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Rating Title/Year Author
Downton Abbey (2019) Pat Mullen They say it's a Golden Age for television, but Downton Abbey proves that the big screen still reigns supreme. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
() Pat Mullen While she's always been excellent as both an actor and a writer, My Zoe is a major leap forward for Delpy as a director. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Pat Mullen Zonana's humorous and damning essay is an assured first feature. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Pat Mullen [F]eatures an ensemble of characters flying off the rails with irrational, unmotivated, and unconvincing behaviour. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Pat Mullen Chen's characters feel inauthentic as their icky situation takes predictable turns, leading to some handsomely composed shots with eye-roll inducing drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Pat Mullen It's a cold movie-so cold one could declare it clinically dead. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Victor Stiff From beginning to end, Gundala delivers fast and furious action and rarely stops to take its foot off the gas. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Victor Stiff Heller avoids the obvious - and schmaltziest plot routes - to craft a deeper, richer story that tugs at your heart in the most pleasurable ways. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Victor Stiff Baumbach uses his masterful command of cinematic language to create an emotionally devastating film that entertains you on every level. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Joker (2019) Victor Stiff Joker is about a lunatic gaining infamy, sure. But this film is really about a movement. It's about what happens to people who fall through the cracks. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Victor Stiff For better or for worse, The Lighthouse features two gifted actors going off the rails. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Friend (2019) Pat Mullen Segel has never been better. The Friend uses every inch of his everyman charm and likable charisma. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Pat Mullen Continuity issues aside, White Lie proves this filmmaking team as one of the most exciting voices emerging in Canadian cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Pat Mullen Like Isabelle Huppert, Hoss has a knack for inhabiting "unlikable" characters and turning them into beguiling psychological studies of the human condition. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Blow the Man Down (2019) Pat Mullen Martindale delivers a hoot of a performance decked out in a matronly fur coat and a pimp stick playing the manager of a seaside brothel EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Pat Mullen Sure, it's timely to see The Moneychanger in an age in which nice guys still finish last and a******s continue to get ahead, but the film peddles a kind of basic comedy that's oddly tone-deaf... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Pat Mullen The dizzying madcap whirl with The Laundromat gives audiences the rinse and the spin they need. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Il Pleuvait des Oiseaux (2019) Pat Mullen Archambault goes straight for the heart in adapting Saucier's novel. The result is poignant, touching, and profoundly moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Pat Mullen The Aeronauts is top-flight escapism that lets audiences soar high above the clouds. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Pat Mullen There aren't many films like in the Sky. This strange unfamiliarity makes Lucy's downward spiral an awkward, difficult, and sometimes anxiety-inducing experience. But this character lives for exploring uncharted terrain. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Courtney Small Anchored by strong performances by Kiri and Jokovic, Easy Land find honesty and hope in everyday struggle. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Ordinary Love (2019) Courtney Small The emotions in Manville's physical performance flow organically, forcing the viewer to reflect on their own relationships and mortality. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Victor Stiff Waititi shows us the world through a child's eyes so that we understand the power - and the appeal - of jingoism, partisanship, and indoctrination. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Pat Mullen Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes and deserves further recognition, has never been so bold, wily, and vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
() Pat Mullen When Helen Reddy performs at a 1989 women's march at the end of I Am Woman, one almost expects to see a #PussyGrabsBack sign waving in the crowd. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Pat Mullen Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of grand, beautifully crafted, and relevant film that mature audiences see too rarely these days. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Pat Mullen I'll give the adaptation this much: it's better than the book. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
() Victor Stiff Blood Quantum is another zombie apocalypse flick, sure. But it's also a story about how festering emotional wounds are as dangerous as any zombie bite. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
1982 (2013) Andrew Parker Oliver never backs away from difficult subject matter (semi-autobiographical, at that) and it's positively gut-wrenching to watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Whistlers (2019) Courtney Small A thrilling and refreshing neo-noir tale of deceit and greed. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Love in the Sixth (2015) Jason Gorber What sets this film apart, and what frankly accounts for an enormous part of its success, is that Jude Klassen is fabulous to watch on screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Aquarela (2018) Victor Stiff Depending on your level of patience, this movie is either a meditative slog or a glorious sensory indulgence. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Pat Mullen If there's one case in which Where'd You Go, Bernadette completely delivers on its potential, it's in casting Cate Blanchett as the wily, hilarious, and heartbreaking Bernadette Fox. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Victor Stiff The target audience may be 12-15-years-old, but this film is scary enough to rattle adults. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Courtney Small Easily the funniest film in the Fast & Furious universe, Hobbs & Shaw opens up new roads for this spin-off franchise to travel down. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) Victor Stiff Master Z features a handful of brawls that are each worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Rachel West It's just a shame these two halves of a film, each with their own potential, never fully meld into one entertaining story for kids or adults. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Us (2019) Rachel West Peele's sophomore horror flick brings both the bloodshed and surprising humour to the table, but it never quite reaches the heights of his first feature. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Rachel West Above all, what The Highwaymen is not is the Bonnie and Clyde story, shifting the focus in a way that proves unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Arctic (2018) Rachel West It's a tale we've seen before but Mikkelsen imbues it with something entirely new. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Victor Stiff The Lion King's story tells us that we play a small and brief role in a never-ending circle of life, but our existence is still meaningful. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Victor Stiff The Farewell finds beauty in life's small moments, as messy as they may be. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
La disparition des lucioles (2018) Pat Mullen Pilote does for Quebec what the Dardennes do for Belgian cinema with this finely observed portrait of working class life. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Victor Stiff Aster crafts a vengeful breakup story that will haunt your dreams. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Courtney Small Yesterday may carry The Beatles sentiment that "all you need is love", but its flaccid central romance does not justify the "ticket to ride." EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Hai Phuong (2019) Victor Stiff Furie reaches some glorious highs as Ngo pummels fools into oblivion. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Victor Stiff It's a half-baked social commentary, but at least director Lars Klevberg has more on his mind than raising Chucky's kill-count. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Anna (2019) Joe Lipsett ...the nearly two hour film sinks under the weight of its familiar narrative, its bland leading lady and, in a shockingly ill-advised creative decision, a script that relies on no less than four or five narrative-clarifying flashback time jumps EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Victor Stiff Watching animated characters who are written with such depth, performed with such commitment, and brought to life with such care is pure movie magic. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Late Night (2019) Victor Stiff Great characters, witty jokes, and a talented cast more than make up for [Late Night's] minor flaws. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019