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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Downhill (2020) Norman Wilner Downhill wastes Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell... EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 Nose to Tail (2019) Norman Wilner Toxic masculinity never goes out of style, and Nose To Tail still offers a compelling perspective on the issue. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Norman Wilner It's great to see a fluffy high school picture that doesn't talk down to its audience or its characters, with most of the story's complications growing out of who these people are and what they mean to one another. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Norman Wilner What a sumptuous, splendid, devastating film. Please don't miss the chance to see it in a theatre. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Norman Wilner As with all of Aardman's best work, the stakes may be simple but the character work is rewardingly complex... and that's really saying something here, since the Shaun movies play without intelligible dialogue. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai As much as casting Carrey in a cartoonish villain role feels like a too-easy, nearly groan-worthy choice, the comic is great, relying not only on his rubbery face for outsized expressions but also some legit funny bits. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 The Photograph (2020) Norman Wilner The romance is the hook; the character work is the heart, with Rae and Stanfield finding a smouldering chemistry that makes them both look like proper movie stars for the first time. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Norman Wilner Mostly, though, the movie works. The set pieces are strong, the action choreography kinetic and fun, and once all the characters are finally in the same place, Birds Of Prey delivers proper super-team mayhem. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 Rabid (2019) Norman Wilner Vandervoort does her best to give Rose more depth than the script offers, but it's an uphill battle. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Norman Wilner ...all the virtuoso technique is still being employed in the service of a very familiar story. And I can't imagine audiences will respond to The Rhythm Section with enough enthusiasm to warrant an encore. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 Gretel & Hansel (2020) Norman Wilner Osgood Perkins's grotty adaptation of the fairy tale feels a bit thin, but the performances are frighteningly good... EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Norman Wilner ...scaled down to smaller venues and streaming, the experience is more grinding than transporting. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 Il pleuvait des oiseaux (2019) Norman Wilner Sicotte and Girard are enthralling as the aging heroes, who treasure their shared solitude but are willing to welcome people in need... EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/5 The Last Full Measure (2020) Norman Wilner It's comfort food about wartime death. If that's what you're looking for, have at it. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/5 What Did Jack Do? (2020) Norman Wilner It is all very silly. It will be embraced as a puckish masterwork from a beloved cultural figure. And sure, what the hell, why not. Look, I don't know what to tell you. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Bad Boys For Life's relationship to its predecessors becomes what The Irishman is to Goodfellas and Casino. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Norman Wilner ...that's a problem: for all of the history it packs into an hour and a half, What She Said still feels like a superficial look at a very complicated person. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Les misérables (2019) Norman Wilner The resonance is there where it counts: the film is set in the same district of Paris where Hugo wrote his epic tale of persecution and obsession, and it has the same determination to see the humanity in all of its characters... EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/5 Dolittle (2020) Angelo Muredda Robert Downey Jr.'s first post-Marvel film is awful, but not in a so-bad-it's-good way... EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Cunningham (2019) Kathleen Smith Alla Kovgan's beautifully constructed film about choreographer Merce Cunningham is cause for celebration. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 Underwater (2020) Norman Wilner For all the work the filmmakers have put into the structure and the aesthetic, they've failed to do much with the characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 The Grudge (2020) Norman Wilner The jumps are well-managed, the film feels of a piece with the other movies in the series, and [Nicolas] Pesce orchestrates one exquisite twist that offers a completely different angle on the whole life-after-death thing. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Spies In Disguise is buoyant, zippy and pleasing to look at. With all the glitter and rainbow weaponry at Beckett's disposal, the movie doesn't want for bright colours. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
2/5 The Song of Names (2019) Norman Wilner François Girard's historical drama is an empty box of a movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Norman Wilner Is it essential Herzog? Not really. But it's watchable, and lovers of Chatwin's spirit will find plenty of him here. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) Glenn Sumi Despite some clever additions to the stage musical, Tom Hooper's adaptation produces many bad, and bizarre, memories. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 Little Women (2019) Glenn Sumi Upon first glance, Gerwig's film might seem like just another generic costume drama - and yet another adaptation of the much-filmed Louisa May Alcott novel. It's anything but. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 1917 (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Skyfall director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins re-team for the filmmaking answer to "who can hold their breath the longest?" EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 6 Underground (2019) Norman Wilner Michael Bay's Netflix dud is even less coherent than the worst of his Transformers movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Watching Hart speak like Danny Glover is more amusing than expected. And even if Dwayne Johnson doesn't have the acting chops to pull off Danny DeVito, his efforts are still goofy enough for the kids. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Norman Wilner It's a pleasant enough comedy, even if the outcome is never in doubt. The WWE doesn't make movies about candidates who wash out, after all. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
5/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Norman Wilner I cheered. You will, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 She Never Died (2019) Norman Wilner Audrey Cummings's companion piece to the 2015 horror oddity He Never Died is gruesome and darkly funny... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 () Norman Wilner There's a nagging sense that Brotherhood is, ultimately, less than the sum of its parts. Maybe it should have been a radio play. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Norman Wilner Lone Scherfig's everything-is-connected ensemble film never comes together. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 () Norman Wilner It's maybe not as funny as Walker wants it to be - a burbly jazz score tries very hard to force some lightness into the material - but it'll leave you thinking... EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 The Two Popes (2019) Norman Wilner For all the dialogue they volley back and forth (in four languages apiece!), you'll notice neither of them really says much of anything. Neither does the movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai A sensuous moment is repeatedly, intentionally and frustratingly interrupted by cutaways to a protest, where Black citizens clash violently with police. Even in sex, their pleasure is punctured with the strife and tension facing Black lives. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Norman Wilner The filmmaker's willingness to show us the toll of DuPont's malfeasance in the flesh and bones of its victims, rather than turn the camera away, gives this legal procedural an immediate, almost tactile quality... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Norman Wilner Knives Out is best experienced knowing as little as possible. It is also best experienced with a large crowd, because there are few things as enjoyable as laughing or gasping or wincing along with a few hundred people in the dark. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 I Lost My Body (2019) Norman Wilner That we can still hope they find happiness, or at least peace, is a minor triumph, and one worth appreciating as the film makes its way to a genuinely moving conclusion. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Norman Wilner Marielle Heller's biopic about children's TV host Fred Rogers is a graceful look at patience and loving-kindness. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 Frozen II (2019) Norman Wilner The animation looks great, but Disney's unnecessary continuation of the story is merely a blatant brand extension... EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 21 Bridges (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai It muscles through with movie star swagger brought to you by Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman and Scarborough's own Stephan James. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
1/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai The post-#MeToo Charlie's Angels tries to enjoy the brand's silliness while justifying its existence today. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Many characters enter the movie just as onscreen text briefs us on how they die. People's deaths are introduced before they are, ensuring that every encounter carries the weight of an obituary. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Norman Wilner The most disturbing element of all is the creeping sense that this franchise has become its own Skynet, relentlessly trying to rewrite its own history in order to guarantee a successful future. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 The Cave (2019) Norman Wilner This doc about an underground hospital trying to save victims of the Syrian civil war is immediate and dramatic - even with shameless flourishes. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 Black and Blue (2019) Norman Wilner [It] has all the ingredients to work, but gets the recipe wrong... EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Norman Wilner Robespierre sets up a playful rhythm between the performance material and the straight documentary that turns the project's two halves into a kind of conversation. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019