Chris Knight

Chris Knight
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 No Score Yet Stand! (2019) The production looks lovely, crammed with period detail and striving to resonate with today's gig economy... But the results are, dare I say, laboured. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) I'd argue that one mystery remains: Why can't more films be this much fun? - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Regardless, this is a self-assured feature, smart and stylish in equal measure. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 92% Dark Waters (2019) Fortunately, Ruffalo makes for a compelling and sympathetic character, and the movie does a good job of lionizing his tenaciousness. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) It helps that two great actors perform these Odd Couple meetings. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda by Agnès is a perfect introduction to a talented artist who, even at 90, left us far too soon. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful (2019) With its stock characters and regularly timed action sequences, The Divine Move 2 is not unlike the game it dramatizes; two-dimensional, and black and white. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Assholes: A Theory (2019) It's worth pointing out the restraint shown in the section about electing assholes to run your country. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) This is a first film from Bhise, and an ambitious one, though it doesn't always deliver the force the story deserves. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Aside from its best-supporting accolades, Charlie's Angels does little to advance the series. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) In the narrative straightaways, with the drama and cinematography and actors firing on all cylinders, there's no stopping it. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The plot seems a touch thin, the battle scenes interminable, and resolution, when it comes, unearned. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong leads us into this realm slowly and expertly, often relying on an eclectic soundtrack - opera one moment, a jazzy all-drums set the next - to carry us forward. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) An important work of storytelling. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 80% Greener Grass (2019) I can see what the filmmakers are aiming for, but suburban life seems too easy a target, and the surreal comedy too broad to deliver the desired impact. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet April in Autumn (2018) The film takes a welcome jog near the end, for a resolution that may feel like a letdown to some. But fearing a tidy conclusion, I was happy for the ambiguity. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 98% The Cave (2019) Fayyad's work is best when it's simple, like the shots of Dr. Ballour calling her parents, who praise her work but beg her to get away. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 73% Harriet (2019) The by-the-numbers telling doesn't do justice to the power and scale of her accomplishments, though Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale) does good work in the title role - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 58% Frankie (2019) Sachs gets points for the film's conclusion, a dialogue-free ten-minute finale shot mostly in a very wide angle over classical piano music; it feels like it was dropped in from a much more interesting movie. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms wraps itself in so many layers of metaphor - the final shot shows someone pounding on a door that refuses to open - that it loses any sense of character or plot. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) And yet, sandwiched in the middle, the screenplay manages a few deep thoughts about the nature of free will, forgiveness and retribution, much of it channeled through Schwarzenegger's character... - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) So there's much to enjoy, whether you immerse yourself in the gritty city or try to keep ahead of Lionel as he feels his way through the story's central mystery. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is at heart quite a sombre story. Scorsese doesn't dwell on the violence, and seems more interested in the possibility of redemption. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 43% Midway (2019) Midway may not have the same lofty aspirations, but it provides thrilling popcorn fare nonetheless. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) There is some lovely camerawork at play - one scene gives new meaning to the phrase "dropping in on someone" - and an oddity not often seen in horror films, where the scary evil entities must face their own demons. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
1/5 22% Playing with Fire (2019) The film feels more like something that should have opened in the early '90s, a simpler time when all you needed for yuks was a few cute kids, a gruff muscleman and a slobbery dog. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Let there be light. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's a mellifluous, touching story right up to the final shot, a clever reveal that brings the past and the present back together. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4.5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Certainly, scholarly discussions are not the place for chuckles... But movies give us a safe space to mock what we would otherwise fight. And Jojo Rabbit is a remarkably funny tale. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) None of this reinvents the wheel, but it remains bloody good fun throughout, mostly on the strength of its cast and the easy camaraderie between them. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
0/5 11% Lucky Day (2019) The plot is a shambles, designed not so much to tell a story as to link together a variety of scenes in which someone mutters a few choice words after being riddled with bullets and before expiring. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy brings his usual charm to the role, but also a charming sense of vulnerability. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) The good news is that Smith & Smith have some effective onscreen chemistry, helped mightily by Winstead in a role that had me recalling that she also played John McClane's daughter in a couple of Die Hard movies. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 80% Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) It provides much food for thought, and is beautifully shot to boot. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) This is a fascinating movie, but I wouldn't call it fun. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
88% Freaks (2019) The filmmakers do a great job of world-building, contrasting Chloe's dim, dingy dwelling with the almost painfully bright cityscape outside her door. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
0/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The story wanders into a narrative desert and can't find its way out. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 83% Exit (2019) Exit's mix of action, romance, cornball comedy and epic stunts is one big adrenaline rush. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 93% Mine 9 (2019) The results aren't golden, but this mine strikes a solid vein of silver with its subterranean drama. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) To have your heart warmed as much as the film clearly wants to do, best to steel yourself for its straight-ahead plot and the irony that, in a movie obsessed with music, so many of its secondary characters are one-note. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) After the Wedding explores what it means to want the best for someone, how we strive to make it happen, and the vast gulf that exists in between. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Survival Box (2019) Mere survival may be enough of an objective when the world seems to have shut down, but cinema needs a loftier goal. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
1/5 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The plot is about as deep as the water into which they dive. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) If you're going to watch Cold Case Hammerskjold, watch it with a grain of salt. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) The amazing thing about Good Boys... is the way it manages to transcend the humour of sixth-graders saying inappropriate things. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 69% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) By the time Unstoppable came to the underwater wedding video of Hamilton and her husband, I wasn't certain whether I was watching a doc or a commercial. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 100% Killing Patient Zero (2019) Fascinating, logical documentary. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 79% Free Trip to Egypt (2019) Kidding aside, Free Trip to Egypt is a sweet story, but ultimately a little thin. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Eaton's doc walks a fine line between the "difficult cat" of the '60s and '70s, and the man today. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Somehow at once lusty and bloodless, and never less than Merchant-Ivory pretty, this well-meaning biopic sticks too closely to its epistolary inspiration and never lets itself take imaginative flight. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019