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Liz Braun

Liz Braun
Liz Braun's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J. Israel, Esq. is one brilliant performance in search of a movie. ‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
5/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a character study, even though the parts never stop moving -- it's wildly violent, brilliantly funny and deeply moving. And so smart.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express is an engaging bit of cinematic nostalgia.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story distinguished by a great script and a perfect cast.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) For festive fun, A Bad Moms Christmas is right up there with coal in your stocking.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 87% American Made (2017) Though sanitized here, Seal's story is riveting; his life was as duplicitous as the country he sometimes represented. Cruise flying his drug-packed plane in American Made is like a weird extension of Cruise flying for glory in Top Gun back in the '80s.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Under an entertaining story of two high-profile people who came to represent social upheaval on a tennis court, the Battle of the Sexes is also a timely reminder of the backsliding currently going on in America.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) Ben Stiller plays the neurotic well, and he is excellent here as Brad; Austin Abrams is fantastic as the laid-back son with a clear-eyed vision of how the world works.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/5 94% Stronger (2017) It's the daily daunting detail that keeps Stronger honest.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/5 68% mother! (2017) This is a movie that we experienced as thrilling for the first hour and annoying for the second; the annoying part was likely just our own longing for a recognizable narrative structure.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) It, on the page or the screen, is a complex mix of coming-of-age elements with ideas about childhood fears, memory and human nature - good and bad.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 83% Detroit (2017) Detroit is an imperfect but entirely gripping drama.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Although Stephen King fans may be disappointed that so much has had to be left out of the storytelling, they will be visually rewarded -- there are many sly references to other of King's works half-hidden throughout the scenery.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) The film is a wonder to experience (especially in Imax), but it's not perfect. For all the technical brilliance, there's something emotionally removed about the storytelling that keeps a viewer at arm's length throughout.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Much is wrong with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but just looking at this thing is such an astonishing trip that you'll hardly notice.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled works at a slow simmer and within the hothouse atmosphere painstakingly created by the filmmaker.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/5 86% Okja (2017) Okja moves seamlessly between fairy tale, action caper and crime drama.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is wild, violent, often very funny and hugely inventive. Wright puts you right in the driver's seat with Baby for spectacular car escapades, but the characters and conversations he creates are just as gripping.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Transformers: The Last Knight is an incomprehensible pile of scrap. Luckily, there's an upside -- you'll forget every single stupid frame of this thing the moment you walk out of the theatre.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2.5/5 45% Rough Night (2017) This should have been funnier. Rough Night is a comedy with a great female cast, but the women were given nothing to do.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/5 84% Megan Leavey (2017) This is a good story, well told.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) Writer/director Trey Edward Shults is a dab hand at creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and menace and does a fine job of showing how people disintegrate under duress. The performances are very convincing here.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) Nothing quite comes together in this crazy mix of action, jokes, ancient curses and the undead, and even Tom Cruise's star power can't glue the thing together.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/5 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie was written by Nicholas Stoller, who includes funny stuff that will appeal to kids -- the name Professor Poopypants likely makes it unnecessary to explain further -- as well as humour aimed at adults.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/5 52% War Machine (2017) Pitt's oddly jokey performance as General Glen McMahon tends to overwhelm everything going on around him. That's too bad, because this anti-war satire has barbs a'plenty for pride, ignorance and the American can-do spirit. ‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) We had zero hope for the fifth chapter in the waterlogged Pirates of The Caribbean franchise. And we were wrong. This thing is terrific.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/5 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's not the greatest show on earth, no, but it's a bloody, scary, energetic two hours at the movies -- proof positive that when the words Alien and Ridley Scott appear in the same sentence, it's cause for excitement.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3.5/5 67% The Wall (2017) The film's close focus on one or two individuals makes the situation that much scarier, the fear that much more intense. And it makes the overall impact of The Wall that much more profound.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/5 37% Snatched (2017) Snatched is entertaining, no question, but in a pleasant, middle-of-the-road kind of way. And from this crowd, you expect more.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's a mess graced by a few terrific sequences, but a mess nonetheless.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire devotes itself to a whole hour of flying stuff -- bullets, barbs, quips, broken glass and other detritus, some of it human. It is complete, beautifully choreographed chaos, punctuated by unexpectedly funny lines.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/5 25% Unforgettable (2017) Unforgettable doesn't have quite enough story to go around.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 73% Gifted (2017) The story has a few dubious turns and cliched bits, to be sure, but it all hangs together because the characters are fully three dimensional.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Low on ghost; big on shell -- Ghost in the Shell is eminently forgettable but often fantastic to look at.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 43% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Violent, crude and really funny, Goon: Last of The Enforcers, works for the same reason the original Goon worked -- you will love the characters.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Anyone who loved Trainspotting needs to see T2.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast is energetic and hugely entertaining, both for children and the adults who accompany them.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) The screenplay is a masterpiece of subversion, laced with race-based fears and notions of stereotype that are played for laughs, but hit home.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall is a big, dull undertaking about 12th century soldiers fighting hideous monsters. It's some kind of sweeping historical fantasy/creature feature/cultural exercise/buddy picture mashup that never quite gets off the ground.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, boring.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/5 16% The Space Between Us (2017) A simple boy-meets-girl story gussied up with extraneous detail and stretched to an unconscionable two hours.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/5 43% Gold (2017) Gold is worth seeing. It's good -- but it should have been great.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/5 45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Outdated and idiotic.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/5 30% Passengers (2016) There's so much potential. What a shame it's never realized.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 15% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty is lacking in any real highs or lows and there's no energy to the proceedings.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) The reason to see Miss Sloane is Jessica Chastain, an actor apparently constitutionally incapable of giving a bad performance.‐ Toronto Sun
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 56% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 90% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016