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Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) It's a story of amour fou, which Maslany and DeHaan portray with affecting realism - notwithstanding the presence of a bear that speaks with the voice of legendary Canuck actor Gordon Pinsent.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is a film for alert minds, even those that can't - and shouldn't - forget the past and present behaviour of its maker.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 27% Milton's Secret (2016) It's perfectly nutty and perfectly dull, like St. Vincent on Quaaludes.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 84% Imperium (2016) It seems unnervingly accurate for anxious times.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/4 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) That's one small step for Apollo 11 hoaxers, one giant leap for Matt Johnson.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg - with major assists from his camera and special effects crew - demonstrates once again that he knows his way around an action scene. He can tell a big story and sell a lot of popcorn.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/4 33% Masterminds (2016) Hess and his three scripters rely more on the improv skills of an impressive cast than on anything resembling jokes or a credible story.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon (2016) Havana Moon delivers almost a full Stones concert in grand sound and image, made more special by its historic circumstances. Imagine what Fidel made of "Sympathy for the Devil"!‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/4 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) There's much to cheer about a movie with such a diverse cast of talent both familiar and new, set in a land that all too often is depicted on screen as a place of war and hopelessness.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Bridget Jones's Baby is a bit of all right, as Shakespeare might have said.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) Joseph Gordon-Levitt sympathetically portrays the bespectacled title cipher, a Rubik's Cube champ with an IBM brain.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) Wingard and Barrett aren't trying to reinvent the wail here, which is mostly a good thing.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) What Fuqua's Magnificent Seven lacks in originality it makes up for in personality, with his Training Day and The Equalizer compadre Denzel Washington earning his oats as an ensemble leader in his first western.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/4 85% Sully (2016) Clint Eastwood is simply the ideal director for a big-screen telling of the "Miracle on the Hudson" hero pilot story that Sully delivers with confidence and grace.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/4 36% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) Potentially great chemistry and good performances are largely wasted in this gimmicky rom-com, in which Jean Dujardin plays a four-foot-five Romeo seeking to woo a regular-sized woman.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) What power the film possesses is due mainly to the expressive performances of Fassbender and Vikander, who sweep away the murk more than any lighthouse ever could.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Fabulous scenery, dopey cops, hapless hoods, furious spouses and a Froot Loops-loving kid round out a picture that gives new meaning to "icing" someone.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) This is a movie where every jump scare is worthy of a shriek.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) This drama of how a "little monster" struggles to find a place within society has a few strong scenes, and a hint of potential stardom for Paradot, whose character Malony rages for humanity as well as himself.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water isn't just a great time at the movies, it's one of the year's best pictures.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2.5/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Enjoyable summer entertainment for grown-ups and anyone else seeking refuge from superheroes.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 75% How Heavy This Hammer (2015) [A] drama that watches what happens when adolescence ignores the calendar.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Herzog regards the online world with a mixture of wonder, humour and horror, observing that the ingenuity of people to build machines is outdone only by their capacity to misuse them.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 81% Equity (2016) The film is humanist rather than overtly feminist, since it shows the high personal cost of trading conscience for filthy lucre. But it's certainly novel to have a financial drama led by women.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) It looks like Pixar, but plays like Monty Python.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 82% Indignation (2016) Schamus gets the suffocating look of 1951 American academia just right, with its sweaters and skirts, and with a rose motif worthy of Citizen Kane. What's missing is any real drama or purpose.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/4 98% Little Men (2016) The antagonists all make persuasive arguments. Sachs, co-writing with Mauricio Zacharias, is careful not to demonize the families or trivialize their sentiments.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 25% Suicide Squad (2016) [A] strange embrace of a movie, which continues to tantalize even as it overstimulates.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) The experience of Jason Bourne may ironically work best for those who are able to put past chapters out of their mind and just thrill to the movement on the screen.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 87% Phantom Boy (2016) The story gets a tad too busy at times, but visually Phantom Boy is delightful, cloaked in the same imagination as director Jean-Loup Felicioli's and Alain Gagnol's previous Oscar-nominated animation, A Cat in Paris.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
1.5/4 33% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) "The Film They Don't Want You to See" sales pitch will now draw more eyeballs than this disingenuous screed deserves.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 71% Café Society (2016) "I'm kind of half-bored, half-fascinated," Eisenberg tells his bro over the long-distance line, and the sentiment could also apply to the movie - although Storaro's sumptuous cinematography makes even its mundane moments enchanting.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) With a delicate palette and soft tones, the craftsmanship on display is impeccable, but the pulse-free drama - think crying over spilled milk - makes for muted impact.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 94% Life, Animated (2016) Director Roger Ross Williams' storytelling skills are at their finest in an engaging story suffused throughout with emotion that never descends into mawkishness.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Viggo Mortensen is truly in his element in Captain Fantastic, in every conceivable way.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Hovering spirits of Ghostbusters past prove more treat than trick for Paul Feig's energetic reboot of the storied 1980s comedy franchise.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Well-groomed characters carry the day.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Sic transit gloria mundi for the beleaguered title pooch of Todd Solondz's latest societal eyeballing, which leashes a dog's life to human absurdity.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 90% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) There's no small irony in a Frank Zappa doc being built around the man's interviews, since he regarded journalism as a form of torture.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/4 97% Weiner (2016) An astounding chronicle of hubris.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) It's impossible not to get caught up in it, even if you're simultaneously repelled by it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 75% The BFG (2016) The film follows the expected path toward Spielbergian contentment for young and old alike.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) It's possible, even likely, that more effort was expended on sculpting Alexander Skarsgard's abs for The Legend of Tarzan than on providing good reason why the movie was made.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 47% Free State of Jones (2016) A Civil War rebellion becomes an enervating movie by Gary Ross.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 93% Tickled (2016) This New Zealand doc tickles the funny bone but also chills the spine. It delves into a goofy fetish that leads down serious and unsettling paths.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Refn is hardly the first moviemaker to find a link between supermodels and scary monsters, but he may be the most style-minded one to make the connection. Imagine an issue of Vogue with Maleficent as guest editor.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The film is so cluttered with characters, exposition and space junk, thickly lacquered with 3D, it's like a party piñata waiting to burst open - but inside are rocks, not toys.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 77% The Shallows (2016) The Shallows pushes the buttons it's supposed to push for a summerthriller, even if the outcome is as deflating as it dumb.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witness (2016) This well-rounded doc rigorously probes, shames and - wonder of wonder - inspires.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 51% Genius (2016) Firth and Law falter with their characters' awkward bromance: the former a fatherly cipher (will he ever take off that fedora?); the latter a clatter of drunken scribe clichés.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016