Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler
Brad Wheeler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail
Biography:
Globe and Mail contributor.
Publications: Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 82% Before You Know It (2019) The dialogue is clever and the premise witty. It's a New York-y film that has the zip of a farce, without all the nuttiness. (There's a little nuttiness.) - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Honey Bee (2019) With her narrative feature debut, the documentary filmmaker Rama Rau offers an edgier after-school special that is nevertheless worth seeing for Stone alone. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 80% Official Secrets (2019) The end result is a professionally made film that is whistle-blowingly relevant, starring an excellent actress who successfully comes in from her Pride & Prejudice past. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/4 67% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) "All the people were singing," but this film only listens to Robertson. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 83% Abominable (2019) Abominable has charms to soothe the savage child. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet David Foster: Off the Record (2019) Despite the film's laudatory tone, a portrait of Foster is competently painted by the veteran documentarian Avrich. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 95% The Climb (2019) Life is an uphill battle says The Climb, a film that gets better as it goes, even if life often does not. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3.5/4 83% Red Penguins (2019) Gonzo skates-and-sticks stuff, Slap Shot being dainty by comparison. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 100% Black Conflux (2019) Filmmaker Dorsey keeps viewers guessing with her promising debut. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) There's no thrill to this thriller. Nor is there nuance to the characters. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 89% Aquarela (2019) Without any narration or talking heads, Kossakovsky's cinematic globe-trotting documentary dazzles us with doom. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/4 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Toes will tap, a tear or two might be shed - a complex story about a deceivingly complex musical is adoringly told and ultimately simplified. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 93% Mine 9 (2019) Eddie Mensore has not made a masterpiece of the genre, but there's a poignancy to his gritty calamity tale that makes Mine 9 worth watching. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Maybe it's real or maybe it's wackadoodle, but a cold-case investigation is heated up considerably and imaginatively by Brugger's charismatic film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) It is what it says it is, and nothing more. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
0/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The dog drops banal pearls of wisdom as if he were pooping on a rug or peeing on the floor (which he does often, and to the same effect). - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) This satire in Hebrew and Arabic is an answer in an allegorical and comical way, about a mad circumstance and a man in the middle of it. A tense and painful backdrop, sure, but there's no stick up Zoabi's butt, just an olive branch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Remember his name? The dude is unforgettable, now more than ever thanks to this film's excellent, incandescent illumination. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/4 65% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Other than keeping Hamilton's name out there and giving her brand exposure, Unstoppable stops short of making a compelling case for itself. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 59% Astronaut (2019) It's not entirely believable, but where there's a metaphor there's a way. Old asses put out to pasture. Angus appreciates the symbolism. I bet Dreyfuss does too. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The film's calm brutality is effective. Plot-wise, some punches are telegraphed, while others are not. The satire is a spinning wheel kick I didn't see coming. Black belts all around. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) Using archival footage and fresh recollections, director Alex Holmes offers an illuminating look into the weird world of jibs and rigging in a film that transcends the action of the sport. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) With a softened lens, British documentarian Nick Broomfield adoringly examines a fascinating relationship in a fascinating time that saw Cohen transition from a poet to a world-class songwriter. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday has great fun with a great premise. But the song-based rise-and-fall story line? Sounds like something we've heard before. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) What follows is excellent, uncomplicated and well-wrought house-of-horrors fun, complete with a message about self-blame and the real things that haunt us. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/4 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) An exercise in naive commentary and globe-trotting magical realism, the film dares viewers to take it seriously. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1/4 35% Anna (2019) Luss's uncompelling character elicits no empathy - except when she cries to be free, which is something trapped, yawning audiences will surely understand. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Ronnie? She's just looking for someone to sing Muskrat Love with. If you are as well, this quaint, doting film might be your thing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) "We were putting good poetry on the radio - pop radio." That's David Crosby's take on the seminal California folk-rock scene of 1965 to '67, an era explained lovingly and with due reverence in the hashish-scented documentary Echo in the Canyon. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) a lively sequel... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 79% Photograph (2019) Like Polaroids and introverted people, Photograph takes its time developing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) It's whimsy, magic and metaphor. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 100% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019) We get an entertaining but superficial and laudatory overview of one of his country's greatest singer-songwriters. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 51% A Dog's Journey (2019) A Dog's Journey ends in bittersweet fashion, but with the suspicion that this franchise will live on. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Defining a politician's titan legacy in a singularly unexpected way, Meeting Gorbachev meets its expectations. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 51% Tolkien (2019) Stately, handsome and ferociously romantic, the new biopic of British high-fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien won't be everyone's cup of tea, though there is some excellent tea drinking to be had. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 30% Red Joan (2019) Although the story sounds fascinating - subterfuge! centrifuge! pinkos! - the film is cold fusion. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 91% Sir (2018) The film, from Indian screenwriter and documentary director Rohena Gera, is well-paced and properly sentimental. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) A sweet, playful coming-of-age documentary - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Even for those who do not believe that God's grace is amazing, it is hard not to see Franklin in her prime as something near miraculous, with a long-buried film serving as a witness in 16mm. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) Although it might sound like a lost web address to today's computer-savvy youth, Missing Link is a delightful and polished stop-motion adventure-comedy and droll comment on colonialism. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 84% The Brink (2019) With Klayman using the man's own words against him, Bannon comes off as a wallower in the mire. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 60% Acquainted (2018) Like the four principal actors, Acquainted is nice to look at but not so stimulating. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 71% The Invisibles (2019) The Invisibles, about humans as living ghosts, needs to be seen, and believed. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) It's about music, yes, but the label and this film concern more: Life-lessons, collaboration, open-minded attitudes and the value of submitting to the now. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/4 39% The Dirt (2019) Presented as an "unflinching" story of redemption, this silly-sappy film lowers the bar for to musical biopics. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 81% Level 16 (2019) And while fans of the genre will absolutely appreciate the surreal gloom, for most others Level 16 will come in at a level below an average Twilight Zone episode. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 88% To Dust (2019) To Dust's humour is of the one-trick kind - an odd couple on an odd mission - but there is soul and small pleasures to its fly-by 92 minutes. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Goalie (2019) Director Maggs tells a tough, sympathetic story in an imaginative way that makes Goalie feel like a war story. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Todd Douglas Miller's documentary about the first moon landing is dead brilliant, sure to enrage conspiracy theorists while thrilling most everyone else. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019