Alison Gillmor

Alison Gillmor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Winnipeg Free Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's a genre that is often self-indulgent - and occasionally angry and aggrieved - but in the hands of the 70-year-old Spanish master becomes a gentle and generous examination of time, age and the act of creation. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Watching Ken Miles race is pure pleasure, but in the end, the film's clumsily drawn conflict feels more assembly-line than artisanal. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Complicated, difficult, necessary reckoning is at the core of her work. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) There are sections that vibrate with avant-garde energy - Smith uses a lot of experimental film footage to set the scene... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5 95% Buddy (2019) Buddy is slow, quiet and never showy. It gives us specific insight into six households, but it also builds toward larger ideas. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) While Sunset may not be as viscerally difficult as Son of Saul, Nemes's evocation of 1913 Budapest is still beset by an overwhelming sense of violence and dread, with its dark, phantasmagoric images suggesting a civilization on the brink of conflagration. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Green isn't much good at self-promotion. He's enthusiastic, thoughtful and sincere about every step he takes, and his attitude spreads to documentarian Jeremy Workman and, by extension, to us. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) In the final section of the film, Gray is perhaps too obvious, but there's still something magnificent about the filmmaker's obsession, which for most of this powerful, strange and unexpected film, manages to be both epic and intimate. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's one thing to get all those things in a big, juicy novel. This attempt to stuff them all into a movie, even one that clocks in at 149 minutes, ends up feeling rushed, shallow, sometimes even a bit silly. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Applying edgy style to upper-middle-class English life, Joanna Hogg's work is both intense and delicate. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) As we reach the conclusion of After the Wedding, the end of the film seems to have lost touch with the beginning. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Ric Roman Waugh's action sequences are mediocre. They have a ramped-up, jittery look, but they don't feel urgent. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Meeting Gorbachev's unhurried pace and granular detail probably won't appeal to a general audience, but for hardcore Herzog fans and political junkies, this doc will exert a steady gravitational pull. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Be Natural occasionally wanders, but in the end it offers a passionate portrait of a remarkable woman, a necessary historical corrective and an urgent argument for the importance of film preservation. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Richard Linklater plays Bernadette's vanishing act not as a big narrative mystery but as a messy human mix of screw-ups and saving graces. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet There Are No Fakes (2019) Kastner gives a glimpse of the largely unregulated global art market, with only a hazy legal framework for dealing with frauds and forgeries and lots of convenient myths that obscure the connections among art, money and power. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 93% Diane (2019) Diane is a rare thing: an unsentimental and honest indie film about the radical power of kindness. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Funny, sad, perversely nostalgic, Quentin Tarantino's obsessive ode to a lost Hollywood era is packed with visual verve, pop-culture riffs and cineaste pleasures. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 88% Sir (2018) Sir is a delicate and powerful look at human connection. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) This franchise has always been about the passage of time, and there's something poignant, powerful and fitting about seeing it playing out within a real-time context, almost 24 years after it began. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) That common dance-movie trope of technique versus passion applies to the film itself, which is handsome and correct in form but somewhat lacking, at crucial moments, in life and spark. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) Shot and edited with lots of colour and pep, the film offers a travelogue-y take on the streets of Mumbai, Paris and Rome. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night raises some timely questions. How do you make entertainment "relevant" without losing your sense of humour? How do you keep it accessible without resorting to lowest-common-denominator pap? - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) The film follows its own interesting directions, mixing up footage from Bergman's films and archival material with thoughtful interviews with Bergman collaborators. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 95% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) The dead don't die in this subdued and eerily strange drama, but Ghost Town Anthology isn't a standard ghost story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Easy to dislike at times but hard to dismiss, The Image Book is a difficult, contradictory, complex work. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) With striking cinematography, stately pacing and a formal and distant tone, Birds of Passage has a stark simplicity. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) The film also makes points - sometimes subtle, sometimes very frank - about the ways in which women, especially older women, are overlooked and underestimated. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) To call Amazing Grace a concert film is a pale description of a soul-expanding, whole-body experience. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 93% Giant Little Ones (2019) While not as accomplished as Lady Bird or Eighth Grade, Giant Little Ones avoids the usual high school clichés, crafting an honest and nuanced 21st-century coming-out story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The subtext is pointedly political but always expressed through Lee's subtle cinematic intensity, with evocative views of murky interiors and landscapes that dissolve into dusk and darkness. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Unfortunately, the serial-killer-as-artiste trope is a little culturally exhausted, and von Trier's attempts to liven it up don't really work. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is just a good movie. It's freaky, scary, carefully crafted and deeply unsettling. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Holmes' undented belief in her mission is embodied in her odd, unblinking gaze. Our fascination with this eerie disconnect -- this bright blue gap between truth and deception -- is why we keep meeting that gaze. In The Inventor, it's hard to look away. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is clearly aspiring to reach the heights of recent projects like John Greene's The Fault in Our Stars, but these kind of narrative stumbles keep it grounded. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Hummingbird remains a tonally erratic project that struggles to find a point of view. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Even when a formidably female Captain Marvel finally gets her own film, it feels less like a standalone story and more like a placeholder. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) This is a sneaky film of ideas, as Assayas manages to be very talky without ever becoming arid. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Amanda (2018) This kind of set-up often gets played for sentimental life lessons in Hollywood, but director Mikhael Hers explores David and Amanda's situation with delicacy and poignance. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) Super-stylized and darkly absurd, the story becomes increasingly unmoored as fact and fiction, past and future start to melt and meld together. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) The Watermelon Woman can be awkward and clunky, and its shoestring budget sometimes shows. But it's also fresh and frequently very funny. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee brings his stylized esthetic and flair for genre-flipping to this kooky fact-based story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) This is an achingly specific picture of mundane moments and sudden sorrows, with long, patient scenes of young men shooting hoops or playing blues guitar, of a toddler tiring himself out, of kids just doing stuff in backyards and fields. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) There were tons of references to other rom-coms. It works by taking the tropes of the romantic comedy head on and admitting that they're kind of ridiculous. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) In the end, the power of Shoplifters is cumulative and unexpected. As with Osamu's tricks, legal and otherwise, it's only afterwards that you realize what has happened. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 20% Serenity (2019) There's a reason why Serenity feels, well, like a bad movie. But by the time we get to the reason, we've had to sit through 90 minutes of that bad movie, and those 90 minutes are not redeemed by Knight's big reveal. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Moving quietly through a year in Cleo's life and using beautiful black-and-white cinematography, the film is deeply emotional but rigorously unsentimental. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Add in a story that handles both large-scale superhero action and small-scale human problems and actually pulls off some real feeling, and this Spider-Man - along with all his Spider-Friends - is the best cinematic webslinger in years. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Goose (2018) He hasn't defaulted to a conventional narrative - that's not really his thing - but The Goose still manages to hold together, partly because of the brilliance and consistency of Maryniuk's trippy visual style. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 97% 1945 (2017) The darkness of wartime reaches not only into one day in August. In this muted but powerful film, Török is also commenting, obliquely but effectively, on the rise of far-right nationalism and anti-Semitism in present-day Hungary. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018