The House With a Clock in Its Walls (5/10)

Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs to life, revealing […]


The Dragon Prince (7/10)

Two human princes forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands. Review Fun story/witty dialogues (+1) Great character designs (+1/2) Good animation (+1/2) This is the kind of binge-worthy animation I’d love to see more of. The characters are […]


A Simple Favor (7/10)

A SIMPLE FAVOR, directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Great characters (Stephanie & Emily) (+1) Good storyline (+1) Surpassed average expectations (+1/2) If movies like Searching are too serious for […]


The Children Act (6/10)

In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons. Wonderful actress (Emma Thompson) (+1) Takes an odd turn in the middle (+0) Great topic, not sure if […]


Predator (2.5/10)

Review Decent male characters, bogus female leads (+0) Boy on autism spectrum is treated as having a superpower (-1) Budget went all on visuals, little on story/script (-1) Good, shallow visuals (+1/2) The science! Oh God, the science! (-1) It didn’t take long that I realized I wanted to leave the movie. But I soldiered […]


The Bookshop (7.5/10)

Review Good costumes & art direction (+1/2) Very talented cast (+1) Solid story & characters (+1) Ending is good, but not great (+0) If only to see these three great actors work together, the movie is worth the price of admission. The story is good, and while it’s not the great ending I was expecting, […]


En guerre (6/10)

Critique Jeu convaincant de Vincent Lindon (+1) Sujet un peu trop extrême gauche à mon goût (-1/2) Images et traitement visuel percutants (+1/2) Attentes moyennes, rencontrées (+0) Avec des préjugés (que je reconnais) anti-syndicalistes, j’allais voir ce film un peu à reculons et espérait qu’au moins, les acteurs seraient bons même si le sujet ne […]


La Tenerezza (Tenderness) (8.5/10)

Review Sharp, fascinating characters (even the kids) (+1) Big plot twist in the middle (+1) Dark, emotional story (+1/2) Met (high) expectations (+1) This is one of those movies I really like because it’s not relying on guns, explosions, blood and/or Hollywoodian chase scenes. It manages to pull you in with intelligent characters that go […]


Searching (7/10)

Review Solid plot (+1) Love John Cho (+1/2) Met expectations (+0) Convincing acting (+1/2) This is a serious thriller featuring an actor I really like (John Cho) in the role of a smart father desperately looking for his daughter, who has mysteriously disappeared. The investigation is clever, the clues to what is really going on […]


L’ultime voyage (6.5/10)

Critique Attentes moyennes–rencontrées, même  un peu surpassées (+1/2) Personnages intéressants (+1/2) Bonne intrigue, sans plus (+0) Fin satisfaisante (+1/2) Film charmant, touchant et bien monté, souffre de quelques petites invraisemblances, mais vaut la peine si ce sujet vous intéresse. Score: 6.5/10