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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 52% Rampage (2018) It's not a good film; it's actually a supremely silly one. But with Dwayne Johnson once again flexing his pecs in the cause of popcorn distraction, it's not entirely bereft of amusements, either.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 49% Skyscraper (2018) Belief is willingly suspended, on account of dumb summer fun.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A documentary with a story so outlandish it might well have been rejected by a Hollywood studio had a screenwriter pitched it as the basis of a fictional movie.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 95% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The story occasionally meanders and the jokes don't always land, but there's an energy and creativity to the film that reminds me of early Spike Lee movies.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/4 88% Whitney (2018) Whitney Houston just wanted to dance with somebody who loved her. But life moved too fast for the tragic pop diva.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
1.5/4 52% Boundaries (2018) A movie with no reason to exist apart from setting into motion an otherwise interesting cast, led by Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) It speaks in hushed voices, makes few fast moves and requires the viewer to infer a lot about its characters - and also to fear for their safety.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/4 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The film cuts superheroes and their oh-so-serious issues down to size.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/4 53% The First Purge (2018) The most terrifying thought is that in both this fictional movie franchise and in real life, the worst is yet to come.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/4 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts recalls the oaters of Sergio Leone and his brethren, all right, but it upends the usual male concerns for some serious and satisfying feminist payback.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Somehow Soldado gets by, thanks to strong performances. ‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/4 85% American Animals (2018) It hits the usual genre beats, and plays a predictable rock soundtrack as it lurches between comedy and drama, but neither the story nor the characters really mesh.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) This is a movie you not only want to see, but also to put on the turntable.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It's time for these dinos to become extinct again.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 94% Beast (2018) A jagged but memorable feature... that slowly yields its truths.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) No longer so incredible - and in truth, they never really were - Brad Bird and the Parrs are now happy just to be thought of as reliably entertaining.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 51% Superfly (2018) Director X nods to the original movie but also smartly insists on finding more within its violently pursued "American Dream" narrative.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
2.5/4 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's less Mission: Impossible and more Caper: Ridiculous, with contrivance piled upon coincidence in its elaborate diamond-theft narrative to the point where even the most generous viewer may lose patience.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Metamorphosis (2018) Shock, awe and alarm as Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper aim a poetic lens at a rapidly changing world.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is a great horror movie.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 80% Black Cop (2017) Bowles expands an earlier short into an engrossing and uncompromising feature debut...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) [An] elegantly observed romance about a divorced woman searching for "one real love" in a city of lupine losers.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/4 94% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed deserves all praise.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
69% On Chesil Beach (2018) There's splendid acting across the board and assured direction by Cooke, a stage veteran making his feature debut...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/4 40% Kayak to Klemtu (2018) Makes grand use of its beautiful setting.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet The Trolley (2018) The film risks overselling the message with over-the-top narration. Ignore that and savour the visuals. ‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/4 100% Roll Red Roll (2018) Nancy Schwartzman's devastating real-life thriller documents a shocking sexual assault in a tight-knit community, and the role of social media in compounding the felony but also helping to solve it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3.5/4 67% Our New President (2018) Alternately amuses, shocks and enrages, revealing concerted Russian propaganda efforts, backed by Vladimir Putin's state-controlled media, that range from the comically paranoid to the scarily sophisticated.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/4 84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) An astonishing visual indictment of man's inhumanity to Mother Earth, as seen through the documentary prism of Jennifer Baichwal.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/4 60% The Game Changers (2018) Marshaling scientific data and athletic testimonials that strongly suggests carrots are better than carne if you want to up your energy.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo will please fans, if not necessarily astound them, and leave them anticipating how the story will connect with the original Star Wars saga.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
2.5/4 87% Tully (2018) Tully is that rare movie that I wished were longer, in order to spend more time with two fascinating characters who could potentially have been part of one mother of a tale.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/4 38% A Swingers Weekend (2018) There must be a sex-farce playbook, because A Swingers Weekend certainly seems to be following one.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Rider (2018) You can almost feel the wind and smell the dust of the South Dakota plains, so deeply is Chloé Zhao's new film steeped in the reality of its environment.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 100% Pandas (2018) This absorbing film...manages to pack a lot of information - and some real drama - into its 40-minute running time.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A deeply satisfying tale of pathos and wit that manages to credibly link dozens of characters, multiple narrative threads and innumerable arguments, stretching from the first Iron Man a decade ago to Black Panther mere weeks ago.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3/4 100% The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018) Monroe's measured performance anchors a strong cast that overcomes occasional doldrums, confirming the stardom conferred by It Follows and The Guest.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/4 95% Zama (2018) An elegantly lensed and slowly percolating satire of 18th-century colonial misadventures, adapted from a 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/4 32% I Feel Pretty (2018) Schumer redeems I Feel Pretty by completely and fearlessly buying into the premise, and delivering a few good lines that slice into the shallow idiocy of valuing beauty over brains and celebrities over common folk.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay's screenplay is based on a novella by Jonathan Ames, which scans as the leanest of prose. Ramsay turns it into violent, visual poetry.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 92% Lean on Pete (2018) Plummer's understated intensity seizes our attention and holds it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 78% Indian Horse (2018) Indian Horse endures, and commands attention.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It makes you want to believe in it, and that's no small achievement. It will also make you and your fellow moviegoers shut right up, which is even more impressive.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) The workmanlike script by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen sticks to mostly verifiable facts, although it is damning in what it shows without comment.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) It's that rare teen sex comedy that successfully crosses the generational divide between younger and older adults. A sequel set in college seems likely and might actually be worth looking forward to.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 75% The China Hustle (2018) The story gets a little repetitive after a while, but Rothstein does an even better job of explaining investment jargon than Adam McKay did in The Big Short, and he doesn't require gimmicks like putting Margot Robbie into a bathtub to do so.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) So how does it all come together? Pretty marvellously from a visual point of view, maybe less so from one a narrative one.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs puts form ahead of narrative, which is fine, because it's always a pleasure to observe the intricate affairs of Anderson's minimalist movie realm...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) While Vikander plays a competent Lara Croft, she's also a surprisingly joyless one. And if you can't have fun at a movie like this, what's the point?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/4 18% Death Wish (2018) Roth and Carnahan do an OK job updating Death Wish, combining the horror elements (and torture porn) that is Roth's stock in trade with the gallows humour that is Carnahan's.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018