Calgary Movies

Calgary Movies is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Katrina Olson, Ryan Cracknell
Rating Title/Year Author
7.5/10 Halston (2019) Katrina Olson This film was an amazing exploration of an artist who lived to create. When his work was devalued, he had nothing to live for anymore.Tcheng does Halston proud, honouring his life's work in this very entertaining dramocumentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
6.5/10 () Katrina Olson The casting in this film was perfect, the story was enrapturing and created just a subtle inkling of the actual facts of the Bundy murders EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Roving Mars (2006) Ryan Cracknell Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2008
We Shall Overcome (2006) Ryan Cracknell Buoyed by likeable characters and the ever-dependable super teacher construct, We Shall Overcome builds into a better-than-solid underdog story. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
The Page Turner (2006) Ryan Cracknell With gentle plotting the intensity builds and builds until it all boils over. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
The Elementary Particles (2006) Ryan Cracknell A depressing thinker of a film that also offers a little nostalgia to boot. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
13 Tzameti (2005) Ryan Cracknell 13 Tzameti does suffer from a weak and even lazy conclusion, but that doesn't stop 90 minutes that come before it. This truly is deserving of being unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2007
Curse of the Maya (2004) Ryan Cracknell While's there's some interesting components, Dawn of the Living Dead is definitely not the dawn of a new era in zombie flicks. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2007
Forest of the Dead (2006) Ryan Cracknell Combining horror and comedy isn't easy if you want to be taken seriously. Forest of the Dead tries but in the end it's a failure, even in the realm of low-budget filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2007
Partition (2007) Ryan Cracknell Since the story didn't draw me in too much I frequently found myself admiring the intricate scenery instead. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2007
The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Ryan Cracknell Equal parts horror and comedy, Return of the Living Dead finds success on both fronts. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2007
() Ryan Cracknell Having not grown up on Fangoria or other horror magazines, I'm not sure which of the information presented is common knowledge among fans and what isn't, but it seemed very informative to me. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2007
() Ryan Cracknell For fans of genre filmmaking, the Creature Features Collection is a nice collection of documentaries that highlight some of horror and science fiction's greatest moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2007
The Full Monty (1997) Ryan Cracknell When it was first released in 1997, it made quite a name for itself, arguably in large part to the fact of its subject matter. A decade later, the shock factor is gone and what's left is a genuinely funny little film. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2007
Flyboys (2006) Ryan Cracknell The best of Pearl Harbor meeting the worst of HBO's Band of Brothers. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2007
The Guardian (2006) Ryan Cracknell Overly bloated action drama that is predictable and drawn out. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2007
() Ryan Cracknell About as shallow a show I have ever seen as young girls mope about their boyfriends, shop, sleep in and complain about their jobs. And it all takes place in the upscale world of Los Angeles. Oh, the struggle; oh, the drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2007
Blood Diamond (2006) Ryan Cracknell This is one powerful film. The shooting style is intense, mixing action with heart-wrenching drama with Leonardo DiCaprio's faux South African accent. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Déjà Vu (2006) Ryan Cracknell Towards the end it gets a little tiresome and hokey. But the ride of the first two-thirds is well worth the journey. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Freedom Writers (2007) Ryan Cracknell While it is, like its genre brethren, inspiring and uplifting, Freedom Writers glosses over so much material that it makes the process look too easy. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Head Trauma (2006) Ryan Cracknell Much of the time you're guessing what's real and what's not, but it's not done in such a way that you're lost and confused. Instead there's this creepy vibe that crawls across your skin. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Primeval (2007) Ryan Cracknell The possibility of commentary is raised but it ultimately is glossed over with cliches and very little substance. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Ryan Cracknell Somewhere in all the fluff and garbage is just enough heart to make Revenge of the Nerds one of the forefathers of a generation of light-hearted comedies like American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Ghost (1990) Ryan Cracknell Guys, cook a nice meal, crack a bottle of nice red wine and toss this in and you've got an instant classic date. Bonus points if you pull out a tissue or three. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
Happy Feet (2006) Ryan Cracknell Unfortunately, once the eye candy is firmly established, there's a story here that drags and drags. Then it takes a bit of a leap before it drags some more. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
The Prestige (2006) Ryan Cracknell Nolan balances Hollywood and indie sensibilities pulling off a film that is smart, complicated and carries a big look. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
The Queen (2006) Ryan Cracknell I was to this film. It's slow and plodding throughout, yet the format Frears brings to the table is gripping in its balance. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2007
The Siege (1998) Ryan Cracknell More political than entertaining, The Siege is a reflection of our heightened awareness and sensitivity to terrorism and the price of freedom. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
The Night Listener (2006) Ryan Cracknell One of those films where it's easy to recognize something's going on and there's interesting intentions but it just never comes together. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006) Ryan Cracknell An excellent documentary in charting how celebrities can use their public status for good, especially if they have the guts to turn their backs on what made them famous for a greater good. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
U2 - The DVD Collectors Box (2006) Ryan Cracknell There's a generic and distant feel to both that limit their replay value and the lack of real depth may turn off the big-time fans most likely to be interested in a release such as this. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
That Thing You Do! (1996) Ryan Cracknell An undeniably delightful film. It makes you smile and want to dance, and (for better or worse) it's titular theme song won't leave your head for days. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
Payback (1999) Ryan Cracknell A solid enough action comedy, albeit one that had a lot of potential to be wittier and darker. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
Let's Go to Prison (2006) Ryan Cracknell The short and the sweet of it: Let's Go to Prison is one of the worst pieces of Hollywood garbage I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
() Ryan Cracknell Feels more like a superficial magazine article in a mainstream magazine. Sure, there's some info to be taken from it but it's simply not personal enough to the band it focuses on. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
The Heart of the Game (2005) Ryan Cracknell Serrill does a good job of grounding the film with the conventions to suck you in and make the team likeable. But then the politics and real stories emerge, which makes the film truly stand apart from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2007
Flicka (2006) Ryan Cracknell If it's going to be a paint-by-numbers plot then there should be an emotional core to hang it on. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2007
The Cry Baby Killer (1958) Ryan Cracknell Heavy in dialoge, the scenes plod along without much rhythm. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2007
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Ryan Cracknell What I really enjoyed about The Fabulous Baker Boys is the way it balances between the three key characters, as well as the outside world that they're up against. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2007
Love's Abiding Joy (2006) Ryan Cracknell Although wholesome and simple in its storytelling, the central characters are on such a pedestal of virtue that it's impossible to relate to them in any way. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2007
Trust the Man (2005) Ryan Cracknell An intelligent low-brow comedy for adults. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2007
The Marine (2006) Ryan Cracknell The story is minimal and the action is preposterous, but it doesn't try to be much else. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2007