Montreal Gazette

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Bill Brownstein This is actually a warm and loving family, and Kore-eda is as crafty as his principals in weaving together such an intriguing tale. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) T'Cha Dunlevy Mitchell doesn't seem to know what he wants. And by setting up the pieces and then getting distracted by the lint in his navel, he ends up with an initially beguiling film that turns out to be a narcissistic bore. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/5 Lemonade (2018) T'Cha Dunlevy The acting is solid all around, with Manovici offering a dazzlingly nuanced performance mingling innocence, charisma and deer-in-the-headlights desperation. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 La Bolduc (2018) Brendan Kelly Instead, the filmmakers turn it into something of a didactic drama, ramming home the idea that La Bolduc was a feminist hero...But this film remains worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 Les faux tatouages (2017) T'Cha Dunlevy Driven by an audacious thirst for authentic moments, Les faux tatouages leaves a lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/5 La Part du diable (2017) T'Cha Dunlevy It's a richly evocative celluloid collage, which flits left and right, goes here, there and everywhere to look at the multiple, conflicting and conflicted identities of this place called home. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2018
4/5 Nelly (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Mylène Mackay delivers a towering performance... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 Iqaluit (2016) Justine Smith ... an illuminating and challenging experience for audiences. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/5 Ta peau si lisse (2017) T'Cha Dunlevy ... open-minded cinephiles will be surprised as they are drawn into a universe in which they may have had very little interest. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/5 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy It's interesting stuff, but all the talk gets in the way of the music, weighing down this formulaic documentary with a pedagogical approach. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/5 The Beekeeper and His Son (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy The Beekeeper and His Son is a compelling micro-drama. At first glance, there seems to be little going on, but over the course of the film's 85 minutes, Diedie Weng pulls you in. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 Miséricorde (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy It's a thriller that never fully takes off, and a staggered drama that takes a few too many detours. But the former documentary director's heart is in the right place, and in its final act his story achieves a tempered sense of resolution. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2017
3/5 Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) Brendan Kelly Bon Cop Bad Cop is what it is, and no more: un bon summer entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2017
3/5 Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017) Brendan Kelly Let's cut to the chase for those of you who are not particularly patient. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is fun and you really should go see it. But it doesn't capture lightning in a bottle the way the original did. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 X500 (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy A visceral contemplation of youth forced into adulthood, each character adopting a new identity as part of a new crew, or makeshift family, as a means of survival. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 Rebels on Pointe (2017) T'Cha Dunlevy Though it stretches thin in the third act, Rebels on Pointe is an affectionate tribute to a dance company that dares to defy convention. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 Frantz (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy All the while, solemn though he is here, the director has fun with it. And that is what ultimately makes Frantz, despite its slow pace and occasional lulls, a pleasure to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 The Second Time Around (2016) Bill Brownstein Take heart, Golden Agers, there is a little gem of a film now playing that should resonate with you as well as all in search of a tender though quirky love story. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 Powidoki (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Afterimage is not particularly noteworthy as a cinematic experience unto itself. However as an earnest adieu from an acclaimed filmmaker with some 50 titles to his credit, it's entirely honourable. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 The Settlers (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Ultimately, Dotan's thought-provoking film succeeds by never getting bogged down in heavy history of the conflict, but using it to offer perspective to the situation in its present day. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/5 Ça sent la coupe (2017) Brendan Kelly I was left with the feeling that it's a hockey movie for people who don't really like hockey. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 Polina, danser sa vie (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Saving things, somewhat, is the dancing. Even Binoche and Schneider get in on the action as the filmmakers flesh out their flawed story of a talented young woman in search of her own voice. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/5 Angry Inuk (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy From the outset of Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's eye-opening documentary Angry Inuk, it is clear that this is going to be a different take on seal hunting than the one that has dominated the mainstream conversation over the past four decades. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
