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Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% 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
81% 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
67% 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
17% 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
70% 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
No Score Yet 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
78% 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
42% 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
87% 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
82% 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
96% 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
68% 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
10% 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 (2017) 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
39% 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
92% 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
74% Landline (2017) No doubt, Landline hits familiar beats, and ties up its loose ends too neatly. But I was sorry to see the credits roll. Mostly, I regretted that I couldn't click on the next episode.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) With a second-hand looking production design and ordinary visual effects, it's difficult to imagine this is the movie anyone actually intended to release.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
85% The Trip to Spain (2017) A happy meal with a glum dessert‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 86% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) As dramatically stilted as Jimmy's Hall is, it has an undeniably appealing integrity ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
2.5/4 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) It's ultimately a feel-good movie with some poignant moments ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
1/4 9% Survivor (2015) A movie so full of ludicrous plotting and stilted exposition that it almost works as an accidental comedy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015