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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 69% 7500 (2020) This is an unexpected role for [JGL], but it's a very good showcase for his particular skill set. Vollrath knows it too,‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
4/5 97% Disclosure (2020) Disclosure stands as an important historical corrective.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) ...as is the case with most of Apatow's films, there's something real and weighty rattling around inside The King Of Staten Island that can't be denied.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
2/5 69% Becky (2020) Lulu Wilson is great as a teen girl who goes full Predator on a group of white supremacists, but this horror movie struggles to find the right tone...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
1/5 10% Artemis Fowl (2020) Even if there's a longer cut somewhere that lets the story breathe and makes sense of its world, I doubt anything could have overcome the void at the project's heart.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
100% Those Who Remained (Akik maradtak) (2020) Tóth's low-key Hungarian drama is a grim character piece about two Holocaust survivors...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
No Score Yet The Humorist (2019) Sounds like an allegory for the media landscape of Putin's Russia, no? ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% The Dilemma of Desire (2020) Maria Finitzo's look at female sexuality - which counts Barbara Kopple as one of its executive producers - explores the historical disregard for women's pleasure in academia and medicine...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
No Score Yet Bulletproof (2020) The harsh reality and horrible frequency of school shootings has had a lasting impact on the U.S. educational system, with a generation of students and teachers growing up with lockdown drills and active shooter workshops...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
3/5 88% The Trip to Greece (2020) ...if you just want the vicarious experience of watching two friends go out for meals together in splendid locations, this movie delivers plenty of that - and it looks absolutely lovely.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
4/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) The plotting is elaborate but credible...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
4/5 95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) ...Beastie Boys Story is the next best thing, a warm and occasionally moving look back at three best friends from New York who made some music, had some fun, fucked up a little but did their best to fix it and made the world a little bit better.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 97% The Half of It (2020) Alice Wu's teenage riff on Cyrano de Bergerac refreshingly avoids big speeches or teachable moments...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 92% Holy Motors (2012) Holy Motors does pulse with the sudden, surging energy of an omnibus film.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 84% These Final Hours (2015) [The] film doesn't have any of the melancholy of its cousins; it's harsher and bleaker, as befits the Australian landscape. But it still manages to find the humanity in annihilation.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman's film about a young woman trying to get an abortion in the U.S. is dark, powerful and unsettling.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3/5 71% Vivarium (2020) Lorcan Finnegan's film about a young couple trapped in their house feels of the moment right now...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
2/5 50% My Spy (2020) Segal isn't interested in showcasing offbeat performances or finding new ways to deliver the exposition his audience might need. He just moves through a series of indifferently staged dialogue scenes...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2/5 56% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt, even without the controversy, is a terrible movie.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/5 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman's silly supernatural comedy suffers from wonky pacing but it is dead charming.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2/5 62% Hope Gap (2020) William Nicholson's film about the end of his parents' marriage is so bad even Annette Bening can't save it...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) Onward does better than most other recent Pixar films - which, I guess, means it does recapture the magic after all, and even wields it in a manner that feels smart and meaningful. It's just that this time around, the journey pales...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 48% Greed (2020) The cast is large, but the characters are well-defined, set up in their own little subsets...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/5 87% Emma. (2020) Autumn de Wilde's film starring Anya Taylor-Joy is perfectly pleasant, but lacks the book's caustic edge...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
1/5 22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) John Turturro's The Big Lebowski sequel is a vanity project that blights the resumés of everyone involved.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Space & Time (2020) Gerrard's lo-fi, Toronto-set story of a couple breaking up and figuring out how to exist separately from each other can't help but feel like a lesser effort...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Director Jan Komasa tells an unexpected story about the transformative power of religion...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/5 85% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) You won't be surprised by anything that happens, but then it isn't that kind of movie; it's the kind of movie you stumble across on Netflix or Crave and wonder how you missed it the first time around. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 38% Downhill (2020) Downhill wastes Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 88% Nose to Tail (2019) Toxic masculinity never goes out of style, and Nose To Tail still offers a compelling perspective on the issue.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 74% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) It's great to see a fluffy high school picture that doesn't talk down to its audience or its characters, with most of the story's complications growing out of who these people are and what they mean to one another.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) What a sumptuous, splendid, devastating film. Please don't miss the chance to see it in a theatre.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) As with all of Aardman's best work, the stakes may be simple but the character work is rewardingly complex... and that's really saying something here, since the Shaun movies play without intelligible dialogue.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 74% The Photograph (2020) The romance is the hook; the character work is the heart, with Rae and Stanfield finding a smouldering chemistry that makes them both look like proper movie stars for the first time.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Mostly, though, the movie works. The set pieces are strong, the action choreography kinetic and fun, and once all the characters are finally in the same place, Birds Of Prey delivers proper super-team mayhem.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 53% Rabid (2019) Vandervoort does her best to give Rose more depth than the script offers, but it's an uphill battle.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) ...all the virtuoso technique is still being employed in the service of a very familiar story. And I can't imagine audiences will respond to The Rhythm Section with enough enthusiasm to warrant an encore.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Osgood Perkins's grotty adaptation of the fairy tale feels a bit thin, but the performances are frighteningly good...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) ...scaled down to smaller venues and streaming, the experience is more grinding than transporting.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 88% And the Birds Rained Down (Il pleuvait des oiseaux) (2019) Sicotte and Girard are enthralling as the aging heroes, who treasure their shared solitude but are willing to welcome people in need...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/5 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) It's comfort food about wartime death. If that's what you're looking for, have at it.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/5 92% What Did Jack Do? (2020) It is all very silly. It will be embraced as a puckish masterwork from a beloved cultural figure. And sure, what the hell, why not. Look, I don't know what to tell you.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 87% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) ...that's a problem: for all of the history it packs into an hour and a half, What She Said still feels like a superficial look at a very complicated person.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 85% Les Misérables (2020) The resonance is there where it counts: the film is set in the same district of Paris where Hugo wrote his epic tale of persecution and obsession, and it has the same determination to see the humanity in all of its characters...‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/5 48% Underwater (2020) For all the work the filmmakers have put into the structure and the aesthetic, they've failed to do much with the characters.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 20% The Grudge (2020) The jumps are well-managed, the film feels of a piece with the other movies in the series, and [Nicolas] Pesce orchestrates one exquisite twist that offers a completely different angle on the whole life-after-death thing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/5 39% The Song of Names (2019) François Girard's historical drama is an empty box of a movie.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 93% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) Is it essential Herzog? Not really. But it's watchable, and lovers of Chatwin's spirit will find plenty of him here.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
1/5 36% 6 Underground (2019) Michael Bay's Netflix dud is even less coherent than the worst of his Transformers movies.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's a pleasant enough comedy, even if the outcome is never in doubt. The WWE doesn't make movies about candidates who wash out, after all.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019