TFCA Friday: Week of May 12th, 2017

May 12, 2017

Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews by TFCA critics.

Opening this Week

The Belko Experiment (dir. Greg McLean)

Will make you laugh, gasp and watch people’s heads explode” — NW

A solid, unpretentious funhouse yarn” — AP

The perfect horror thriller on office culture” — GS

Puts the ‘off’ and ‘ice’ in office politics” — CK

Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 (dir. Alain DesRochers)

A story that deepens character and fellowship, while enjoying a few laughs” — PH

Feore and Huard remains effortlessly fun to watch” — AP

A solid sequel that develops a franchise” — KT

Exactly what’s wrong with the Canadian film industry” — RS

C’est bon, and not half bad” — CK

Buster’s Mal Heart (dir. Sarah Adina Smith)

More concerned with the mechanics of its derivative plot than with its characters” — NW

Uniquely unclassifiable in its own right” — AP

To the movies” — Audio, KG

Hounds of Love (dir. Ben Young)

A torture to sit through” — NW

Told with deft touch” — JS

difficult but must watch abduction thriller” — CK

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (dir. Guy Ritchie)

forgettable trip to Camelot” — LB

Puts an accent on the silly” — PH

A useless film in almost every regard” — AP

To the movies” — Audio, KG

Messy and bombastic” — RS

Snatched (dir. Jonathan Levine)

Goldie Hawn’s big-screen return alongside Amy Schumer lacks laughs” — LB

Snatched sees laughter go missing” — PH

A ninety minute trailer for a movie that never arrives” — AP

Piles bad ideas onto genuinely funny bits” — KT

The cost of a movie ticket too high a ransom to pay” — CK

Risk (dir. Laura Poitras)

Leaves a trail of unanswered questions” — BDJ

A confused, muddled mess of admittedly decent footage” — AP

Violet (dir. Bas Devos)

A terrific first feature from an assured director” — NW

Blends the austere and ambiguous with the profoundly emotional” — AP

The Wall (dir. Doug Liman)

A tense two-person survival thriller set in a war zone” — NW

A satisfying, unpretentious, slyly metaphorical bit of entertainment” — AP

Doesn’t scream low-profile so much as it whispers it softly across the desert winds” — BH

The Wedding Plan (dir. Rama Burshtein)

In the relatively rarefied realm of Hasidic romance, it must surely place near the top” — CK

While still far from a perfect film, deserves to be commended” — AP

Reviews by: Norman Wilner (NW), Andrew Parker (AP), Gilbert Seah (GS), Chris Knight (CK), Karen Gordon (KG), Jim Slotek (JS), Barry Hertz (BH), Liz Braun (LB), Peter Howell (PH), Kate Taylor (KT), Radheyan Simonpillai (RS), Brian D. Johnson (BDJ), Nathalie Atkinson (NA).