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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 91% 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 90% 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 89% 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 79% 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 87% 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 92% 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 86% 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
2/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) I predict they'll be eventually leaving skid marks on the moon, as long as their varooms are answered by box-office ka-chings.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/4 85% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) A more useful subtitle for this fans-only doc would be Everything Before Eraserhead, the surreal 1977 horror movie that launched David Lynch's feature film career and eventual critical acclaim.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
1.5/4 45% Song to Song (2017) Terrence Malick's latest film isn't so much a movie as it is a freeform collection of whispers and beseeching looks.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 44% Going in Style (2017) An "A" cast takes on a "B" production in Going in Style, and pulls off the real heist of this unnecessary but amusing comedy remake.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Casting saves the movie, notwithstanding the thorny issue of cultural appropriation.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/4 40% Wilson (2017) Clowes turned ink into flesh and blood for his 2001 screenwriting debut Ghost World. He seems to have lost the knack.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) Too bad the shipwreck of a screenplay can't keep up with the visuals, which are pretty great ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/4 90% Weirdos (2016) Weirdos is one of Bruce McDonald's sweetest films.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) This would be grist for the mills of filmmakers seeking strong drama or dark comedy, but Kore-eda sagely follows a different path.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) There's something reassuring about how little Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Renton have learned about life in the past two decades.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Bill Condon's enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is designed to make believers of skeptics - even those who think the 1991 animated version can't be topped.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 92% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) Using archival and recent footage, Jacquet tracks the work of pioneering polar scientist Claude Lorius, a climate change verifier whose astounding discoveries should silence all deniers.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2/4 33% The Last Word (2017) By the time MacLaine's character Harriet shows real humanity, all sympathy for her character's loneliness has long since vanished.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Hello Destroyer (2016) The tragic cliché of the heroic hockey enforcer is explored with art and impact in this powerful feature debut by Vancouver writer/director Kevan Funk.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) This is a real Kong show, the one demanded by popcorn peddlers and munchers alike.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas confronts shallow materialism with intense spiritualism, conjuring real chills in an artful take on horror.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) A fine actress, Deutch makes a compelling and empathetic protagonist, even as the story veers closer into the supernatural.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 92% Logan (2017) Logan is kind of a special superhero movie, in a good way, and if Jackman holds to his stated intention to make it his Wolverine swan song, he's going out not with a whimper but a bang.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2.5/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) Oyelowo and Pike make for a convincing couple, even if the romance is the love-at-first-sight variety that requires a certain leap of faith.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) When the blood starts flowing, along with audience cheering, the battle for hearts and minds is well and truly on.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Shamelessly, but also quite movingly, hits all the required notes of the most pandering of feel-good Tinseltown sagas, with its story of a grouchy guy who turns out to have a heart of gold and a past worth sighing over.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 72% XX (2017) A first of its kind in a male-dominated genre, these four short films are signed, sealed and delivered as a form of empowerment.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/4 27% Fist Fight (2017) High concept meets lowest common denominator comedy in Fist Fight, a schoolhouse farce that has nothing to teach about entertaining the masses.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) First-time director Chris McKay, late of the Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken, throws at the screen seemingly everything his committee of screenwriters scripted.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The first film, now seeming so much better in hindsight, had more kinks and even a few laughs. What few yuks there are in Fifty Shades Darker are due mainly to the risible dialogue.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/4 95% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch, who made supernatural vampires seem human in Only Lovers Left Alive, now finds inspiration in the mundane.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1/4 6% Rings (2017) Far too much effort is expended on larding in ridiculous elements and characters that send the story in all directions, none of them involving brain cells or any real sense of dread.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Using handheld camera and a minimum of dialogue and music, Farhadi turns the mundane into the momentous.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
1/4 25% The Comedian (2017) A career nadir for director Taylor Hackford.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) Tighter editing might have made this a great movie, rather than just a good one. The material is there. But They Call Us Monsters nevertheless helps us better understand the eternal conundrum of family-loving teens who turn into violent threats ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 42% Gold (2017) Gold is more of a bronze.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Despite a nearly three-hour running time that feels at times like a miniseries, Ade's script is that unique conundrum: an art house comedy with a deft pace and finely tuned emotional intelligence.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Wholly original, yet informed by legends of both the East and West, it invites us to contemplate humanity's connections to the natural world and the realm of the spirit.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) If there's a lesson to be learned from The Founder, it's that self-inflating guys like Ray Kroc - and Donald Trump by extension - have always been with us, working every angle while promising to make America great.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 43% The Skyjacker's Tale (2016) What's the real story? Kastner gets as close to it as probably anyone could.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) Affleck falls prey to the occupational hazard of wanting to create his own myth, as he produces, directs, writes and stars in a flaccid screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era crime novel.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/4 100% Searchers (Maliglutit) (2016) Intensely involving ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Bening's characters are always as comfortable as Dorothea's abode; we never see or feel the exertion behind the acting.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) Did the real story all go down like this, and does it matter? The answers are "not exactly" and "probably not," since Patriots Day is meant as an ode to teamwork, civic pride and doing what a man's gotta do.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 85% Silence (2017) The actors are steeped in the drama and mysticism of the moment, especially Garfield's stoic Rodrigues, who emerges as the central figure and also narrator of this journey into the unknown, both the physical and metaphysical.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe serve both history and the demands of popular entertainment with serious performances that also have a good sense of humour.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/4 93% Fences (2016) If Fences barely escapes the confines of its titular enclosure, the performances all sound to the skies like Gabriel's trumpet.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016