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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 86% Molly's Game (2017) For a first feature, it's fine - but it's never anything more. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/5 62% Downsizing (2017) The midsection of Downsizing is something quite wonderful...But once Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor have established their characters, Downsizing hits a speed bump.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) This is the first Star Wars movie made by an artist instead of a craftsman, and it leaves us on the verge of something new. I'm very, very excited to see what that might be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Joe Wright slathers this biopic with self-conscious artistry, but Gary Oldman is terrific as Churchill.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 100% Dim the Fluorescents (2017) I could write another thousand words about why I love Dim The Fluorescents, but it's the kind of thing you need to see for yourself - a singular, fully engaged cinematic work and a cockeyed delight. Just go.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 67% Suck It Up (2017) Jordan Canning's sophomore feature is modest, beautifully acted and full of surprising laughs‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2/5 89% Radius (2017) The movie's compelling, what-the-hell mood drains away into a series of disappointed shrugs with the occasional disbelieving snort. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 77% Sweet Virginia (2017) Dagg just lets it all breathe, building tension as people kill time in diners and motel rooms, hinting that something terrible is coming but not telling us how or when. That's exactly what this material needs. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/5 73% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a pleasure to watch these actors just sit and be together, but I'd be overly generous if I said it was especially memorable or even dramatic. We're left with an interesting experiment, but not much of a movie.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) The movie's so enthralling that you won't even notice the emotional currents building steadily and powerfully underneath - until it wallops you with them, of course.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Whether you think you're watching a genius discuss his greatest performance or an obnoxious actor indulging in and subsequently justifying his most pretentious, selfish instincts...either way, it's fascinating.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 68% Paradise (Ray) (2017) Quote not available.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura, it's a spectacular, energetic and almost exhausting samurai actioner that splatters itself across the screen with Miike's signature enthusiasm.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 97% Mudbound (2017) They're fine actors doing good work, but their stories don't amount to much. Mudbound's real drama lies elsewhere, in a relationship that doesn't even begin until the final movement.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) Yes, it's deeply pleasurable to watch Nye school conservative blowhards who make their living promoting lies, but I wanted Alvarado and Sussberg to explore their subject as thoroughly as he explores the world around him.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) Look, at this point you know what you're getting. It's a DC movie; it's loud and frenetic when it doesn't need to be, overstuffed with peripheral characters who don't matter and action sequences that barely register. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 98% Dina (2017) I liked Dina, the person, just fine. But I have real issues with the movie that bears her name.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 99% God's Own Country (2017) Joshua James Richards's camera also regards human coupling and animal husbandry with the same blunt honesty: it's beautiful, but it's awfully messy. You could say the same thing about love.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
1/5 28% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Please don't give this movie your money.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Sure, it's overly long, but it also features eccentric timing, shaggy humour and some hilarious new characters‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 34% Jigsaw (2017) Look, if you enjoyed the previous installments, you'll like this one too; it's designed to be precisely the same experience. This is not an endorsement.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/5 83% Deliver Us (2017) It's awfully hard to take an exorcism seriously when it's being performed over the phone... but if it works, does that speak to the power of faith or the power of suggestion? And aren't they the same thing? ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/5 71% Wonderstruck (2017) There's a layer of feeling running through the picture that builds as the narrative unfolds, and when everything falls into place it's almost overwhelming. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/5 100% California Typewriter (2017) If California Typewriter slightly overstays its welcome, as Nichol pushes past a natural end point to make the case for manual typewriters as the new vinyl... well, that seems somehow appropriate, too. Love has a way of blinding us to reality, after all.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
2/5 89% Only the Brave (2017) It looks good, it features a lot of committed actors, and it's completely hollow. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2/5 33% Leatherface (2017) Seth M. Sherwood's script totally misses the point that keeps the original Massacre so bloody effective.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1/5 8% The Snowman (2017) It's underdeveloped, missing vital connective tissue, not quite strong enough to live on its own.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 95% Human Flow (2017) Beyond its value as a documentary, it's a statement of principle.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Frederick Wiseman's new documentary Ex Libris - unofficially subtitled New York Public Library - is probably half an hour longer than it needs to be, but at this point Wiseman can take as much time as he wants.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) [Happy Death day] is fun and energetic, and god knows you could do worse for a Halloween distraction.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) [78/52] is a fully considered investigation of a landmark moment in movie history.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) If the scenarios in which Baumbach places his actors are a little on the creaky side, the performances are exceptional.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1/5 75% The Limehouse Golem (2017) The struggle to reconcile the star-is-born theatre arc with the meat of Kildare's investigation pushed me out of the movie entirely. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) A film about the creation of a beloved children's icon shouldn't have to try this hard to make its audience feel something. And the ending is utter bollocks. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 100% Veronica (Verónica) (2017) Supposedly based on actual events, Verónica likely owes more to [Paco] Plaza wearing out his videotapes of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Prince Of Darkness and Witchboard as a kid. Turns out imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The actors hit their marks and say their lines; the movie looks polished and professional. And it's completely empty, unable to interrogate its subject in any way that matters. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) Lynch - the actor-turned-director, not the director-turned-actor - sets up his shots and lets the characters talk, watching, waiting for a revelation. Damn it if he doesn't find one‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Great Great Great (2017) It's a tour de force performance, played in a minor key.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This might be heresy, but I'll argue Villeneuve's sequel is a deeper and more engaging work than its progenitor, less concerned with action beats than with ideas, themes and character.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 100% Let There Be Light (2017) ... instead of a lecture, the film focuses on the people doing the science, mindful of the unexpected collisions that result when geniuses bounce off one another.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Do Donkeys Act? (2017) By letting us reach our own conclusions about the meanings of various interactions between people and beasts, the film creates space for a contemplation of animal consciousness and human responsibility. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet White Night (2012) It's a fun experiment in multi-character storytelling, and the world can always use more of those. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 87% American Made (2017) Doug Liman knows something very important about Tom Cruise: the actor is never more interesting than when he's desperate and unlikeable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 84% Beach Rats (2017) Set over a suffocating Brooklyn summer, Beach Rats takes an evocative, charged look at a closeted 19-year-old adrift in his own life. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Kingsman: The Golden Circle finds director Matthew Vaughn and his co-writer Jane Goldman replicating and amplifying all of the things that worked about their 2015 spy spoof - and all of the things that didn't.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 58% It Stains the Sands Red (2017) In an era of peak zombie, it's rare to find a variation on horror's current favourite sub-genre that feels fresh and intriguing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Alternately lively and thoughtful, Lady Bird is the work of someone looking back critically on a frantic period in her own life.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
4/5 75% Dark River (2017) Dark River moves inexorably towards that catharsis, pulling us along in its undertow.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
3/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) There's a better movie rattling around somewhere that never fully forms.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
2/5 67% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) The filmmakers are specialists in non-threatening arthouse cinema, and this one is as non-threatening as it gets.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017