET, and make this Scott Derrickson remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic a worthy r - Canwest News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2008
77% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Thanks to Imelda Staunton's wickedly funny performance as the pink-suited fascist Dolores Umbridge, Order of the Phoenix presents a satisfying -- but far from perfect -- chapter in Harry's continuing struggle against evil. - Canada.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2007
3/4 72% Fido (2007) It's a colourful and clever recreation of genre that comes at just the right moment, as society looks deep into the rancid maw of death and rediscovers the value of life. - Edmonton Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2007
77% Mansfield Park (1999) A truly subversive piece of work. - CBC Infoculture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000