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Liz Braun

Liz Braun
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 37% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Outdated and idiotic. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women will likely mean more to anyone old enough to have experienced the '70s, but the movie's big draw is Bening. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Filmmaker J.A. Bayona keeps things visually interesting at all times in A Monster Calls. On a storytelling level, he doesn't pull his punches. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/5 31% Passengers (2016) There's so much potential. What a shame it's never realized. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty is lacking in any real highs or lows and there's no energy to the proceedings. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) The reason to see Miss Sloane is Jessica Chastain, an actor apparently constitutionally incapable of giving a bad performance. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules Don't Apply is hugely imperfect and, oddly, seems to be illustrating elements of Beatty's real life and personality through all the main characters. But there's no question that it's entertaining. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 89% Loving (2016) Filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Mud; Take Shelter) has recreated the world lived in by Richard and Mildred Loving for a new feature film made with authenticity and laudable restraint. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Faith and fighting -- two of Mel Gibson's biggest obsessions -- are at the heart of his excellent new movie, Hacksaw Ridge. It's a war movie about a pacifist. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) Fans of Tom Hanks, of the books, or of the movies made from the books will likely find Inferno an acceptable amusement for the usual reasons of loyalty and familiarity. All others should consider themselves warned. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's so good it may restore your faith in cinema. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/5 75% Mean Dreams (2016) Mean Dreams is a coming-of-age drama that evolves into a crime thriller. There's too much going on here, and the story eventually falls apart under its own weight, but there's still a lot to like about this engaging film. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Up for some brainless fun? ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 81% Denial (2016) As courtroom dramas go, Denial is somewhat sedate. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) There's a surreal quality to Two Lovers and a Bear that gets underlined by the appearance of the Ursus maritimus of the title; DeHaan has called the movie an adult fairy tale, and that's an apt description. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Despite some over-obvious symbols and heavy-handed soundtrack choices, The Birth of a Nation is a powerful bit of moviemaking about history and the ongoing issue of racial inequality. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Bridget Jones's Baby leaves two happy impressions: 1) Welcome back Bridget! 2) More Emma Thompson, please. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) It's a rousing good time at the movies. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 40% Morgan (2016) It's not a terrible movie, but it is a lacklustre feature debut for director Luke Scott. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The Light Between Oceans is completely engaging and it's heartbreaking, though not so heartbreaking, Mr. Cianfrance seems to suggest, as the simple passage of time. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is set up like a cops and robbers drama, but it plays out like a complicated western -- no black-hats-and-white-hats simplicity here. It's all moral shades of grey. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) It's a shame. The worst part is that you can see what War Dogs could have been. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Jack Huston is impressive as Judah Ben-Hur. He brings a natural air of noblesse oblige to the role, not to mention the emotional nuance that Mr. Heston could never seem to muster. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It's a credit to Streep and to filmmaker Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen) that you will laugh at the absurdity of Jenkins' situation - but never at the lady herself. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) For sheer audacity, Sausage Party is impressive. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) From an historical viewpoint, the events depicted in Anthropoid are more than enough to hold a viewer's interest, but you never forget that you're watching a movie. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Aug 11, 2016
4/5 59% Bad Moms (2016) Bad Moms is full of bad language and worse behaviour, but bottom line, it's a valentine to moms everywhere. Despite what you've been seeing all summer on the big screen, real superheroes wear aprons, not capes. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 33% Equals (2016) This is a visually interesting meditation on human emotion, and it's too bad there isn't quite enough story to go around. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Captain Fantastic is an engaging character study about compromise, humility, letting go and love of family. It's one of the best films you'll see all year. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Wiig is at her best, Jones is a revelation, Chris Hemsworth is a wonderful surprise in the movie and Kate McKinnon steals the show. They're all weirdly endearing, too, and it has nothing to do with nostalgia. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 10, 2016
3/5 75% The BFG (2016) You'd be forgiven for expecting it to be far more interesting than it is. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Want to see things blow up good? Independence Day: Resurgence really delivers. However, if you like a bit of story to go with all those explosions -- forget it. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) The Shallows is brisk and engaging, and a great vehicle for Lively. The film has the sort of breathtaking cinematography that will inspire you to visit the ocean. And a story that may stop you from ever going into the water again. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) The Neon Demon is a cautionary tale about youth, beauty and Los Angeles, a vampiric study of modelling that is both terrifying and hilarious. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 51% Genius (2016) It's not bad, Genius, but it could have been great, and that's the disappointment. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 77% Into The Forest (2016) In the midst of blockbuster season, any viewer hungry for character-driven drama will appreciate the subtlety, intelligence and power of Into the Forest. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/5 42% Mr. Right (2016) Rockwell and Kendrick are great together, but the movie never quite marries the cute romance and the bloody killings. Most of the time the two leads appear to be on their own in a completely separate movie. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 26, 2016
4/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 26, 2016
5/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Even when the story turns dark, much remains unsaid, unresolved and ambiguous. Four great performances bring the whole thing to life. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 12, 2016
4/5 84% The Meddler (2016) This is a sunny little gem of a film. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 5, 2016
3/5 76% Keanu (2016) It's a credit to the chemistry and charisma of Key and Peele that the movie works at all. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) The best thing about Hello, My Name Is Doris is that nothing gets resolved in the expected movie fashion. The story will make you laugh, no question, but it will also make you deeply uncomfortable, and we mean that in the best way. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Miles Ahead has its moments, but the movie is disjointed and, for the uninitiated, probably bewildering. You could say the narrative has the same creative flights of fancy as a Davis' jazz composition, but that would be a lie. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 90% Sleeping Giant (2015) Everything changes over a single summer for the kids in Sleeping Giant, a superb coming-of-age story set in Northern Ontario. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 52% Demolition (2016) Around the time Davis starts smashing his house and its contents to smithereens, Demolition goes into story overdrive. And stops being interesting. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) The movie has its flaws, but it is nonetheless an intriguing sci-fi entry and an engaging story about family. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/5 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) The movie has Andrea Martin, who returns as bossy Aunt Voula, sometimes dispensing her gonzo brand of sexual advice and sometimes confiding her list of bizarre medical curiosities. She alone may be worth the price of admission. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Watching battle organized at arm's length is a strange and surreal experience, steeped in dread. When Eye in the Sky eventually touches down to put a viewer right into the centre of the action, emotionally speaking, it's a jarring transition. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 89% The Lobster (2016) For this viewer the whole thing ran out of steam halfway through. A general flat affect, mirrored in visuals and performance, eventually stopped being funny. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 33% The Bronze (2016) There are some decent laughs here (especially for a well choreographed sex scene) and even an amusing soundtrack, but there's just not enough story to go around. ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 18, 2016