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Barry Hertz
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 97% Fourteen (2019) 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 66% 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 89% 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 42% 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 87% 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 30% 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 91% 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 53% 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 96% 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 70% 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 67% 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
3/4 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) There may be larger things in the world right now to think about... but as Slay the Dragon mostly proves, the system will never right itself until the electorate collectively push for action.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
2.5/4 93% Uncorked (2020) So long as Netflix doesn't begin charging a corking fee, Penny's film is a satisfying weeknight binge.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
2.5/5 72% Vivarium (2020) From my semi-quarantined perch, it feels like one very long, very overcooked joke - and I've choked on enough gags this past week and a half to last a lifetime.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
1.5/4 31% Bloodshot (2020) [T]here is not much else to do while watching Bloodshot - other than tally the minutes.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
1.5/4 51% I Still Believe (2020) Close your eyes and pray, and it'll soon be over.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
2.5/4 56% The Hunt (2020) With the exception of a well-placed Ava DuVernay gag and one very instructive lesson on the power of a bread knife, The Hunt seems like a too obvious and disappointingly safe jab at Our Polarized Times.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/4 73% Lost Girls (2020) It is a story without a happy ending, or even an ending at all. But Garbus isn't so naive or precious a storyteller to expect reality to afford one - and she should be applauded for not waiting around in vain.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/4 96% First Cow (2020) You hold your breath and convince yourself that the inevitable isn't arriving. And all Reichardt offers to comfort you is a remarkable quiet.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2/4 38% Spenser Confidential (2020) The action is muted, the production design lacklustre, and the momentum engineered for frequent bathroom breaks and other household distractions.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Despite the vast deepness and immense possibilities of George Lucas's long-ago galaxy located far, far away, Disney's Star Wars is more an exercise in exhumation than storytelling.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) Its pace is as propulsive as the film's conceit is ambitious. It all leads up to a climactic battlefield dash that should justifiably become a staple of war-cinema highlight reels for decades to come.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) There is familiarity here, but sincerity too. This is all part of Malick's cinematic forever quest for truth and beauty amidst a world that prefers lies and vulgarity - we can choose to continue alongside, or drop off.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/4 36% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground... is a riotous and gleefully delirious assault on the senses. It is vulgar. It is absurd. And it is completely enthralling.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) So just as Richard Jewell saved the day, Paul Walter Hauser is left to rescue Richard Jewell. And the world thanks him for his service.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1/4 15% The Kindness of Strangers (2020) [D]ear lord, I've been searching high and low for something nice to say about this mess, and I have come up nearly empty.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 92% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is a beautiful, unpredictable nightmare for those drawn to giggle in the dark.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) Bilott's story is a serious one and demands a responsible retelling. Fortunately, Haynes finds a way to do so without mistaking such a weighty task as an excuse to be plodding or bone-dry procedural.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim's ultimate route is a powerful one - a drive meant to be shared, and discussed, long after the road ends.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019