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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Dim the Fluorescents (2017) 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 32% 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 86% 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 95% 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 93% 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 67% 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 76% 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 96% 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 51% 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 93% 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
1.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) The film is marginally better than last year's sour and dispiriting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that's like saying that dental surgery is preferable to passing a kidney stone.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/4 18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Sean Anders, the returning director and co-writer (with Brian Burns and John Morris), runs out of gas at the halfway mark.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 80% My Friend Dahmer (2017) It seeks not to excuse Dahmer but rather to illuminate his sociopathy.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) The delightful and insightful Lady Bird achieves flight in its own unique way, just like the aerodynamically unorthodox ladybug the title tips to.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Kenneth Branagh's remake of Murder on the Orient Express is billed as a motion picture. But it might better be thought of as a two-hour moving selfie of the director, who is also the lead star.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 87% Novitiate (2017) Leo's impassioned acting makes a supporting role seem like a leading one.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Performances are solid all round, but the standout is Irish actor Keoghan. Shy and lonely one moment, utterly blood-chilling the next, he's a mesmerizing presence on this screen of menace.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 81% The Square (2017) It's laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally just plain silly. But it asks a serious question that seems more urgent with every passing day: "How much inhumanity does it take before we access your humanity?"‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is more fun than a barrel of winged monkeys, but man, do we have questions.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
1.5/4 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The success last year of Bad Moms made a sequel as inevitable as Christmas overindulgence. The combination of the two may lead to indigestion.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/4 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes struggles to connect all the dots. Wonderstruck reaches for the stars and falls short.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3.5/4 100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) [A] delightful, artful road trip ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) I'm inclined to give Suburbicon a mild thumbs up.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Hall's direction and script are efficient and to the point. The actors all acquit themselves well, but always with a grim sense of reality that the film seeks to really drive home.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) At a long two hours, the film gets as repetitive as the tide.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) Such abundant talent, yet what we get on the screen is like a snow cone made with horse urine.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/4 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Essential viewing, even if you have to watch through your fingers.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/4 99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) A valuable and heartfelt document ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/4 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The furtive figure history knows best as Watergate snitch Deep Throat gets a movie treatment more suited to the printed page than the big screen.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) Alexis Zabe's rapturous cinematography reminds us that magic is where you find it. You don't need a golden ticket to Mickey's kingdom, although you can see it from here.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 98% Lucky (2017) What's a five-letter word meaning "great performance"?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/4 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It's diverting stuff, for the most part.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is one of the brainiest films to come out of Hollywood in a long while, asking more questions about the meaning of life than it answers.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) Just when it seems it may be time to close the book on Tom Cruise's acting career, something comes along to suggest new chapters are possible.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/4 64% Victoria & Abdul (2017) A film of solid craftsmanship led by another royally magnificent performance by Judi Dench.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 98% Trophy (2017) Trophy presents the very definition of making a deal with the devil.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 84% Beach Rats (2017) Hittman demonstrates a sure hand throughout, marking her as a filmmaker whose future work will be hotly anticipated.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 94% Stronger (2017) Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of the painful and frightening struggle to recover and get his life back feels jarringly real.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2.5/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) Has there ever been a face more suited to male anxiety than Ben Stiller's?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Even if you've Googled the outcome, or are old enough to remember watching it on television, the film's reenactment of the battle and the bluster makes for entertaining and at times riveting viewing.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The bloom is definitely off the brick. The anarchic spirit and spitball humour of The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie have been replaced by characters and gags from a faulty assembly line.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 34% American Assassin (2017) So generic is this film, drawn from the vast pulp output of thriller scribbler Vince Flynn, it offers a glimpse into a dazzling future when robots begin making movies.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 68% mother! (2017) Aronofsky ratchets up the tension by degree, employing claustrophobic camerawork and a sound design that slowly turns from minimal to maximal.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/4 31% Home Again (2017) It makes Mama Meyers' It's Complicated looks like Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage in comparison.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2.5/4 100% Sundowners (2017) Moondi and his actors let Alex and Justin sketch their own stories, which are written in their faces and in the bad choices they habitually make.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ isn't really a comedy; too much sadness and despair intrude to make it so. But it's a joy to watch Macdonald in action ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017