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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 39% 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 83% 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 98% 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 76% 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 78% 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 79% Personal Shopper (2017) What transpires is as unsettling as it is perplexing.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3/4 67% 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 82% 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 90% 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 71% 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 91% 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 96% 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 83% 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 No Score Yet 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
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) People say the movie musical is dead. Tell that that to your tapping toes while watching the enchantment of La La Land, one of the year's best films.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2.5/4 84% Julieta (2016) Themes of loss, regret and alienation emerge and are respectfully considered, with fine acting but not always the conviction one would expect from both Almodóvar and his characters.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) A perfectly enjoyable romantic adventure, featuring two of the world's most charismatic stars.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
1/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The year's worst movie.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 99% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson summons us to really think about a world that is more connected than we may realize.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Much more than a mere sideshow in the Star Wars saga, these rebels build on a brilliant legacy.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 86% Lion (2016) Rarely does a film plotting the Internet amount to much more than a series of glowing screens. Lion, a fact-based story and auspicious feature debut by Garth Davis, makes for a captivating exception.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 89% Jackie (2016) What emerges is more serious docudrama: a fully rendered vision of a woman ill-served by most previous accounts, featuring an Oscar-worthy lead performance by Portman. It's also one of the year's best movies.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) A tiny bit of invention and a few good laughs emerge. Which is what you'd hope from a cast featuring some of the funniest actors around, among them Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Corddry, T.J. Miller and Jillian Bell.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 71% Miss Sloane (2016) This is Chastain's movie, as the title implies. She's never less than riveting ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert brings immense fortitude and dignity to the role of Nathalie, but pity is never an option.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) One of the year's best pictures.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) Moana is a movie of natural delights.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016