Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) Brian Gibson It's a devastating portrait of our laborious despoliation of the earth (trudging through sludge is its signature shot). This survey of our destructive impact seems like a post-mortem. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Brian Gibson [It's] a torpid, dreary continuation of what's becoming the Dumbledore Reunion Tour, this is puff and smoke-fantasy without splendor, joy, fun, or much color at all. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Chelsea Novak The Grinch took out too much, without adding much of anything. It wasn't Seussian enough and didn't add enough of an original plot to hold adult interest. Its humor also fell flat. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
1/5 Best F(r)iends: Volume 2 (2018) Brian Gibson A tedious, sluggish connecting of smeared plot points, the story dawdles and dallies. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
1/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Brian Gibson Bohemian Rhapsody is biopic agony. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Jake Pesaruk The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a formidable first outing for the Coens on a streaming format, but there is no doubt that this narrative six-shooter has a couple of duds. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
4.5/5 Upgrade (2018) Chelsea Novak Upgrade is a great, bloody ride. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 Overlord (2018) Jake Pesaruk Overlord harkens back to a time when horror didn't have to be thought-provoking or nightmare inducing-because if there's one thing we sometimes forget about the monsters under our bed, it's that they can be a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 In Search of Greatness (2018) Brian Gibson In Search of Greatness, the latest from Gabe Polsky (Red Army), explores the passion, obsessiveness, and creativity in sports. But, though intriguing and sometimes adrenalizing, this search stumbles. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 The Happy Prince (2018) Stephan Boissonneault This film could have been an important piece of queer history that actually had a point to make, but it instead gets lost in pockets of bad and utterly boring writing. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Viral Beauty (2017) Brian Gibson It's hard to watch and tough to look away. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Stephan Boissonneault It is enjoyable and a favorable first outing for Hill, but it will probably soon be left in forgotten obscurity. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 Halloween (2018) Brian Gibson Beyond the stabs of tension, there's a disturbing self-reflection on Halloween's appeal. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Brian Gibson As it is, Bad Times at the El Royale ends up feeling like a long drive in a slow-building desert storm: vast, arid stretches of story between lightning-flashes of action. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Stephan Boissonneault The film would have been different if Stewart was still alive, but now, it's his underwater magnum opus. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Heather Gunn It's heartfelt, well-paced, and gut-wrenchingly tragic, with the gorgeous music and two main characters taking centre stage by grabbing hold of the audience's emotion until the very last second. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Miya Abe It's too bad this film wasn't effective enough to present that message of indomitability in a stronger, more engaging way, because kids need it now more than ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Brian Gibson Wondering if our plugged-in world is short-circuiting our most haywire years, Eighth Grade is neither alarmist nor condemning -- just wincingly sensitive. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Chelsea Novak This film is funny and entertaining -- very important given that with the hindsight of about 10 minutes the movie's plot slowly starts to unravel. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Mandy (2018) Stephan Boissonneault Mandy is going to live as a cult classic. It won't be for everyone, but many will enjoy it for its chimerical cadence. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 McQueen (2018) Chelsea Novak Overall, the film offers an intimate look into the life of a fascinating designer. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 Slender Man (2018) Brian Gibson Unfortunately, Slender Man is just a schlocky horror flick. Even then, it's a little too reminiscent of recent real-life horror. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
1/5 The Happytime Murders (2018) Jake Pesaruk This wannabe crime comedy barely limps along as passible entertainment. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
The Crescent (2017) Levi Gogeria Even with a modest budget, The Crescent utilizes its art-house roots, and avant-garde storytelling to weave a smart and sinister tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Stephan Boissonneault It feels like Riley approached making his movie like making a concept album. Sorry To Bother You has three parts to it and loves to change tone, genre, and plot to an extent, in a flavourful way that keeps you entertained. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
