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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard is the cinematic equivalent of a guilty burger drive-thru meal when dinner is too wearisome to contemplate.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It comes on like a Sundance comedy ... but it unfolds like a Hitchcock suspenser.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 90% Good Time (2017) Pattinson makes Connie one of the best roles of his career by turning a two-bit hood into a loyal family guy driven to help his brother. John Steinbeck would recognize these characters. So would Martin Scorsese, who is thanked in the credits.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh is in the mood for some fun, and so is a star-filled cast led by Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Good acting helps us overlook the story's obvious trajectory.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/4 87% Wind River (2017) An auspicious directorial debut for writer/director Taylor Sheridan ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) An almost unbearably twee story about pursuing a dream.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) There's more doom and gloom - but also hope for meaningful change - to be found in Al Gore's followup to his Oscar-blessed 2006 doc that sounded the alarm about global warming.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 83% Detroit (2017) The injustice and anger behind it all feels like current reality, even a half-century on, making Detroit urgent viewing regardless of its character-development flaws.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) A dumb fantasy movie adapted from Stephen King's most derivative novel series.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/4 89% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Rumble is truth you can rock to. Play it loud!‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) If the James Bond franchise people ever get creative and cast a female 007, Charlize Theron will have to be high on their list of possible candidates.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 91% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story is the most unusual and loneliest phantasm saga ever to give you the shivers.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3/4 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson ... stuffs us to the breaking point with this psychedelic space fantasy. I enjoyed the feast, too, although I found it more junk food pig-out than fine-dining experience.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) This blockbuster spectacle is an intense experience of pure cinema that far exceeds the standard "miracle at Dunkirk" narrative.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Reeves and Bomback are determined to keep this extended prequel smart and the dialogue impressively lean, even as the story begins to wear as it stretches towards the 2 1/2-hour mark.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The movie's not flawless, but it is fun, a big improvement on the non-wowing The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel of recent years.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2.5/4 79% The Beguiled (2017) The story is briskly told - it's 11 minutes shorter than Siegel's version - with good performances that alternately amuse, seduce and shock.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/4 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Here's some Despicable Me math: third movie plus Gru times two plus one new supervillain = not much of anything.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) Hilarious and heartbreaking with no clear trajectory, frequently catching viewers off guard, it's a rom-com of both heart and brain about a couple tested by illness and clashing cultures.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Summer can finally start now: Baby Driver is that blast of energy we've all been waiting for.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
2.5/4 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Her stories are great, especially the one about Dorfman gate-crashing Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. It would have been nice to hear more of them.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/4 86% Okja (2017) Okja is a populist enviro-fable that's part pet-rescue drama, part mad farce, all Bong Joon Ho.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) Is there an American actor of more meaningful solitude than Sam Elliott?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) It's gratifying to see a summer popcorn movie where a simple idea goes a long way.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
0/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Every few years, Michael Bay and his giant digital robots sally forth from their gilded dungeon to inflict damage on the world's brain cells. Transformers: The Last Knight is their most concerted assault yet, making me fear for the sanity of the planet.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 100% Monterey Pop (1968) It really was a special moment.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) As obvious as the movie's intent and execution are, it gnaws at the conscience thanks to the brilliance of the lead performances.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) Cars 3 happily gets back to where it belongs, not just to home turf Radiator Springs (for a brief spell) but also to the storytelling essentials of making us care about anthropomorphic automobiles.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 48% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night has many narrative bumps, but what smooths them is the great chemistry of the five women caught in the central dilemma.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 48% Churchill (2017) Cox makes an impressive Churchill, an imposing man of physique and intellect who, closing in on 70, has been laid low by age and circumstance.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1/4 16% The Mummy (2017) Did our hero even bother to read the script for this toxic CGI dump site?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 89% Tanna (2016) Aussie co-directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean prize authenticity over conventional drama.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/4 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's ... insistent that life is a series of complex decisions, with fate intruding, and the path's never clear.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) We can overlook how the third act yields to the blows-up-good formula of blockbuster franchises. For now, let's just celebrate a superhero movie that runs on estrogen rather than testosterone.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) A story like this can't get by on terror alone. It also needs good actors to put it across, and Alien: Convenant more than delivers on that score.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
1.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Oi! What's Guy Ritchie gone and done with King Arfur, then?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 71% Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017) A movie that's not just very good, but also trés bien.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/4 35% Snatched (2017) The movie earns a few chuckles, but humour is largely held hostage by a lewd and lazy screenplay that wanders like Billy in The Family Circus.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Like a visit from amusing friends who stay a bit longer than expected, it's easy to forgive the indulgence.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/4 51% The Dinner (2017) When these four fine actors remain seated, arguing morality and family grievances, the tension commands attention.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) A film of empathy, grace and wit that goes a long way to explaining the populist anger so emblematic of these times.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 90% Raw (2017) Ably assisted by Marillier - and Ella Rumpf as Justine's controlling sis - Ducournau captures the more quotidian dread of fitting into cliques, losing your virginity and living up to family expectations.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere ... deserves to be remembered at awards time.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The Lost City of Z eschews multiplex formulae in favour of the jungle of the mind, a much more fertile place to explore.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) It's a sci-fi/horror/psychodrama/comedy/thriller /revenge/romance film - and that jumble of a description not only works, it does so in spectacular fashion.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 26% Unforgettable (2017) Despite its usefulness as a 21st Century public service announcement, what Unforgettable can't really do is scare, educate or entertain anybody, since it blandly misses both extremes of the thriller genre.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Holy guacamole! Fast Times at Ridgemont High collides with The Poseidon Adventure in graphic novelist Dash Shaw's exuberant animated mash-up.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 87% Maudie (2017) Expressive acting by Hawkins and Hawke smooths out narrative bumps, creating a portrait of a woman in thrall to art and nature and a couple whose love resisted hardship and defied definition.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 88% Their Finest (2017) Scherfig sets so many plates spinning in this Second World War romantic drama, part of the film's great appeal is wondering if they'll come crashing down.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017