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  • Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    ★★

    Two 2011 superhero movies starring lead actors from Vancouver B.C., both with the word Green prominently in the title, two days in a row. I watched the other one first as it was being dropped from Netflix. I did not like it. With reviews for this one worse, I expected something worse…

    …but Green Lantern is not the lesser of the two. Both are bloated, uneven, and a little too long. Both are brutally silly. This one at least has…

  • The Green Hornet

    The Green Hornet

    Relentlessly awful, Seth Rogen is at his absolute man-child worst here, a brainless, narcissistic motormouth whom we're supposed to find charming maybe? Not even slightly. Jay Chou is the only thing that makes the time passable, but he's no saving grace: this is one of the worst stinkers I've ever seen. No surprise there was no sequel.

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  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★★★½

    Quite the epic. A fiction inspired by the life of painter Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck's Werk Ohne Autor (which literally means Work Without Author, and could have been translated as Uncredited Work, or simply Anonymous) tells the story of Kurt Barnert, a prodigiously talented boy growing up on the outskirts of Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, who witnesses the bombing of that city and the destruction of his family in the 1940s, who trains as an artist in…

  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    ½

    What a slow-burning piece of shit. What an irretrievable stinker. What a dump-truck of dumb. This is not the film that you describe by saying "Not even the estimable Patricia Clarkson could save this sorry celluloid", this is the film that took the preternaturally gifted Ms Clarkson and broke her. This is the film where director Carol Morley told Patsy Clarkson to stare off blankly into space, and "I'll film that for 4 hours".

    Of course TIFF claims that the…