The Canadian Crew

The Canadian Crew is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jorge Ignacio Castillo
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Cast No Shadow (2014) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Unassuming and minimalistic to a fault, Cast No Shadow is exceptionally effective. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 The Wolfpack (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo At no point The Wolfpack comes across as patronizing. For the most part, the filmmaker treats the kids as peers and, in turn, the Angulos reward Moselle with endearing openness. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 Drone (2014) Jorge Ignacio Castillo This Swedish doc by Tonje Hessen Schei covers a lot of ground in succinct fashion. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 Deprogrammed (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The documentary does a superb job depicting the nebulous area in which Patrick operated. Deprogrammed also establishes the need of a new strategy...fascinating stuff. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 The Arms Drop (2014) Jorge Ignacio Castillo A fascinating spy story in which two guys who thought they were players realize they were just pawns. The film gets an extra oomph from the compelling Holck and Bleach. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 Thought Crimes (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Carr knows how to tell a story. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 Raiders! (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Raiders! offers glimpses of growing pains and dreams fading away, which only makes the movie more human and relatable. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/5 The Nightmare (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Nightmare is undeniably entertaining, but it's just empty calories. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 Deep Web (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo It may not engage the audience emotionally, but it's pure brain candy. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 Western (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo While brave, the strategy slows the story to a crawl. Western is also hurt by its main subjects, neither particularly articulate or compelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4.5/5 Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo This doc is a testament to the power of community. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4.5/5 Welcome to Leith (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The film is a must watch. The storytelling is strong and the imagery will give you pause. Here is hoping for wide distribution. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 Wet Bum (2014) Jorge Ignacio Castillo I can't emphasize this enough, Julia Sarah Stone is a find. Far cry from a Nickelodeon starlet-in-waiting, Stone has the screen presence and acting chops to carry a movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 Songs She Wrote About People She Knows (2014) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Brad Dryborough's complete commitment to his portrayal of Dave as a guileless neurotic with some serious boundary and life issues is so good and realistic that it would be painful to watch if it weren't so funny. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/4 The Second Time Around (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Most of the comedy falls flat and, when it doesn't, it's too gentle to register. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/4 Berkshire County (2014) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Outside the lead and the main antagonist, the acting gets really dicey. Marcus had me wincing, but not of fear. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 Sand Storm (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Sand Storm brings attention to the limited opportunities women have in this environment and hints at the resilience of patriarchal tradition. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Christine (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The movie's biggest asset is a powerhouse performance by Rebecca Hall, who builds a sympathetic character without betraying the integrity of the person who inspired it. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Ma' Rosa (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Ma' Rosa just looks chaotic, but has structural clarity and purpose. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Girl with All the Gifts may have been better suited for a TV series. As a feature, too much info falls through the cracks. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Net (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Controversial filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk delivers his most traditional film to date, but one with edge to spare. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 Little Wing (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Too low key to cause a splash, but worth looking out. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 The Belko Experiment (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Imagine The Hunger Games without the terrible romance, or Battle Royale without the mystique. It's just an every-man-for-himself brawl set in corporate America, and it's predictably nasty and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Trespass Against Us (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Trespass Against Us often feels aimless, the premise is stretched over ninety minutes for no apparent reason. While we care about the outcome, the film could have use a rewrite and a less-chiseled star. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 Paterson (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Paterson flirts with surrealism, but never leaves the viewers hanging. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Window Horses (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo A phenomenal animated drama that proves you don't need millions of dollars or Pixar-like precision to trigger an emotional response... EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4.5/5 La La Land (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo La La Land is visually stunning and goes from feat to feat (the opening sequence set on a freeway is one for the books), yet it remains profoundly human. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 Forushande (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Salesman may challenge some preconceptions, without losing sight of the problems that still affect the country. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Manchester by the Sea (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The writer/director doesn't avoid the leg work and turns those minor indignities of everyday life into representations of inner turmoil. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 Mean Dreams (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Outside beautiful fall scenery, there nothing particularly moving about Mean Dreams... EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2.5/5 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo For all the didactic exposition and superb execution of complex action sequences, the characters are one-trait ponies. Kate Hudson is in this movie solely to pace around the house and look worried (and gorgeous). EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 Snowden (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Snowden does a much better job than Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour filling in the audience on the programmer's trajectory and his motivations. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4.5/5 Elle (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo A layered mystery with a dollop of black comedy, Elle is very wrong in the best way possible. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Free Fire (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Free Fire is just a minor detour for a filmmaker who can be more than another Tarantino clone. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/5 It's Only the End of the World (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Only Dolan's stand-in -Gaspard Ulliel- survives this smorgasbord of overacting, mostly by staying quiet. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 American Honey (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo American Honey is never boring, but it's hard to justify a 163-minute length. The film is challenging, but compulsively watchable. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Julieta (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo I don't wish to spoil the surprises Julieta has to offer. Suffice to say the emotional punches are consistent and land more often than not. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Denial (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Denial goes above and beyond to provide a fluid narrative and a traditional climax (a challenge in films based on real events) and not always succeeds. Nevertheless, movies of this substance shouldn't be dismissed. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 Neruda (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo There is a good idea at the center of Neruda, but director Pablo Larraín crams so much info, it gets lost in the shuffle. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Commune (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Danish keep on killing it at finding new angles in family dramas. In The Commune, we see a marriage fall apart as they try to assimilate the new limits of personal freedom during the swinging 70s. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 Werewolf (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo McKenzie used non-professional actors for Werewolf and the strategy pays off handsomely. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Toni Erdmann (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The deadpan comedy is pleasant, even sharp at times, but the length is absurd. The film aims to criticize European corporations that favor efficiency and rules over the human factor, hardly a groundbreaking topic. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
1.5/5 How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Cassie is maddeningly inconsistent. A secret is revealed midway through the film that basically invalidates her entire background and we are expected to suspend disbelief. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The film's insistence in combining all these issues leads to an overstuffed product that bombards the audience with facts that fail to register. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 Life, Animated (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo It takes a village and loving parents, but the result justifies the effort. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4.5/5 Under the Gun (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Rationally, Under the Gun makes an ironclad case for the need of legislation. Too bad most people react emotionally to the matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Ants on a Shrimp (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Ants on a Shrimp presents us a genius at work at the peak of his powers. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 De Palma (2015) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Without any other testimony, De Palma feels like a glorified interview, with top notch archive footage, but minimal production effort. Heck, even the framing is off. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Chasing Asylum (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Chasing Asylum does a good job balancing the emotional component with data-fueled context. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Weiner (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The access filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg got is remarkable. There are plenty of profoundly uncomfortable moments on display. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020