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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 91% Widows (2018) McQueen's artful slow-take style, in films like 12 Years a Slave and Hunger, would seem to make him an odd choice for the ticking-clock pace of a caper pic, but don't be fooled.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/4 83% Green Book (2018) Peter Farrelly has fun with stereotypes but he also explodes them, especially the old canard of "polite" racism that is anything but.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) Vera Farmiga plays Hart's wife Lee, brilliantly bringing home in just a few scenes the personal cost of a spouse's betrayal.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) There's also entirely too much talk and an ending that goes nowhere. But the film as a whole satisfies, even if it's something less than the sum of its parts. Any new Coen Bros. offering is always worth celebrating.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 58% The Grinch (2018) Newcomers to the tale will enjoy it, at least as much as they have other offerings from Illumination Entertainment, the cheer factory behind Despicable Me, Minions and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 94% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man addresses the very real title star's amusingly bizarre habit of casually barging into regular lives.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) A ridiculous amount of the plot involves what I call the Magical Hacker Trope: a computer boffin uses her smartphone, laptop or other gizmo to do things Bill Gates never dreamed of as she unlocks doors, cars and computers on the fly, anywhere...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/4 61% Suspiria (2018) "It's a mess, isn't it?" Susie says at one point, and she's certainly got that right.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/4 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A movie of shadows and light that gets at populist rage by way of incendiary metaphor.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) When all was said and done, Queen just wanted to have fun. Which is why I'm inclined to cut much slack for Singer's approach, which follows a Rock 101 storytelling template: Levis to leather pants, superstardom to squabbles, leave-taking to Live Aid.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Stewart's third film is also his best... with scenes of marine genocide that should make us all weep tears of rage.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 76% Mid90s (2018) It just observes, as young rebel movies have since the dawn of cinema, that life is something that happens while you're busy trying to skate around it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) It occurs to me that Johnny English might be funnier if Atkinson played Johnny silently, the way he used to do mischievous Mr. Bean, the role that made him famous.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) [McCarthy is] brilliantly paired with Grant, the salt to his sugar, and they both have a chance this year to win Oscars, or nominations at the very least.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 79% Halloween (2018) It might as well be James Bond behind Michael's latex mask, noticeably weathered by four decades of abuse, for all the deviation from franchise formula we see on the screen.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) A harrowing and frequently dispiriting watch.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/4 61% The Oath (2018) Barinholtz doesn't fully explore his dystopian premise and he doesn't make the best use of his cast. But The Oath has the scary energy of an all-too-plausible scenario.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Clever sound design helps sculpt the clockwork narrative. The best stories are the ones that unfold in your mind.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The film makes a suspenseful dive down a long and twisting rabbit hole.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) When the Eagle finally lands on the moon in First Man, the picture truly soars.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 89% Studio 54 (2018) Tyrnauer documents it all with journalistic rigour, building his film around the bittersweet memories of the reclusive Schrager... and those of former Studio 54 employees, publicists and patrons.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) At some future gala event where Tom Hardy is being feted for his incredible acting career, the clip from Venom will be the one that gets the audience laughing.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford thoroughly enjoys himself in a role that's perfect for his age (82) and personality.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Equal parts comedy, drama, love story and horror story, the saga simply refuses to be easily lassoed.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) It's Cooper's first time as director and Gaga's first major movie role, but you'd never guess it from the skill and passion they bring to the project.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 29% Night School (2018) Night School's sextet of writers, Hart being one of them, have a lot of individual jokes they want to tell. But nothing really adds up to a whole story and there's nothing they want to say.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/4 90% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018) To say that there are no easy answers to planetary woes is to state the obvious. But the film seeks to reveal rather than lecture, in the hope that our eyes will convince our brains to act before it's too late.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) Purists may cavil, but only if they insist on overlooking the abundant charms of this handsomely decorated, costumed and scored production, which has more than a whiff of Merchant and Ivory films about it and also a good deal of self-aware amusement.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 83% My Generation (2017) The film wisely resists the standard documentary technique of stringing together a series of talking heads - no small temptation, given the famous people rounded up for reminiscing.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) A movie that begins as a... lament about Trump ends with hope for the future - but only, Moore persuasively insists, if citizens everywhere pay attention and get involved.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/4 13% Life Itself (2018) The whole film is rather consumed with itself...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Contains very few real scares and even less of a story.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 88% Love, Gilda (2018) "My biggest motivation has always been love," Radner wrote in another of her diary entries. The feeling comes through in Love, Gilda, prompting us to return it in kind.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 33% The Predator (2018) The movie pays big-time homage to 1980s cinema, including an action score that sounds like something Spielberg would have thrown away.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) The plot is really secondary to the piece, which is not something I'd ever expect to say about a work conceived by Nick Hornby.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 92% Support the Girls (2018) [Hall] anchors the antics with mother-hen authority that doesn't disguise a bone-deep melancholy about how she ended up where she's at. She feels real, stuck in a situation that's a lot like real life.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
1.5/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) What starts off as an amusing idea quickly crosses the line from lewd to crude, with sex jokes both visual and verbal that don't improve with repetition.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 94% Nico, 1988 (2018) Dyrholm is aces as Nico. She uncannily summons the singer's brooding performing style, along with her many complications.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The movie really just wants to entertain people.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 82% Puzzle (2018) Turtletaub goes deep on character, allowing Macdonald and Khan to reveal details of their lives, and also their dreams and fears, in a manner that's as natural as the charming piano score.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/4 45% The Meg (2018) A Jaws knockoff designed to give Jason Statham meaningful employment where he can grunt heroically and cash a cheque bearing many zeroes, now that he has reached the Steven Seagal phase of his career.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Set in the late 1970s but informed by the here and now, it's fuelled by righteous anger against racial hatred and anti-Semitism, leavened by scathing wit.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin may be gloomier than past Pooh pursuits, but its message of personal redemption is considerably deeper.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) [Kunis] and McKinnon make a great pair, but the buddy-comedy aspects of the story keep getting sabotaged by violence.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Everybody who has been through eighth grade needs to see Eighth Grade.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 52% Rampage (2018) It's not a good film; it's actually a supremely silly one. But with Dwayne Johnson once again flexing his pecs in the cause of popcorn distraction, it's not entirely bereft of amusements, either.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) Belief is willingly suspended, on account of dumb summer fun.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A documentary with a story so outlandish it might well have been rejected by a Hollywood studio had a screenwriter pitched it as the basis of a fictional movie.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The story occasionally meanders and the jokes don't always land, but there's an energy and creativity to the film that reminds me of early Spike Lee movies.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/4 88% Whitney (2018) Whitney Houston just wanted to dance with somebody who loved her. But life moved too fast for the tragic pop diva.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018