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Paul Ennis

Paul Ennis
Paul Ennis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NOW Toronto

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Von Trotta's personal essay, complete with key interviews and a multitude of film clips, is an affectionate portrait that rekindles the flame of one of cinema's towering figures.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 90% Climax (2018) Climax is 45 minutes of exuberance and technical brilliance, revealed in long, brilliantly choreographed takes. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 91% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The three actors bring a vitality and intensity to their roles, making the film a gripping character study. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 72% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Her frank depiction of unseemly behaviour is heartbreakingly real, her tireless humanism a constant presence.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 88% Rafiki (2018) Director Kahiu has a keen eye for Nairobi's vibrant street life, and her handling of the burgeoning relationship feels sincere and natural.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 61% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A mélange of fast-moving entertainment and turgid melodrama, of high-wattage actors battling low-rent dialogue, Farhadi's first foray outside of Iran will please a Gala audience looking for star power ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 88% Donbass (2018) The film's aim is true: no one's immune from the conflict and the breakdown of the state.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 88% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2018) A bravura display of passionate filmmaking.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) Jean-Luc Godard's Cassandra cry, The Image Book is a roiling cauldron of film clips, images and voice-over that crackles and pops with ideas.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 91% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) Watching it happen is intoxicating; the gripping action feels utterly authentic and the actors (a combo of professional and amateur) complex and believable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 100% Girl (2018) Belgian dancer Victor Polster delivers a breathtaking, star-making performance that dominates the screen. Dhont's sensitive, empathetic direction keeps us riveted.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 22% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) It's important to see these women taking control of their lives and courageously reclaiming their future, but a documentary might have served them better.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 93% 3 Faces (2018) The result is a modest, empathetic film, Kiarostami-like in spirit, about the power of the dream of living an artist's life in the face of an unyielding patriarchal state.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) The facile treatment of a turning point in the artistic and political life of this cinematic icon does it no justice.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) What saves the film is the love story between two ACT UP members whose care and devotion to each other provide an emotional touchstone the rest lacks.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Vividly shot in 35mm, The Florida Project continues Baker's insightful chronicling of society's underbelly. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 78% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Elegantly shot in glorious black-and-white, the film is buoyed by Kim's charming performance. Love affairs don't always turn out the way you expect.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Rarely has a film's title been so apt and precise.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 95% Western (2018) A nuanced look at masculinity and cultural imperialism‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 84% The Square (2017) [Ruben] Östlund's provocative, keenly observed take on the contemporary art world is compulsively watchable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Essential to maintaining the powerful atmospherics is the superb cast, which includes Nicole Kidman as the surgeon's unsuspecting wife.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 72% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) It's often surreal, sometimes blasphemous, but overwhelmingly devotional.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 57% Radiance (Hikari) (2017) [Naomi] Kawase focuses our attention through extreme close-ups, invariably making exquisite use of natural autumnal light as she reminds us of the consequences of sightlessness‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 60% April's Daughter (Las hijas de Abril) (2017) This disquieting look down at motherly love gone to extremes is an object lesson in cinematic tonal control.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 88% A Ciambra (2018) Pio's irascible extended family is a director's dream, and as the charismatic teen faces an uncertain adulthood, Amato clearly earns his star status. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's an unfortunate waste of talent all round.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 70% Happy End (2017) Who cares if the film is filled with the usual Haneke tropes? He's the Mozart of 21st-century middle-class angst.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Kuosmanen's impeccable, buoyant first feature upends all the conventions of the fight film genre.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/5 48% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) By the time a sympathetic doctor (the luminous Bérénice Bejo) changes his life, the film has become tiresome.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 86% Ma' Rosa (2016) Mendoza's casual pace lures you into a gripping melodrama set in the underbelly of Manila, where people scramble to survive.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 90% Loving (2016) Loving has an appealing immediacy that is undercut by its reverential tone. But its message resonates.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) Legendary Brazilian actor Sônia Braga's star power is as luminescent as ever.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda gently examines complex family relationships in this humane comedy by a matchless observer of everyday life.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) A riveting documentary that captures the personalities of the two men.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
4/5 95% Son of Saul (2015) Compelling and astounding.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
4/5 95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Sigurdur Sigurjónsson's and Theodór Júlíusson's acting is exemplary, with Sigurjónsson's understated realism the key to the film's deep emotional resonance.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
2/5 38% Love (2015) Sweet and sentimental, hugely self-indulgent but with no edge.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
4/5 87% In The Shadow of Women (2016) Garrel's vibrant black-and-white character study is a throwback to the Nouvelle Vague French films of the 1960s.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
3/5 72% Youth (2015) Youth, not at all helped by Sorrentino's tin ear for English, doesn't reach the heights of his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
3/5 69% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) A vignette-laden biopic based on Israeli writer Amos Oz's autobiographical novel, Portman's affectionate portrait of the artist as a young boy verges on hagiography. Her own performance as Oz's loving mother is the real thing, though.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
3/5 83% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Not since Tampopo has there been a Japanese movie that whets the cinematic appetite so tantalizingly. Pity that its only downside is a tendency toward the overly sweet.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
4/5 87% Mia Madre (2016) The most entertaining work of Moretti's storied career, My Mother moves effortlessly from a busy film set to serious family scenes, but his directorial skill makes the mood changes feel natural and unforced.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
5/5 80% The Assassin (2015) The Assassin is a mashup between a Kurosawa samurai movie and an Ozu observational drama, moving from scenes of court life that are almost static to sudden kinetic action.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
4/5 100% Maidan (2014) It's the film's form that makes it so compelling. The unmoving camera serves to draw the audience in, transforming the viewer into a participant, much more than a passive voyeur.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2014
4/5 89% Omar (2014) Abu-Assad's film, about informants and duplicity in the Palestinian territory, is a must-see for those who value the cinema of commitment.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 89% My Joy (2011) The unsettling mood -- many scenes have a documentary verisimilitude that heightens the threat of random violence -- keeps us off-balance but riveted.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2010