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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Pig-tailed and pitiless Harley was the best part of "Suicide Squad" (which I liked, by the way), and this is her coming-out party, replete with exploding glitter bullets.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Prepare to be entertained, if you enjoy watching charismatic actors act naughty, talk dirty and shoot first.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 87% Color Out of Space (2020) You know Nicolas Cage has reached peak freak when he's the scariest thing about a space-alien invasion of Earth.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 87% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) If Kael were still alive, she might well have wanted "What She Said" to cock a more critical eye toward her. She says right in the doc that it's dangerous for a critic to be too popular.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.5/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) These two have become downright adorable together.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 91% Clemency (2019) Much of "Clemency" is told through the facial expressions of Woodard, an actor of the highest calibre who knows the most powerful stories are often the ones that need the fewest words to tell.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/4 88% Cunningham (2019) It's structurally daring, presented in 3D, and devoted to showing rather than explaining, via archival footage and colourful new interpretations of the artist's canon.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 48% Underwater (2020) There are the makings of a decent survival thriller in "Underwater," but everything gets tossed overboard by the disorientation of the rest of the movie, which just isn't all that scary.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) This is the best character Sandler has ever played.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) One of the best movies of 2019.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 94% Little Women (2019) Gerwig's take on the Alcott classic may shock people who really know the story and who expect a more leisurely pace. But it could also invigorate them with its bold approach.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 98% 63 Up (2019) The participants in Michael Apted's ongoing social experiment, which began with "Seven Up!" in 1964 and has become increasingly fascinating, have reached the age where they can see the approaching exit sign in their lives.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.5/4 20% Cats (2019) "Cats" turns the most vacuous stage musical of the 1980s into a big-screen litter box for the hammiest of stars to unload into.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) It fractures attention with multiple urgent distractions, much like the Fox News television environment it recreates and consciously mimics.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) "The Rise of Skywalker" is pure fan service, for better or worse - and it's mostly for the better.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) When did Jack Black stop being funny? He's now just a tiresome version of Oscar the Grouch.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood knows what he's doing here, and he does it well, especially with the casting of Hauser, Rockwell and Bates, excellent actors all.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Quietly illustrates the eternal conundrum of trying to be good without being a do-gooder, and trying to be independent while also recognizing the need for a helping hand.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 92% In Fabric (2019) Is "In Fabric" amusing, terrifying or instructive? That cackle you hear, with another twist of the dial, is Strickland's maniacal laughter.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/4 92% Antigone (2019) "Antigone" views the plight of desperate immigrants through the lens of Greek tragedy, wringing compelling drama out of a situation that too often resembles catastrophe in the real world.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Stand! (2019) "Stand!" unfolds as more of a series of teachable moments than as cohesive drama.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) It's enough to make you want to chuck all of your non-stick and waterproofed products after seeing this movie.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/4 100% Assholes: A Theory (2019) There's much humour but also a few swift kicks to the derriere delivered in the doc, including to supposedly mild-mannered Canadians.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" has more than a few dialogue clangers and narrative contrivances... but the felicitous pairing of Turner-Smith and Kaluuya makes the flaws easy to forgive.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" is as much a 'toon as it is a hat tip to the elaborate mechanics of an Agatha Christie mystery. It's silly and suspenseful in equal measure.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) It's not quite as bleak as a Bergman film, although the late Swedish auteur is clearly an influence on Baumbach, as well as on Robbie Ryan's austere cinematography. But it leaves similar scorch marks upon the mind and heart.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) One thing that really sets "Frozen 2" apart from its predecessor is the visuals, which are as gorgeous and awe-inspiring as computer animation can possibly get.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
1/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Many such scenes are shot in claustrophobic close-up, possibly in a vain attempt to disguise how fake they look or because most people will just end up watching this dumb movie on their smartphones, if they bother with it at all.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) Feig just wants to make people smile, and also to solve all the terrible "isms" of the world. So must all who come into his cuddly embrace.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It just leaves you starving for something better.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It's a cinematic tour de force in form and substance, representing late-career high points for director Scorsese and his lead actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 97% The Cave (2019) "The Cave" is a stark reminder of the toll of war, but also of the tenacity of the human spirit. God may not be watching, but we all should.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Manages to seem like a paint-by-numbers detective story even as it ambles through a byzantine narrative.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Nostalgia, chemistry and some sneaky "Deadpool" sarcasm help carry the load.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 94% Western Stars (2019) "Western Stars," Bruce Springsteen's best album in years, makes for an enchanting movie that looks bravely ahead at the open road while casting a longing glance in the rear-view mirror.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2.5/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) "Double Tap" ultimately staggers to the finish line through a combination of personal chemistry and audience good will - this was a sequel most fans of the original actually wanted - but there are so many instances where it could have been better.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/4 44% The Addams Family (2019) All this talent, but an empty crypt of a committee-written script, which goes in mainly for cornball one-liners and sight gags working the eternal Halloween conceit of the Addams saga.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) It doesn't have much of a story to tell, and it has a needlessly complicated high-tech way of telling it.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 68% Joker (2019) The supervillain origin story to beat all origin stories.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 93% Monos (2019) It's an intoxicating descent into anarchy that alarmingly suggests the bonds of civility are all too easy to shuck off.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 86% Roger Waters: Us + Them (2019) This is more than just a Pink Floyd's greatest-hits show, but not much more than that.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Stellar acting, along with the pretty pictures, overrides the film's structural limitations.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 93% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) The film is kind of brilliant in the way it covers and contextualizes more than 50 years of groundbreaking music in barely two hours.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 83% The Whistlers (2020) A great idea, badly executed.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick falls prey yet again to the voice-over whispering and dreamy cloud-watching he relies on too much.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/4 48% Greed (2020) Coogan's one-note riff gets old quickly and the anti-exploitation message lacks punch.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) A movie as inert as the famous oil painting it is titled for.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 58% Frankie (2019) Any film that wastes the great Isabelle Huppert is a crime.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 83% Waves (2019) Waves takes us on a real journey, leaving us breathless but also marvelling at the end.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) This is a crowd-pleaser for believers and agnostics alike.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019