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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 29% Mobile Homes (2017) Poots gives it her best shot, playing Ali as a woman who's spent far too long staying one step ahead of the consequences she knows are coming, but there's nothing to Mobile Homes that merits the effort.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 39% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty takes some really interesting ideas about insecurity and empowerment and buries them in a high-concept, low-yield comedy with a constant, unavoidable buzz of wrongness. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) It's fun, it's noisy, it has giant monsters pounding their way through a city and each other. Like I said, it knows what it is.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 68% Finding Your Feet (2018) Leonard and Moorcroft's script is utterly mechanical, and Richard Loncraine seems content to shoot it as is. But he also gives his cast space to find the authentic souls of their lonely characters, and thus invest the movie with emotional texture.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's masterful work from one of the best actors of his generation.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Abu (2017) While some questions remain unanswered by the end, it's still a fascinating look at navigating various cultures. And the final moments are exquisite.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 78% Beirut (2018) Jon Hamm demonstrates why he's one of the most purely watchable film actors working today...a very pleasant surprise.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 47% Allure (2018) By any other name it's an undercooked psychodrama that makes bad narrative choices and wastes two fine performances. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 82% Blockers (2018) The concept is clever and the cast is gifted, but the film feels rushed and frenzied.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
5/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Captivating from the first frames and ingenious in its design, Isle Of Dogs is as glorious and layered as Anderson's last live-action venture, The Grand Budapest Hotel.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 79% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh - operating as his own cinematographer and editor - keeps it watchable and interesting throughout, shooting on an iPhone for a flattened, slightly unrealistic look and letting Foy play the entire range of Sawyer's experience.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/5 52% Flower (2018) The actors are all doing their best to give emotional coherence to a messy script that swerves all over the place in terms of logic and motivation, but they're fighting an impossible battle.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/5 34% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Slowly but surely, the movie's grace notes slip away as surely as its agency.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) The action sequences are solid, the puzzles and traps are complicated but credible, and the Junkie XL score is lively throughout. It's no masterpiece, but it could have been so much worse.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 22% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) It boasts a strong international cast doing its best to keep an occasionally tense but too often turgid historical thriller from playing like a poor man's version of Steven Spielberg's Munich.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 15% Dear Dictator (2018) A movie like this needs to commit to its craziness or play things absolutely straight, and Addario and Syracuse want to have it both ways. As a result, Dear Dictator is betrayed by a lack of ideological purity.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/5 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It works, but it's cold. All the while I was watching Thoroughbreds, I felt removed from it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/5 40% Gringo (2018) Not every movie needs to be an instant classic. Sometimes all you need is a pleasant diversion. Hopefully we won't have to wait another decade for Edgerton's third feature.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 57% Juggernaut (2018) Every line reads as if it were still on the page; every characterization is one-dimensional and unbending. At 90 minutes, the stilted dialogue might feel like a deliberate, stylized choice; at nearly two hours, it's infuriating.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 80% Walk With Me (2017) It's a soothing portrait of people pursuing the ineffable, gliding along with the elderly Thich and his disciples.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet My Enemy, My Brother (2015) Shin's feature-length follow-up builds itself around the short, incorporating its material and expanding on it...This story is strong enough to work on its own.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 17% Death Wish (2018) As unnecessary remakes go, this one has a strange pull. Willis is giving a genuine performance in the middle of all the carnage, building fine moments opposite Vincent D'Onofrio.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) It's exhaustingly serious...while the script means to be enigmatic about Dominika's allegiances, there's really no question about who's doing what, or why.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 36% Nostalgia (2018) A multi-character study of grief and loss as represented through the things people leave behind, it's a heartfelt work from Pellington.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 81% The Party (2018) It captures the terror of rugs being pulled out from underneath literally everyone. Fortunately, Potter wants us to laugh at that moment of free-fall instead of choking on the panic of a world going mad. