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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 82%

Lion (2016)

"Rarely does a film plotting the Internet amount to much more than a series of glowing screens. Lion, a fact-based story and auspicious feature debut by Garth Davis, makes for a captivating exception." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 87%

Jackie (2016)

"What emerges is more serious docudrama: a fully rendered vision of a woman ill-served by most previous accounts, featuring an Oscar-worthy lead performance by Portman. It's also one of the year's best movies." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 44%

Office Christmas Party (2016)

"A tiny bit of invention and a few good laughs emerge. Which is what you'd hope from a cast featuring some of the funniest actors around, among them Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Corddry, T.J. Miller and Jillian Bell." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 68%

Miss Sloane (2016)

"This is Chastain's movie, as the title implies. She's never less than riveting ..." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)

"Huppert brings immense fortitude and dignity to the role of Nathalie, but pity is never an option." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"One of the year's best pictures." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/4 96%

Moana (2016)

"Moana is a movie of natural delights." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 56%

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

"Evocatively lensed but clumsily staged, this is a movie at war with itself, although it's not until Beatty shows up as eccentric billionaire Hughes, about 30 minutes in and shrouded in half-light, that the battle is apparent." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 61%

Allied (2016)

"Pitt and Cotillard aren't convincing as a couple, although she tries harder than he does. They're lost amidst the sandstorms and plane crashes that Zemeckis is so good at conjuring." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 71%

Bleed For This (2016)

"The world needs another boxing movie like a palooka needs another hit to the head. But it can always use a good story - and Bleed for This certainly qualifies as such." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 89%

Elle (2016)

"Equal parts sexploitation drama, social satire and empowerment fantasy, Elle leaves us unsure of what we're watching and how we should respond." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 71%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Adapting his screenplay from Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony and Susan, Ford interweaves influences and style obsessions with an exactitude bordering on malevolence." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/4 45%

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"Ang Lee's heart may be in the right place with his Iraq War thumb-sucker Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, but his head is somewhere in the clouds." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 74%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Fantastic Beasts offers a good intro to Potter-iffic times ahead, some of them suitably creepy (note the parental guidance rating) as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald threatens to bring his evil doings across the Pond from Europe." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet

The Age of Consequences (2016)

"The election of climate change denier Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency underscores the urgency of this doc linking global warming to other crises." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 89%

Loving (2016)

"Writer/director Jeff Nichols serves history faithfully, if at times with too much deference, in a handsomely mounted dramatic recalling of a landmark U.S. legal battle." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/4 50%

Almost Christmas (2016)

"The epiphanies go down like eggnog, along with the smooth R'n'B and jazz on the soundtrack." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/4 93%

Arrival (2016)

"[Villenueve has] a keen appreciation of film's ability to get at hidden truths." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 95%

Gimme Danger (2016)

"A brainy and funny look at the creation and still-evolving legacy of a rock 'n' roll band Jarmusch considers the greatest of all time, even if RollingStone and snobby critics won't admit it." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 50%

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016)

"Palast's dogged detective work is solid and shocking in its revelations, but he blunts his lance somewhat by hamming it up as a fedora-wearing noir sleuth." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 57%

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

"It's something to watch and to feel good about, in this most negative of election years." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"Hacksaw Ridge is old-fashioned moviemaking of the kind Gibson excels at: where men are men, women are women and champions rise to smite villains in gory combat." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Cumberbatch wears that Strange cape well." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 75%

Mean Dreams (2016)

"Morlando draws great performances out of his two young leads." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/4 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"It just needs to be watched and embraced, as an entirely fresh example of the power that great movies can exert on our lives." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Kinky by design, artful by intent, the film draws visual inspiration from Gothic erotic art while distilling its screenplay - Chung Seo-kyung and Park share co-script - from the Sarah Waters Victorian crime novel Fingersmith." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3.5/4 80%

Rush: Time Stand Still (2016)

"Unusual, bittersweet - and vital." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2016
1.5/4 20%

Inferno (2016)

"Once again directed by the reliable Ron Howard, it's by far the worst of this less-than-stellar trio." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Sure, he's eventually going to punch out and/or kill whoever dares cross him. But does he have to be so darned grumpy about it?" ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 20%

American Pastoral (2016)

"The actors capably hit their marks but rarely illuminate the interior torment of Roth's prose. The direction and cinematography are similarly workmanlike but unremarkable." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Tower (2016)

"It ... frees the story from the musty confines of newsreel footage." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 81%

American Honey (2016)

"More than the sum of its shaky-cam parts." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 85%

Christine (2016)

"It turns a probing and revelatory lens on the soul-destroying task of chasing eyeballs with sensationalistic news, long before clickbait became a journalistic mission." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Affleck makes passivity magnetic as he negotiates ever-shifting situations and dispatches foes with a ruthlessness James Bond would applaud." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/4 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Some books just can't make the leap from page-turning read to big-screen attraction." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 86%

First Girl I Loved (2016)

"Sanga creatively employs a swirl of text messages, voice-overs, baseball signals and other linguistic modes to beautifully illustrate the jumble of thoughts cascading through young minds." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/4 81%

Denial (2016)

"Awaiting the verdict makes for a real nail-biter, even knowing the outcome. Denial does a stellar job demonstrating the truth is worth fighting for." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 87%

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

"It's a story of amour fou, which Maslany and DeHaan portray with affecting realism - notwithstanding the presence of a bear that speaks with the voice of legendary Canuck actor Gordon Pinsent." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The Birth of a Nation is a film for alert minds, even those that can't - and shouldn't - forget the past and present behaviour of its maker." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 27%

Milton's Secret (2016)

"It's perfectly nutty and perfectly dull, like St. Vincent on Quaaludes." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 83%

Imperium (2016)

"It seems unnervingly accurate for anxious times." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/4 69%

Operation Avalanche (2016)

"That's one small step for Apollo 11 hoaxers, one giant leap for Matt Johnson." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Berg - with major assists from his camera and special effects crew - demonstrates once again that he knows his way around an action scene. He can tell a big story and sell a lot of popcorn." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/4 31%

Masterminds (2016)

"Hess and his three scripters rely more on the improv skills of an impressive cast than on anything resembling jokes or a credible story." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon (2016)

"Havana Moon delivers almost a full Stones concert in grand sound and image, made more special by its historic circumstances. Imagine what Fidel made of "Sympathy for the Devil"!" ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/4 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"There's much to cheer about a movie with such a diverse cast of talent both familiar and new, set in a land that all too often is depicted on screen as a place of war and hopelessness." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"Bridget Jones's Baby is a bit of all right, as Shakespeare might have said." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 62%

Snowden (2016)

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt sympathetically portrays the bespectacled title cipher, a Rubik's Cube champ with an IBM brain." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 35%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Wingard and Barrett aren't trying to reinvent the wail here, which is mostly a good thing." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"What Fuqua's Magnificent Seven lacks in originality it makes up for in personality, with his Training Day and The Equalizer compadre Denzel Washington earning his oats as an ensemble leader in his first western." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 8, 2016
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