1/5 Shock and Awe (2017) Jake Pesaruk What could have been an important and timely film in an era of distrust in journalism is sadly wasted. The film bombards its audience with surgically rapid scenes that feed as much information as possible with no emotional pay off. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Jake Pesaruk Sadly, the movie has a hard time picking a villain to stick with... That coupled with a flat ending... results in Ant-Man and the Wasp just barely making it past passable, without earning itself a spot in the ranks of summer romp. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 The First Purge (2018) Brian Gibson After its intriguingly tasty first course, though, the overwritten dialogue, undercooked characters, and overdone camerawork reveal themselves. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
1/5 Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) Chelsea Novak It's not just that Isabelle reaches the end of the film unchanged; it's that there was never any chance that she might not. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
5/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Chris Penwell All of this is set to Michael Giacchino's fantastic score, which continues to wow with its jazzy, big band style. The music helps draw you into the world and personality of the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Brian Gibson And what remains so pleasantly surprising is how slyly and smoothly, from start to finish, this chronicle of a much-beloved children's program goes against the grain of the Trump era. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 Borg vs. McEnroe (2017) Brian Gibson Twinned in their passion to outmatch the other, their sporting "love" seems a strange, awful, awesome game. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
Tag (2018) Chris Penwell Tag is a disappointment to those looking for the next big summer comedy. The writing overly relies on profanity for cheap jokes, and the movie drags on until a brief but hilarious tag scene comes on screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Brian Gibson A dull con-artist movie like Ocean's 8 makes its audience feel like suckers. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
The Seagull (2018) Sierra Bilton [Saoirse Ronan] may appear on the surface as another run-of-the-mill, pretty and lovey girl, but if you give her films the time of day and see them through, she'll prove you wrong every time. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Brian Gibson But the neatest trick that Hereditary manages is the feeling, especially in that beginning and with its ending, that there's some strange force beyond us, perhaps even beyond this film, just waiting and beholding us... EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 Adrift (2018) Brian Gibson What emerges, most remarkably, is how one 24-year-old's sense of herself, for nearly six weeks on the planet's largest ocean, slipped and shifted but found enough resolve, enough of a polestar-force guiding her on, to keep her not just adrift, but alive. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
5/5 Tom of Finland (2017) Sierra Bilton Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski lovingly tells the story of iconic Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Chris Penwell This is the most authentic Star Wars movie since The Force Awakens. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
5/5 RBG (2018) Stephan Boissonneault RBG is a very enjoyable piece of history that touches on the obscure fame one woman has earned, championing women's rights without using a single bad word or raising her voice. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Chris Penwell Most of the jokes in Deadpool 2 fly at you like a gatling gun, firing off random references that you've probably never heard of. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
Meditation Park (2017) Sierra Bilton As such, Meditation Park holds an important zeitgeist of our time, well-worth the trip to catch it. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 Tully (2018) Brian Gibson [Writer Diablo] Cody locates lots of lovely comedy in the harried, hamstrung, and harassed. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 Bag It (2010) Stephan Boissonneault Although the film does kind of hit a lull when it starts focusing on the health effects of plastic, it's a pretty interesting journey from one man's point of view. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (2018) Stephan Boissonneault If you want to learn about... the industrial genre itself, this one is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
4.5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Jake Pesaruk The directing duo of the Russo brothers have proven time and again that they are wonderful weavers of character interaction, and they use that as their glue to hold this massive cinematic attempt together. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 Lowlife (2017) Stephan Boissonneault With a bit of editing and smoother plot development Lowlife could have been expertly unique, but as is, it kind of shoots itself in the face. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
5/5 Foxtrot (2017) Sierra Bilton The film is a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
5/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) Brian Gibson In its skittering vision of innocence corrupted, the film's beauty spellbinds even more. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 Isle of Dogs (2018) Stephan Boissonneault That being said, the film is enjoyable and cinema fiends, dog lovers, and children should all see it. Even if it's just to celebrate it's diverse, whimsical animation. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018