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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B-minus 71% Mom and Dad (2018) A high-concept, low-taste movie about virally-infected parents, programmed to attack their children. Cage offers his most exhilaratingly wacky performance since Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B-minus 82% Game Night (2018) A genially sloppy farce with some good laughs and a cast to enjoy. Bateman's "Can you believe this crap?" gaze as, a response to modern life, should probably be enshrined as an emoji.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
A-minus 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) His Oscar nom is unlikely to elicit Russian pride. Zvyagintsev shows Putin-era middle-class Moscow as a realm of vanity, hate and heartless neglect, amid a visual style of wintry wetness and desaturated landscapes.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Kurosawa's parable about the prisons we carry about with us is thought-provoking and occasionally witty, but not concise. The Japanese title literally means "Strolling Aliens", a clue to how much the movie meanders.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
95% Spettacolo (2017) A beautiful, melancholic rumination on the struggle to preserve cultural tradition in the face of modern economic forces.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega brings a real power and torch-song majesty to her character's story, showing how creativity is born in those fearful moments when life refuses to provide us with a script.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
58% Peter Rabbit (2018) Although it's far removed from the water-colour delicacy of Beatrix Potter's garden-patch tales, the new CGI-plus-live-action Peter Rabbit movie has a lot of boisterous hop to it.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) There's one thing you can say for this ridiculous new horror: It finally acknowledges the right of ghosts to bear arms. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Though well-meaning and crafted, the film is also a Hollywood-ized version of history, doubtless the reason it's up for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
62% Hollow in the Land (2017) Where Hollow in the Land falters is when it trades emotional depth for commercial action thrills. The film's second half seems to have been invaded by a cop-show parasite.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) Big-screen military fireworks are a signature of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and in that department 12 Strong doesn't disappoint. Things blow up good. Believability? Not so much...‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) While no one wants to blame people for being smart, optimistic and cocky, The Final Year ends up feeling like a parable about hubris. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
26% Proud Mary (2018) Action scenes have the creaky familiarity of vintage TV cop shows, right down to the music. Even Tina Turner's smouldering version of the John Fogerty classic that gives the movie its title fails to raise goose-bumps.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
69% Happy End (2017) There is something theatrically contrived about placing the extended Laurent family all under one roof, a set-up you rarely see outside of television. And indeed, Happy End has the quality of a deranged sitcom.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Is it about the artist and his muse? A Pygmalion story? Beauty and the Beast? My impression was it was a character study of human duality and the quest for fulfillment. All seem possible without quite seeming sufficient.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
88% The Post (2018) Even that favourite visual cliche of the newspaper movie, the collage of rolling presses and papers hitting the street, is edited with a fresh ferocity, as "hot lead" type seems to be forged into word bullets for battle.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) A thin layer of gender jokes around a lot of recycled Indiana Jones predicaments, cliffs, snakes, monuments and charging animals. Manages to be feel both too eventful and monotonous at the same time‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's a modern musical clinging to antique musical fundamentals. As for the story, I would quote the immortal words of Jumbo the Elephant's stable boy: "What a load."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
71% Ferdinand (2017) The big job of the feature is to add 101 minutes to the eight-minute classic - which Ferdinand does with chases, a surfeit of characters and amusing set pieces (think bull in a china shop). ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Dim the Fluorescents (2018) It's uplifting to discover a debut film so open to showing both its artifice and heart on its sleeve.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
92% Chavela (2017) A serial seducer of women, she had a relationship with artist Frida Kahlo, and a one-night stand with Ava Gardner. Kyi's film does an effective job of showing how Chavela's life was as intense as her music.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The Other Side of Hope is less biting than the director's other recent films (Le Havre, The Man Without a Past) but the droll humanity his work occupies always feels worth revisiting.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
97% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A well-paced if conventional mixture of archival clips, talking-head interviews with historians, biographers, children and friends.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) The sugar count runs precariously high in Wonder but thanks to its overall emotional sincerity and quirky structure, it's saved from becoming unbearably twee.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) The 100th film by Takashi Miike is, by his own account, something of a "mash-up" of previous work. Given that his work is largely about mashing things up, the 56-year-old director is right in his wheelhouse.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
