Peter Howell

Peter Howell
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 86% The Whistlers (2019) A great idea, badly executed. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 77% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/4 63% Greed (2019) Coogan's one-note riff gets old quickly and the anti-exploitation message lacks punch. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/4 25% The Goldfinch (2019) A movie as inert as the famous oil painting it is titled for. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 61% Frankie (2019) Any film that wastes the great Isabelle Huppert is a crime. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 84% Waves (2019) Waves takes us on a real journey, leaving us breathless but also marvelling at the end. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Two Popes (2019) Wise to Catholicism and also human nature. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 75% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) This... is very much guitarist/songwriter Robertson's version of the truth, but it rings true as it accounts how drugs, petty jealousies and other demons ultimately undid these Fab Five musicians. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 84% Just Mercy (2019) Strong performances, especially by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Tim Blake Nelson, help make the message a movie. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 88% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger wasn't the obvious choice to play the late Judy Garland, the joyful Wizard of Oz ingénue turned adult captive of addiction and anxiety, but she makes it seem like there's no place like her home. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 74% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi knocks it out of der park with the meaningful lunacy of his anti-hate satire, which is equal parts Mel Brooks, Wes Anderson and Waititi's own whimsical brilliance. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) If you want to see JLo in her best role in 21 years, since she dallied with George Clooney in Out of Sight, you've come to the right naughty place. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The story's great and the racetrack action leaves skid marks on the eyeballs. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 96% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Can you dig it? Consider it dug. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Tom Hanks fits the red sweater like he was born in it, but Marielle Heller's unique take on Fred Rogers' magnetism exceeds impersonation. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) It's an exercise in pure cinema, an abstract painting of a crime story. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) A master class on filmmaking by the late, great Agnès Varda, by way of a tour of her 64 years behind and in front of the lens, as a leading force of the French New Wave. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The 20th Century (2019) Take those history books, pile them up and set them ablaze. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 72% The Traitor (2019) This mob tale steals our attention. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 74% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Bleak even by Loach's no-guff standards, but it kicks like a mule. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) The film could be considered Exhibit A for essays on the female gaze. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Satire morphs into a savage underclass morality lesson that recalls the home invasion tales of Michael Haneke and Jordan Peele. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a film to savour like a fine bourbon, watching how Salvador (and Almodóvar) wrestles with demons of the mind, heart and body. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 98% The Last Waltz (1978) Simply one of the best rock docs ever, born of equal parts thunder and fatigue. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 76% Les Misérables (2019) Tensions run high; pulses do, too. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 100% Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019) An eye-opener of what it takes to make a difference in this country. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 89% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman's welcome return after a long absence takes him to Paris and New York, finding drollery much like at home. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 95% The Climb (2019) Toxic masculinity is played for rich and revealing farce in writer/director Michael Angelo Covino's assured feature debut, told over multiple years. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 88% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Survival classic The Most Dangerous Game gets a nod from this thriller by Kleber Mendonca Filho (Neighboring Sounds) and Juliano Dornelles, and so does the sci-fi horror genre. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 91% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Mati Diop pairs reality with folkloric fantasy for a beguiling romance that woos the eye along with the heart. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 100% Anne at 13,000 ft (2019) Writer/director Radwanski's in-your-face style serves this story well, but Campbell's riveting performance as a woman on the verge of vertigo is a sight to behold. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A wearisome sequel by returning director Andy Muschietti that runs nearly three hours, paying tedious obeisance to King's overwritten prose. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) After the Wedding went from being the Sundance 2019 opener to an August leftover, which may tell you all you need to know. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) It... trades in lewd and crude humour, to be sure, but it does so by way of a funny story of a trio of Grade Sixers attempting to negotiate the hairpin turn from boyhood to manhood. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) By the end of this nearly 2-1/2-hour film, which starts offhandedly and rather glibly but firmly rises to a bell-ringer of a finale, Brugger has connected many scattered dots. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
1/4 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) This brainless sequel to 47 Meters Down forsakes much of what made that 2017 survival thriller the lean and mean success it was, a credible shark threat being first and foremost. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Newcomer Kalra makes for an engaging protagonist, as believable in his life angst as he is in his Boss worship. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) It doesn't make for much of a film, even with a lead as gifted as Cate Blanchett and a director as proficient as Richard Linklater. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) More horrifying than any screamer you'll see this year. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/4 93% Luce (2019) The balm of absolute truth may be missing in Luce, but this makes for arresting and thoughtful viewing nonetheless. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
1.5/4 21% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen is billed as a crime drama, but it better fits the mystery category - and not in a good way. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) The usual drill for authorized rock docs is to bend or avoid any truths that might still sting. Crosby, however, seems to draw energy from fessing up, which apparently proves the adage that confession is good for the soul. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The film's real star is Kirby. Her dynamic Hattie spends less time jabbering and more time sleuthing than her mouthy male accomplices, and she's also more of a fighter to their bashers. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/4 99% Honeyland (2019) This amazing doc, a multiple prize-winner at Sundance 2019, makes for the most primal of environmental allegories. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) The deep compassion of The Farewell lifts it above its absurd premise. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) At no point in Jon Favreau's The Lion King does it seem like it was a good idea to remake Disney's 1994 African wilderness parable, apart from the financial windfall it is sure to accrue. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) Maiden puts us all in the ship right there with them. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) If there were an award for Best Comedy Movie Saviour, Kumail Nanjiani would be the leading candidate to win this year. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) (2018) A rebel without a chord finds music in unexpected places in The Fireflies Are Gone, Sébastien Pilote's affecting character study. - Toronto Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019