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Rating Title/Year Author
() Chris Knight You don't get to 80 years old - especially in the Canadian music industry - without a few stories. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Chris Knight Patriotic joking aside, there's a whole lot happening in Toy Story 4, the most amazing thing being how first-time feature director Josh Cooley manages to keep the overstuffed 100 minutes moving so fast and feeling so nimble. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 Child's Play (2019) Chris Knight Child's Play is still a member of the horror/slasher genus, and content to play by the rules of the genre. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 Dogman (2018) Chris Knight The latest from Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gamorrah) is a fascinating character study about a small dog with a big bite. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Wild Rose (2018) Chris Knight Buckley... is a winsome lead who sells the character's ambition and raw talent. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018) Chris Knight It's difficult to feel ill will toward a movie that opens with a "no animals harmed" statement, and includes a subtitle that "smoking kills." EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 Buddy (2019) Chris Knight Throughout the movie, the bond of love between human and dog is constant, and beautiful to behold. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 Anna (2019) Chris Knight Thirty years after Nikita, Besson's career feels similarly trapped. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Chris Knight In this sense, The Souvenir functions as an intensely personal document. But its themes of young love, growth of identity, and education make this a story that's easy to access, and simple to slip inside. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Chris Knight Far from saving the world, Dark Phoenix often just satisfies itself with issues of guilt, responsibility, and the nagging feeling that things done with the best of intentions can still result in the worst of consequences for all involved. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Chris Knight The hodge-podge of storytelling techniques works quite well, especially since the chapters of DeLorean's life don't mesh neatly. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Chris Knight While I learned a lot about Dickinson from A Quiet Passion, it took this film to teach me that "Because I could not stop for Death" can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas." EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 Pavarotti (2019) Chris Knight You probably won't be able to sing along, but good luck suppressing a smile. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Shadow (2018) Chris Knight It's a testament to Zhang Yimou's powers as a director of eye-popping battle spectacles that the biggest fight scene in his newest film, Shadow, kicks off with the command: "Open your umbrellas!" EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Chris Knight Alas, the film keeps levelling up without putting anything down, so that by the final battle you could make a decent sweater out of all its loose threads. Gotta catch 'em all? Good luck with that. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 Tolkien (2019) Chris Knight If your image of Tolkien is the late-in-life portrait with a pipe, here's your chance to recast him from fusty to lusty. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 UglyDolls (2019) Chris Knight Built like a mashup of the Toy Story franchise and the Backyardigans TV series, the UglyDolls movie is unlikely to completely wow anyone in the audience. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
1/5 The Intruder (2019) Chris Knight I scare easily watching this genre, but with The Intruder I was looking at my wrist - not to see how much time was left, but to test whether you can really set your watch by a movie with such predictable timing. Turns out you can. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Chris Knight The trouble with JT LeRoy is that this story is so nutty, it needs a more irreverent take, something along the lines of The Big Short or I, Tonya. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Chris Knight [T]houghtful if somewhat dry documentary. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/5 Red Joan (2018) Chris Knight M, James Bond's boss, as a former Soviet spy? It's a great hook that the film ultimately fails to fully live up to. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Chris Knight It's a powerful symbol of the transformative power of song, and enough to lift this tale on its musical shoulders. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
1/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Chris Knight Some horror films, like last year's Hereditary, are flat-out horrifying. Others, such as the recent Halloween or Pet Sematary reboots, are legitimately frightening. The Curse of La Llorona is neither of these. The best you could say is it's startling. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Chris Knight Despite the comic-book origins of the tale, the stakes feel real, with some powerful moments of sacrifice, and a few wistful reunions. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Chris Knight The heart and soul and joy is what come through - that and the heat, with the performers sometimes dripping sweat. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
2.5/5 Stockholm (2018) Chris Knight The script has the bones of a good story, but it might have developed more tension if it hadn't jumped around so much. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3.5/5 The Brink (2019) Chris Knight [Bannon] is merely a cog in a right-wing machine. This is a fascinating close-up of that gear. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
2.5/5 The Best of Enemies (2019) Chris Knight And while the actors do good work, nobody is really stepping outside their comfort zone here. Neither will white audiences be pushed anywhere they don't want to go, or haven't been already. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 Mary Magdalene (2018) Chris Knight [T]he story is an important corrective missive aimed at a bureaucracy that's slow to change. Your movie, Mary. Your move, Gregory. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3.5/5 Girls of the Sun (2018) Chris Knight [I]t remains a powerful story with a rousing finale, thanks in no small part to Morgan Kibby's score, and the gorgeous, sunlight-in-dust cinematography. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 Mia and the White Lion (2018) Chris Knight The making-of details might even be the most fascinating aspect of this film. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Chris Knight Hellboy is an unholy mess. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/4 Son of a Gun (2015) Chris Knight J.R. is a fascinating character, quiet and watchful, but equally interesting is McGregor as Brendan. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Invisibles (2017) Chris Knight [W]hile the back-and-forth structure hurts the storytelling, the tale itself remains one of vital importance. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Chris Knight It's a complicated puzzle of fear, but the pieces fit together nicely thanks to the work of co-directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, and screenwriters Matt Greenberg and Jeff Buhler. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Napszállta (2018) Chris Knight To borrow a headgear metaphor from the American West, Sunset is all hat and no cattle. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Chris Knight The title may end in an exclamation point, but I was left with a different punctuation mark hanging over my head. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Chris Knight Mann's style is a little square... But it's a forgivable stylistic tic, especially given the anecdotes that flow forth. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Acquainted (2018) Chris Knight While the film is not perfect - jobs seem to have been drawn from the rom-com directory, and at almost no point does anyone discuss having kids - it's still a superb homegrown drama, clever and surprising. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Chris Knight The sprawling cast means some of the characters remain little more than sketches. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
An Audience of Chairs (2018) Chris Knight Sweet and slow best describes this low-key family drama from Newfoundland director Deanne Foley, which showcases the beauty of the province as much as the talents of its performers. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Chris Knight Here's hoping Disney's next offering is more "Oh!" and less dumb. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Chris Knight Korine seems to have carelessly crafted this [Moondog] character, dropped him at random into the script and just let him mindlessly churn through what passes for a story. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Giant Little Ones (2018) Chris Knight Giant Little Ones is an excellent drama, first and foremost. It may incidentally help a lot of confused kids. It may even confuse a few as well. That's OK. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Through Black Spruce (2018) Chris Knight Viewers, whether Indigenous or not, will find much to connect with in this dark, moody tale. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 Firecrackers (2018) Chris Knight This is a well-honed debut from a director clearly in touch with her own small-town roots, and eager to go places. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/5 Lost & Found (2017) Chris Knight Though billed as a comedy, it actually finds its best footing in some of the more dramatic moments of its seven-part structure. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Us (2019) Chris Knight Peele spoiled us with his last film, and his delivery of a merely moderate success with this one is hardly cause for alarm. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 The Aftermath (2019) Chris Knight In many ways this is all too tidy. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Chris Knight Qiao's determination to grift herself back into wealth is pretty funny, and there are dramatic moments that will stay with viewers long after the film ends. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019