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Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) The stories the perpetrators tell are hideous, but Adi proves to be a calm and unrelenting interrogator, even in the face of direct death threats. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/4 88% The Tribe (2015) Based on Slaboshpytskiy's experience as a crime reporter and on stories of Ukraine's "deaf Mafia," it's less a social portrait than an experiment in shaking up the balance of our senses: A tale of no sound, just fury. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) There's a funny movie in Trainwreck, but you may have to sift through a lot of debris to find it. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) As dramatically stilted as Jimmy's Hall is, it has an undeniably appealing integrity ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 89% Cartel Land (2015) Much of the documentary Cartel Land, an immersion into the Mexican drug traffickers and citizen vigilantes, is hair-raisingly intense. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/4 56% Minions (2015) With its episodic stream of slapstick gags, Minions has moments of piquant absurdity, but mostly its shrill-but-cutesy anarchy works as a visual sugar rush for the preschool set. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 13, 2015
2.5/4 76% The Connection (2015) A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/4 82% Deep Web (2015) Although it's a fascinating subject, the director doesn't bring much rigour or insight to the complexity of the case. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 3, 2015
2.5/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) It's ultimately a feel-good movie with some poignant moments ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3.5/4 83% Eden (2015) In the realm of disco lights and thumping bass lines, mounting debt, hungover mornings and interchangeable sleeping partners, there's a real love story here about a man and his passion for his loops and beats. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 26, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Porch Stories (2015) Both Barrett and Contreras come across as likeable and intelligently sincere, but the script, like the characters, has emotional commitment problems. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/4 100% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) Julie Taymor's off-the-stage filmed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has a phantasmagoric visual fluidity that emphasizes the play's uncanny unsettling nature more than its carnival silliness. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is imaginative and ambitious, even if it sometimes feels a bit manically overstuffed. And it's definitely a big step up from some recent Pixar films, such as Cars 2 and Monsters University. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World never breaks out of its own confines of homage and imitation. The movie ends up as an awkward, ungainly hybrid: large, but inconsequential. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) Although this fish-out-of-water scenario might sound over-familiar, both the humour and action here are startling and visceral ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/4 No Score Yet Elephant's Dream (2015) [An] eloquent, enigmatic portrait of a city and civilization in slow collapse. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1/4 7% Survivor (2015) A movie so full of ludicrous plotting and stilted exposition that it almost works as an accidental comedy. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 29, 2015
94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Gibney ... has a gift for showing the workings of complex social systems, and he lays things out clearly and in a well-aced fashion ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 8, 2015
58% Maggie (2015) Ultimately, neither the brain-eating genre or the heart-breaking one is enhanced by this mash-up. Like Celine Dion's cover of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long, file it under the category of "interesting-but-why?" ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 8, 2015
2.5/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Feels like a missed opportunity to do a country romantic melodrama in grand style. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/4 44% Preggoland (2015) Preggoland feels like a rough cut of a Judd Apatow movie, similarly pushing the taste envelope in cringe-worthy directions before wrapping up with a rom-com bow. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 1, 2015
2.5/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Joss Whedon shows his considerable gifts for multicharacter air traffic control in a massive 3-D spectacle while demonstrating reserves of insouciance. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 28, 2015
1/4 9% The Forger (2015) Occasionally a movie comes along that's such an awkward compilation of ideas it fascinates: The Forger, a Boston-set melodrama involving cancer, Impressionist art and deadbeat dads, is only about half that good. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/4 93% Ex Machina (2015) A clever film with one indelible performance from Isaac. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 24, 2015
2.5/4 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) The story of the colony's exile and return feels like a dull sermon, but the animals themselves, with their expressive faces and Moe Howard hairdos, can switch from slapstick to pathos faster than Charlie Chaplin. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/4 44% True Story (2015) You could easily imagine Hill and Franco in a parody version, with Franco, like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, crossing and uncrossing his legs to each probing question. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1/4 29% The Longest Ride (2015) Eventful, polished, and knuckle-bitingly dull, the 10th film adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, combines fate, bull riding and some powerful Hollywood bloodlines among its young cast. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) One of the things that partly excuses the movie's mush is that it's a kind of musical. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 80% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) Like cross-breeding a chihuahua with a Jack Russell, the result may be doubly cute, but also doubly annoying. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Cast No Shadow (2014) Painterly cinematography around the Newfoundland coast and a soulful lead performance from young star Percy Hynes White aren't enough to overcome an awkward script ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/4 84% While We're Young (2015) If you've been wishing you could see a good Woody Allen comedy again, you should check out Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, which sees the 45-year-old director moving in on Allen's territory - the Manhattan comedy of manners. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 3, 2015
0.5/4 14% Last Knights (2015) A movie this silly should be prefaced with an apology: "Um, about Last Knights ... " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 3, 2015
97% It Follows (2015) Less a conventional scary horror film than a fitful, disturbing dream, It Follows is all about atmosphere, with an unsettling soundscape and dislocating widescreen imagery. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 89% White God (2015) A rousing creature-feature thriller and political allegory, from Hungarian director Kornel Mundrucz. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 27, 2015
1.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) Not entirely unfunny. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 28% Insurgent (2015) Most of the best stuff is saved for Insurgent's last half-hour, in which the movie goes "lysergic," as on an acid trip. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1/4 17% The Gunman (2015) Like a queasy blend of Still Alice and The Bourne Identity. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/4 25% The Search (2015) The French director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning silent movie comedy, The Artist, is everything The Artist was not: long, unoriginal and heavy-handed. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 60% Run All Night (2015) Collet-Serra (Non-Stop and Unknown), lavishes the story with whooshing aerial cameras and shadowy rat-warren interiors. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 51% Miss Julie (2014) The film is visually bland, with only a couple of bookending outdoor sequences around a handful of interior sets. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 93% The Hunting Ground (2015) Though far from a perfect film, The Hunting Ground is a significant piece of advocacy journalism that shows young women refusing to be mute about crimes that have been commited against them. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 100% The Valley Below (2014) Away from the festival lights ... this slow-burn collection of narratives, with its moody cinematography, original soundtrack and emotionally authentic performances, looks even stronger. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) Outrageous, rude, a refreshing change of pace. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) A bit like a second linty mint delivered from the depths of your grandmom's cardigan pocket: sweet but, really, no need. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2/4 32% Chappie (2015) One of those incongruous Franken-films that's simultaneously bombastically brutal and treacly. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 96% Girlhood (2015) Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) gets unaffected performances from her non-professional cast. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2.5/4 56% Focus (2015) Drunk on its perfume-ad cinematography and doesn't know when to quit with its double-double cross plotting. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2.5/4 57% Elephant Song (2015) A good workout for a talented cast ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/4 90% Siddharth (2014) Simple but engrossing, Canadian director Richie Mehta's Siddharth is the story of an Indian father searching for his missing son, and offers a window into the lives of India's working poor that goes beyond the familiar issues of food and shelter. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/4 100% Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015) Josue's film is not consistently effective in bridging her personal story with Shepard's well-known legacy, but there are striking moments that explore the limits of forgiveness. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 20, 2015