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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 95% Foxtrot (2018) So much of Foxtrot feels like a dangling thread - a cruel jest of fate without meaning. Yet, thanks to the restrained performance from Ashkenazi, who lets discomfort crackle across his stoic features like breaking glass, we can feel the endless conflict.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) It's a dreadful voyage, filled with disappointment and disgust, but the Russian psyche has a way of turning human monstrosity into art. All that baroque emotion beaten down by years of oppression has prompted a numbness of spirit: pain becomes a tickle.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The wheels never get stuck in maudlin because Mirren and Sutherland create so much dramatic momentum, they keep things rolling. More importantly, neither character shrinks from the truth. They are grown-ups playing grown-ups...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Some scenes are crafted with such care, you just fall right into them, but the overall result feels at arm's length: A Mardi Gras parade with a float shaped like Oprah Winfrey, towering over the crowd wearing silver mesh lamé and sequinned eyebrows.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) Charlize Theron brings a hard edge that is both intimidating and seductive at the same time. More importantly, she owns it. The self-possession is what makes Elaine such a blast to watch as she slithers through the mess left by the men.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3.5/5 46% Red Sparrow (2018) The tension feels a little mechanical, but it's there. Yet it doesn't click the way we're used to because the lead is female, the main weapon is sexuality and the moral needle never points in any clear direction‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Death Wish turns out to be a clunker with a single gear and a grinding transmission, but it's still a Bruce Willis movie. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) There are so many forces beneath the surface, and the beauty of the dramatic design is the way it uses Marina as the constant swimmer, letting us see what those forces are in the way she reacts to each one.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/5 84% Game Night (2018) ...once you open the box and take out the pieces, it's just a matter of going from one contrived square to another. Not even the rolls of the dice add up to more than three-act narrative math.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
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
4/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) What saves Film Stars from the emotional murk is the passing sense of time. McGuigan captures the layers of sediment as they fall to the bottom... The result is something like a sand jar: a million moments miraculously sifted into an unnatural pattern. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The literal maze is gone. The metaphysical maze remains. As growing-up metaphors go, Maze Runner was a well-planned voyage from personal isolation to political engagement. Yet, despite the map, the final instalment gets lost on the way to the finish.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) The medicinal whiff of police procedural helps us swallow the emotional bolus of loss and put it into context. Without it, we'd be stuck at the very bottom, subject to the rip tides of grief, rolling over the coral reef of trauma alongside Katja.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/5 88% The Post (2018) If only there were an Oscar for inanimate objects. The Post would be loading a wheelbarrow full of hardware home on awards night for Meryl Streep's spectacles and an old Xerox machine... Sadly, the emphasis is on the artifacts, not the emotional drama.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) What makes it bearable, and maybe even too pleasurable given its cruel content, is Margot Robbie's unrelenting, unpredictable, and entirely uncompromising performance, summarized in three words that capture Harding's truth: IN YOUR FACE!‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Like so many of Allen's latter-day pieces, it feels like a dotty redo of Tennessee Williams's signature work or a nostalgic, aspirational nod to Eugene O'Neill and F. Scott Fitzgerald. We watch a desperate, emotionally parasitic woman seek redemption....‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
3.5/5 85% Big Time (2017) Ingels doesn't fit in a regular box. Yet, Big Time is a regular box of a movie: a highly competent and thoroughly engaging portrait of a young architect. What's missing is an American Ayn Rand sensibility to give Ingels's celebrity some cultural contrast.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) No matter how many times you scour afterward, the filmy scum left by Hot Tub Time Machine 2 lingers like greasy dark ring around the brain.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Plummer's macabre presence makes every scene darker, yet his professional polish sparkles - reflecting lightness in every moment. It's a beautiful balance, and it makes the movie feel a little more special than your average feel-good fruit cake.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
1.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Reality is something we readily put aside when watching a Marvel outing, but ...Thor: Ragnarok is little more than a grocery store genre cake: industrial formula and A-list talent enveloped in an unnatural green screen icing.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh wastes the riches that surround him on every score and turns the performances of his cast mates into something of a museum tour - cursory glances at masterpieces hung beautifully, but in isolation.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The small town of Ebbing has been ebbing - losing jobs, hope, citizens and a semblance of small town safety. Yet, beneath the scabs of resentment and violent loss, McDonagh and co. reveal the fresh pink skin of survival and healing: A billboard of hope...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
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 95% 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 63% 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 86% 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 85% 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 52% 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 70% 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 33% 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 85% 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 82% 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 42% 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 78% 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 79% 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 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 44% 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 75% 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