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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 79% Seoul Searching (2016) "When he drops the pretense and just lets the characters exist together, Seoul Searching can be charming and fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 28, 2016
1/5 71% Café Society (2016) "Café Society isn't about anything other than Allen's own self-indulgence. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 60% Bad Moms (2016) "Bad Moms may not surprise you, but it will make you laugh. Quite a lot, actually. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 92% Phantom Boy (2016) "A pleasant if entirely undemanding animated adventure. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 83% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "[It's] a really satisfying adventure that comes closest to recapturing the spirit of the original series - and is perhaps the first film in the rebooted series that truly stands on its own. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 95% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) "Yeon Sang-ho's Train To Busan is the best fast-zombie picture since the Dawn Of The Dead remake. It's also an awful lot of fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2/5 45% The Blackout Experiments (2016) "It doesn't look like any fun at all, and Fox lets the "victims" tell their stories in video testimonials, explaining why they willingly go back for more. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Queen Of Spades: The Dark Rite (2016) "Maybe next time Podgayevsky will find a script that's worthy of his technical skills. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Dark Stranger "Trebilcock is bent on making a horror movie - and a rather toothless one at that, with silly CG jump scares and a third-act revelation that kills the dramatic momentum. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? "It's a cute story, but it's the sort of anecdote that could be told in a few minutes. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet How to Build a Time Machine "Cheel shapes their stories for maximum emotional impact, but his film never feels manipulative. Instead, it finds resonance and solace in these impossible quests. The journey is the destination and all that. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/5 89% Under The Sun (2016) "There's journalistic filmmaking, and then there's what Vitaly Mansky does in Under The Sun: a feat of truth-telling so daring that watching it makes you feel like a co-conspirator. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/5 100% Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2015) "If you're into jazz, give it a look. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/5 78% Captain Fantastic (2016) "In his second feature, the actor Matt Ross (the snide Gavin Belson on HBO's Silicon Valley) creates a fascinating group of characters who are never as simple as they appear. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "This is what I mean about the balance between homage and originality: Ghostbusters 2016 preserves the spirit of the original while letting the new people own their interpretations. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2/5 50% The Debt (Oliver's Deal) (2016) "[Director] Elliott clearly cares about the exploitation of Latin American resources by rapacious foreign corporations, but his characters are one-dimensional mouthpieces for whatever point he wants to make in a given scene. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 6, 2016
4/5 90% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) "It's a potentially gimmicky premise, but Cribb and director Jeremy Sims refuse to condescend to it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Out of Print (2016) "As Out Of Print goes on, it becomes clear that the film doesn't really have an angle beyond honouring repertory culture in general and the New Bev in particular. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 6, 2016
5/5 94% Blue Velvet (1986) "You can't laugh this movie off. It won't let you. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 65% Swiss Army Man (2016) "While Dano is terrific -- he always is, really -- it'd be unfair to write off what Radcliffe does as just a stunt. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2016
2/5 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "A sequel that proves the first movie really didn't need following up in the first place. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 73% The BFG (2016) "Like E.T., it switches gears in the third act for a rousing action finale in which the child hero takes charge to save the day. This time, though, something feels off. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 70% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) "Director Susanna White ups the tension with extreme close-ups of keyboards and laptop screens, but her film is most effective when it tells its story through Skarsgård's world-weary player. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 77% The Shallows (2016) "It's not the next Jaws, but it's taut and clever. That'll do nicely. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 91% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) "If you're not looking for anything more than a mild diversion, Three should do just fine. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 22, 2016
4/5 94% Tickled (2016) "It's best if you see it cold. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 22, 2016
4/5 99% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "[A] lovely little study of bonding and healing in the New Zealand bush. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 22, 2016
2/5 43% Free State of Jones (2016) "A well-meaning but ultimately disposable Civil War drama. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 22, 2016
2/5 51% The Neon Demon (2016) "Elle Fanning is eminently watchable as a teenage ingenue at risk of being swallowed whole by the modelling industry, but Winding Refn only seems interested in her performance as it relates to his lighting schemes. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/5 68% Central Intelligence (2016) "Johnson's never more engaging than when he's undermining his macho image with giddy enthusiasm (see Be Cool and Pain & Gain), cheerfully rolling over Hart's bewildered terror in scene after scene. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 17, 2016
4/5 40% Tempest Storm "[Director Nimisha Mukerji nudges] aside her subject's brassy burlesque persona to reveal a woman working to reconcile the various versions of herself that she's worn and discarded over the years. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 95% De Palma (2016) "It's a ride through a broad filmography that, while varied in terms of stories told, always finds room for elaborate homages to the cinema that shaped it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 91% The Witness (2016) "Bill's meeting with the adult son of Kitty's murderer shows how any crime taints the lives of everyone it touches. But it also suggests a much more complex work that might have emerged from this material. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 15, 2016
5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) "Genuinely daring -- and one of the best things Pixar's ever produced. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1/5 0% No Stranger Than Love (2016) "If this isn't the worst movie of the year, there's something truly awful lurking down the road. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/5 29% Warcraft (2016) "It's so busy being awesome and textured that it forgets to give the audience a reason to care about anything that's happening. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 83% The American Dreamer "As a piece of cultural history it's kind of interesting. But as a documentary it's pointless. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "I don't know if Now You See Me 2 is a better movie than Now You See Me, but I definitely enjoyed it more. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "Popstar's not revelatory, but it's an awful lot of fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet I Am the Blues "I Am The Blues isn't a flashy, sexy music documentary. It just wades in and gets the job done. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 1, 2016
1/5 33% The Steps (2016) "The Steps has one great line and one great performance, and it's remarkable that those two things are even detectable in this awful, awful comedy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 1, 2016
4/5 81% Chevalier (2016) "Who these men are and why they're alone together are left unexplained, which is the smartest thing director Athina Rachel Tsangari and co-writer Efthymis Filippou could have done. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 1, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Hevn "Hevn [is] a Norwegian/Canadian thriller that's designed like an airplane novel. That's not a slight; the entire movie is packaged for easy digestion and surface appeal." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 89% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) "I didn't mind spending time with these characters, even when their movie seemed on the verge of shaking itself apart." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 25, 2016
4/5 99% Love & Friendship (2016) "Deftly staged, briskly paced and very funny, thanks largely to Beckinsale's crack timing and Tom Bennett's breakout performance." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 25, 2016
1/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "Every line reading feels like a contractual obligation." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 25, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "This may be the most gifted cast yet assembled for a superhero movie, and it's enjoyable to simply watch them play pretend together... [However,] Apocalypse too often feels like a reworking of familiar elements." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 25, 2016
3/5 96% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) "In its quieter moments, Almost Holy allows us to wonder whether the end really does justify the means." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 25, 2016
4/5 91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Shane Black is back doing the thing he does better than anyone else, writing and directing deliriously entertaining action comedies about mismatched partners battling an escalating threat." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 81% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) "The result is the finest deadpan slapstick grotesquerie." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 18, 2016
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