70% Paradise (Ray) (2017) Paradise is a melodrama with a Holocaust setting that is undermined by its gimmickry. The film seems facile to the point of offense. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) The humour is common-denominator: slapstick accidents, macho men kissing, drunken children, awkward urinal conversations, and gross overuse of the Ethiopian famine relief song, Do They Know It's Christmas?‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
No Score Yet About My Liberty (2016) About My Liberty is a needlessly long film, less a coherent documentary film than the loose raw material for one.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
75% The Challenge (2017) Composed over three years, The Challenge is elegantly distilled, each image deliberately framed, the rhythm alternating between meditative tranquility and flurried agitation.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Living the Game (2017) While Japanese director Takao Gutsu does little to explain the intense commitment of the players and tournament fans, the storytelling is well paced and offers some ponder-worthy notions about competitive performance and personality,‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
100% Donkeyote (2017) A crowd-pleasing tale of an old man with a dream, a dog and a donkey, Chico Pereira's Donkeyote is a stellar example of documentary-fiction hybrid.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The journey is fun until you get there... then it's like watching meat run through a grinder.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate, is as heated with ideas as it is with fire in the flesh. I particularly enjoyed Leo's performance as fire-breathing tragic dragon, guarding a treasure that's already been taken. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) Actor-turned-director Francis Lee's indie hit conjures rough beauty from a rural Yorkshire setting, careful cinematography, and splendid naturalistic acting.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Teller is fine in the part, though his movie-star cocky charm undermines the character's supposed vulnerability. Or perhaps the problem is simply that he is out-acted by Haley Bennett‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) This is Kennedy's profile in courage, a film about the connection between the great man and the "incorrigible egomaniac." For all the awesome surfing footage, Take Every Wave is a serious film about the death-or-glory attitude of an extreme athlete.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
6% Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) The anarchic buffoonery is where the dust shakes off. A long jittery sequence in which the nervous old-timers drive the woods at night, acting both brave and terrified by turns, might even rank up there with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
93% Human Flow (2017) The film bears the mark of the artist. Ultimately, though, it is more an activist's than an artist's film, a plea for international co-operation as countries retreat behind border walls and fences‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) More of extended vignette than a conventional movie. For Harry Dean Stanton fans, it's indispensable, a gallant swansong performance, custom-made for the poet-philosopher actor.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Films, unlike airplanes, don't come with black boxes to reveal what went wrong, but there are some clues. Based on a book by the Sparks-like Charles Martin, this is a Nicholas Sparks film with a more expensive cast. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
88% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A year without a Catherine Deneuve movie or two would feel strange, like a wet summer, or a slept-through holiday.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
No Score Yet Do Donkeys Act? (2017) it's the footage of the donkeys themselves - as they enter sanctuaries, endure medical procedures, voice hair-raising hee-haws, and gaze at us - that leave the deepest impression. We can't help but identify with the animals' fear, curiosity and trust.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) Though its story of a teenaged tough struggling with his sexuality is contemporary, the style is low-fi, luxurious, retro. Shot on 16mm by cinematographer Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats has a grainy, painterly sense of depth and texture.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
91% Stronger (2017) Predictably, there's Oscar buzz for actor Jake Gyllenhaal, but it's also a movie with interesting thoughts about what "inspirational stories" even mean.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
69% mother! (2017) The non-stop hysteria grows wearisome and Aranofsky's big ideas feel frankly sophomoric. The Judeo-Christian tradition's sado-masochistic and misogynist streak was a bold target for Luis Bunuel, but not so much today.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
9% Tulip Fever (2017) Tulip Fever is neither good nor terrible. It's just mediocre, jumbled, and neither serious enough for history nor fun enough for trash‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet Blood Honey (2018) A bee-minus horror movie at best‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The heartbeat of the film is Plaza's performance -- the micro-second behind-the-beat lack of glibness, the stilted smile selfie and that feral alertness to threat in her gaze. She's like a combination of a wall-flower and Venus Flytrap.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Reynolds and Jackson are enjoyable alone and bantering. And they work hard to find a through-line as the movie shifts jarringly in tone and skips over plot holes. But it's a lost cause. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's Dunkirk is stripped-down almost to the point of abstraction, a story with little dialogue, focusing on a series of physical terrors - drowning, being struck from above or behind, all endured with tight-lipped masculine resolve. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017