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Boost (2017) Darren Curtis's Boost doesn't break any new ground, but then I don't think it's trying to...Curtis freshens up the familiar premise with interesting locations, distinctive characterizations and genuine stakes. And it moves like a shot.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 58% Every Day (2018) Levithan's novel translates nicely to the screen, its fantastical elements grounded by a stellar lead performance from Rice.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) It's not a pleasant ride, and if you've been party to an ugly divorce, it'll definitely set some uncomfortable memories rattling loose. But it's a gripping drama and a devastating character study.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is about four-fifths of a tremendous science-fiction movie: it starts well, creates a compelling alternate reality, builds a fascinating narrative and then just sort of walks into a wall.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Opening with moments of shocking violence but quickly sliding into absurdist whimsy, this is a weird one even for Kiyoshi Kurosawa. But it has its moments.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 86% Poop Talk (2018) It's a pleasant enough waste of time, and you can enjoy watching the radically different ways in which performers like Nick Swardson, Nicole Schreiber and Nikki Glaser structure and deliver what's essentially the same anecdote.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 82% Early Man (2018) It's not a classic, but it's proper fun.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 70% The Ritual (2017) The law of diminishing returns is stalking the movie, too. With each new revelation, The Ritual reveals just how derivative it really is, and the final movement is too dopey to be scary.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) They might have fared better with a filmmaker who actually works with his actors to shape performance and character, something Eastwood has been proudly uninterested in doing for more than a decade.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is to the ongoing Marvel project as Coogler's Creed was to the Rocky movies - a film simultaneously beholden to its franchise and alive to every possibility within it, creating a new world within the existing master narrative.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 95% Spettacolo (2017) Spettacolo may not have the structural ingenuity of the filmmakers' previous work, but as a contemplation of identity and the value and comfort people find in telling their own stories, it makes for an engaging, entirely absorbing experience.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Fake Blood (2018) So many horror movies start out with a nifty premise only to back themselves into a conceptual corner, but Grant and Kovac figure out a way to pay off their conceit, and leave us wondering how they did it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 71% Permission (2018) Permission offers a novel spin on its romantic-comedy premise, exploring the idea that people can do stupid things with the best intentions.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 60% Entanglement (2018) It's so intent on surprising us that it runs straight into a conceptual brick wall.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Here, we're trapped with experts shouting technobabble at each other for much of the action...and it's just not as compelling.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
1/5 14% Winchester (2018) Conceived without a thought to pacing or tension, and shot on location in what is very clearly the Australian countryside, it's an empty, seemingly endless slog through all the usual clichés of this genre.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
2/5 75% Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2017) There's a fascinating thesis tucked into Midnight Return: The Story Of Billy Hayes And Turkey, and it's only partially about the idea contained in the title of Sally Sussman's uneven documentary.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 62% Hollow in the Land (2017) You have to be a really talented storyteller to pull this off, and Hollow In The Land suggests that Corkle has a ways to go on that account.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) 12 Strong is the true story of the first American soldiers who went into Afghanistan following 9/11, and it is the least interesting version of that story imaginable: a monochromatic experience of beige men running through grey terrain.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Although it wants to be a modern-day reworking of the Michael Mann crime classic, this picture fizzles out.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) There's a warmth and a joy running through the Paddington films that overwhelms in the best possible way, without ever tipping into syrupy manipulation. Maybe that's just the difference between treacle and marmalade.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
1/5 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Oh, Lin Shaye. These movies don't deserve you.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Pitch Perfect 3 is a satisfying farewell to a franchise that pretty much said everything it needed to say the first time out. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) There are a couple of really solid laughs, and Kasdan finds a way to soften the most sadistic aspects of the concept that hung over Johnston's original.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 96% For Ahkeem (2017) Van Soest and Levine were in production when Ferguson exploded over the police shooting of Michael Brown, and they're smart enough to keep those events in the background as a running reminder of what can happen to Black youth in the St. Louis area.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017