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Alison Gillmor

Alison Gillmor
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Just as important as all this gorgeousness, however, is the film's inventive and original tone, which fearlessly embraces its source material's weirdness. ‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 61% Bel Canto (2018) Even with life and death stakes, Bel Canto never holds our attention.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
No Score Yet The Vivian Maier Mystery (2013) Maier never walks out into the light, ultimately remaining as mysterious as the title implies. But, with patient and penetrating analysis of her work, this doc lets her images speak for her.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Based on a minor, morally fluid Marvel Comics character, Venom isn't a good movie, exactly, being a sloppily scripted, unevenly executed tonal mess.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Comically - and often subversively - upending the Bigfoot story, this appealing but uneven animated adventure takes us to a yeti village high up on a Himalayan mountain.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) Mortimer's Florence, who is motivated not so much by high-flown idealism as stubborn everyday determination, holds our attention when she's on her own, as she often is. Her scenes with Nighy are lovely bits of low-key drama and deadpan comedy.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 79% Cielo (2017) Slow and meditative, Cielo offers vertiginous time-lapse photography of the rotating Milky Way, as well as special-effects sequences that recreate astronomical events.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Binoche looks great - she can do that French-woman thing with scarves - but she is not afraid to convey her full 54 years in a scrupulously unvain performance. ‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This is all from the standard rom-com template, but the likable leads and sparky supporting cast manage to reinvigorate these old clichés.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) It's a strange structure for a film, and ultimately the drama is concentrated into the two compelling central performances, culminating in an electrifying slow build.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/5 94% Beast (2018) A naked expression of female emotion [is] what forms the dark centre of this flawed but fascinating film.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) For a story in which emotions are tamped down and shunted, The Rider finds a moving and difficult power.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The film's shape, such as it is, comes instead from an unsparing central performance by Joaquin Phoenix and strong support from an eclectic ensemble cast.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/5 66% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes struggles to connect to the story's sincere emotional core, his exquisite style and experimental tricks too often feeling like meticulous technical exercises.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Bleak, wintry and rigorously controlled.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/5 91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Even after this comprehensive account of her life and career, she remains an enigma that can never be fully explored - which is itself a rather Kusama-ish idea.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) The letdown in On Chesil Beach is McEwan's scripting...the final climax [is] wretched Hollywood hoke.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 85% Disobedience (2018) Mature, moving and graceful...‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 94% RBG (2018) At a time in America when we've seen the judicial branch of government acting as a democratic bulwark, this message feels urgent and important.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/5 60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) It doesn't exactly work, but compelling performances - and Peck's intrepidly weird attempts to somehow make reading, writing and thinking cinematic - make it watchable just the same.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
1/5 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) The scripting, from Brandon Boyce, is comically clunky, while director Dean Devlin can manage only a movie-of-the-week look and feel.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3.5/5 70% Happy End (2017) There are indelible single scenes in Happy Ending, but without the strong scaffolding of Haneke's usual craft, the all-out nihilism feels shallow.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/5 82% Chappaquiddick (2018) Sober and deliberately understated, Chappaquiddick sometimes struggles to keep up the tension. But the film rests on strong performances and an evocative sense of period atmosphere.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) This is basically a modest B-movie, but with compelling characters, potent performances and tight, crafted direction, it effectively explores the quiet power of its premise.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Comedy is not the obvious genre for dealing with a brutal autocrat who killed millions of his own people, but The Death of Stalin mostly works.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 100% Aida's Secrets (2017) Aida's Secrets is not an incredibly artful doc...But the straight-ahead observation of this specific human story is powerfully emotional and affecting, particularly in the way it tracks the brothers' newfound relationship.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 89% Meditation Park (2017) Meditation Park is mostly a complex and compassionate look at marriage, families, aging and the immigrant experience.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Ai's subjects remain nameless and voiceless, viewed en masse. He often seems to overlook individuals in his attempt to underline the almost unimaginable magnitude of this crisis.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Mixed in with these dark strains, we have glints of comedy and bursts of magic realism...In this empathetic portrait of suffering and resilience, Lelio has also crafted a very 21st-century version of the woman's picture. ‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 80% The Party (2018) The Party remains fast, brittle and more than a bit mean...Anchored by Scott Thomas's portrayal of cool competence and boosted by Clarkson's magnificently crisp zingers, the ensemble cast is tight and terrific. ‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4/5 95% The Breadwinner (2017) In particular, the film celebrates the stories we tell ourselves and each other - the stories that educate, encourage and inspire.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) As an account of a serial killer, then, My Friend Dahmer doesn't quite work. Instead it is Derf's story, with its uncomfortable mixture of compassion, complicity and retrospective horror, where the film's real strength lies.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4.5/5 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Nothing happens and everything happens, the story's growing emotional power coming from subtle, complicated lead performances, exquisite pacing and dreamy, melancholy music from Sufjan Stevens.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
1/5 26% Forever My Girl (2018) With a C-list cast and generic direction, Forever My Girl comes off more as a mid-budget Lifetime movie-of-the-week that has somehow migrated to the big screen.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) The Square keeps viewers off-balance, taking on race and xenophobia, gender and abuse, poverty and class privilege with a sideways Nordic tone that is both hilarious and serious.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismaki places his hope in individuals, his sad but tender story making a modest and much-needed case for the value of simple human kindness.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4/5 96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) The film has crafted an essentially benevolent comic universe where everyone is goodhearted - or at least, they are who they are, and there's not much to do about it.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) As much as I love Gerwig's sunny, grounded presence as a screen actor, her assured solo directorial debut demonstrates why we need women to get behind the camera.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent is made up of visually lush, gorgeously coloured, constantly moving surfaces, but the narrative underneath remains awkward and static.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/5 67% Breathe (2017) Produced by Robin and Diana's son, Jonathan Cavendish, the film is affectionate and optimistic.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/5 48% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) My Little Pony: The Movie may not be terrible, but it simply has no compelling reason - beyond more sparkly, rainbow-coloured merchandising tie-ins - for this leap onto the big screen.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner's world is grotty, grey, crowded and retrofitted. This future doesn't jettison the past. It cannibalizes it, from ancient ziggurats to Art Deco glamour.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 92% Obit (2017) Far from being depressing, dirge-like or morbid, Obit is vivacious, funny and effortlessly entertaining.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) Director Burshtein is both morally serious and subtly funny, overcoming the clichés of romantic comedy with a sideways exploration of the nature of love and faith.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3.5/5 75% The Gardener (2018) As summer winds down, gardeners looking to extend the season might want to take in this beautiful, contemplative documentary from filmmaker Sébastien Chabot.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 95% Menashe (2017) [Director Joshua] Weinstein, one feels, comes to Borough Park not to judge but to quietly observe.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3.5/5 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Dark, difficult and morally slippy, Lady Macbeth looks a little like Downton Abbey but plays more like Double Indemnity.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan has crafted not just his own best film but one of the finest war films of the 21st century.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It is because of Serkis's nuanced and emotionally affecting work that in a showdown between people and apes, our sympathies are with the apes. In all the ways that matter, they are more human than the humans.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2.5/5 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) The scenery is spectacular and the food porn is fabulous, but what should be insouciant feels insipid in this stretched-out travelogue, mostly due to underwritten characters and awkward performances.‐ Winnipeg Free Press
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017