Michelle da Silva

Michelle da Silva
Michelle da Silva's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Georgia Straight NOW Toronto
Publications: Georgia Straight, NOW Toronto

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) This film chooses to eulogize the abuser, which is a troubling side to take - even in art. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 13% Life Itself (2018) The emotions are there, but they don't feel real. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet This Changes Everything (2018) Dozens of voices, from actors Reese Witherspoon, Taraji P. Henson and Meryl Streep to directors like Catherine Hardwicke and producers such as Shonda Rhimes are featured, but the film relies too heavily on these sound bites and fails to dig much deeper. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Stupid Young Heart (Hölmö nuori sydän) (2018) Vilhunen explores real hardships of the working-class, and her portrayal of teens is heartbreakingly authentic. Honkonen and Ristseppä give sensitive performances that will haunt you after the final scene. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
5/5 71% Heartbound (2018) The stories in the film are compelling and will haunt you long after the closing credits. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 80% Ben is Back (2018) This drama confronts the realities of opioid addiction many families deal with, and it does so with surprising lightness, allowing space for much-needed humour. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Gyllenhaal is captivating and believable as an overworked suburban mom, and the chemistry between her and Gael García Bernal as Lisa's poetry teacher is electric. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 80% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The ensemble cast is excellent, with Patel giving a particularly moving performance. Empathy and emotions certainly run high in this two-hour nail-biter. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Her Job (2018) Triantafyllidou's performance is gentle and nuanced, and her expressive face is often heartbreaking. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
100% David (2011) David is honest and relatable, and ultimately triggers a response of tolerance and compassion. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet A Matter of Taste (2010) This fast-paced documentary offers a view into the enormous amount of work that goes into running a restaurant kitchen, and a glimpse into a young mind struggling to maintain balance between artist and madman. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet LoveMEATender (2011) The industrialization of the global meat industry is having a negative impact on our health and the environment, and [the film] presents this argument by looking at what has changed in Belgium and France over the last few decades. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Eat Sleep Die (2013) There are not a lot of films made about average people leading average lives, and maybe that is what makes Eat Sleep Die so refreshing. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
58% Starry Starry Night (2012) The opulent visuals and special effects in Starry Starry Night are reason enough to take in this film. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Salma (2013) Salma is equal parts alarming and inspiring. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
75% In the Name Of... (2013) While the topic is dark and heavy, it's hard not to get caught up in the beauty of Michal Englert's sun-drenched cinematography coupled with moving music by Pawel Mykietyn and Adam Walicki - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
83% Last Call at the Oasis (2012) In director Jessica Yu's recent documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, audiences are reminded of our overconsumption of the world's most vital resource and how our decisions and actions have deadly consequences. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet My Other Me: A Film About Cosplayers (2014) The overarching message from beginning to end, however, is that sometimes, you have to be someone else in order to be yourself. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Fallen City (2012) There's a sense that political propaganda has watered down the film, and it's tough to see past that. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
33% Dirty Girl (2011) Growing up gay in 1980s Oklahoma could not have been easy, but writer-director Abe Sylvia and the cast of his debut feature Dirty Girl make it look like a helluva lot of fun. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
93% After Tiller (2013) The film succeeds, however, because it manages to rise above the controversy surrounding legalized abortion in America and objectively presents what's at stake here for the doctors and women involved. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Jump Ashin! (2011) When the action finally does start to kick in, it's frequently interrupted by the slow-moving, unlikely love plotline between Ashin and a call-centre operator... [But] Peng and Ko carry the story with all the emotion that a sports-inspired drama needs. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Little Black Spiders (2012) Little Black Spiders is about friendship, love, and coming-of-age. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
91% Girl Model (2012) The film will, at the very least, make you wonder about who the "girl model" really is the next time you open a fashion magazine or see a billboard. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Lesbiana: Une Révolution Parallèle (2012) While Lesbiana is meant to be reflective, it often verges on feeling overly sentimental. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
92% Mosquita Y Mari (2012) While the relationship between Yolanda and Mari takes a long time to build, the path is beautiful. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
4/5 83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) The suspenseful lead-up to the onslaught of restaurant reviews is comparable to watching a veteran robber pull off one last heist, and the ending cuts like a knife. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017