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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Chris Knight Moore delivers a naturalistic performance that looks so effortless you know it's not. A three-dimensional character without the need for 3D glasses; what will they think of next? EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.5/5 Woman at War (2018) Chris Knight Like its well-meaning protagonist, Woman at War won't solve all the world's problems, but it's an original and compelling tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 Répertoire des villes disparues (2019) Chris Knight [W]hile it includes some scary moments, its primary emotion is consolation, even solace. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
2.5/5 La quietud (2018) Chris Knight One problem with having so many skeletons in the family closet is that skeletons all tend to look the same. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.5/5 To Dust (2018) Chris Knight So death gets the first word in To Dust. But Shmuel gets the last one. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 Se rokh (2018) Chris Knight But both halves of the story carry a message from a part of the world where the message sometimes has a difficult time being heard. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.5/5 Wonder Park (2019) Chris Knight It's the rare animated movie that allows for this kind of deconstruction while still remaining a fun story at heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
2/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Chris Knight Five Feet Apart is by first-time screenwriters Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, and the lack of experience shows. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4.5/5 Level 16 (2018) Chris Knight From the opening frames of this smart sci-fi story, we are thrust into the perfectly realized microcosmos of the Vestalis Academy. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Chris Knight Truly the best thing about Captain Marvel is Captain Marvel. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Chris Knight Triple Frontier is a triple threat of a film. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 What Walaa Wants (2018) Chris Knight We don't learn a whole lot about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here, but other docs have covered that in spades. This one chooses a narrow focus, and delivers with crystal clarity. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Chris Knight With subplots involving unknown parents, Cold War spies, art therapy and performance art, Ruben Brandt, Collector is easy to enjoy but difficult to sum up. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 Goalie (2019) Chris Knight The Canadian film features some fine production design in aid of its period setting, but ultimately fails to fully find its footing. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/5 Climax (2018) Chris Knight So it should be stressed that Climax does not contain an onscreen climax, in either the sexual or narrative sense. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/5 Greta (2018) Chris Knight Once the cat's out of the (hand)bag, it becomes a fairly straight-up psychodrama, neither bad enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure, nor good enough to be truly memorable. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Chris Knight It's a simple, chronological story, but the fact that the community has such rooted and ancient traditions adds a powerful additional layer. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Chris Knight Miller doesn't bother with onscreen explanations (except countdown clocks) or modern interviews. He just lights the fuse and lets us hang on for the ride of a lifetime. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Great Bear Rainforest (2019) Chris Knight [A] film that shines a light on a beautiful, fragile corner of our planet. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
5/5 Never Look Away (2018) Chris Knight [N]ot since Toni Erdmann - another German foreign-language nominee from 2017 - has so much cinematic time passed so effortlessly. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Chris Knight So this is also a story of a leader coming into his own as a decision-maker and compromise-broker. The animals may by fantastical, the society a pastiche of an imagined Viking-Celtic Golden Age. But the life lessons are real. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Chris Knight Fighting with my Family is about family first, fighting second. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Chris Knight Even so, it's a great showcase for the actors, and proof that thorny moral dilemmas aren't confined to one's home country. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 Trouble in the Garden (2018) Chris Knight [Gee] is reason enough to see this flawed but fascinating film. [Full Review in Spanish] EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
1.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Chris Knight Alas, while the film looks amazing, it's all style and no substance, stocked with cardboard villains speaking wooden dialogue, their motivations either blindingly obvious or just never revealed at all. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Chris Knight Despite the whirlwind nature of these romances, audiences will be forgiven for shouting out to Natalie and Josh that they're clearly meant to be with each other. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 Miss Bala (2019) Chris Knight Say what you will about this remake of a 2011 Mexican crime thriller, but the American version has a kick-ass elevator pitch: Miss Congeniality meets Sicario. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/5 Wonders of the Sea (2017) Chris Knight Wonders of the Sea enters a hefty field of environmental documentaries - even the sub-genre of ocean docs is quite crowded - and does little to stand apart from the shoal. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 Into Invisible Light (1970) Chris Knight [A] solid piece of CanCon filmmaking, anchored by a powerful and nuanced performance from Dale. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Doragon bôru chô: Burorî -- Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) Calum Marsh Dragon Ball Super: Broly is not a movie for the average moviegoer. Yet it had me thrilled, cheering along with the rest of my gawky, wistful, weirdo audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
4.5/5 Cold War (2018) Chris Knight The movie deftly weaves together the personal and the political. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 Serenity (2019) Chris Knight Serenity starts out big. But boy, does it fall hard. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Snowtime! 2 (2018) Chris Knight But like a toboggan ride down a steep and snowy hill, knowing the destination doesn't lessen the fun of the journey one bit. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 The Image Book (2018) Chris Knight This may strain the comprehension (and patience) of those unversed in the topic (guilty), but as with so much in this brief and moving testament to the power of the image, you can also just let it wash over you. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Chris Knight With its mild scares, emphasis on good manners and a mid-movie tea break, The Kid Who Would Be King is an appealingly lighthearted fantasy romp. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Chris Knight The message seems to be that these comedy greats deserved better. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/5 Glass (2019) Chris Knight Shyamalan does what he can to put together two tonally different tales, but the results don't always mesh neatly. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Hal (2018) Chris Knight [Hal Ashby's] legacy has gotten a little, shall we say, dusty. But editor and first-time director Amy Scott aims to rectify that with the new documentary Hal. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Chris Knight A work of visual poetry, emotional and impressionistic. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Chris Knight There's something gut-wrenchingly effective about a child-in-peril movie... But if that nail-biting tension is too much, be warned: Capernaum will have you chewing your fingers off. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/5 The Upside (2018) Chris Knight Just watch the original, The Intouchables. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Chris Knight Whether you choose to follow her katabatic journey - well, as the film makes eminently clear, that's your choice. But there are rewards to those who take the leap. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Chris Knight For the time being, whether you have fond memories of the first one or are asking "Mary Who?", this return engagement should provide a jolly holiday. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 Vox Lux (2018) Chris Knight So while the film is an intriguing portrait of fame, it functions as more of a snapshot than a moving picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/5 Second Act (2018) Chris Knight Second Act isn't the most surprising present under the tree this season. But with Lopez turning in a heartfelt performance and the rest of the performers following her lead, it's difficult to dislike the results. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/5 Vice (2018) Chris Knight Vice doesn't seem to be sure whether it's going for a tone of hijinks or moral outrage. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
1/5 Aquaman (2018) Chris Knight It was only about 20 minutes into Aquaman that I heard the unmistakable sound of a movie taking on water... Titanic didn't go down this fast. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Bumblebee (2018) Chris Knight This story about a young woman and her self-aware Volkswagen is warm, funny, relatable, coherent and less than two hours long - all first-time traits in the Transformers universe. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
5/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Chris Knight Jackson's achievement is a technical one, but it ultimately becomes an emotional triumph as well. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 SuperGrid (2018) Chris Knight Throw in a few vaguely futuristic terms - Jacks, Overwatch - and a cameo by pro wrestler Jay Reso, and you've got a distinctly Canadian take on the genre. Because apocalypse starts with an "Eh." EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018