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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 38% 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 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Plummer's understated intensity seizes our attention and holds it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 88% 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 79% 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 82% 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 76% 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 74% 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 91% 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 17% 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
2/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is a brutal, muddled and dispiriting watch, but it may inadvertently be one of the more accurate screen depictions of the messy world of espionage. This is not a recommendation.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2.5/4 59% Every Day (2018) The setup is almost too twee for words, but Rice burnishes acting skills that were already gleaming after The Beguiled and The Nice Guys. And kudos to the inclusivity and diversity of the casting ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/4 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Zvyagintsev and his sterling cast expertly paint the portrait of a family too blinded by selfish desires to see the pain they are causing others.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) It's storytelling that feels like a stalking.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet A Year in an English Garden: Flicker & Pulse (2017) It's hard not to be impressed by what filmmakers Brian McClave and Tom Wichelow have achieved with their patient and watchful study of a Sussex walled garden.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 82% Early Man (2018) As always, Park is delightfully absurd with his stop-motion tomfoolery, although the story by Mark Burton and James Higginson only occasionally reaches the heights of Aardman films past.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 95% Spettacolo (2017) Spettacolo serves as a hymn to the creative process, but also as a eulogy of sorts to the let's-put-on-a-show spirit of pre-digital times. Come for the drama, stay for the gorgeous scenery.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) At its core, A Fantastic Woman is the story of genuine love, something requires no definition.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/4 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) With The 15:17 to Paris, Eastwood once again tells an American story with a narrow-minded efficiency that somehow makes reality seem fake.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/4 96% Black Panther (2018) Rarely has a superhero origin story been as satisfying as Black Panther, which in many ways doesn't feel like a typical Marvel movie - and more power to that.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The screen romance of Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool may seem as odd as the real-life pairing was, but it's a credit to all concerned that the validity of it is never in doubt.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Bale and Pike find a strange kind of peace within their characters, intuiting how tough it would be to live in a world where death is easier to contemplate than life.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/4 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Here's the real crime: Who shot the editor?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It asks questions about grief and justice that resonate with these perilous times, all the more so in light of recent terror atrocities the world over.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 67% Happy End (2017) If you think the title is anything but a grim joke, you don't know Haneke.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2/4 57% The Commuter (2018) Neeson is the rare actor who can made something as dumb as this reasonably diverting, at least until you run out of patience with the increasingly arcane plot.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Day-Lewis has hinted that his role in Phantom Thread will be his last for the screen. I seriously doubt this, just as I am sure he will work once again with Paul Thomas Anderson.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 88% The Post (2018) It's a great watch.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie delivers a performance that is breathtaking to behold, almost to the point of exhaustion.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) The movie version of a card player who doesn't know how to quit when she's ahead.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Plummer elevates the film in his last-minute but fully realized performance as J. Paul Getty.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It's surprisingly OK, largely due to the likability factor of the four leads.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) One of the year's most romantic movies, and also one of the best.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi boasts many very good performances, ones that enrich the characters and which salute writer/director Johnson's ability to find the humanity within technology, something he proved early on with his artful time-travel thriller Looper.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 91% Dim the Fluorescents (2018) The two lead actors, along with Toronto writer/director Daniel Warth and co-writer Miles Barstead, make a virtue out the film's unsteady tone.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The Finnish auteur's compassion and absurd wit [are] once again abundantly evident.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Everything strains to serve an underwritten story that resembles a community theatre stage production more than a major motion picture.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman brings a wicked wit and compassionate heart to the role, one for which he seems almost superhumanly suited for - and that's really saying something, consider how many great actors have played Churchill.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water makes the deepest dive into romance this year of any movie - literally, figuratively and on both sides of the camera.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The old alchemist's trick of turning lead into gold has nothing on The Disaster Artist, a film that masters the trickier feat of transforming trash into art.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/4 70% Suck It Up (2017) Suck It Up is true to life in how it shows two different personalities struggling to engage with each other. It's well acted, but as so often happens with Canadian films, the landscape is the greater part of the story.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 100% Wexford Plaza (2017) It's so well put together, it's hard to believe this is Wong's first feature.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 78% Sweet Virginia (2017) Director Dagg and sibling screenwriters Benjamin and Paul China ratchet up the tension. So does the eerie score by another set of siblings, Will and Brooke Blair, who previously teamed for the horror thriller Green Room.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) Every step of the way in Coco is a visual and sonic delight.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Washington turns this seemingly unsympathetic character into a figure to embrace on the screen and to remember at awards time - the actor once again courts serious consideration at the Oscars.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) Bow-tied brainiac Bill Nye gets a sympathetic treatment from admiring filmmakers in this non-shocking doc.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh knows how to get good characters into a story but not always how to get them out of it. This time he's considerably more focused, letting McDormand's ferocious mother-bear of a performance, her best since Fargo, drive the narrative.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017