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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 89% 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 54% 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 92% 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 94% 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 93% 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 78% 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 97% 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 95% 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 85% 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 77% 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 67% 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 49% 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 15% 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 81% 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 50% 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 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 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 90% 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
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 88% 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 43% 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 46% 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 46% 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 91% Weirdos (2016) Weirdos is one of Bruce McDonald's sweetest films.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 96% 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