Bruce DeMara

Bruce DeMara
Bruce DeMara's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 71% Destroyer (2018) An astonishing and haunting performance by Nicole Kidman... demonstrates she is the peak of her skills as an actor.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 40% The Upside (2019) Despite the plentitude of opera and Aretha, there just isn't much here that soars and thrills.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Leder draws lovely performances across the board, bringing clarity and warmth to a complicated but important historical moment.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
0.5/4 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Remarkably ham-fisted and tone deaf throughout.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 92% Mirai (2018) There's enough wisdom to be found in this engaging tale for a trip to the theatre. Whether to take the whole family is up to parents to decide.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 26% Mortal Engines (2018) There is almost no character development, the dialogue is stilted and the story itself is rather absurd.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 79% Ben is Back (2018) Hedges' story brings it all together in a story that is urgent and unexpectedly suspenseful right down to the final frame.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Commander Arian, a story of women, war and freedom (2018) Inspirational in all the right ways.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/4 16% Robin Hood (2018) Sure, there are some decent action scenes and star Taron Egerton has loads of insouciant charm. But that's about it. The rest is sporadically engaging drivel.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) Alison Reid deserves high praise for fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times, whose ambitions were thwarted by institutional sexism.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 63% Outlaw King (2018) Mackenzie has assembled a very decent cast and has clearly taken great pains to get the period detail right.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 80% Boy Erased (2018) The film boasts a range of great performances by fine actors, including the up-and-coming and soon to be ubiquitous Lucas Hedges. It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 93% Transit (2019) The dreamlike quality to the narrative just adds to the general state of confusion. It's a radical concept and it mostly works.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) There's no doubt it's a film that will delight very young audiences but one wonders how much that enchantment will extend to the older ones.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) What sets the film apart is the literate and insightful script by Elizabeth Chomko, who also directs, and a cast of stellar performers.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 62% Bel Canto (2018) The climax, almost lyrical in its brutality, packs an emotional punch that will leave audiences breathless.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 64% The New Romantic (2018) The waif-like Barden is splendid in the central role, using her expressive eyes in the subtlest of ways to convey emotions.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 69% The Happy Prince (2018) [Everett] delivers a towering and persuasive performance in a mostly sombre and sorrowful film and, as director, does a fine job of capturing the period detail.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film is bolstered by some fine performances, and African American director George Tillman Jr. does a fine job in delivering a tale with deep emotional resonance.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/4 98% Free Solo (2018) You don't have to be a fan of rock climbing to love Free Solo.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/4 77% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Let the Corpses Tan is more style than straightforward storytelling. But oh, what style...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 70% Hold the Dark (2018) A bold, mesmerizing and journey into a land of shadows and mystery that will leave a deep and unnerving impression.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/4 65% Lizzie (2018) Unfortunately, despite a couple of solid performances, the film doesn't break any new ground or offer any particular illumination on these grisly crimes.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Wife (2018) With Glenn Close in the lead role, it's... unexpectedly poignant and powerful.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/4 73% Assassination Nation (2018) Think of Assassination Nation as a modern fable - a wild, blood-soaked fable.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/4 60% White Boy Rick (2018) Merritt as young Rick who is a genuine revelation here, capturing the essence of his character - indolent but loyal and loving - with a performance that is subtle, textured and wholly believable.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 92% Mandy (2018) Displays some decent visual gimmickry but shoots for mystical and epic but ultimately feels laboured and pointless.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 12% Peppermint (2018) The whole mess is wildly implausible but, largely because of Garner's presence, it kinda sorta works.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 92% Searching (2018) A well-crafted mystery with quite a few unexpected twists and turns.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 52% Papillon (2018) Director Michael Noer falls short in a number of ways, leaving a sense of missed opportunity.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/4 21% Little Italy (2018) The movie is not without charms, thanks to a host of fine supporting performances and some decent chemistry between the two romantic leads.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) In all, a cracking good action film/spy caper with some fine performances makes Mile 22 a rollicking summer escape.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) It works in large part because of Vinberg's poignant and persuasive performance. When she speaks of escaping "the loneliness you have even in a crowded room," it makes your heart ache.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/4 79% Alpha (2018) Smit-McPhee's performance is astonishing, and believable in every respect as a boy on the cusp of adulthood who must dig deep to find the courage and resourcefulness to survive.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) It's loaded with terrific performances all around and, under the skilful stewardship of director Desiree Akhavan, it's a well-crafted story steeped in poignancy, melancholy and simple truths.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Among Ruby's special psychic powers is the ability to erase herself from the memory of others. Critics and audiences will doubtlessly dream wistfully it could be bestowed upon them.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Who knew that history could be such titillating fun?‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Manages to score a place as one of the best M:I outings yet.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) From the mean streets of Oakland, Calif., comes a story about friendship, race and class that's a veritable revelation suffused with authenticity and wisdom.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 30% Shock and Awe (2018) The story gives audiences an inside look at how journalism actually works at ground level, including the cultivation of sources, the use of "background" and off-the-record information. It has a strong feel of authenticity.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Sigurdsson has crafted an exhilaratingly sly dark comedy about ordinary suburbanite folk going from unglued to unhinged to ultimately undone.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Leave it to filmmaker Gus Van Sant to make a film about a hopeless drunk who becomes a quadriplegic into a story that's funny, dark, sad, sweet and even sort of inspirational.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) ABBA fans - the ones who will go to see the sequel no matter what - are going to have a reasonably good, if not a roaring great time, so Mamma Mia 2 gets our tepid endorsement.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/4 78% The King (2018) Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki does something rather unusual with The King, which becomes something extraordinary and insightful.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 40% Mary Shelley (2018) The movie is still well executed but, at two hours, not even Fanning's persuasive performance can elevate it to being more than a moderately interesting historical drama.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/4 76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) She's a bit of a prickly pear but Tucker captures the essential Westwood: down to earth, resourceful and likeable.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/4 87% Upgrade (2018) Writer/director Leigh Whannell gives us a glimpse of the near-future and it's both fascinating and terrifying.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
1.5/4 60% Octavio Is Dead (2018) Somehow, it just doesn't gel into a coherent, cohesive and compelling ghost story.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 71% Paper Year (2018) Addelman has crafted a story of gentle drama that smacks of authenticity, chronicling - as the title suggests - the couple's bumpy first year of marriage while casting two appealing young actors in the lead roles.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/4 57% Tag (2018) Looking for a light summer comedy? Chase down another movie.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018