It’s been taxing covering Toronto this year, as it is every year. Thankfully, it’s almost over. I was able to find a lot to tweet about despite the fact that I’ve now decided only to tweet once four or more reviews are gathered for these festival films instead of three like in previous years.
I’m disappointed to see a mixed reaction to Dash Shaw’s feature debut My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. (Right now on that page, two out of three reviews are positive, but the reaction is more negative among the people I follow on Letterboxd). I’ve seen a couple of comparisons to Adult Swim, which is probably fair (though it should be noted that alternative humor comics have influenced Adult Swim and not the other way around). I haven’t seen the film yet, but judging from a Shaw graphic novel I read years ago, BodyWorld, he strikes me as someone who has more in common with Don Hertzfeldt than Adult Swim.
One last note: we are discontinuing Your Film of the Week. The 2016 page can still be accessed here, but it will no longer be updated. I’ve decided it’s a bad idea to try to suggest which movies you ought to see. Each user of this website should make up their own minds about what sounds most promising to them.
Bridget Jones’s Baby (Sharon Maguire)
Rotten Tomatoes: 78 • 129 reviews
Metacritic: 60 • 39 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 5 reviews
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Ron Howard)
Rotten Tomatoes: 96 • 54 reviews
Metacritic: 72 • 20 reviews
Critics Round Up: 81 • 4 reviews
Miss Stevens (Julia Hart)
Rotten Tomatoes: 86 • 14 reviews
Metacritic: 65 • 10 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 4 reviews
Operation Avalanche (Matt Johnson)
Rotten Tomatoes: 70 • 27 reviews
Metacritic: 68 • 16 reviews
Critics Round Up: 84 • 8 reviews
Garbage Time is an irregular section of this stats column that looks at movies that, for multiple reasons starting with the mostly negative reviews, were deemed unsuitable for the homepage but nevertheless might still be of some interest to cinephiles.
Blair Witch (Adam Wingard)
Rotten Tomatoes: 38 • 128 reviews
Metacritic: 46 • 39 reviews
Critics Round Up: 45 • 10 reviews
Snowden (Oliver Stone)
Rotten Tomatoes: 57 • 125 reviews
Metacritic: 58 • 41 reviews
Critics Round Up: 50 • 12 reviews