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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 66% The Old Guard (2020) Whether it's the meet-in-the-middle budget... or Netflix's algorithmic influence that suggests a mishmash of subscriber-friendly elements but never one clear directorial vision, the film suffers from an overwhelming aura of exhaustion.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
2/4 24% Desperados (2020) If you like jokes that end with someone exclaiming, "Ow, my balls!" then this, my disturbing friend, is the film for you.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
1/4 11% Force of Nature (2020) Regrettably, and predictably, Force of Nature isn't interestingly bad - it's just bad.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
3/4 99% Hamilton (2020) [W]atch Hamilton, and take comfort in the fact that two towering American institutions have teamed up together for good, rather than evil. It's a rare thing these days.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
2/4 48% Burden (2020) Like Green Book, The Blind Side, The Soloist and so on, Burden fits too snugly into the white-saviour mode of storytelling. Which is a shame, because everyone involved here is doing their best in trying to craft layered characters with compelling agendas.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3/4 79% Hammer (2019) It's almost worth eating your own tail over.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
2/4 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) It's barely a movie at all. But at the same time, if this prevented a third Daddy's Home from making its cursed way into our world, then I suppose it was a worthwhile endeavour.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
1/4 41% Irresistible (2020) Keep this iron-clad truth in mind while watching Irresistible, a new comedy that is extraordinary only in its extreme disposability.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2/4 92% Dads (2020) Whenever the director steps outside her Hollywood bubble to tell stories of real people facing real challenges... Dads hits just as hard as one might hope.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/4 41% You Should Have Left (2020) You Should Have Left will, however, make you seriously rethink your next Airbnb rental. And maybe even push you to watch Mortdecai, just to see what a real horror looks like.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2.5/4 70% 7500 (2020) Gordon-Levitt, absent from the big screen since 2016′s Snowden, oscillates nicely between maintaining an air of remarkable calm and then breaking down completely, and he pretends to know what all those airplane buttons do quite well.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/4 89% You Don't Nomi (2019) More than forcing Showgirls into a good/bad binary, McHale uses the film as a case study in critical perspective, a Rosetta Stone on cultural contrarianism.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
1.5/4 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) A confusing, muddled, sloppy mess of bad intentions and worse execution.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/4 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) Don't mistake all of this for some huge leap in cinematic growth on Apatow's part; he is still very much in familiar territory. But it is thoroughly entertaining, sincerely felt territory all the same.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) It may not be what you wanted or were promised by the slick and smooth marketing materials... But Da 5 Bloods is what you need.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Working with a minuscule budget, Patterson pulls off a feat as amazing as any flying saucer.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/4 79% Judy & Punch (2020) There's no puppet master here - just a pair of hands waving in the air, not quite sure what to do once we're paying attention.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/4 69% Becky (2020) But for those who like to get dirty with this kind of scuzzy chaos, then this is near-perfect slimeball cinema - a welcome kick to the head that should also reinvent James's career.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
3/4 69% The High Note (2020) This is still a light and frothy rom-com, predictable and charming in equal measure, and most comfortable when it fits the efficient mold of genre obligations. But when it wants to, it can really crank that charm up to 11.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
2/4 75% Military Wives (2020) There is so little surprise here, and so little effort into at least maintaining the façade of invention, that you might as just well sit down and write the narrative beats yourself.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2/4 80% Red Rover (2018) These are walking and talking traits, not characters.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3/4 98% Fourteen (2020) The film's rhythm might sound jarring on paper, but Fourteen is more a work of structural playfulness and experimentation than gimmicky manipulation.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
2.5/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) A zany mix of dark comedy, slapstick, and high-concept adventure, The Lovebirds moves fast in the hopes that no one notices how messy its construction is.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3.5/4 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Instead, director Benjamin Ree's film is more a mesmerizing, and potentially transgressive, investigation into just how far the documentary form can be torn apart and put back together - and whether the audience should accept such a wild reconfiguration.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2.5/4 88% The Trip to Greece (2020) But by this Trip's end, the journey becomes a bit too much to stomach, whether you're stuck at home or not.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2/4 50% Scoob! (2020) The result is something too confusing and scary for young viewers, and too familiar and repetitive for older kids.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
1/4 36% The Wrong Missy (2020) Overriding everything is a profound sense of laziness. Jokes do not land here so much as they ooze forth, slow and noxious.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
2.5/4 41% Capone (2020) As a filmmaker, you have to make countless choices over the course of a production. Yet with Capone, Trank seems to make the wrong one every other time.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3.5/4 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) [A] documentary as inspiring as it is flat-out bizarre.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
2/4 93% Becoming (2020) I have no doubt that there is a large and eager audience for this kind of no-warts-at-all look at the family, but to pretend that it is anything other than a commercial is a fantasy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
1/4 26% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) Looks like it cost the amount of your monthly Netflix subscription and is as satisfying to watch as it is paying that particular bill.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 90% Blood Quantum (2019) Romero should be spinning in his grave. In a good way.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
1/4 54% Guns Akimbo (2020) Howden's film gives itself a good three minutes to play the amateur satirist before it abandons any pretense of cultural commentary and instead embraces every cliché it repeatedly insists it is undermining.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 75% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) Huffman doesn't seem fully invested here - a slur and a tilt seem to be the totality of her acting choices, resulting in a caricature most followers of Canadian indie cinema have seen before.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 88% Swallow (2020) This is a movie that cries out for attention, in ways both admirable and grating.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2.5/4 97% The Half of It (2020) Although the marketing for the new film - from its sunny poster to its aw-shucks trailer - tries to position it as zippy, even disposable fun, Alice Wu's work is admirably rougher, in ways good and bad, than the rest of the streaming giant's YA clan.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/4 77% Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020) The filmmaker's narrative and visual approach isn't especially novel in style, but it is compassionate, detailed and persuasive in its assembly.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/4 68% Extraction (2020) So, it's good enough to take a shot on, especially after a stressful day of isolated modern life. But just one shot.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
1.5/4 44% Robert the Bruce (2019) Unless you are a direct descendant of Robert the Bruce, or perhaps part of the Macfayden clan, you're better off letting this particular version of history get lost in the sands of time.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) It's impassioned, informed and sometimes furious work that could find Poe being name-checked herself not too long from now.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 90% The Willoughbys (2020) Vancouver's BRON Animation studio provides a strong, often beguiling sense of tyke-hypnotizing flair to the visuals, and the zippy, synthy score by Wes Anderson favourite Mark Mothersbaugh should keep kids bouncing up and down, in a good way.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 93% Bad Education (2019) Finley gives everyone space to breathe, and never lets the sometimes outrageous antics of Tassone and company overwhelm the character beats...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
2.5/4 69% Trolls World Tour (2020) It works best when it just sticks closely to the refrain of its big closing number: "Just sing!"‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
3/4 80% Tigertail (2020) Loosely - "very loosely," according to Yang - based on the life of the director's own father, Tigertail is a tight and deeply felt meditation on memory and responsibility.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2/4 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Take comfort in knowing that you'll be able to divorce yourself from the proceedings with the click of a button.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2/5 70% We Summon the Darkness (2020) Not today, Satan. Not today.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
2/4 55% The Informer (2020) The Informer is confused as to what it should devote its attention to.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
1.5/4 0% The Cave (2019) Cave Rescue can forever claim to be the first movie made about an unforgettable ordeal. But that's all anyone will remember it for.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
3/4 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Coffee & Kareem is messy, but it's an interesting sort of gross chaos.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
2/4 56% Resistance (2020) The Second World War drama Resistance, however, possesses a style that can be summed up as simply formulaic.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020