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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 48% The Meg (2018) The script - which barely resembles Steve Alten's 1997 bestseller - mashes up a dozen hokey 50s creature features where scientists accidentally unleash a threat and then race to stop it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 75% Cielo (2017) Cielo is a cosmic meditation on our place in the universe.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/5 60% Dog Days (2018) An ensemble comedy about a dozen or so people in Los Angeles and the dogs that bring them together, Marino's second feature has a big, generous heart and a pleasant and unhurried pace.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) There are few things more compelling than watching an artist trying to coax something out of himself and into the world before he leaves it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) While set pieces are executed brilliantly...and photographed with striking clarity and invention by cinematographer Rob Hardy, the movie still feels like less than the sum of its parts...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/5 82% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) As Shigemori becomes obsessed with exploring alternate theories, The Third Murder finds a compelling, cerebral groove...It's an experimental impulse worth encouraging.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 98% Eighth Grade (2018) It's a modest, intimate movie that contains a whole world - and one I could recognize and understand even though I grew up in an entirely different era from Burnham or Kayla. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
4/5 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) By the end of this gentle, odd little picture, we understand where the man's art came from - and we admire him for being able to find it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2/5 48% Skyscraper (2018) Thurber is content to just go through the action-movie motions when he could - and should - be going for broke. And that's no fun for anyone.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
5/5 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley's film is the eccentric outlier in the new Black cinema: a frenetic comedy with furious rage bubbling just underneath its surface.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 95% Filmworker (2018) Cinephiles seeking insight into Kubrick's personality and process will find plenty of it here, as Vitali spins stories of Stanley's mercurial temperament, technological expertise and devotion to his pets.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace forms a beautiful, heartfelt testament.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 51% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries is a road comedy for people who enjoy seeing that nice Christopher Plummer play a bit of a rascal but would prefer not to encounter anything terribly edgy in their evening's entertainment. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Rudd's easy charm and sly comic energy make a billion-dollar property feel like a slacker comedy made by some friends in their loft, with everyone in the cast getting at least one good moment.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Darken (2018) It's a tall order for a low budget, and RJ Lackie's script is packed with a history director Audrey Cummings can't afford to realize.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Marlina The Murderer keeps its focus tight and its storytelling sharp.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 100% The Unseen (2016) The Unseen isn't really a horror movie at all. It's something else, and I really appreciated that.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/5 86% American Animals (2018) American Animals plays out as a hall-of-mirrors examination of responsibility and memory, both of which are aggravated by the heedlessness of these entitled college kids...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Octavio Is Dead (2018) t's disorienting, and I don't know that it works as well as it wants to, but it's not unpleasant.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The real stars are the dinosaurs and Fallen Kingdom gives us plenty of them.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/5 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Not much happens, but it's awfully sweet. And I'll be honest: after I'll See You In My Dreams and The Hero, I wasn't expecting Brett Haley to ever make a movie this good, but I'm very happy he did.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/5 67% Paper Year (2018) Hewson and Jogia are both very good at finding the small moments that make Franny and Dan individuals rather than templates, and Hamish Linklater and Grace Glowicki pop as Franny's boss and best friend, respectively. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 94% Beast (2018) It's not a bad movie, but it's precisely the sort of middling genre exercise with which we are culturally oversaturated at the moment. And Pearce doesn't do anything to make Beast stand out from the pack.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 100% Becoming Who I Was (2018) It's worth sitting through the film's meandering first hour - to get to the genuinely powerful final movement.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 55% Tag (2018) The whole thing is frantic and shrieky and often very funny - thanks mostly to Hamm's indignant deadpan and Buress's distinctive line readings.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) It satisfies on the most basic level - but you'll be left wondering why it didn't go any further.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Maybe they can talk Soderbergh into coming back for Ocean's Nine. Or maybe, I dunno, they could get a woman to direct it. That'd be worth a shot.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) From scene to scene it's quite compelling, and Collette is brilliant as a brittle artist with obvious control issues.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) A hallway standoff late in the picture is one of the most satisfying things I've seen this year...Like the best pulp treasures, Hotel Artemis is gritty, thrilling and funny.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/5 71% Black Kite (2017) We're always aware of what Black Kite is striving to be - and it's frustrating to realize it's not going to get there.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 73% Adrift (2018) Either the movie will work for you or it won't, and it worked for me. Or, more specifically, the actors made it work.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
5/5 94% First Reformed (2018) In its consideration of the commercialization of evangelical Christianity for an audience that has no time for the teachings of Christ, First Reformed's concerns are entirely of the moment.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Afghan Cycles (2018) t's perhaps a little longer than it needs to be, but I can understanding [director Sarah] Menzies and her team wanting to show us as much of these women's stories as possible.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
1/5 13% Birthmarked (2018) Hoss-Desmarais and screenwriter Marc Tulin take a premise worthy of Wes Anderson (or Robert Altman, or Paul Thomas Anderson, or Mike Leigh) and slowly, methodically choke every last glimmer of life out of it. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 40% Kayak to Klemtu (2018) It moves along well enough, and younger viewers should respond to Ella's arc, but grown-ups will quickly realize the movie they're watching should be a lot better than it is.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's fine, and occasionally even inspired, with a couple of set pieces finding the playful energy a young Han movie should have by the barrelful.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet United We Fan (2018) A cheery collage of anecdotes about how popular culture brings people together and inspires them to fight for the things they love.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) They're all great; it's the movie around them that comes up short.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 94% RBG (2018) I would have liked a deeper exploration of their subject's fascinating contradictions - but RBG is a solid look at a brilliant woman who's helped change her nation for the better.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 35% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) This version of Fahrenheit 451 goes out with a fizzle instead of a bang, but in all fairness I can't hang that entirely on its director; François Truffaut couldn't quite make it work in 1966, either.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy is genuinely great at finding the honest moments in Deanna's personal evolution, which aren't always the ones you might expect. Full velocity.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) It's a pleasant, eccentric wander through the artist's undertakings around the world, contrasted with time spent at his home in rural Scotland.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 68% The Seagull (2018) For the most part, they deliver. Bening and Dennehy establish an utterly convincing sibling rhythm despite a 20-year age difference, Moss and Stall are casually terrific.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 97% The Endless (2018) A risk that pays off.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) It's more of a gruesome thriller. But in its understanding of some very real anxieties - and its willingness to amp them up for the purposes of tension and social commentary - Revenge earns that designation pretty quickly.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/5 86% Tully (2018) Honestly, I'd have written this off completely if it weren't for the actors.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/5 52% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan has exactly one clever shot and one great line, and they're about 90 minutes apart. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/5 43% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) Director Per Fly's indifferently constructed retelling of the United Nations' oil-for-food scandal has no tone or sense of urgency...it's all very detailed, and it's all very dull.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 86% Love, Gilda (2018) Director Lisa D'Apolito does a fine job of coordinating the material and letting Radner speak for herself, confronting her body and health issues respectfully but not delicately. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/5 100% People's Republic of Desire (2018) Its real focus: the desire to be seen, and how that desire can be monetized (and even weaponized) by companies out to make a buck at any cost.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018