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Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brian Gibson, Josef Braun, Paul Matwychuk
Paprika (2006)
Its visual collision of mindscapes, films within films and dreams within dreams cascade into a dizzying rush that easily washes away the humdrum dialogue and somewhat sketchy plot.
Posted Sep 13, 2007
Angel-A (2005)
Angela's Oprah-ish effort to change Andre's lying ways becomes a tedious mix of self-help and pop-philosophizing . . . the film's black-and-white look is two shades more complex than its gender politics.
Posted Sep 11, 2007
Azumi (2003)
What will slay you first--the often histrionic acting or the drag-out boredom of that hulking, two-hour-plus thing in the distance that faintly resembles a plot?
Posted Sep 11, 2007
A haunting autopsy of how the personal can obliterate the political, as the oppressors rationalize, repress and then casually repeat the day-to-day injustices they're paid to commit for a society eager to forget its sins.
Posted Sep 3, 2007
Subtlety is knocked on its ass and put out for the count, though a chilling sense of white self-entitlement and ethical superiority tingles on.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
A remarkably dense and powerful picture of people's yearning and struggling. . . . about how 'things just happen'%u2014that's the sadness and beauty of life.
Posted Aug 20, 2007
Yolngu Boy (2001)
The film rides the teenagers' churning anger, despair and elation throughout. . . . The heartbreaking ending is neither naive about how white culture is destroying a millennia-old way of life nor too hopeful about the power of ancient traditions and belie
Posted Aug 20, 2007
While Becoming Jane is too much of a prologue to the writing Austen, it is an impeccably crafted imagining of a young woman seeking love at a time when women were so often 'better than their circumstances.'
Posted Aug 14, 2007
The pace is brisk, the jokes are sharp, and there are sight-gags and zingers that rank up there with some great cartoon moments.
Posted Aug 6, 2007
Offside (2006)
A film of masks . . . Droll comedy and wry ironies artfully disguise Panahi's poignant questioning of national pride, governing the public good, and even the sadness mixed in with past victories.
Posted Jul 18, 2007
Sicko (2007)
Moore mostly lets the sufferers speak, their stories revealing the deep, oozing wounds of a broken healthcare system. . . . deliver[s] an adrenal shot, a strangely enervating mix of anger, shame and hope.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
Here is magic-realism filtered through an oddball sensibility, chilled in the snowdrifts of Winnipeg and bottled in amber-hued frames of celluloid.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
We're given drama and despair at a distance . . . As Piaf, though, Marion Cotillard is remarkable. . . . but Dahan's work never bridges the bitter and sweet chords.
Posted Jun 25, 2007
Surf's Up (2007)
Best when it maintains the documentary conceit . . . brilliant tones and shades of lighting . . . the board scenes unfurl in the best surfing movie tradition.
Posted Jun 25, 2007
If Ocean's Thirteen often seems as budget-bloated and hollow as a Vegas hotel, it still manages to coast on its surface charms. . . . you may not have hit the jackpot, but you didn't get cleaned out, either.
Posted Jun 14, 2007
Dercourt washes the film in a chillingly remorseless suspense. . . . the story, as taut as a razor-sharp piano string, offers a few sly, subtle sexual knots before the final bloody note is struck.
Posted May 31, 2007
The Italian (2007)
A throwback to neo-realist filmmaking . . . snowballs in emotion until later scenes are stomach-knotting in their tension. The film largely avoids sentiment with its muted score and shadowed close-ups.
Posted May 9, 2007
The Invisible lives down to its name--this is a visually forgettable flick. More subpar than supernatural.
Posted May 9, 2007
Purple Rain (1984)
As the puzzle interlocks, the composite truth is terrifying. A second horseman of social collapse is pounding towards us--peak oil.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
Bafflingly, the threats in an occupied country consistently come from within, not without or overhead: what has the effect of the US occupation and Hussein's vicious rule been on these people? Offers a fragmented, obscuring picture of Iraq.
Posted Apr 1, 2007
A scathing attack on the show of feeling by a murderously superficial elite . . . the more you watch it, the more Renoir's masterwork reflects the cold, hard truth%u2014The Rules of the Game still apply.
Posted Mar 25, 2007
Sinks us into the muddied moral line between cops and criminals, beaten down by a callous, bottom-line system . . . holds a mirror up to the Hong Kong action thriller and asks us to look beyond the flash of violence.
Posted Mar 15, 2007
The Mission (2000)
The male world of deception, violence, and suave killers remains intact, a woman's death letting buddies off the hook for their betrayal of the bodyguards' code.
