Montreal Gazette

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Out of Africa (1985) Bruce Bailey We get to care a little about the romance between Denys and Karen but you get an even stronger sense of the poignancy of the love affair that's developing between Karen and [Africa]. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
Macbeth (1948) Thomas Archer Mr. Welles' effort with Macbeth should be honored. The faults are obvious. But his film has great moments which repay a visit. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Convention City (1933) Gazette Staff It is a hilarious film chockful of laughs. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Hi, Nellie (1934) Gazette Staff The film supplies action, is kept at good speed and holds interest all the way through. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Harold Whitehead The whole production cannot be classed as an item for the light-headed. But it is a powerful social document and it will have a lasting impression on anyone who sees it. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Bruce Bailey The plot here is merely an excuse to slam Big Names up on the Big Screen and enact enough big crashes to give some of us a big headache. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) Thomas Archer [Cabin in the Sky is] a fantasy that has great moments and other moments which rise little above the routine of the common or garden Hollywood musical. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Outrage (1950) Thomas Archer It is a very sincere film which achieves its purpose through its honest handling of a difficult subject and its presentation of it without preaching about it. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
2/4 Howard the Duck (1986) Bruce Bailey This could have been a pretty entertaining, surreal exercise. But unfortunately, the heavy hand of Hollywood has turned this all into a low-level farce complete with overacting and terminally boring car and airplane chases. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Daughter of the Gods (1916) Gazette Staff While theatrical statistics are apt to err upwards, a view of A Daughter of the Gods is sufficient to convince the spectator that an almost incalculable expenditure of thought, time, effort and money has gone to its making. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Scarlet Claw (1944) Rex Duff It recalls one of the best of the lot, The Hound of the Baskervilles. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
Gilda (1946) Herbert Whittaker In Gilda, you get a smart, expensively-produced drama, deliberately and quite successfully sensational. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Fanny by Gaslight (1944) Herbert Whittaker It's a beautiful story, and I'll not spoil it for you. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Thomas Archer Double Indemnity, for all its chil's end thrills, never really takes on lifelike features. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Thomas Archer Home of the Brave is likely to rank not only as one of the best films of the year but also as being among the best of all war films. The tale is told with simplicity and with a technique of understatement that adds up to 90 minutes of extreme tension. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Haunters (2010) Al Kratina It's a real achievement in atmospheric unity, and one that that's as entertaining as it is impressive. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
4/5 Holy Motors (2012) T'Cha Dunlevy While this avant garde lark may not be up everyone's alley, it's a riotous detour around tired Hollywood formulae; and it is, most certainly, a trip. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 Jeune Juliette (2019) T'Cha Dunlevy Colourful, kooky and cool, Jeune Juliette is a delight that deserves your time and attention, and blows the playing field wide open for Émond. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 Shoplifters (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 Fake Tattoos (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 The Devil's Share (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 A Skin So Soft (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 Afterimage (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 This Is Our Cup (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 (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 A Kid (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 Desert Cry (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