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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 17% Stardust (2020) [A] rock-star biopic without the music of said rock star ends up being a pointless exercise.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 31% Superintelligence (2019) Superintelligence arrives this week as a comedy with actual charm, wit and, yes, laughs.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
1.5/4 45% Fatman (2020) Fatman's vision of Father Christmas is of the rough-and-tumble variety.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2.5/4 72% The Croods: A New Age (2020) It mostly all comes together in the end, but you still cannot help but watch the film and wonder why the need for just so much of everything.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.5/4 96% Sound of Metal (2020) [T]he film is an intensely unique sonic experience that demands careful and focused aural attention. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 89% Mank (2020) Mank is, overwhelmingly, so very interesting. But it is also something of a half-masterpiece mess.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/4 86% Happiest Season (2020) There's nothing wrong with easy-viewing comfort cinema - but there's a difference between lazily entertaining your audience and insulting their intelligence.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) This is a fly-on-the-wall production, with no talking head interviews or expository narration. Nanau forces his audience to confront the horrors unfolding right in front of them... with no need for outside commentary.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
1.5/4 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) [R]est soundly knowing that The Last Vermeer is a pale impersonation of a movie.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) Thanks to some skillful, nuanced editing - and the forgiveness of time that comes with three decades - Coppola's experiment is an offer you (sorry) can't refuse. Mostly.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/4 83% Freaky (2020) This is candy-coloured mayhem, bright and snappy and enjoyably wince-inducing in its desire to disgust.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
1.5/4 45% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) A Rainy Day in New York arrives today like a desperate, frequently nauseating plea to Make America Woody Again...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
1.5/4 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy is a bad film, inert and clichéd and largely devoid of cinematic imagination.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2.5/4 95% The Life Ahead (2020) Ultimately, Ponti's film survives on the one surprise that's not much of a surprise at all: the power and majesty of his lead actress.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
2.5/4 63% Cup of Cheer (2020) The result is messy, zippy and smart-alecky. But never boring, and occasionally funny enough to warrant a spit-take or three.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
3/4 81% The Kid Detective (2020) Brody makes pitifulness compelling, even dashing. We want Abe to succeed because we want Brody to succeed.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/4 79% Let Him Go (2020) A skilfully executed thriller that is narrowly aimed at one demographic - audiences over 50 who like a little violence with their late-life dramas - but succeeds at entertaining just about anyone who comes across its dusty, blood-soaked path.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
2.5/4 45% Holidate (2020) The movie surprises on almost every level, breaking a number of contemporary rom-com rules along the way thanks to Tiffany Paulsen's self-aware screenplay.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/4 55% Come Play (2020) On paper, this might sound like an unbearably hokey and guilt-inducing concept, especially for an era where we're compelled to spend more time with our loved ones than we ever imagined. But it works surprisingly well in Chase's confident hands.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2.5/4 100% His House (2020) There is an excellent short film hiding in the corridors of His House - it just needs a slight renovation.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
2/4 25% The Empty Man (2020) Producers couldn't have picked a better title, though. After I left my Friday afternoon screening, attended by a whopping two other people, I felt far from satisfied. Empty, you might say.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 94% Memories of Murder (2003) Tracing a long, frustrating, and at times darkly funny investigation into the crimes of a rural South Korean serial killer, Memories of Murder is a thrilling and stomach-churning ride.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) An essential piece of 2020 culture, distilling the mania of this cursed year into a compact 95 minutes of jaw-dropping cringe comedy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/4 79% Over the Moon (2020) But watching Over the Moon unfold over its too-leisurely 95 minutes, the filmmakers' efforts feel rather ... not "crass," exactly. But certainly off.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
2/4 40% Rebecca (2020) For some reason that shall forever remain a mystery to all those but director Ben Wheatley and the almighty Netflix algorithm, 2020 has delivered one of the most unnecessary remakes in the history of an industry built upon revisitation: Rebecca.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 63% The Secrets We Keep (2020) The Secrets We Keep is a solid, well-acted, and slightly predictable drama of morals whose novelty evaporates once you realize that the general beats of the story itself have been presented before, to far more haunting effect.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/4 75% Clouds (2020) Director Justin Baldoni's young-adult romance knows exactly which audience it's playing to, and accomplishes much of what it sets out to do: break your heart, while leaving you humming a sorrowful-yet-catchy tune.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Telling a sitcom-simple story with a frustrating lack of emotional and narrative depth, Coppola has produced a distressingly disposable film.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
2/4 31% 2067 (2020) Despite the too-twisty story and drippy characters, Larney does extremely impressive work with a limited budget, creating an entire world (or two) as if he had the resources of a Marvel escapade, or at the very least a Terminator entry.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin's winks are so shameless that you can hear them flutter across your own living room, but that doesn't make them unenjoyable, either.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) If this is just a taste of what Brandon Cronenberg has in store for cinema, then long live the new flesh.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The performances that Mantello wrings make the 2020 effort worth everyone's trouble.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/4 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) Like an exhausted artist facing a blank canvas, or an underwhelmed film critic staring at a blank screen, The Artist's Wife doesn't have much to say but tosses something on the screen regardless, hoping it will stick.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/4 84% Misbehaviour (2020) Misbehaviour is a film that makes its characters compete with each other for screen time and resonance and social messaging. Ultimately, no one goes home a winner.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2.5/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Executed with more energy than either of Guy Ritchie's recent blockbusters, and with Henry Cavill acting as a more suave Sherlock than Robert Downey Jr., director Harry Bradbeer's adventure is a perfectly fine piece of Holmes-ian content...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/4 63% The Last Shift (2020) The Last Shift is not nearly as challenging a production, both for Jenkins and audiences, but it is highly watchable.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) In its quizzical, candy-coloured, sideways view of the world - one that normalizes apartments that regularly flood with pink sludge - the film is offering a challenge to its audience.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 83% Fauna (2020) Lyrical, haunting and at times extraordinarily funny, Fauna is a work best viewed twice, and with the clear understanding that even one revisit may not be enough.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 100% The Truffle Hunters (2020) You'll get to know the titular hunters, but only to imagine brief snippets of their life. In other words, it will leave you hungry for more.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 77% I Am Greta (2020) I Am Greta is completely devoid of urgency, let alone insight.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Bandar Band (2020) And just like the best of road trips, it's over before you want it to be.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/4 82% Notturno (2020) Rosi's genuine desire to understand the psychological reality of the region is not only morally admirable, it is artistically astonishing.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 92% The Best Is Yet To Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) (2020) As a procedural, it's a fine enough two-hour distraction - you just cannot help but imagine what someone like Jia would have done with the material.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 53% Joe Bell (2021) The drama is well-intentioned - it may very well expand narrow minds - but is also heavy-handed, manipulative, and thin on character.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) There's enough style and, um, heart in Krinsky's ultra-romantic vision to carry the film through.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Best to bury this Devil in an unmarked grave.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 87% The Nest (2020) As conceived by Canadian writer-director Sean Durkin, The Nest is excellently engineered domestic drama, with characters walking on just the right number of eggshells around each other until they crack wide open.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
2.5/4 100% Nadia, Butterfly (2020) [T]he film is not quite a medallist. But it's certainly a spirited contender.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 78% Akilla's Escape (2020) Akilla's Escape may only cover one very bad night in the life of a city, but its power will stick with you for days, even weeks.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
1.5/4 74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) The result is a cheap-looking thriller that sputters rather than soars.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020