Sarah Gopaul

Sarah Gopaul
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Digital Journal
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
49% The Witches (2020) As the whimsy comes in different forms in this picture, it distinctly separates itself from the earlier adaptation. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Consequently, one of the themes in this franchise appears to be the many sacrifices she makes to keep the world safe - something many of her male DC counterparts have not had to do over the years. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
67% Ammonite (2020) The camera captures their need for each other, while not being intrusive or trying to overly romanticize their visceral passion. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
56% Come Play (2020) There are obviously scenes that require CGI, but it adds a layer of frightening magic to know the creature exists in an FX workshop somewhere. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
80% Black Mountain Side (2013) The key to making a relatively low-budget movie is an exceptional script and competent casting director. This picture benefits with a considerable measure of both. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) [It] improves on the story in some ways, but falls short in presenting a masterful, wire-fu epic. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) Accompanied by a spooky soundtrack by Mondo Boys and presented in uncharacteristically vibrant, saturated colours, the picture is added to the list of horror anthologies worth watching. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
93% Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) Along the way, everyone has a lot to say and some people only appear to say one thing, but it all comes together to tell a shared story of independent filmmaking. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
33% Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1 (Crazy Samurai Musashi) (2020) It's like watching a video game in which the player has memorized a few key, effective moves and just keeps hitting those buttons in random sequences. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
82% Hail to the Deadites (2020) Somewhat lowering his typical bravado, Campbell speaks fondly about his interactions with the fans and how privileged he feels for being part of something so beloved. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) It's difficult living up to a film beloved by so many, but this second sequel does a good job of evoking everything that was great about its predecessors - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Nolan never fails to deliver on the big screen experience and, in spite of some atypical predictability, this is a thrilling watch from beginning to end. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
64% PACmen (2017) In addition to depicting the inner-workings of a super PAC, director Luke Walker captures how the Christian conservative right were fleeced and divided by ill-suited Republican candidates... - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
29% Bloodshot (2020) The special effects are excellent and the action sequences are good with an original flavour due to their unique superhuman abilities, but [lack of emotion] means it all could've been much better. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
88% Onward (2020) This is an incredibly sweet - and occasionally bittersweet - tale about family and love that will move and entertain audiences... - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
52% Guns Akimbo (2020) Restricted to 95 minutes, the film doesn't try to do more than the bizarre premise promises, which is an off-the-wall shoot 'em up featuring a reluctant and ill-qualified hero. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
21% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The narrative is built on dialogue as characters with different backgrounds collide in this crazy adventure of sex and crime. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) Writer/director Leigh Whannell is a seasoned horror filmmaker who understands scaring viewers is about more than just loud bangs and things popping out of the darkness. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
73% The Lodge (2020) The narrative progresses slowly, allowing the unrest to settle over the picture and dig its claws deep into everyone's psyche. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) The result is a movie that's inferior to its predecessor and not as entertaining as one would expect based on the cast. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) There's no melodrama or exaggeration required - this movie's raw depiction of reality speaks for itself. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) By the end, they each get the chance to prove they shouldn't be underestimated since they're more powerful than the men who kept them down. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) While the opening half of this film lacks some of the clever grit of Ritchie's earlier offerings, it slowly gets into the groove before going full-tilt with falling bodies, meaningful threats and classic gun play. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) This movie feels like it's divided in the middle into two one-hour sections that leave very different impressions. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
13% Dolittle (2020) Downey, Jr. is unquestionably enjoyable, but the animals can't help but steal the show - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It's spectacular to witness for the first 10 minutes before the effect gradually fades out of notice and into its purpose, which is to immerse audiences into the picture. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) The special effects whip audiences into the film in the opening minutes and keep them there for the remainder of the picture. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) This is a film everyone will find entertaining as it consistently delivers laughs via clever plays on the espionage genre... and pigeons. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) There's never going to be a way to make everyone happy - particularly when it comes to some character arcs and the marginalization of others - but this film does a pretty good job of giving the people what they want. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Director Clint Eastwood's depiction of Richard's story is unquestionably siding with the accused, but it's still a fascinating story with captivating characters who draw in viewers. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) It's all still very fantastical and while it likely falls slightly short of the first picture, it's still a wonderfully enjoyable movie. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) The result is an atypical murder mystery that doesn't quite go the way one expects. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) Mirren and McKellen make wonderful companions, even as both seem to be trying to keep up appearances. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's hard to put one faith's in yet another Terminator movie, but this one really does make up for the years of disappointment. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
78% Doctor Sleep (2019) This movie builds a brilliant new narrative around the shine that introduces greater power and more supernatural elements. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The only real downside is Tallahassee's obsession with Twinkies has been forgotten and replaced by a passion for Elvis Presley. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
100% Kuessipan (2019) Most notably, neither [girl] is willing to compromise their values to regain harmony in their friendship. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
80% Crazy World (2019) One can only hope more of their movies are made available as Western audiences have never seen anything like it. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
82% Judy (2019) The last five minutes of this film is a culmination of all the emotions up to that point and it's so marvellously sad and exuberant that many will have trouble holding back the tears. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) This is a coming-of-age comedy that doesn't abide by the rules of typical teen girl narratives. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
79% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) The metaphor is visceral and gripping as it uses a concept everyone can relate to: hunger. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
83% The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) This is one of the best uses of a time loop narrative ever concocted. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
81% Synchronic (2020) Benson and Moorhead have always opted to let the viewer get to know their protagonists before plunging them into whatever oddity they've devised for the narrative, while leaving a shroud of mystery around the peculiarity itself. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
74% Jungleland (2020) This isn't your typical road trip or boxing movie as both those things take a backseat to the brotherly conflict between Stanley and Lion. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) This is a movie that could definitely be pulled out for repeat entertainment thanks to a couple of key performances and some inherently hilarious scenes. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Director Richard Linklater excels with quirky pictures that focus on distinct people and all of the actors do an exceptional job in bringing life to their unusual personalities. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
90% Luce (2019) The narrative doesn't always feel evenly paced, but it's gripping from the first hint of something being amiss to the very end. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) There's definitely a lot of cheesy moments, but it fits perfectly with the over-the-top rivalry. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Even though the film is definitely a Tarantino picture, it differs from his typical fair. Most noticeably, it's not especially violent. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Overall, this is a fairly standard Spider-Man narrative, balancing big, shattering action sequences with adolescent, coming-of-age issues. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019