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Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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3/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) Outrageous, rude, a refreshing change of pace.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
2.5/4 57% Elephant Song (2015) A good workout for a talented cast ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet King Lear (Stratford Festival) (2015) The Stratford production of King Lear is not visually remarkable, which may be a paradoxical asset.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) A film that deliberately expresses its outrage with religious oppression, offering moments of humour and, at times, startling beauty.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
2.5/4 80% In Her Place (2014) It lacks a distinctive visual rhythm and the screenplay meanders, but it's thematically ambitious, and blunt in its portrayal of the bloody-minded demands of domestic bliss.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 59% The Last 5 Years (2015) This bare-bones adaptation is more of a sop to the musical's fans than a fully imagined movie musical.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
1/4 13% Seventh Son (2015) Even in 3-D and shot in the mountains of British Columbia, the film is a flat experience, with an incongruity between its big-budget ambitions and ho-hum impact.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/4 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Like that camel-hair coat Abel wears, A Most Violent Year is classy and commands respect, but a stronger pulse under the lapels would make us care much more.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) Call it what you like - a modern Russian epic, a crime drama, a black comedy or a scream in the dark - Leviathan is a shaggy masterpiece.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
2.5/4 88% Still Alice (2015) Still Alice is accurate and compassionate, and anyone who has known someone with Alzheimer's will appreciate the film's sincere intentions.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/4 48% Cake (2015) A misguided therapy dramedy that attempts to portray pain and grief with strained whimsy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 72% American Sniper (2015) American Sniper romanticizes Kyle, whose bestselling memoir, which put him on talk-show appearances, included boastful stories of dubious authenticity. What remains is distilled and dramatized, a story of loss, the story of the universal soldier.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) As usual, the Dardenne brothers are never heavy-handed, but also not coy about their politics.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
2.5/4 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) A genre film that gets a lift above mediocrity thanks to an overripe performance by Benicio del Toro as a slovenly, charismatic king of blow.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/4 88% Winter Sleep (2014) Think of it as dramatic slow-cooking where the ingredients take their time to come together.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 99% Selma (2015) An uneven yet generally skillful effort that has probably drawn more praise and criticism than it warrants.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 99% Gloria (2014) Whether you appreciate Gloria as a portrait of a vital woman, muddling through life's middle chapters, or as an allegory of Chilean resilience, the message is the same: Let's face the music and dance.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/4 98% Boyhood (2014) It's like a time-lapse photo of an expanding consciousness.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
2.5/4 74% Inherent Vice (2015) Too often, the film gets distracted with things to giggle at, and breaks the spell.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
4/4 97% Mr. Turner (2014) The gap between the celestial art of the great English romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner and the brutish details of his life is vividly explored in Mike Leigh's tragicomic movie Mr. Turner.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) Slick but slight, The Gambler is an unnecessary remake of a well-regarded 1974 film.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) A beautifully shot, well-acted, and worthy-to-a-fault Second World War survivor story that only intermittently achieves the kind of emotional impact for which it aims.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2014
1.5/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) While the pale skin tones (bronzer is selectively applied) and haphazard mix of American and British accents is distracting, it barely scratches the surface of Exodus's ungainly artificiality.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
2/4 40% Fall (2014) Solemn to the point of dullness.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/4 93% Copenhagen (2014) A well-crafted, deliberately uncomfortable first feature from Canadian-born writer-director Mark Raso.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
4/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) The triumph of Foxcatcher is not in the subject but in its art. The clear-eyed compassion and moral intelligence of Miller's film brings sense to the senseless, and finds the human pulse behind the tabloid shock.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2014
2/4 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The effect of so many Oscar-calibre actors speaking the generic dialogue is like watching pro ballplayers play T-ball.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
2/4 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Over all, the movie is just funny enough to make you wish it were much better than it is.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
96% Citizenfour (2014) The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
3/4 91% Dear White People (2014) The pitch on Dear White People is that it's "Do the Right Thing for the Obama generation," which is both an oversell and a disservice to Justin Simien's witty satire about race relations on a fictional Ivy League campus.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 71% Interstellar (2014) By the closing credits, it seems possible that Nolan himself hails from another planet, and while he has tried diligently to show humanity in a flattering light, he lacks enough inside information to get it right.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
2/4 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) Throbbing musical crescendos and flickery flashbacks abound but apart from some outlandish plot machinations, nothing here is good or bad enough to be memorable.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
2/4 43% Young Ones (2014) In the hot, dry world of Jake Paltrow's dystopian western, Young Ones, the characterizations are as sparse as the desert foliage.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) A movie for the pleasure of movie audiences pretending to be shocked by a story of ghoulish media.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 92% Birdman (2014) My, but the new Alejandro G. Inarritu movie, Birdman, has some fascinating things going on.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
56% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) All this sounds a lot more fun than it actually is.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
2.5/4 78% St. Vincent (2014) St. Vincent is no conventional hagiography but it's the movie world's equivalent - a star vehicle. Give director Melfi credit for knowing the capacity of the engine he has under its hood.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 85% Watchers of the Sky (2015) Watchers of the Sky takes on a vast subject - genocide over the past century - and manages to be not just coherent but poetically moving.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) The night scenes are particularly resonant, mixing humour, suspense and textured visuals. This is the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
1/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) The sunlight is golden, the accent's rural (this one's set in Louisiana), people die, sagacious letters are read aloud.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) A resonant journalistic cautionary tale gets packaged as a hokey thriller in Kill the Messenger, a movie with a message that isn't nearly as urgent as it needs to be.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/4 47% The Judge (2014) A blue-chip cast struggles with an unwieldy script in The Judge, a hybrid comedy, family-reconciliation story and legal drama.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2014
1.5/4 32% Men, Women & Children (2014) Men, Women & Children is as anxious to seem contemporary as any after-school special.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2014