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Kevin Ritchie

Kevin Ritchie
Kevin Ritchie's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NOW Toronto

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 100% Shirkers (2018) Shirkers is a movie about dashed dreams and the meaningfulness of closure, but it's the opposite of bitter or rueful.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 100% Transformer (2018) We only get a few glimpses of what the more mundane aspects of Janae's life are like outside the safe spaces of her home and the gym. Fortunately, she is as chatty and eminently likeable as she is ripped, and has no problem carrying the film.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 90% Studio 54 (2018) Director Matt Tyrnauer gives Studio 54 its due with a straightforward talking head/archival clips doc, but manages to inject fresh insight thanks to an extensive interview with co-owner Ian Schrager.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 64% Lizzie (2018) Under-developed character relationships and a tepid approach to the material fail to do justice to Chloë Sevigny's nuanced lead performance.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/5 93% Hotel by the River (2018) Hong Sang-soo's film looks incredible, but his characters are tiring to listen to...Maybe it was because this is the director's least boozy film in a while, but even this cast of Hong regulars seems to be having a hard time making it fly.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1/5 7% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) In the film's best close-up, Newton's face sums up the experience of watching The Death And Life Of John. F. Donovan: confusion to annoyance to resignation.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
5/5 85% High Life (2018) The results are often uncomfortable and frequently mind-blowing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 81% Her Smell (2018) Her Smell brilliantly - and I would say, empathetically - shows the personal toll of the perversion of punk idealism and what happens when subcultures are subsumed into the wider culture.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Trial (2018) Takes the idea of a "procedural drama" to a bleak new level.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 86% Vox Lux (2018) Corbett's directing style is brisk and ostentatious, evoking gritty 70s actioners one moment and golden-era Hollywood romance films the next.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Grand Bizarre (2018) The film bursts with energy and invention to the point of sensory overload. It can feel overwhelming, but so can the issues at the heart of the film.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 77% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) Such quiet moments, captured in heartbreakingly vivid detail, make What You Gonna Do unassumingly powerful.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 41% Touch Me Not (2018) Aside from having so-called "non-traditional" bodies, both Hofmann and Bayerlein exude warmth and openness and are extremely articulate communicators.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 71% In My Room (2018) What could have been a one-joke movie - Adam and Eve but Adam is super awkward - benefits from Löw's performance, which is both understated and physically demanding, as well as Köhler's rigorous focus on character quirks over the sci-fi conceit.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Walking on Water (2018) Walking On Water entertains with great access to its subjects, but isn't very revealing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Fausto (2018) The storytellers aren't always as captivating as the filmmaker's eye, but this version of Faust is also at the nexus of a lot self-relfection and questioning happening more broadly in cinema right now.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 100% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018) While the film's urgency comes across, its beautiful and bizarre moments also push the doc toward abstraction.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 100% Graves Without a Name (2018) Panh's innovative, deceptively simple filmmaking renders the ghostly and immaterial as powerfully visceral. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 100% Dead Souls (2018) Taken together, it's an overwhelming and damning portrait, but the film's power lies in heartbreaking, idiosyncratic and overlapping details.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 95% Ray & Liz (2018) Billingham paints a sobering portrait of neglect, but to a fault. Despite its artfulness, Ray & Liz slips into the kind of familiar social realism that keeps its characters' thoughts at a distance from the audience.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 88% Museum (Museo) (2018) The weight of history is established, but never comes to bear on the characters. Moreover, at a time when many films are exploring masculinity, the thinness of the few female characters further undermine the film's lofty ambitions.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 88% Diamantino (2018) Diamantino gleefully reflects back this surreal moment when the world is simultaneously becoming more closed off and more open.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 71% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) The central conceit requires suspension of disbelief, but the existential crisis it rips open does not.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Among the film's most fascinating scenes are experts talking through the historical importance of her signature pieces, which is a shame given the amount of access the director had to her subject.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) The Gospel According To André is a straightforward doc biopic full of flashy interview subjects, but it's anchored by great access to a subject who is as gregarious as he is aloof.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 99% The Tale (2018) Dern, not surprisingly, rises to the occasion as a woman questioning everything she knows. The power in her performance is in moments of quiet flux.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet M/M (2018) Minimalism fuels a dreamy atmosphere, but as the action grows torrid M/M's stylistic boldness eclipses its emotional stakes.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 91% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) Bill Cunningham steals all his scenes in this documentary celebrating fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez - and that's no small feat in a film that includes animated interviews with actor Jessica Lange and model Pat Cleveland. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 100% Venus (2017) There's laugh-out-loud comedy, but the script allows the humour to flow from the characters and particularly Sid.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Bing Liu's stunning feature debut explores what it means to be man coming of age in economically depressed America...The effect packs an emotional wallop.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
4/5 100% United Skates (2018) Roller rinks may seem like a retro-leisure concept, but this ambitious film successfully positions the disappearing venues at a social and political crossroads that feels urgent.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Obscuro Barroco (2018) Pure visceral entertainment.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
5/5 96% Bisbee '17 (2018) [Greene's] previous documentaries emphasize actors performing in staged scenarios to draw out emotional truths, and his latest is even more ambitious: an absorbing meta-doc with the sweep of a classic American western.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 60% Victory Day (2018) Victory Day is observational to a fault; its distance from the action makes it difficult to connect meaningfully to those at the memorial.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 100% Call Her Ganda (2018) This is a film that doesn't shy away from challenging anyone's attitudes about trans people and the ongoing effects of colonialism.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 75% Yellow is Forbidden (2018) Pietra Brettkelly finds a gregarious and entertaining subject in Guo Pei.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 100% Anote's Ark (2018) Sermary's storyline is less flashy but more impactful, showing the emotional toll of climate change inaction on Indigenous culture.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
68% Paterno (2018) The Penn State sex-abuse scandal exposed complicity in college sports, but Barry Levinson's drama about the school's legendary football coach only skims the surface of the culture that allowed it happen‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is a gorgeous and scathing revisionist western, but one that doesn't entirely trust its audience.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 41% Madame (2018) The film lands where the tone of political rhetoric clearly is not these days: the mushy middle.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 98% Quest (2017) Quest is one of those great movies that captures the turbulent currents of American life by zooming in on a single household.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Intimate interviews set the stage for the director to zoom out and connect the family's story to the ways Black women were dehumanized under slavery and in the Jim Crow South.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/5 90% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Enyedi's observant style keeps On Body And Soul visually interesting as the story threads come undone. Once the theft subplot serves its narrative purpose, it runs out of steam and distracts from the dream affair. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/5 88% The Road Movie (2018) The film's narrow view, established early on, rarely transcends its gimmicky concept. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 81% Voyeur (2017) The thematic strings don't quite come together in the end, but it's fascinating watching them unravel.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 96% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) ... a disjointed but essential documentary about two transgender drag queens who were instrumental in the Stonewall Riots of 1969.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Bloodlight And Bami has the stuff to be an instant cult classic.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 57% Caniba (2018) Caniba is a cinematic rarity for a number of reasons, but most of all because it examines the topic in a modern context and with a formalism as extreme as its subject.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 74% Mom and Dad (2018) [Selma] Blair and [Nicholas] Cage do a good a job of flipping between dysfunctional comedy and zany insanity in the third act.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) It's as generic a doc as they come.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017