Globe and Mail

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Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 () Barry Hertz Adam Sandler is a genius, sure. But I'd love it if he were to smarten up, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 Shaft (2019) John Semley In its neediness to be liked, the new Shaft - the third of five films in the series to be titled, simply, Shaft - says everything and nothing. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 Watergate (2018) Barry Hertz It's only that most of the material gathered here is rehashed and revelation-less, while the parts that don't feel familiar - such as recurring reenactments starring character actor Douglas Hodge as Tricky Dick - come off as just-this-side-of-silly. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Barry Hertz Gray makes a bare-bones effort to conjure the original zip of Sonnenfeld's gee-whiz world where a secret group of human superagents keep alien scum in line... but he's more interested in just pumping this sucker out and collecting his paycheque. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 Late Night (2019) Barry Hertz But for much of its running time, Late Night feels like two punchlines struggling for equal airtime. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) John Semley The Dead Don't Die says blissfully little about the state of the world today. For its slightness and silliness, its concerns are grander. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Barry Hertz Yet by the time Scorsese interrupts his own end credits to deliver an "encore" performance from Dylan, the film secures its place in the pantheon of music documentaries. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Brad Wheeler Ronnie? She's just looking for someone to sing Muskrat Love with. If you are as well, this quaint, doting film might be your thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Pavarotti (2019) Jenna Simeonov As a collection of candid and onstage footage, Howard's work is satisfying; yet as a story of an extraordinary life, Pavarotti is frustratingly diluted. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 () Jake Howell My lack of tingles aside, let's not forget that this is patently an ad - and I haven't, since watching, opted for a deliciously chewy peanut butter cup. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Barry Hertz Framing John DeLorean is a film that delights in stretching the truth, so maybe its constant ignorance of Hamm's work is just part of its whole meta-narrative shtick. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Johanna Schneller Don't be alarmed by the first 10 minutes of this film. Stick with it, because the wobbly tone and some amateurish acting warm up into something lovely and memorable. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Brad Wheeler "We were putting good poetry on the radio - pop radio." That's David Crosby's take on the seminal California folk-rock scene of 1965 to '67, an era explained lovingly and with due reverence in the hashish-scented documentary Echo in the Canyon. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
1/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) John Semley Their performances are so cornball and their line-readings so hacky that one might be forgiven for confusing Dark Phoenix with some low-rent porno parody of itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Brad Wheeler a lively sequel... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/4 The Souvenir (2019) Barry Hertz This is not a movie that lets life simply play out as it is or was - it is instead a collection of memories, some sharp as shards but others smoothed down. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/4 Domino (2019) Barry Hertz Running at just 89 minutes but stilted and gangly enough to feel twice that long, Domino never feels like an actual film. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/4 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Cliff Lee Past the performances, the remarkable part of Always Be My Maybe is how the film inhabits Asian-American culture. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) John Doyle What makes Deadwood so exquisitely engrossing and lively is the baroque dialogue and the savouring of language and character. Each figure feels fully and completely alive. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 Ma (2019) Sarah-Tai Black Unfortunately, more often than not, Ma settles into its lack of a refined generic vision and stalls out just before it's able to hit most of its horror talking points squarely on the head. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 Halston (2019) Nathalie Atkinson The underlying, more interesting documentary here, however, is concerned with understanding the why. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 Photograph (2019) Brad Wheeler Like Polaroids and introverted people, Photograph takes its time developing. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/4 Rocketman (2019) Brad Wheeler It's whimsy, magic and metaphor. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Barry Hertz Yet when Dougherty is able to keep these intelligent-ish impulses at bay, King of the Monsters is stupendous stupidity. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) John Doyle What is probably most illuminating, mind you, is how the film (made by David Modigliani) delineates the partisanship that exists in the United States right now. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/4 The Perfection (2018) Barry Hertz [M]ost everyone who watches The Perfection will instead be staring at the screen slack-jawed, dumbfounded at the gory silliness they endured. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 Brightburn (2019) Barry Hertz Although Brightburn's final seconds hint at James' more finely attuned cinematic sensibilities the film is not nearly as strong as its villain. It is, however, just as immature. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 () Brad Wheeler We get an entertaining but superficial and laudatory overview of one of his country's greatest singer-songwriters. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/4 Booksmart (2019) Chandler Levack Booksmart is a love letter for any young woman who has ever stayed home on a Friday night to watch a Ken Burns documentary. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Barry Hertz There are just some things that should not exist in this world, and Smith's visage pasted onto a floating, endlessly stretchy blue cloud of CGI muscles and sinew is top of the list. So, yeah: pure nightmare fuel. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Melissa Vincent It's a tightly wrapped microcosm of many of the conversations driving our political zeitgeist. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
() James Quandt Indeed, in its keen attention to rural lore, pageantry, music and ritual, Bacurau seems like a conscious reversion to the films of Brazil's Cinema Novo of the sixties and seventies. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 A Dog's Journey (2019) Brad Wheeler A Dog's Journey ends in bittersweet fashion, but with the suspicion that this franchise will live on. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
1/4 This Is North Preston (2019) Sarah-Tai Black Above all, the documentary feels more akin to a vanity project meant to market Just Chase, his work and his background, rather than a nuanced or empathetic look at a community on the margins. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Brad Wheeler Defining a politician's titan legacy in a singularly unexpected way, Meeting Gorbachev meets its expectations. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Barry Hertz No-name assassins are still stupid enough to think they can kill Wick, and Wick is still happy to prove them wrong. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/4 Peterloo (2018) Barry Hertz Once again, the director proves himself to be a master of basic human conflict, on whatever scale is necessary. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) James Quandt The Dead Don't Die feels like a desperate attempt to revivify Jarmusch's hipster cred along with Centerville's corpses. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Barry Hertz Chester is heavily invested in the ins and outs of manure, but he either can't, or chooses not to, smell the stink coming off his own film. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Zosia Bielski Director Ryan White's documentary depicts Dr. Ruth as lovable every-granny - if your grandmother was a celebrity sex therapist not shy around STIs, vibrators and porn. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Daniel Kaszor Detective Pikachu is unrelentingly weird. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/4 The Hustle (2019) Anne T. Donahue "You could've been more!" is something I wanted to stand up and scream during the closing credits of The Hustle... starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Instead, I packed up my popcorn, left the theatre and wondered how it all went wrong. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 Shadow (2018) Barry Hertz If The Great Wall felt like Yimou was turning his greatest hits into something dispassionately bland, then Shadow takes the familiar and makes it feel startlingly new. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 The White Crow (2018) Martha Schabas The film may go to lengths to tell us that Nureyev was sensational to watch, but we don't experience much of this power or magnetism as viewers. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 Poms (2019) Chandler Levack Desperately wanting to look and feel like Something's Gotta Give, it settles for a septuagenarian Lifetime aesthetic. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 Tolkien (2019) Brad Wheeler Stately, handsome and ferociously romantic, the new biopic of British high-fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien won't be everyone's cup of tea, though there is some excellent tea drinking to be had. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) John Doyle A substantial, illuminating and frightening look at the sexual abuse done over two decades by Larry Nassar, a team doctor for USA Gymnastics. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 The Intruder (2019) Carly Lewis Were this not a depiction of a stalker but of an overly present neighbour, the camera's incessant reveals of Charlie ominously appearing in places he shouldn't would be almost comical in how belaboured they are. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 Red Joan (2018) Brad Wheeler Although the story sounds fascinating - subterfuge! centrifuge! pinkos! - the film is cold fusion. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Barry Hertz Long Shot may be about a schlub, but it is far from schlubby. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019