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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 83% 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 43% 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 53% The Skyjacker's Tale (2017) 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 35% 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 84% 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 92% 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 92% 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 82% 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 30% 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 14% 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 85% 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 88% 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 40% 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 75% 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 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) One of the year's best pictures.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/4 96% Moana (2016) Moana is a movie of natural delights.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 56% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Evocatively lensed but clumsily staged, this is a movie at war with itself, although it's not until Beatty shows up as eccentric billionaire Hughes, about 30 minutes in and shrouded in half-light, that the battle is apparent.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 59% Allied (2016) Pitt and Cotillard aren't convincing as a couple, although she tries harder than he does. They're lost amidst the sandstorms and plane crashes that Zemeckis is so good at conjuring.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 69% Bleed For This (2016) The world needs another boxing movie like a palooka needs another hit to the head. But it can always use a good story - and Bleed for This certainly qualifies as such.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 91% Elle (2016) Equal parts sexploitation drama, social satire and empowerment fantasy, Elle leaves us unsure of what we're watching and how we should respond.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Adapting his screenplay from Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony and Susan, Ford interweaves influences and style obsessions with an exactitude bordering on malevolence.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/4 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ang Lee's heart may be in the right place with his Iraq War thumb-sucker Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, but his head is somewhere in the clouds.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts offers a good intro to Potter-iffic times ahead, some of them suitably creepy (note the parental guidance rating) as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald threatens to bring his evil doings across the Pond from Europe.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 67% The Age of Consequences (2017) The election of climate change denier Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency underscores the urgency of this doc linking global warming to other crises.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) Writer/director Jeff Nichols serves history faithfully, if at times with too much deference, in a handsomely mounted dramatic recalling of a landmark U.S. legal battle.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/4 49% Almost Christmas (2016) The epiphanies go down like eggnog, along with the smooth R'n'B and jazz on the soundtrack.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) [Villenueve has] a keen appreciation of film's ability to get at hidden truths.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) A brainy and funny look at the creation and still-evolving legacy of a rock 'n' roll band Jarmusch considers the greatest of all time, even if RollingStone and snobby critics won't admit it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 50% The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016) Palast's dogged detective work is solid and shocking in its revelations, but he blunts his lance somewhat by hamming it up as a fedora-wearing noir sleuth.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) It's something to watch and to feel good about, in this most negative of election years.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge is old-fashioned moviemaking of the kind Gibson excels at: where men are men, women are women and champions rise to smite villains in gory combat.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Cumberbatch wears that Strange cape well.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 81% Mean Dreams (2017) Morlando draws great performances out of his two young leads.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) It just needs to be watched and embraced, as an entirely fresh example of the power that great movies can exert on our lives.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Kinky by design, artful by intent, the film draws visual inspiration from Gothic erotic art while distilling its screenplay - Chung Seo-kyung and Park share co-script - from the Sarah Waters Victorian crime novel Fingersmith.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3.5/4 80% Rush: Time Stand Still (2017) Unusual, bittersweet - and vital.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
1.5/4 21% Inferno (2016) Once again directed by the reliable Ron Howard, it's by far the worst of this less-than-stellar trio.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Sure, he's eventually going to punch out and/or kill whoever dares cross him. But does he have to be so darned grumpy about it?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 22% American Pastoral (2016) The actors capably hit their marks but rarely illuminate the interior torment of Roth's prose. The direction and cinematography are similarly workmanlike but unremarkable.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/4 100% Tower (2016) It ... frees the story from the musty confines of newsreel footage.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016