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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 No Score Yet An American Dream (2017) This is the sort of movie that thinks scoring a gunfight with wacky banjo music will be hailed as original, or even daring.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere is very good, offering glimpses of the emptiness behind Norman's smile rather than going bigger with the craven mugging the part seems to invite.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Menorca (2016) Menorca never really works. Barnard's script is a strange, fluid construction of ideas past their sell-by date, animated by characters who remain frustratingly underdeveloped... Still, Gillis keeps you watching.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
5/5 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Gray's new film, The Lost City Of Z, is unlike anything he's done before. It's massive in scale and scope, a proper epic spanning two continents and nearly a quarter of a century.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/5 86% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The feature debut of animator and cartoonist Dash Shaw, My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea plays like a hipster graphic novel brought to life. I don't mean that as an insult.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 80% Black Code (2016) Many of those segments are chilling and compelling enough to justify the digressions.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
4/5 87% Their Finest (2017) Their Finest is so skilfully constructed that you may not even notice it's a perfect replication of the genre it salutes.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Devout (2015) The Devout opens strong and establishes some interesting stakes, and then all its dramatic tension drains away to nothing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Chokeslam (2016) Had director/co-writer Robert Cuffley narrowed his focus a little, he'd have probably come out with a better film -- or at least one that feels more coherent.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 64% Gifted (2017) Gifted exists to do a thing, and it does it pretty well. There are no surprises, but the audience I saw it with didn't mind. Neither did I, to be honest. As comfort food goes, it's just fine.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 85% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Fans of Lynch will enjoy the sense of drifting through the reveries of a man who's spent his entire life drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and actively reinterpreting the world through his very specific gaze.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 45% Song to Song (2017) The music-industry backdrop makes Song To Song feel less isolated and self-absorbed, especially when the characters interact with actual musicians... But there's still a lot of spinning and twirling to get through.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The Zookeeper's Wife is a little too delicate, and that includes the way it handles what happens to some of the animals -- tastefully and just off-camera.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) If you're familiar with the original Ghost In The Shell, either as manga or anime form, I don't think this will work for you. The source material haunts it like an unquiet spirit.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 74% The Void (2017) An effective, resourceful nightmare that convinces you the apocalypse is clawing just out of sight, beyond the edge of the screen.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Remember the 21 Jump Street movie? That was a blast. The sequel was pretty great too. Chips wants to be a self-aware action comedy too, but Chips is not that. It's not much of anything at all, to be honest.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 68% Life (2017) If you like this sort of thing, it's fine.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet O, Brazen Age (2015) There's something fascinating happening inside O, Brazen Age if you just lean in.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/5 40% Wilson (2017) Wilson is so faithful to its source that it wrings all the humanity out of it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 100% The Settlers (2017) The Settlers is as comprehensive a look at the problem of Jewish settlements on Arab land as we're likely to get.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2 is Boyle's Before Sunset, and for those of us in its generational sweet spot, watching it is like running into that friend you didn't think you liked any more and remembering why you hung out in the first place.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 90% Weirdos (2016) It's ultimately Stone who walks away with the picture. Adding an impatient clarity to the old-soul watchfulness she displayed in Wet Bum, she slowly becomes Weirdos' moral centre. And it's something to see.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
2/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) All I was left with was the desire to go home and spin up the original again.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
2/5 50% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) The legend of Doug "The Thug" Glatt continues in Goon: Last Of The Enforcers -- though honestly, maybe it shouldn't have.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) It's nuts, and deliriously so. See it with a crowd.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) It's a rich, thoughtful character study that stands with its author's finest work.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
81% God Knows Where I Am (2017) God Knows Where I Am is a gentle, elegiac work, with great compassion for its subject.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
4/5 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The result is a movie that feels refreshingly unpredictable even as it works within the standard franchise parameters -- much like Gareth Edwards's Godzilla, to which it's tied only glancingly, it finds its own tone and never wavers.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Hello Destroyer (2016) Writer/director Funk's first feature after a series of solid shorts -- including 2013's Destroyer, which contained the seeds of this film -- is a strong debut, if a little heavy-handed.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4/5 100% Window Horses (2016) Take my advice and don't wait for Window Horses to show up on iTunes; see it as soon as you can. Take friends. Share the poetry.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Saigon Bodyguards (2016) Saigon Bodyguards is very silly, but I can't say I didn't enjoy watching its two pals, straight-arrow Trinh and doofus Vien, knock around the eponymous city in search of the corporate heir who was kidnapped right from under their noses.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/5 22% Table 19 (2017) Table 19 is an ensemble comedy with a lot of good ideas that never pay off.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/5 66% Before I Fall (2017) Deutch's textured performance still sells Sam's emotional arc, and younger moviegoers will find a lot to mull over in the narrative's key questions.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
1/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) I've said it before, and sadly Bitter Harvest gives me cause to say it again: the only thing worse than a terrible movie is a terrible movie that thinks it's good for you.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) Jackman, who's always been remarkably human in this superhuman role, is as good as he's ever been at finding the beating heart underneath all that adamantium. I will miss the hell out of him.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 68% Contemporary Color (2017) It's wonderful to watch the older performers mentor their younger collaborators, and it's exhilarating to see stage fright turn into electric confidence in a split second as the kids take the stage.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
2/5 64% Dark Night (2017) There's a difference between ambiguity and frustration, and Dark Night falls on the wrong side.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
5/5 99% Get Out (2017) Peele leavens the message with occasional (and much-needed) explosions of unexpected comedy, but have no illusions: he's dead serious about the story he's telling. The result is a remarkable genre work that stands with the best of them.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 80% Dying Laughing (2017) Comedy nerds will enjoy the stories and be fascinated by the vulnerability of these unflappable performers.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) Every cast member gets at least one big laugh -- Nanjiani's is so weirdly great they repeat it a handful of times in the closing bloopers -- and the whole thing is over before it has a chance to get old.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
5/5 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) Seeing Rathbun's psychic scars emerge is far more compelling than any talking head could ever be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) For a movie in which anything can explode at any moment, Land Of Mine is awfully predictable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 97% Kedi (2017) The larger portrait of Istanbul as a city whose residents almost unconsciously look out for even the littlest among them is heartening in an era defined by increasing isolationism and scapegoating.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2/5 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) When I heard that Verbinski's latest project was a return to the horror genre, I was totally on board. And then I saw it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 72% XX (2017) The only real question is whether the shorts themselves succeed, and more do than don't.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's the Batman adventure live-action could never deliver, with bright colours and a warm heart. And also Daleks.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Kiss and Cry (2017) It's much, much better than you might expect. And the ending packs a real emotional wallop, especially if you're coming to the movie without knowing very much about the story.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) In addition to an ever-expanding lineup of guest stars, the movie builds a terrific running joke about the way New Yorkers will ignore literally anything that happens around them if it means getting to work on time.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 18% Sleepless (2017) Honestly? You could do a lot worse this winter, and you probably already have.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2/5 6% Rings (2017) The longer Rings plays, the more potential it abandons, introducing an elaborate new backstory for a character that simply doesn't need it and downshifting into a conventional psychological thriller in its final third.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017