Tara Thorne

Tara Thorne
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T-Meter Title | Year
80% Late Night (2019) That this film was made at all-let alone caused a money-throwing frenzy-is shocking. That anyone gets to see it is a gift and a privilege, so get to it. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) In a time when technology and stuff are measures of success, The Biggest Little Farm offers up a more traditional view of life, existing from what the earth is able to give, in whatever form it may come. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet Ordinary Days (2017) Its concept-the same story told from three perspectives, each segment handled by a different director-could've played as pointless schtick, but here it's deployed deftly enough to keep you guessing until nearly the final shot. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle doesn't have a grand message and it doesn't need one. It's two top-notch comedians trying to steal the movie from one another. They both win. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The directors coax layered, duplicitous performances out of their actors, a lot of whom are performing for the first time, including the formidable Carmiña Martínez as Wayuu matriarch Ursula. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Julianne Moore's brightest spot in ages. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Eisenberg does his usual, but Skarsgård gets a lot of notes to play with Anton, whose quiet genius is offset by great bursts of energy in the form of screaming or running. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
80% Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) It's a gentle, educational ride, and Canadians will see the parallels in the two countries' treatment of its Indigenous citizens. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Anyone who saw Larson's finely wrought work in The United States of Tara knows she is equally adept at drama and comedy and Carol Danvers is allowed both, a rarity in this universe. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) You're on board with this sort of thing or you're not-in this case Arctic is incredibly captivating, made with care and wholly entertaining, plus it's got an ending that leaves you with a discussion. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Even if - despite the fact - men still feel the need to point out the obvious in 2019, Bader Ginsburg and [director Mimi] Leder are much-appreciated proof that change takes time, is arduous and worth it. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) But this is less a movie than an actual experience, built to wash over you, leaving bits behind - of race and justice - for you to look at and think about long afterward. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
48% Clara (2019) It does gain traction in its final 20 minutes, when Clara's big reveal appears and pays off most of the previous hour, but that sacrifices actual emotion for dutifully plotted emotional beats. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
60% The Front Runner (2018) It's not thrilling, exactly, but it is engaging and ultimately-surprisingly?-wistful, especially if you went to wikipedia before the movie. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a heartbreaker of a performance. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
91% Widows (2018) It won't get the awards attention of 12 Years a Slave, but it should. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
90% Waiting for Superman (2010) Guggenheim's heartbreaking film, a Best Documentary contender that did not even get nominated---he won for An Inconvenient Truth---opens with an admission of white liberal guilt. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
78% Mother and Child (2010) There are powerful moments and the cast is note-perfect. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
84% Whip It (2009) Though it's got first-timer mistakes (too long, too many food fights) its indie-rock girl-power charms are, like co-star Kristen Wiig, undeniable. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) Precious is a hard but worthy journey. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
81% Disneynature Oceans (2010) There's surprisingly small amount of eco finger-wagging and a touch too many suspicious reaction shots... but Oceans is marvellously, fantastically shot (very little blood, parents) and foleyed, heavy-handed soundtrack aside. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
86% Please Give (2010) The most underrated American director this side of Richard Linklater, Nicole Holofcener, continues to be a master of The Moment: a tiny but meaningful exchange or look or gesture that conveys more emotion than any awards-bait monologue could. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
98% Toy Story 3 (2010) Leave it to Pixar to subvert the Hollywood rule of sequels, which states that each subsequent film must have eyes full of dollar signs at the expense of quality. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
78% Childstar (2005) Mike Goldbach wrote Childstar in 2004; this is his first feature as writer-director, and it's nimble and full of visual tricks, funny and sexy, yet somehow a suspenseful thriller. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3% Passion Play (2011) Terribly shot and written, Glazer's got Rourke facing death so many times that an hour in you're hoping someone will just shoot him already, or at least you, and end this awful experiment. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
73% Everything Must Go (2011) The film is not quite there somehow-like Punch Drunk Love-level Adam Sandler, Ferrell needs a scene in which he busts out his signature belligerent yelling, or some kind of outburst, but he's just flat and defeated, and not in the Oscar-winning way. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
8% Virginia (2012) It's not funny, it's not charming and it's only clear it's set in modern day when a character mentions the internet. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) It's tonally uncomfortable, which was probably Hoffman's intent, and though it's not a home run, there's great acting on display-another common theme in films adapted from plays. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
50% Girlfriend (2011) Understated, well-acted and likely never to be heard from again, Girlfriend is the kind of movie you come to film festivals to see. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
92% Tabloid (2011) It's a well-told story without any consequence or larger meaning, and it's the first round of applause I've witnessed at press screenings this year. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
65% Tamara Drewe (2010) It's fun but overlong, not a waste of regular time, but probably of festival time. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Allen has forgotten how to write like people talk, and the muted yellows of upper-class London are as boring as the script, which contains a Viagra joke, in 2010. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
72% Heartbeats (2011) [Director Xavier Dolan's] got an unquestionably terrific eye but a bit of a tin ear for dialogue, and continues to shoot himself in loving close-up, a detriment. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
71% Beautiful Boy (2011) The best scenes take place in a motel room, mostly hand-held, and Bello absolutely goes for it, and it's admirable that they hold themselves back a little bit in a story that's begging for histrionics. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
No Score Yet Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon (2010) Featuring talking head interviews... it also contains great archival photos and excerpts from Roxon's writings, which at the time were progressive in feminism and music journalism. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
25% Peep World (2011) A strong ensemble led by narrator Lewis Black, Peep World is reasonably funny but never overly so, and the climactic dinner doesn't feel long enough to support the preceding hourish before it. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
55% Janie Jones (2011) It reminds me of one of those Disney movies about sports. I liked it. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
70% Somewhere (2010) More tone poem than film, Somewhere finds Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) at her most untethered and experimental. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) It is a masterclass of acting, directing, writing and cinematography, of tonality, of pacing and of emotion. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
32% How Do You Know (2010) Brooks wants to make a contemporary relationship film and a topical one about the financial crisis and winds up failing on both sides. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
60% Kaboom (2011) Watch with friends. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
92% Public Speaking (2011) Nonetheless, this is high-brow entertainment of the wittiest order---a little cold, but so what? - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
59% Hysteria (2012) The movie, directed by Tanya Wexler, is a pretty conventional British run at something fun, like when Stephen Frears does a funny one. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) Metallica aside - Berlinger also directed Some Kind of Monster - Purgatory is beautifully framed, critical but not judgmental of the law enforcement official... and even-handed with the jailed men who are somehow not bitter or beaten by their ordeal. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
93% Page Eight (2011) For a "spy thriller" there is zero violence, zero running, zero screaming and only minimal double crossing-the whole thing is rather civilized and zingy. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
72% The Future (2011) Miranda July is a divisive force and a rare, vital talent. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
75% Damsels in Distress (2012) It's completely absurd, and though overlong, completely hilarious. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
44% Jennifer's Body (2009) Jennifer's Body assures that Cody is not a one-hit wonder - not that she needed to prove it. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
95% Pariah (2011) Pariah is a fine debut---it's all been done, but rarely with performances this raw and real. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
71% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) Many points also to director Lee Toland Krieger, DP David Lanzenberg and editor Yana Gorskaya for crafting an intimate, cool, interestingly assembled picture, hard to do with a talky feelings indie. - The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018