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Rating Title/Year Author
Synonyms (2018) Pat Mullen How many synonyms are there for 'great'? EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Harriet (2019) Courtney Small Erivo's performance is the breath of fresh air that keeps Harriet from suffocating under the burden of expectation. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (2019) Pat Mullen It's an ambitious and gutsy film that's bound to knock the wind out of anyone who sees it. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Rachel West There are some unnerving tricks at play here that should please those weaned on Labyrinth and The Never Ending Story. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
() Michael McNeely A person with a disability is given agency in a movie, and we see how she can manifest the kind of life for herself that she wants. It's about time. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
() Michael McNeely In a powerful story of a musician losing his hearing, Riz Ahmed turns in a spectacular performance that overcame my fears of disability appropriation. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
() Michael McNeely Two of U is a highlight of the most epic of love stories: the kind that wasnt and isnt recognized. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
My Life as a Comedian (2019) Michael McNeely The child actors deserve kudos and deliver performances that shouldn't be missed. They master the heavy material by playing a wide gamut of emotions. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Corpus Christi (2019) Michael McNeely Bartosz Bielenia's central performance as Daniel is worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Antenna (2019) Michael McNeely Orçun Behram's Turkish horror film, The Antenna, doesn't live up to its promising logline. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Courtney Small Ozon's film is both a scathing commentary and a tale of bravery and compassion. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Parasite (2019) Pat Mullen Few films tap into the cultural zeitgeist as brilliantly and originally as Parasite does. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
The King (2019) Pat Mullen For fellow members of the Shakespeare on Film Fan Club, it complements Orson Welles' 1965 film Chimes at Midnight and its take on the Henry plays. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Matthias & Maxime (2019) Pat Mullen Xavier Dolan's Matthias & Maxime is easily his sexiest film yet, and also one of his strongest. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Pat Mullen In Scrabble-speak, one could say that Bill Nighy lands a double word score in Sometimes Always Never. The film itself, however, doesn't net as many points. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Monos (2019) Pat Mullen Nicholson is the film's emotional anchor. With few scenes and fewer speaking lines, she injects the film with a compelling current of humanity. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Pat Mullen They say it's a Golden Age for television, but Downton Abbey proves that the big screen still reigns supreme. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
My Zoe (2018) Pat Mullen While she's always been excellent as both an actor and a writer, My Zoe is a major leap forward for Delpy as a director. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Pat Mullen Zonana's humorous and damning essay is an assured first feature. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Los sonámbulos (2019) Pat Mullen [F]eatures an ensemble of characters flying off the rails with irrational, unmotivated, and unconvincing behaviour. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Pat Mullen Chen's characters feel inauthentic as their icky situation takes predictable turns, leading to some handsomely composed shots with eye-roll inducing drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Proxima (2019) Pat Mullen It's a cold movie-so cold one could declare it clinically dead. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Victor Stiff From beginning to end, Gundala delivers fast and furious action and rarely stops to take its foot off the gas. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Victor Stiff Heller avoids the obvious - and schmaltziest plot routes - to craft a deeper, richer story that tugs at your heart in the most pleasurable ways. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Victor Stiff Baumbach uses his masterful command of cinematic language to create an emotionally devastating film that entertains you on every level. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Joker (2019) Victor Stiff Joker is about a lunatic gaining infamy, sure. But this film is really about a movement. It's about what happens to people who fall through the cracks. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Victor Stiff For better or for worse, The Lighthouse features two gifted actors going off the rails. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Friend (2019) Pat Mullen Segel has never been better. The Friend uses every inch of his everyman charm and likable charisma. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Pat Mullen Continuity issues aside, White Lie proves this filmmaking team as one of the most exciting voices emerging in Canadian cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Pat Mullen Like Isabelle Huppert, Hoss has a knack for inhabiting "unlikable" characters and turning them into beguiling psychological studies of the human condition. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Blow the Man Down (2019) Pat Mullen Martindale delivers a hoot of a performance decked out in a matronly fur coat and a pimp stick playing the manager of a seaside brothel EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Moneychanger (2019) Pat Mullen Sure, it's timely to see The Moneychanger in an age in which nice guys still finish last and a******s continue to get ahead, but the film peddles a kind of basic comedy that's oddly tone-deaf... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Pat Mullen The dizzying madcap whirl with The Laundromat gives audiences the rinse and the spin they need. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Il Pleuvait des Oiseaux (2019) Pat Mullen Archambault goes straight for the heart in adapting Saucier's novel. The result is poignant, touching, and profoundly moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Pat Mullen The Aeronauts is top-flight escapism that lets audiences soar high above the clouds. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Pat Mullen There aren't many films like in the Sky. This strange unfamiliarity makes Lucy's downward spiral an awkward, difficult, and sometimes anxiety-inducing experience. But this character lives for exploring uncharted terrain. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Courtney Small Anchored by strong performances by Kiri and Jokovic, Easy Land find honesty and hope in everyday struggle. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Ordinary Love (2019) Courtney Small The emotions in Manville's physical performance flow organically, forcing the viewer to reflect on their own relationships and mortality. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Victor Stiff Waititi shows us the world through a child's eyes so that we understand the power - and the appeal - of jingoism, partisanship, and indoctrination. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Pat Mullen Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes and deserves further recognition, has never been so bold, wily, and vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
() Pat Mullen When Helen Reddy performs at a 1989 women's march at the end of I Am Woman, one almost expects to see a #PussyGrabsBack sign waving in the crowd. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Pat Mullen Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of grand, beautifully crafted, and relevant film that mature audiences see too rarely these days. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Pat Mullen I'll give the adaptation this much: it's better than the book. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Blood Quantum (2019) Victor Stiff Blood Quantum is another zombie apocalypse flick, sure. But it's also a story about how festering emotional wounds are as dangerous as any zombie bite. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
1982 (2013) Andrew Parker Oliver never backs away from difficult subject matter (semi-autobiographical, at that) and it's positively gut-wrenching to watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Whistlers (2019) Courtney Small A thrilling and refreshing neo-noir tale of deceit and greed. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Love in the Sixth (2015) Jason Gorber What sets this film apart, and what frankly accounts for an enormous part of its success, is that Jude Klassen is fabulous to watch on screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Aquarela (2018) Victor Stiff Depending on your level of patience, this movie is either a meditative slog or a glorious sensory indulgence. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Pat Mullen If there's one case in which Where'd You Go, Bernadette completely delivers on its potential, it's in casting Cate Blanchett as the wily, hilarious, and heartbreaking Bernadette Fox. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Victor Stiff The target audience may be 12-15-years-old, but this film is scary enough to rattle adults. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019