Skip to main content

Film Reviews New movies in theatres this week: The disgusting Unplanned anti-abortion movie, the high-concept comedy Stubar and a loving Leonard Cohen doc

Handout

Unplanned

  • Directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon
  • Written by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon
  • Starring Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan and Robia Scott
  • Classification 14A
  • 106 minutes

rating

Unplanned will make you writhe in agony over how such an ugly, malicious and potentially dangerous piece of religious and political propaganda could have made its way into this world. (Opens July 12)

Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox

Stuber

  • Directed by Michael Dowse
  • Written by Tripper Clancy
  • Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan
  • Classification 18A
  • 93 minutes

rating

Exactly as contrived as the title would suggest, and sometimes a little too thick on both the clash of masculinities and jokes about five stars, Stuber nevertheless only needs its two stars to be a worthwhile ride. (Opens July 12)

Courtesy of Mongrel Media

Maiden

  • Directed by Alex Holmes
  • Starring Tracy Edwards and Jo Gooding
  • Classification G
  • 98 minutes

rating

A sort of seafaring Battle of the Sexes, Maiden is an enlivening bit of documentary filmmaking about a full-female sailing crew that takes on harsh oceanic conditions and even rougher treatment from the sexist international sailing community. (Opens July 12 in Toronto, July 19 in Montreal and July 26 in Vancouver)

Story continues below advertisement

Aviva Layton/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions / Elevation Pictures

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

  • Directed by Nick Broomfield
  • Starring Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen
  • Classification PG
  • 102 minutes

rating

With a softened lens, British documentarian Nick Broomfield adoringly examines a fascinating relationship in a fascinating time that saw Cohen transition from a poet to a world-class songwriter. Previously unviewed footage of Marianne from the vault of D.A. Pennebaker is employed, as are the recollections of people such as a member of Cohen’s band, folk singer Judy Collins and one female friend who observed that Cohen “could make women feel good about themselves, but he couldn’t give himself to them.” (Opens July 12 in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver before expanding across Canada)

Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures/Paramount Pictures.

Crawl

  • Directed by Alexandre Aja
  • Written by Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen
  • Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper and a whole lotta gators
  • Classification R
  • 87 minutes

rating

Let’s be serious for a second, because Crawl certainly has no patience for such a thing. This movie is not “original,” or even “good,” in the traditional sense. But in a Hollywood ecosystem obsessed with brands and inoffensive genericism, there is something admirable and fresh about a movie that has nothing on its mind other than delivering 87 minutes’ worth of gory gator-chomping thrills. (Opens July 12)

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...