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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 No Score Yet Searchers (Maliglutit) (2016) The material is culturally relevant and the mirror-image storytelling ingenious. But this would be little more than a thought experiment if the filmmaking weren't so immediate and compelling. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) If you're into the weird stuff, you should definitely catch this one. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 13, 2017
2/5 24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) It's not a good movie, exactly, and there are certainly better horror films around... But if you want to waste an hour and a half jumping at shadows, The Bye Bye Man will certainly do the job. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 13, 2017
1/5 32% Live By Night (2017) It's 129 minutes long and feels twice that, draining the life out of actors as lively as Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning and Zoe Saldana. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/5 33% Mostly Sunny (2016) Leone is comfortable in front of the camera and has some intriguing things to say about the cultural treatment of sexuality in India, but you can feel Mehta straining to get Mostly Sunny to feature length. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 78% Patriots Day (2017) Like Deepwater Horizon, it's better than I expected -- albeit nowhere near as good as it might have been. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 100% The Stairs (2016) Filmed over the course of five years, and letting people tell their own stories in their own words, The Stairs is a work with deep compassion for those who've made their way back from the depths of addiction. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 32% Railroad Tigers (2017) Railroad Tigers is a tonal mess that never figures out a way to reconcile its serious subject matter with the wacky-fun-times vibe Chan and company are putting out. Much of the film just feels off. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 5, 2017
5/5 83% Silence (2017) Like most of Scorsese's oeuvre, Silence explores the link between physical suffering and spiritual conviction, but this time he seems willing to consider a darker question: not "What if it's all for nothing?" but "How will we know?" ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 4, 2017
1/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) A dull, grey, ugly movie that takes two long hours to tell a very thin story. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 21, 2016
1/5 31% Passengers (2016) The most frustrating thing about Passengers is that it actually could have been better. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 21, 2016
5/5 100% Cameraperson (2016) A graceful, deeply affecting work produced in an entirely original manner, it's one of the year's best films. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/5 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Nicolas Pesce's feature debut takes a rural horror story and executes it in an intellectualized, austere fashion. You can appreciate exactly how well-made it is even as the dread piles on top of you like a blanket. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 70% Sing (2016) For a while, its sheer immensity-- and the chutzpah of its American Animal Idol conceit -- will keep you watching just to see how many plates director/writer Jennings can set to spinning. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) When you realize where it's all been heading -- ending on a moment that's as transcendent as anything in 40 years of the franchise -- you'll be so, so happy. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane has Jessica Chastain goosing it to life with a fascinating performance. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/5 40% Sadie's Last Days on Earth (2016) Sadie's Last Days On Earth gets more things right than it misses. Its pessimistic comedy is layered with genuine feeling. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 7, 2016
5/5 100% Tampopo (1985) There's so much more to this movie than the storyline. Tampopo is a manic celebration of pleasure in every imaginable form, from the gustatory to the carnal. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 40% Lovesick (2016) Shot in an appealingly undisguised Winnipeg, the romantic comedy Lovesick is a passable debut from Winnipeg writer/director Tyson Caron, even if it's utterly undistinguished in its story and its vision. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Quebec My Country Mon Pays (2016) John Walker looks at the history of Quebec's distinct society in a quietly personal documentary. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 100% The Other Half (2016) It's an impressionistic, experiential drama, situating us with its characters in bars and clubs and rooms and beds and letting us see how they are together as they find comfort and strength in each other's broken places. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 64% Antibirth (2016) Horror movies are all about tone, and Antibirth has one I'm not sure I've ever encountered before. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Theater of Life (2016) This is an involving process documentary that's also a deeply satisfying story of kindness -- which suits the holiday season nicely. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 80% Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) She's a terrific subject, and Zevgetis has crafted a film that is, much like Michelle herself, a lot more complex than it might initially seem. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Celtic Soul (2016) Riffing on the intimate two-men-in-a-car approach of The Trip and The Trip To Italy without the metafictional touches, Celtic Soul is a charming if lightweight venture -- which, honestly, we kinda need right now. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) It's a playful, self-aware delight from beginning to end, a cinematic Broadway musical from John Musker and Ron Clements, who perfected the form in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 22, 2016
1/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It breaks my heart to say so, but this is terrible. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) Allied is pretty decent, but it could have been so much better. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Birdwatcher (2015) It looks really nice and offers some solid performances. That's about the best I can say. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Okay, so maybe Kelly Fremon Craig's The Edge Of Seventeen isn't the second coming of the teen movie. But it's well-observed and even touching, and those are never bad qualities. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Does it work as an ordinary movie? Not really. But I'm not sure it'll work in HFR either. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 16, 2016
1/5 3% Shut In (2016) This is a terrible, terrible, terrible movie. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is to the Harry Potter franchise what The Phantom Menace was to Star Wars. And that does not bode well. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Age of Consequences (2017) The only thing worse than a bad movie is a bad movie that thinks it's good for you. The Age Of Consequences is one of those. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 9, 2016
5/5 89% Do Not Resist (2016) This is a sad, sickening portrait of modern America -- and one of the most important docs you'll see this year. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) The Eagle Huntress takes a great story and turns it into a movie that's just okay. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/5 43% Lavender (2016) [Cornish gives] a great performance, and it's disappointing that the movie around her isn't worthy of it. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 80% Rush: Time Stand Still (2016) Rockumentaries are a dime a dozen these days, but there's always going to be something special about a Rush movie. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 2, 2016
1/5 50% The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016) I think Palast and Ambrose hope to appeal to attention-deficient millennials, but their reference points are decades out of date. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange fulfills the requirements of a Marvel origin story while feeling wonderfully unencumbered by any of the franchise maintenance that handicapped Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) [While] Oasis: Supersonic is simply a record of a band that got really big and then broke up... director Mat Whitecross does deserve credit for digging into the truly awful domestic situation that forged the brothers' contentious personalities. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) If all you want is a chase movie punctuated by gunfire, puzzle-solving and at least one twist per character, Inferno is that. But I can't say I was ever on the edge of my seat. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 26, 2016
4/5 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) If you adjust to the movie's unusual rhythms and submit to director Hara (whose credits include the similarly singular Colourful), you'll find yourself having a lovely, quietly soulful experience. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/5 100% The Violin Teacher (Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos) (2015) For most of [the first] hour, The Violin Teacher seems as obvious as its title, but then Machado reminds us we're in present-day Brazil, not a Disney movie. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 26, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher is a movie that's exclusively about how awesome Tom Cruise is; there's no reason for anyone else to try to shine. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/.5 86% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) If it all feels a little familiar, that's because Labyrinth Of Lies covered much of the same ground last year, if not nearly as well. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Keeping Up With The Joneses is smarter and funnier than it needs to be for a studio action-comedy. That's something, these days. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) It's just plain gorgeous. Don't wait for Netflix, see this on a big screen. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 75% Yarn (2016) Yarn is a charming if superficial look at the state of crafting around the world, as represented by four very different artists who work in knitting and crochet. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 88% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) The legal machinations are less interesting than the Sung family's refusal to be scapegoated. As James follows their case through the courts, his movie turns into a crackling family drama. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 14, 2016