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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 64% Dark Night (2017) There's a difference between ambiguity and frustration, and Dark Night falls on the wrong side.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
5/5 100% Get Out (2017) Peele leavens the message with occasional (and much-needed) explosions of unexpected comedy, but have no illusions: he's dead serious about the story he's telling. The result is a remarkable genre work that stands with the best of them.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 80% Dying Laughing (2017) Comedy nerds will enjoy the stories and be fascinated by the vulnerability of these unflappable performers.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/5 30% Fist Fight (2017) Every cast member gets at least one big laugh -- Nanjiani's is so weirdly great they repeat it a handful of times in the closing bloopers -- and the whole thing is over before it has a chance to get old.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
5/5 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) Seeing Rathbun's psychic scars emerge is far more compelling than any talking head could ever be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 85% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) For a movie in which anything can explode at any moment, Land Of Mine is awfully predictable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 98% Kedi (2017) The larger portrait of Istanbul as a city whose residents almost unconsciously look out for even the littlest among them is heartening in an era defined by increasing isolationism and scapegoating.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2/5 39% A Cure For Wellness (2017) When I heard that Verbinski's latest project was a return to the horror genre, I was totally on board. And then I saw it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 71% XX (2017) The only real question is whether the shorts themselves succeed, and more do than don't.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's the Batman adventure live-action could never deliver, with bright colours and a warm heart. And also Daleks.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Kiss and Cry (2017) It's much, much better than you might expect. And the ending packs a real emotional wallop, especially if you're coming to the movie without knowing very much about the story.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) In addition to an ever-expanding lineup of guest stars, the movie builds a terrific running joke about the way New Yorkers will ignore literally anything that happens around them if it means getting to work on time.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 19% Sleepless (2017) Honestly? You could do a lot worse this winter, and you probably already have.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2/5 7% Rings (2017) The longer Rings plays, the more potential it abandons, introducing an elaborate new backstory for a character that simply doesn't need it and downshifting into a conventional psychological thriller in its final third.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 57% Shepherds and Butchers (2016) There's a powerful movie to be made about the range of lives destroyed by the apartheid system -- both Black and white -- but Shepherds And Butchers isn't it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Hosseini and Alidoosti find the truth of every scene, and their performances keep The Salesman vital even as you sense the director pulling its strings.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent (2016) Respectful bordering on reverent, and disappointingly dull.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/5 41% Gold (2017) Yes, it's fun to see McConaughey stride around as a wheeler-dealer who could be the less successful brother of his Wolf Of Wall Street philosopher king. But the movie around him doesn't measure up.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Told with simplicity, elegance and no dialogue whatsoever, it's an animated fable about loneliness and hope.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
1/5 27% Nerdland (2016) There is exactly one funny idea -- a software virus that deletes all the porn on a hacker's computer -- but even that feels like it could have been written a decade ago. Hard pass.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) McAvoy and Taylor-Joy immediately establish an engaging, fluid chemistry - and Betty Buckley pops up in a subplot... And it's all expertly shot by It Follows cinematographer Mike Gioulakis.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/5 82% The Founder (2017) Hancock swallows Kroc's story whole, seeing it as an inspirational tale of gumption and determination, which makes Keaton's typically nuanced performance increasingly difficult to reconcile with the storytelling.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) If you're into the weird stuff, you should definitely catch this one.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2/5 23% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
1/5 34% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) Like Deepwater Horizon, it's better than I expected -- albeit nowhere near as good as it might have been.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 31% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
5/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
1/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) A dull, grey, ugly movie that takes two long hours to tell a very thin story.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
5/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) A graceful, deeply affecting work produced in an entirely original manner, it's one of the year's best films.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 50% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 100% The Other Half (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 100% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
1/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It breaks my heart to say so, but this is terrible.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 62% Allied (2016) Allied is pretty decent, but it could have been so much better.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016