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Peter Howell

Peter Howell

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) "The experience of Jason Bourne may ironically work best for those who are able to put past chapters out of their mind and just thrill to the movement on the screen. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 91% Phantom Boy (2016) "The story gets a tad too busy at times, but visually Phantom Boy is delightful, cloaked in the same imagination as director Jean-Loup Felicioli's and Alain Gagnol's previous Oscar-nominated animation, A Cat in Paris. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 28, 2016
1.5/4 33% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) ""The Film They Don't Want You to See" sales pitch will now draw more eyeballs than this disingenuous screed deserves. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 71% Café Society (2016) ""I'm kind of half-bored, half-fascinated," Eisenberg tells his bro over the long-distance line, and the sentiment could also apply to the movie - although Storaro's sumptuous cinematography makes even its mundane moments enchanting. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 91% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) "With a delicate palette and soft tones, the craftsmanship on display is impeccable, but the pulse-free drama - think crying over spilled milk - makes for muted impact. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 93% Life, Animated (2016) "Director Roger Ross Williams' storytelling skills are at their finest in an engaging story suffused throughout with emotion that never descends into mawkishness. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 78% Captain Fantastic (2016) "Viggo Mortensen is truly in his element in Captain Fantastic, in every conceivable way. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Hovering spirits of Ghostbusters past prove more treat than trick for Paul Feig's energetic reboot of the storied 1980s comedy franchise. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "Well-groomed characters carry the day. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 72% Wiener-Dog (2016) "Sic transit gloria mundi for the beleaguered title pooch of Todd Solondz's latest societal eyeballing, which leashes a dog's life to human absurdity. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 88% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) "There's no small irony in a Frank Zappa doc being built around the man's interviews, since he regarded journalism as a form of torture. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/4 96% Weiner (2016) "An astounding chronicle of hubris. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 65% Swiss Army Man (2016) "It's impossible not to get caught up in it, even if you're simultaneously repelled by it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 74% The BFG (2016) "The film follows the expected path toward Spielbergian contentment for young and old alike. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "It's possible, even likely, that more effort was expended on sculpting Alexander Skarsgard's abs for The Legend of Tarzan than on providing good reason why the movie was made. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 43% Free State of Jones (2016) "A Civil War rebellion becomes an enervating movie by Gary Ross. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 94% Tickled (2016) "This New Zealand doc tickles the funny bone but also chills the spine. It delves into a goofy fetish that leads down serious and unsettling paths. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 51% The Neon Demon (2016) "Refn is hardly the first moviemaker to find a link between supermodels and scary monsters, but he may be the most style-minded one to make the connection. Imagine an issue of Vogue with Maleficent as guest editor. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/4 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "The film is so cluttered with characters, exposition and space junk, thickly lacquered with 3D, it's like a party piñata waiting to burst open - but inside are rocks, not toys. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 77% The Shallows (2016) "The Shallows pushes the buttons it's supposed to push for a summerthriller, even if the outcome is as deflating as it dumb. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 92% The Witness (2016) "This well-rounded doc rigorously probes, shames and - wonder of wonder - inspires. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 49% Genius (2016) "Firth and Law falter with their characters' awkward bromance: the former a fatherly cipher (will he ever take off that fedora?); the latter a clatter of drunken scribe clichés. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 95% De Palma (2016) "He could go on for days with his war stories, and the doc makes you wish he would. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) "Finding Dory may be more of a minnow than a whale of a tale for Pixar, but it's still a good catch. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 68% Central Intelligence (2016) "Johnson and Hart actually do have potential as a comic duo - better than Ice Cube and Hart in the already stale Ride Along franchise - but Central Intelligence isn't smart enough to make the most of their pairing. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 29% Warcraft (2016) "Ultimately the movie seems more focused on setting up sequels than exploring the abundant source material. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2.5/4 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "The comedy is in the performances, not the scattershot storytelling. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1/4 33% The Steps (2016) "This painfully unfunny dysfunctional family comedy is like an acid flashback to a bad 1970s tax-credit CanCon picture. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/4 81% Chevalier (2016) "The most droll of male-bonding comedies, as viewed through the astringent lens of Greece's Athina Rachel Tsangari. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 50% Lolo (2016) "Lolo happily takes the rom-com road less travelled, the one marked "Danger." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "Shorn of much of the whimsy and wordplay that made Carroll's Alice tales immortal and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland a treat, this belated revisiting fractures the narrative and tries the patience. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 26, 2016
39% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) "It maintains an almost unbearable tension throughout its 95-minute running time, as an A-list cast of French actors tear into each other over long-simmering family conflicts, the camera just inches from their faces. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 23, 2016
3/4 30% How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2016) "It's about social anxiety, with Lalonde and his strong ensemble cast smartly illustrating the tyranny of expectations, in and out of the bedroom. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 13, 2016
2.5/4 80% Sunset Song (2016) "A commanding lead performance by Agyness Deyn as Chris, a farm woman tested by extraordinary circumstances, overrides most concerns. "The land endures," the narrator says, and so does Chris, vividly. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/4 90% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) "Visually ravishing and sexually provocative, Neon Bull offers an unforgettable portrait of a changing Brazil, at once earthy and arty. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/4 89% Dheepan (2016) "Complicated lives get tough yet compassionate treatment in Dheepan. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 13, 2016
2.5/4 57% Money Monster (2016) "It recognizes the inchoate anger of people who suddenly realize they've been duped by a fast-talking hustler who promised gold but delivered dirt. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 84% The Meddler (2016) "Talent is squandered by writer/director Scafaria's penchant for shallow contrivance over emotional depth. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 6, 2016
3/4 78% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) "Action may seem slow in coming, but interest never flags and Winocour doesn't flinch from necessary violence. Hollywood awaits her, if she's interested. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 6, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Civil War reminds us it's OK to enjoy a few laughs, even while diabolical villains plot doom, outraged citizens demand accountability and your best pal mistrusts you. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 69% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "Two sons and their father grapple with their dysfunctional family situation, resulting in some reflective, engaging drama. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1/4 0% Precious Cargo (2016) "This lazily directed and sloppily written heist non-thriller unspools like one of those amusement park distractions where tourists play at being in a movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2.5/4 78% Viva (2016) "Viva offers few surprises, but it draws us into the sights and sensations of a fascinating city and the excitement of new talent. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 100% A Beautiful Planet (2016) "The biggest kick of all is watching the blue Earth through the Cupola, the observation deck offering the best views in the universe. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 78% Keanu (2016) "This scenario allows free rein for patented Key and Peele riffing on race, rap and drug stereotypes while also freestyling on pop-cult obsessions ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Devil's Horn "Charlie Parker and John Coltrane get their due, of course, but other sax stars also testify to the sinfully great sound of this most wicked of instruments. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 33% No Men Beyond This Point (2016) "The scenario is airtight - faked archival footage is brilliant - but the story might have worked better as a thriller like Logan's Run or Children of Men. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 80% The First Monday in May (2016) "Will lights and hardware be ready? Can they afford the $200K demanded by headliner Rihanna? The viewer's pulse may rise, too, as Rossi's camera roams frantic hallways, offices and limos. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Field and director Michael Showalter (who also co-writes, with Laura Terruso) find humanity within the humour. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 97% Sing Street (2016) "Sing Street knows what it takes to form your own band, made by a guy who really loves music. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2016
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