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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 55% 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 16% 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 74% 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 20% 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 17% 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 88% 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 15% 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 91% 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 18% 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 67% 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 89% 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 43% 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 44% 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 75% 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 37% 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 76% 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 83% 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 93% 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 86% 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
2/5 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Every illustrated chapter of fantastical bestial behaviour interrupts the other half of the movie, resulting in a milk run of a narrative - stopping every few minutes to take on new creatures and offer cute bits of visual.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
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
3.5 73% Trolls (2016) It's like someone dropped a tab and walked through Toys R Us, started an existential conversation with a Troll doll, then totally tripped out at Michaels in the middle of the scrapbooking department. Fun. Right? But also weird...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) You can't argue with war, but there's a sense of Gibson's Braveheart-styled bloodlust that frames every scene, holding a primal - stifled - yell. Throw Andrew Garfield's spongemop of a screen presence in there, and the whole thing borders on absurd...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 22% Inferno (2016) As in all the Dan Brown books, the larger story arc isn't really the attraction. It's the little history lessons along the way that create the engagement.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) An actor who doesn't seem to act as much as produce sexy moments for himself to inhabit on-screen, Cruise's performance value is a function of the larger brand - sort of like Donald Trump, only with better hair, makeup and writers ...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/5 20% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Moronic set-ups sap the fun factor... yet, Keeping Up with the Joneses still functions because it delivers something we continue to crave on the carousel, where the Kardashians and Joneses of the world will always be on the horse ahead of ours.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Violent (2014) There's no doubt Violent is a deep dive of a drama that leaves a chill, but it's also a profoundly beautiful story that teeters on the edge of genius without even trying because it bypasses language and speaks straight to the soul.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
3.5/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck as an autistic savant plagued by homicidal tendencies not only works a wicked magic, it feels like the franchise character the lumbering Beantowner was born to play - if only because he's emotionally inaccessible.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is not a great movie. Ironically, this story about a rebel slave... is a collection of every Hollywood cliché roped and gagged in the service of a subversive story. In fact, it suffers from the very same syndrome as its central hero.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton.. is at home in the mustiness that makes up Miss Peregrine's charm. He sinks his teeth into the Second World War period design and unleashes Eva Green, typically cast on the sinister side, into a world of sexy subversive heroines.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
3.5/5 44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) Dolan stares into the eyes of each character long enough to make us conscious of something they are trying to hide, whether it's unspoken love or simmering hate... that's why his films are often as annoying as they are enlightening and inspirational.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
1.5/5 63% Storks (2016) It's all so colourful and action-packed, it's easy to lose yourself in the empty distraction of it all. But that's just Storkholm Syndrome: when you regain your wits on your way out of the theatre, you'll realize Storks didn't fly at all.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 86% Sully (2016) Tom Hanks has enough emotional charisma to keep Clint Eastwood's hero conventions in the air, but this cinematic salute to Chesley Sullenberger's heroism loses thrust.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 39% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) Part of the successful detour around the plot potholes is the moody location. Shot in Vancouver, the film is steeped in gray tones that play well to the film's moral ambiguity...dark, heavy and basted in autumnal palettes that scream "Fall!"‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2.5/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The movie falls off the cliff of melodrama by the midway point, and unless you decide to walk out, you're going to follow this scenic heap of sunsets and moody ocean shots as it wails on its laborious descent.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3.5/5 65% Anthropoid (2016) War doesn't really give people choices. Free will feels like a bourgeois concept when you're trying to survive, and Ellis gets all that, pushing his two leads into corners that don't always lead to flattering, inspirational actions.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Fear of abandonment, a yearning for praise, a budding sense of self and a burning desire for love are all neatly folded into this stylish piece of cinematic origami. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 82% Equity (2016) There's something square and flat about the frames, keeping everyone inside the invisible grid, locked down to the same set of reduced human values. It's an ugly world, and Menon captures it on an emotional and visual level. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) Our desire to believe in the magical burns bright in childhood, but it's a fire that experience in a frequently cruel world eventually snuffs out. Pete's Dragon has enough charm to rekindle that flame. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) Lerman and Letts create a dramatic dance full of theatrical flourishes and comic beats, igniting the fireworks for a grand finale. But for all the sweaty moments and resentful glares, Schamus never cooks up a crockpot of stewing outrage.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016