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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Even if you watch it on your phone, there's an integrity and a weight to the thing that lingers long after the last page is turned. And a couple of awfully catchy songs.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 56% Outlaw King (2018) As the film grinds on, with Robert and his men moving from one grim battle to the next, it becomes apparent that Mackenzie's only interested in the fighting. All the character work established in the first half is just discarded...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 80% Overlord (2018) It could have been a little tighter, and I kinda question the wisdom of releasing this on Remembrance Day weekend, but if you're looking for chaos, explosions, goop and machismo, Overlord has all of those things by the bucketload.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The scale of the story is still ludicrous, with a simple hacking job turning into a race to save the world from nuclear annihilation...but when Alvarez finds the right gear, it's enjoyably so.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 80% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) For my own part, I was fascinated. It's a film I never thought I'd get to see, and the opportunity to spend two more hours in the company of Welles is invaluable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Take Light (2018) There's a lot to take in, and Nakhai and DOP/editor Rich Williamson let it all flow elegantly, tying data to human stories rather than cold statistics.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Contradictions. All I know for sure is that Queen was a magnificent band, Freddie Mercury had an incredible voice, and Radio Ga Ga is still a banger. I knew those things going into Bohemian Rhapsody, but it was nice to see it confirmed.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 62% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a gentle drift through some unsettling ideas about gender, destiny and evil that intellectualizes them into abstractions. It's interesting, sure, and occasionally quite striking... but it's never as upsetting as it wants to be, or as profound.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 98% Science Fair (2018) Crisply edited, brightly scored and always open to capturing little flashes of idiosyncrasy, this is exactly the sort of movie we need in this awful anti-intellectual moment.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 88% What They Had (2018) A well-made movie with a cast of fine actors giving strong performances. It's a sensitive treatment of an important issue. And yet, in the end, it just sort of sits there, unable to distinguish itself among all the other projects about dementia...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 61% Bel Canto (2018) Stick with Bel Canto, even through the sluggish parts, and you'll find it knows exactly what it's doing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 88% Room For Rent (2017) Let's not kid ourselves: this is Little and Gelman's picture all the way.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 36% Hunter Killer (2018) The constant agitation and bone-deep respect for all things military is straight out of Clancy's playbook, but there's no Jack Ryan figure to humanize it all...There's very little to hold on to. For the most part, we just watch a lot of gears grind...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) This is a movie that tries very, very hard to be authentic and pure and true, and that's the problem: it won't stop trying.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 59% The New Romantic (2018) The New Romantic mixes prickly comedy with incisive character moments, fully aware of the disconnect between Blake's impossible expectations and the lives of everyone else around her.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 61% The Oath (2018) It's an ideal release for the election season. Just be prepared to grind your teeth through some of it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/5 88% Knuckleball (2018) Nothing about this execution is terribly interesting except maybe the wintry Alberta locations.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) ...a real disappointment. After the undiluted pop delirium of The Cabin In The Woods, it's almost shockingly stiff as a drama, over-promising and under-delivering almost from the first frames.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Behind the Curve (2018) Unlike a few other films about people who hold questionable beliefs, Behind The Curve is a remarkably clear-eyed look at the Flat Earth movement.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2008) This feels a lot like a swan song, with everything wrapped up in a nice little package. Maybe that's for the best.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Crown and Anchor (2018) While you can pretty much tell where Crown And Anchor is going from the first scenes, it plays out with power and purpose.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's Out Of Sight without the edge or the passion.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Above the Law (Tueurs) (2017) From first to last, Above The Law revels in chases and robberies and explosions and more chases, the generic bang-bang given an intriguing level of lived-in detail...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom is a godawful mess, really...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 83% My Generation (2017) My Generation is a charming little diversion.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 94% Pecking Order (2017) If you think anything to do with chickens is automatically funny, you'll have a ball, but personally, I found director Slavko Martinov's cutesy musical choices and winking tone more than a little wearying.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
2/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Not his best effort...it's like Moore's even forgotten why he got into this business in the first place.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Ghost Fleet (2018) Waldron shoots it like a lustrous nightmare - this is one of the best-looking docs I've seen since Danfung Dennis's Hell And Back Again.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 100% The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) What I didn't expect was how oddly sweet it is, and how Dassani's warmth makes Surya more idealistic dope than hapless fool.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 90% Green Book (2018) Like I said, there's never any doubt where Green Book is heading, and director Farrelly - who shares script credit with Tony's son Nick and Brian Hayes Currie - makes sure it gets there as smoothly as possible.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 88% The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) When you're ready to dismiss the movie as toothless and gimmicky, The Truth About Killer Robots looks at actual killer robots...those segments are truly disquieting.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 70% Hold the Dark (2018) Blair and Saulnier render Giraldi's plot as a jumble of disquieting images and inexplicable character choices.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 71% Maya (2018) Maya is the first real stumble for writer/director Hansen-Løve.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor may not be a great movie, but it's never less than watchable and sometimes very funny.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 92% Mandy (2018) Pretty cool, though I'm not sure the film has a life beyond a cult object. The slow pacing works against the suffocating intensity...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle and Ryan Gosling follow the exuberance of La La Land with a project both bigger and smaller. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 88% Driven (2018) It's a perfectly cromulent crime-doesn't-pay narrative, elevated slightly by director Hamm's unapologetic love of period kitsch and engaging performances from Sudeikis, Judy Greer and Corey Stoll.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 29% Farming (2018) It's a hell of a story, but left me feeling that Akinnuoye-Agbaje - who also appears as his own father, and performs roughly half of the songs on the soundtrack - was perhaps too close to the subject to tell it with the clarity it demands.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 33% A Million Little Pieces (2018) It's well-acted and -directed, but it's also completely familiar - which is frustrating, because we know there's a better story just outside the frame.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Clara (2018) Working in a kind of cosmic Cameron Crowe mode, writer/director Sherman tries to mix the manic-pixie-dream-girl genre with some considerably weightier themes, placing the elements of his big climactic revelation carefully.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 71% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The Hummingbird Project rolls along entirely on its leads' awkward rapport. Eisenberg filters most of the story's stress through his usual fast-talking hustler thing...while Skarsgård takes the more broadly comic role as a fussy genius.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 58% American Dharma (2018) Morris does a fine job of capturing that behaviour over and over again, revealing his subject as a nihilist who insists he's a liberator.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Splinters (2018) The movie is best when he steps back and lets Banzhaf hold the screen.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet The Great Darkened Days (La grande noirceur) (2018) It's an ungodly mess: the kind of movie where someone dances blissfully in the desert to Everybody Hurts for a minute and a half, and you want to set the theatre on fire as your own act of defiance. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo) (2018) A radical recut could bring it all into focus, but as it is The Sweet Requiem falls flat.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) (2018) It's not a novel premise, but Pilote delivers the requisite insights and atmosphere in an engaging way, and his two leads are simply terrific. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Vice of Hope (Il vizio della speranza) (2018) Turco gives the movie a strong centre, but de Angelis isn't terribly interested in her performance; he just wants to push Maria further down in the muck. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) If this movie doesn't have the immediate, intimate power of Moonlight, it feels just as accomplished. It's got a weight to it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 71% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) The dialogue crackles, the characters are well-defined, and the actors smartly cast - especially Dale, whose coiled, crafty vibe is ideally suited to the role of a former police interrogator.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet The Lie (2018) Sarsgaard and Enos are exceptional actors, but as with The Killing, Sud's focus on character over plot gradually tips The Lie into preposterousness - and the plot of We Monsters strained credulity in the first place.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018