Winnipeg Free Press

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Alison Gillmor Late Night raises some timely questions. How do you make entertainment "relevant" without losing your sense of humour? How do you keep it accessible without resorting to lowest-common-denominator pap? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018) Alison Gillmor The film follows its own interesting directions, mixing up footage from Bergman's films and archival material with thoughtful interviews with Bergman collaborators. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Jen Zoratti Where the film really shines is in its musical numbers. The eminently hummable songs of composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice are given lavish music video treatment. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Répertoire des villes disparues (2019) Alison Gillmor The dead don't die in this subdued and eerily strange drama, but Ghost Town Anthology isn't a standard ghost story. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 The Image Book (2018) Alison Gillmor Easy to dislike at times but hard to dismiss, The Image Book is a difficult, contradictory, complex work. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Randall King The script is bluntly by-the-numbers when it comes to plot points, many of which you can safely predict... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Randall King John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum sees the franchise running out of steam as definitively as the exhausted, wounded Wick himself. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Alison Gillmor With striking cinematography, stately pacing and a formal and distant tone, Birds of Passage has a stark simplicity. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Alison Gillmor The film also makes points - sometimes subtle, sometimes very frank - about the ways in which women, especially older women, are overlooked and underestimated. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Alison Gillmor To call Amazing Grace a concert film is a pale description of a soul-expanding, whole-body experience. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Randall King There is lots to love here: the way Downey balances acerbic wit and heartfelt feeling. The way Ruffalo somehow manages to invest Hulk/Banner with warmth. Evans' all-American sincerity. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Giant Little Ones (2018) Alison Gillmor While not as accomplished as Lady Bird or Eighth Grade, Giant Little Ones avoids the usual high school clichés, crafting an honest and nuanced 21st-century coming-out story. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 () Jen Zoratti It's not because she's extraordinarily beautiful, although she is that. Rather, it's her raw power, strength and determination - the way she commands the attention of thousands of people with a single look, one that challenges you to underestimate her. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 Burning (2018) Alison Gillmor The subtext is pointedly political but always expressed through Lee's subtle cinematic intensity, with evocative views of murky interiors and landscapes that dissolve into dusk and darkness. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Alison Gillmor Unfortunately, the serial-killer-as-artiste trope is a little culturally exhausted, and von Trier's attempts to liven it up don't really work. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/5 Through Black Spruce (2018) Randall King Through Black Spruce is less than the sum of its actorly parts. It lacks a feeling of real investment in these characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Us (2019) Alison Gillmor Us is just a good movie. It's freaky, scary, carefully crafted and deeply unsettling. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 Level 16 (2018) Randall King While Level 16 may lack the prestige of a Margaret Atwood adaptation such as The Handmaid's Tale, it warrants equal consideration as a work of formidable feminist fury. On a budget. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Alison Gillmor Holmes' undented belief in her mission is embodied in her odd, unblinking gaze. Our fascination with this eerie disconnect -- this bright blue gap between truth and deception -- is why we keep meeting that gaze. In The Inventor, it's hard to look away. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Alison Gillmor Five Feet Apart is clearly aspiring to reach the heights of recent projects like John Greene's The Fault in Our Stars, but these kind of narrative stumbles keep it grounded. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Alison Gillmor Hummingbird remains a tonally erratic project that struggles to find a point of view. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Jill Wilson The Netflix-produced thriller has plenty of shoot-'em-up action, but it's the accounting that will leave you breathless. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Alison Gillmor Even when a formidably female Captain Marvel finally gets her own film, it feels less like a standalone story and more like a placeholder. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Jill Wilson It's almost impossible to imagine an event that would attract such a wide swath of humanity today - a group assembled not in protest, but in support of the spirit of endeavour. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Alison Gillmor This is a sneaky film of ideas, as Assayas manages to be very talky without ever becoming arid. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Amanda (2018) Alison Gillmor This kind of set-up often gets played for sentimental life lessons in Hollywood, but director Mikhael Hers explores David and Amanda's situation with delicacy and poignance. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Keep an Eye Out (2018) Alison Gillmor Super-stylized and darkly absurd, the story becomes increasingly unmoored as fact and fiction, past and future start to melt and meld together. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 Bodied (2017) Jill Wilson Bodied covers its bases with a certain self-awareness, heading viewers off before they can cry foul. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Watermelon Woman (1996) Alison Gillmor The Watermelon Woman can be awkward and clunky, and its shoestring budget sometimes shows. But it's also fresh and frequently very funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Alison Gillmor Lee brings his stylized esthetic and flair for genre-flipping to this kooky fact-based story. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Alison Gillmor This is an achingly specific picture of mundane moments and sudden sorrows, with long, patient scenes of young men shooting hoops or playing blues guitar, of a toddler tiring himself out, of kids just doing stuff in backyards and fields. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Alison Gillmor There were tons of references to other rom-coms. It works by taking the tropes of the romantic comedy head on and admitting that they're kind of ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Jill Wilson The casting was surprisingly excellent. I find Rebel Wilson too broad in most movies, and I found she was quite constrained and convincing in that role. I bought her. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Jen Zoratti I loved this movie, which I was not expecting at all. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Randall King Yes, this is grim stuff. Fortunately, director Labaki found a natural and charismatic young actor in the untrained Zain Al Rafeea. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Randall King Neeson carries the baggage of all his past revenge movies, and thus his presence detracts from the sardonic tone of the piece more than it adds. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Into Invisible Light (1970) Randall King Carter tends to err on the side of sombre seriousness. The story may not be the stuff of a rom-com, but that's all the more reason to leaven the proceedings with a touch of humour. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Randall King Reilly proves to be especially superb as Hardy. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Alison Gillmor In the end, the power of Shoplifters is cumulative and unexpected. As with Osamu's tricks, legal and otherwise, it's only afterwards that you realize what has happened. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 Serenity (2019) Alison Gillmor There's a reason why Serenity feels, well, like a bad movie. But by the time we get to the reason, we've had to sit through 90 minutes of that bad movie, and those 90 minutes are not redeemed by Knight's big reveal. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/5 Vice (2018) Randall King A true portrait of Cheney should have been modelled after something with the gravitas due its subject. The Godfather, for example. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Alison Gillmor Moving quietly through a year in Cleo's life and using beautiful black-and-white cinematography, the film is deeply emotional but rigorously unsentimental. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Randall King All in all, it amounts to the most campy DC outing since Joel Schumacher helmed a couple of Batman movies in the '90s. That's not a recommendation. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Randall King If making the movie was a gamble, seeing the movie is a risk worth taking on the strength of sheer oddball charm. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Randall King Blunt is, in the end, perfect enough. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Alison Gillmor Add in a story that handles both large-scale superhero action and small-scale human problems and actually pulls off some real feeling, and this Spider-Man - along with all his Spider-Friends - is the best cinematic webslinger in years. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Schindler's List 25th Anniversary (2018) Randall King A great film but a tough watch. But after 25 years, some viewers may decide they're ready to see it again. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 The Goose (2018) Alison Gillmor He hasn't defaulted to a conventional narrative - that's not really his thing - but The Goose still manages to hold together, partly because of the brilliance and consistency of Maryniuk's trippy visual style. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 1945 (2017) Alison Gillmor The darkness of wartime reaches not only into one day in August. In this muted but powerful film, Török is also commenting, obliquely but effectively, on the rise of far-right nationalism and anti-Semitism in present-day Hungary. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 Widows (2018) Randall King It is largely Viola Davis's show, and she up for the heavy lifting of a heroine who deftly juggles grief, anger and survival instincts with dazzling confidence. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018