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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) Pattinson's performance is indeed flawless, and the breathless thriller built around it is pretty fantastic too.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) I'm really glad Soderbergh's back doing what he does best. I didn't know how much I missed the guy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 84% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's a familiar premise, but things play out in an unpredictable and engaging way.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 86% Wind River (2017) Wind River is fine, and occasionally better than fine.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
3/5 93% Menashe (2017) The formulaic narrative is made unpredictable by the authentic surroundings and the potential complications of religion. But it's still formulaic.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
1/5 36% Kidnap (2017) Can someone please put this inane car-chase thriller back on the shelf?‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Broken Mile (2017) As a short film, this could have been an impressive stunt; as a feature, it's a waste of everyone's time, including the cast's.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) When [Kathryn] Bigelow traps us inside the Algiers [Hotel], Detroit packs more of a punch than any other film this year.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
4/5 81% The Trip to Spain (2017) Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's third gustatory road trip scores familiar laughs, but it's still tasty stuff.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/5 73% Landline (2017) No, it's nothing new. But it's pretty watchable all the same.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/5 77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) When [the directors] abandon their gimmicks and just let Al Gore deliver data, Truth To Power shows us why his work remains utterly relevant and tragically necessary.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
4/5 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) You just have to accept the darkness behind it as part of the package. Go see Brigsby Bear.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
4/5 89% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Stretching over a century of recordings, Bainbridge draws some striking connections between Indigenous history and evolving American culture.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 88% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip is funny and consistently entertaining, with female-empowering sexual content that will take your breath away.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a stunning technical accomplishment -- like all of writer/producer/director Nolan's films, I suppose -- and also the leanest, sharpest thing he's made since Memento.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) No, A Ghost Story isn't a horror movie -- unless you connect to the horror of the world moving on without you. In which case, yeah.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 76% The Little Hours (2017) The Little Hours is a very silly idea that works perfectly, reinterpreting a story from Boccaccio's magnum opus as a goofy, cheerfully vulgar comedy performed by a fantastic cast of American goofballs.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) I see a lot of giant effects pictures -- it's an occupational hazard -- and I'd love to see more of them adopt the approach used in War For The Planet Of The Apes: make the effects invisible, and just tell a good story.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/5 74% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) It's fine, I guess, but if you've seen Hirschbiegel's previous examinations of the German character, Das Experiment and Downfall, you know he's capable of much more intensity and complexity than this project apparently allowed.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/5 33% Blood Hunters (One Drop) (2016) It's a solid horror premise, but director Tricia Lee and screenwriter Corey Brown stretch it a little too thin.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 100% Tickling Giants (2017) If Tickling Giants never digs as deep as it could, it's still a fascinating look at a culture just beginning to understand the power of sarcasm.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) After a decade and a half and five feature films of wildly varying quality, here is a Spider-Man movie that shows the pure heart of its excitable young hero.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet In the Name of All Canadians (2017) When the focus is on citizens rather than institutions, the project produces something genuinely powerful.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/5 95% Radio Dreams (2017) Not much happens in Babak Jalali's Radio Dreams, but that's all right. This is a comedy of gentle chaos; you just sort of coast along with it, smiling and occasionally chuckling.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 71% Manifesto (2017) Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto offers many pleasures. Some of them are conceptual, some of them are surreal, and some of them are Cate Blanchett.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
5/5 86% Okja (2017) Okja demonstrates that there is no subject Bong Joon-ho cannot make compelling, thrilling and moving.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
5/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) If Walter Hill and Jean-Luc Godard had a movie baby, it'd look just like Baby Driver -- but it wouldn't sound half as good.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) A film about stasis risks becoming static itself, and somewhere between the careful framing and the deliberate pace, The Beguiled tips into turgidity, failing to turn intensity into urgency.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
2/5 78% The Hero (2017) Elliott may deserve the attention, but he also deserves a vehicle worthy of his talent -- and your ticket money.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship (2015) Sergio Navarretta's The Colossal Failure Of The Modern Relationship is a pretty generic romantic comedy with some appealing actors, set in the incredibly picturesque Niagara wine country.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) For an hour or so it's a reasonably entertaining B movie. I just wish it had sustained that entertainment all the way to the end.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Is there a point? Nah. Like its brethren, Transformers: The Last Knight is a barrage of pixels and clutter with no real reason to exist except the perpetuation of its franchise.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
1/5 22% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book Of Henry positively drips with the unthinking cruelty and boneheaded story choices.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman treats City Of Ghosts like a thriller, balancing talking-head interviews with tense set pieces created through music and editing. Maybe the story he's telling doesn't require any artistic enhancement, but you can't argue with the results.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) Does the world need three Cars movies? Probably not. But after 11 years, various spinoffs and a crap-ton of merchandising, Pixar's talking-vehicles franchise finally produces an instalment that feels like it's about something.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Hayek and Lithgow are always watchable, but they've got very little to work with.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 48% Churchill (2017) Cox has the tragedy of the man in his teeth. Would that it had been better served by the movie around it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Mara is terrific at illustrating Leavey's complexities, especially in her scenes with Ramón Rodriguez as a military love interest and Bradley Whitford as her father. And the dogs who play Rex over a decade or so are beautiful animals.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1/5 16% The Mummy (2017) Someone needs to plunge a wooden stake into the heart of this franchise. Yes, I know that's for vampires rather than mummies. But seriously, I'll try anything.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
5/5 78% Werewolf (2016) Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf is one of the strongest Canadian films you'll see this year.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) In My Cousin Rachel, Michell plays a similar psychological game as he did in his underrated 2004 adaptation of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, coming right up to the edge of a proper thriller but never quite releasing the tension.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) As minimalist horror movies go, this is pretty effective.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
1/5 27% Drone (2017) It's a paper-thin thriller that positions itself as a movie about the consequences of drone warfare, but it's really just a threadbare domestic drama with delusions of contemporary relevance.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is good. Not great, but good. And really, after Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, that's all it needs to be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
5/5 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungiu uses one man's attempts to work the system to investigate the workings of the system itself.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) The Transfiguration is a tragedy, but it's also a horror movie. And a very good one.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1/5 83% Population Zero (2016) The stiffness could be forgiven if the story were intriguing -- or even if Pinder and Levin were commenting on the format somehow -- but there's nothing here. I have no idea why this movie exists.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 19% Baywatch (2017) There are a couple of decent action sequences and a nice running gag of insults directed at Efron's pretty-boy looks, but those are hardly reasons to make an entire movie, let alone one that's nearly two hours long.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) It's fine for a bit, and even pleasant, but then you realize that you've seen all of these things before, and they aren't getting any fresher.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet The Gardener (2016) Even those with no horticultural ability whatsoever -- okay, I'm talking about myself -- can enjoy The Gardener.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017