4.5/5 Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (2016) Pat Donnelly [A] sprawling, vibrant, thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging film. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 Maudite Poutine (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Lemieux isn't too concerned with plot. Now that there is one, he's free to get down to the business of exploring the bruised psyches of his central characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 Gulistan, Land of Roses (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Even while they wait at a lookout for signs of action from ISIS, these women never stop being entirely open, thoughtful and engaging. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 Mes nuits feront écho (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy The surprises keep coming in this refreshing film, which pulsates with playfulness and understated cinematic audacity. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 Le fils de Jean (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Things come together in the home stretch, giving the film a certain poignancy... but it's not quite enough to make up for the time lost in the first hour-and-change of this earnest, plodding tale. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3.5/5 Roger D'Astous (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Desrosiers constructs a faithful, intermittently inspired portrait of an iconoclast who always thought outside the box. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 Médecin de campagne (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy If you don't mind seeing where it's all going from the outset, you might be pleasantly surprised by the ways in which this sweet little film evolves into something more evocative than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/5 1:54 (2016) Brendan Kelly It's all quite conventional but packs a powerful punch, in large part thanks to Pilon's nuanced performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/5 Déserts (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy You only realize how formulaic most films are when you see one that really bucks convention. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 La fille inconnue (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy While operating as an intrigue, La fille inconnue is standard Dardenne fare in that it doubles as a social survey, revealing the concerns and living conditions of Jenny's various patients. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 Aquarius (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Sônia Braga [gives] a magical, career-redefining performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/5 Smoke & Mirrors (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Smoke and Mirrors ultimately outsmarts only itself. It's not that we figure it all out beforehand, but that we're never really tempted to try. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/5 Chez les géants (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy The amazing thing about documentary is that you never know where things are going to go. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 White Girl (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Loosely based on the director's own experience, Wood's viscerally charged film gets under the skin in ways that are hard to shake. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 Things to Come (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy The most memorable moments in L'avenir are not conversations or even interactions, but the looks on Huppert's face as she takes it all in. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 Pays (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Basking in its understated sense of the absurd, Pays offers insights, and laughs, at its own offbeat pace. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 An Eye for an Eye (2015) Bill Brownstein An absolutely stirring and poignant documentary about one man's capacity to forgive and another man's capacity to change. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 Gimme Danger (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Along their messy path, they made some crazy music. Archival footage and photos as well as stop-motion animation round out the picture of a band that defied the cookie-cutter model of the music industry and refused to play the game. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 Arrival (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Yes, there is something resembling a traditional climax, but it doesn't come at the expense of the ethereal tone established by Villeneuve. In this time of political upheaval, it's a welcome tonic. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 Prank (2016) Brendan Kelly It's an often-hilarious, frequently vulgar off-kilter comedy about four young people on a quest to pull off the ultimate prank. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 Ah-ga-ssi (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy You have to stay on your toes while watching The Handmaiden. Like each of its central characters, Park Chan-wook's nimble erotic thriller has an agenda. And the South Korean auteur is always one step ahead of you. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 Generation Wolf (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy The problem is ultimately in the writing. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2016
3/5 Mean Dreams (2016) Bill Brownstein Seemingly an homage of sorts to Terrence Malick's 1973 classic Badlands, Mean Dreams takes viewers on a high-octane and jolting ride, with suspense that's pretty much unrelenting, despite a plot that is spare and quite the stretch in parts. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/5 American Honey (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy Arnold's enthralling film is less about plot and more about capturing - i.e. thrusting us into - the sensory experience of this young woman going to the brink, and coming into her own. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) T'Cha Dunlevy It's a pleasant place to be if you don't overthink things. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 Gun Runners (2015) T'Cha Dunlevy Stakes are incredibly high for these men, and the outcome is far from certain. Ultimately, as this probing documentary shows, it's not about the destination but the daily struggle and the little successes that motivate one to keep moving forward. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/5 9 (2016) Brendan Kelly It is entirely unsurprising that 9 - Le film is uneven. That's virtually always the case with projects like this made by multiple directors. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016