Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 34% Shaft (2019) Nearly two full decades after the star and John Singleton reinvented the Blaxploitation icon for the 21st century, this inept sequel undoes everything they accomplished... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch's often explosively funny zombie movie isn't scary, but it's as deadpan as they come. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) In its ramshackle way, Rolling Thunder Revue captures what that period in American folk culture must have been like, as the protests eased off and people started wondering what to do next. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Olnek executes moves with an antic, comic spirit. Her cast finds laughs in unexpected line readings and reactions that bolster the sense that we're watching fully developed human beings rather than literary stock figures. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) Joanna Hogg's fourth feature deals with the formation of her own artistic consciousness and refuses to mythologize any of the messy, complicated elements. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's the kind of movie that has military strike teams and secret monster bases and a team of wisecracking scientists... but it's also undeniably fun in its silly, oversized mayhem. And the monsters are spectacular. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
5/5 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) I expected this would be good, but it's truly great - a finale for the ages, with a closing note that moved me to tears. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) John's songs chased such massive emotional crescendos that they risked collapsing onto themselves at every turn. When the movie takes a similar risk, it just feels right. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 76% Halston (2019) The film isn't so much a rise-and-fall tragedy as a celebration of a singular sartorial vision. Half a century later, the clothes really do look splendid. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin isn't the worst of Disney's live-action remakes, this is true; it's just an inoffensive, somewhat slapdash restaging. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 100% We Are The Radical Monarchs (2019) Though the insistently inspirational score sometimes nudges Goldstein Knowlton's documentary into infomercial territory, We Are The Radical Monarchs is ultimately much more than that... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn would have been a lot more gripping had it really leaned into the nature-versus-nurture conflict at its core, or even added a little complexity to the people around Brandon... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Ordinary Days (2017) If Ordinary Days was just a calling card for a trio of Canadian filmmakers looking to show their range, it'd be a decent accomplishment. But it's not a stunt; it's an actual movie. It plays. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The John Wick series turned into a video game so gradually we almost didn't notice; insert 15 bucks to continue. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 15% The Hustle (2019) Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson won't make you forget Michael Caine and Steve Martin, but they have a charming anti-chemistry that makes Chris Addison's remake bounce along. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 67% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes pulls off the daring stylistic shift without losing a step. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 95% Shadow (2019) We have to wait to get to the battles, but Zhang doesn't skimp when serving up the balletic movements, the imaginative ways to impale bodies and the slow-mo splash blood makes against water. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 67% Wine Country (2019) "Why am I watching this, and why isn't it funnier?" is a question that came up more than once during Wine Country. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 97% Hail Satan? (2019) These are weird times, and Hail Satan? is the right documentary for them. Check it out, and see what the goat god has to say. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) I've long felt Theron is an underrated comic actor (most recently in last year's Gringo), and Rogen is an underrated dramatic one, so maybe it's no surprise that they bring out the best in one another. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 95% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Scott's absence almost enhances the idea that this thing came together of its own accord - as though we all somehow shared the same nightmare for two hours in 1979, and it just won't let us go. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
60% Acquainted (2018) Simple, smartly structured and filled with strong performances. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 100% Our Time Machine (2019) When it puts its focus on the artists at its core - one struggling to realize his vision, and another gradually losing his - Our Time Machine tells a powerful, all too universal story. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 82% The Grizzlies (2019) It's a movie that tells its story with authenticity and heart, and that makes all the difference. It scores. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 71% The Hottest August (2019) The Hottest August creates an evocative picture of systems breaking down and a city bracing itself for whatever comes next. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) It's enjoyable enough, though a little on the long side... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World (2018) In an age of constant misinformation and outright lies, it's a comfort to know these people are out there, pushing back against the tide. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) A major genre piece...it's one that deserves a proper theatrical experience. You need to be entombed with it. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) When it finally fires up its big plot engine, the movie plays like a remix of Marvel's greatest hits, riffing on 40 hours of cinematic continuity and using the elastic nature of its comic-book origins as a strength. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 100% Prophecy (2019) ...[it's] all secondary to the creation of the new thing, which the Pauls capture in all of its intuitive, confounding intensity. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 100% Buddy (2019) Honigmann opens by marvelling at the remarkable interplay between human and animal, but soon shifts to a more meditative state, contemplating the profound connection we make with dogs. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 80% Inside Lehman Brothers (2018) Jennifer Deschamps's post-mortem on 2008's financial meltdown is packaged like a hacky true-crime thriller. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 100% Human Nature (2019) Bolt's documentary explains the science swiftly, then explores the potential and nuance of gene-editing by talking to scientists, doctors and patients at the centre of the breakthrough. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 93% The Edge of Democracy (2019) [The] access is amazing, though a tighter edit would have helped. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 83% Nureyev (2018) The documentary Nureyev will serve as a decent placeholder... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 82% The Brink (2019) It's competent, well-paced documentary filmmaking, but I can't imagine it changing anyone's opinion or even leaving viewers feeling like they understand the subject any better. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Don't miss Amazing Grace, seriously. It's the stuff of legend. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) A more disciplined filmmaker would have understood the need to establish some semblance of "reality" before charging into the more hallucinatory elements... but today's Gilliam is long past thinking about the needs of his audience. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 71% Stockholm (2019) Hawke is clearly having a great time playing someone who has no idea what to do from one minute to the next. His ludicrous Scandinavian-cowboy look establishes that nicely. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) By the time Missing Link reaches its big finale, all is forgiven. It's a dazzling accomplishment, featuring a wonderful cameo from Emma Thompson. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) It could have been worse, I guess. It could have been a miniseries. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Mann's out to capture a specific mood of artisanal appreciation, of the warmth that comes from knowing the person on the other side of the counter gets you. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
55% Step Brothers (2008) [The script] feels more like a series of dares than the blueprint for a movie. But damn if it doesn't work from beginning to end, thanks to the stars' near-psychotic commitment to their characters - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 48% MacGruber (2010) Jorma Taccone's MacGruber movie may not be as slick or as smart a genre deconstruction as Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, but it's very, very funny. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
44% Jennifer's Body (2009) This could have been, like, so much more fun. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 42% Faster (2010) Faster is a grim, lean piece of work that feels like it crawled out of a 1978 double feature. And that's a good thing. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 27% Clash of the Titans (2010) It's not Shakespeare - or even Greek tragedy - but director Louis Leterrier keeps the pace swift and the action constant. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet An Audience of Chairs (2018) You should probably see it on a big screen with other people around you. It's a movie about empathy. It's an experience to be shared. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
94% Us (2019) It may not feel as revolutionary as Get Out, but the director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning debut is sharp, smart and artful. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) If I'm being honest, "bloodless" sums up the whole movie pretty well. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019