Posted Mar 15, 2007
It's the depth and weight of Freeman Jr's or Michael Wright's or Phyllis Leblanc's words, the anger and sadness behind them, that surge forth here, sinking the political elite's murderously empty promises.
Posted Mar 9, 2007
More documentary than drama even as lyric images whisper past . . . slowly burns itself into the memory.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
A simmering borscht of a Soviet scientific romance . . . Most intriguing are the film's choppy political undercurrents.
Posted Feb 22, 2007
In families, especially, perceptions are relative . . . reminds us that the seemingly mundane, right at our dinner tables, can offer its own special, bittersweet poetry.
Posted Feb 11, 2007
La Moustache (2005)
Bristling with existential doubt and ennui . . . Carrère's half-nightmare, half-dream vision of one man's imprisonment in his own life remains satisfyingly unresolved and stubbornly unique.
Posted Feb 11, 2007
Startlingly powerful, slightly loopy take on the revenge flick . . . offers a wry authenticity that the too-stylish, tough guys and gals in Tarantino's wanna-be-epics of retribution can't exude.
Posted Feb 1, 2007
Tideland (2006)
Never quite coheres . . . But Gilliam has still made an admirable--and, at times, daring--oddity . . . disturbingly different from most celluloid childhoods.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
Why, ultimately, leave 1920s England to see a tragic romance between two Brits? Part this veil, and the atmosphere dissolves into a smokescreen, the backdrop revealed as a chasm between cultures.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
This is epic, super-duper-sized . . . a hollow but lovely looking spectacle.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
This deathly film is crafted with such ease that it comes appallingly alive. A slowly suffocating, masterly work of social realism that shrouds you in a melancholy look at mortality.
Posted Dec 21, 2006
Cheech (2006)
With its garish and seamy scenes, its flabby shots and not-snappy-enough dialogue, Cheech is often like a nasty old pair of leopard-print underwear, its elastic frayed and loose.
Posted Dec 14, 2006
Eragon (2006)
As soon as Fangmeier sinks his teeth into the plot, he cuts from set piece to set piece in a frenzy, spitting out chunks of unnecessary voiceover and dizzying F/X. . . . a dim fantasy flick.
Posted Dec 14, 2006
L'Enfer (2005)
The spectre of Kieslowski flutters through the film, but his eye and touch aren't there%u2014it's hard to watch L'Enfer without wondering, what would he have done?
Posted Dec 1, 2006
Half Nelson (2006)
This enigmatic, mesmerizing film about half-chances and halting reconciliations bristles with unresolved tension in a world where black and white are interlocked.
Posted Nov 12, 2006
Familia (2005)
A mundane melodrama that drags us along to window shop for some cheap, knock-off dysfunction. . . the women are about as interesting as stale donuts and the lying, cheating men are like the deep fryer's leftover lard drippings.
Posted Nov 12, 2006
Its attack on American racist capitalism is provocative, disturbing and powerful satire . . . shows us through fiction what Katrina has already revealed in fact.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
Drowned Out (2004)
A devastating, damning indictment of the Indian government's thirst to show the world how impressive and progressive their burgeoning economic empire can be.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
49 Up (2006)
Doesn't tell us about these people's lives so much as it splashes a cold hourglass of water in the face, reminding us that time can slowly turn us into someone unrecognizable, especially to ourselves.
Posted Oct 28, 2006
U-Carmen (2005)
A fiery fusion of low-budget cinema and stately opera, street life and high art . . . offers a refreshing portrayal of female sexuality as voluptuous, bawdy, exuberant and unconquerable.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
A road movie about the end of the road, about paths diverging, when travellers' time together can only be brief.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
Not only a fascinating illumination of a blotted-out part of the counter-cultural, popular-protest '60s, but a timely questioning of patriotism and duty in the midst of an increasingly unjustifiable war.
Posted Sep 2, 2006
Raw, riveting filmmaking that shines a light on the dark underbelly of the 'war on terror.' . . . a searing exposé of how badly our supposedly democratic, rights-upholding part of the world has lost its way since September 11.
Posted Aug 27, 2006
A tragedy in a vacuum, a story where two twinkles of hope blot out darkness, a tale of triumph that's hermetically sealed and packaged for maximum feel-good consumption.
Posted Aug 10, 2006
An allusive and elusive tracing of the man and his work that also offers a rueful rumination on the artistic process.
Posted Aug 10, 2006