April 24

Hot Docs 2017: Last Men in Aleppo

“I swear nobody cares about anybody anymore” expresses a sullen man in one of the many sobering moments in Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking documentary Last Men in Aleppo. The man is one of the White Helmet, volunteers in Syria who serve as rescue workers and fireman, a thankless job whose value to those they save is […]

April 24

Hot Docs 2017: The Grown-Ups

As part of my Hot Docs coverage, I will also be contributing some reviews over at In the Seats. So be sure to visit that site as well to see all of their fine Hot Docs coverage. Today you can read my review of the delightful film The Grown-Ups. I have included the film’s Hot […]

April 24

Hot Docs 2017: Do Donkeys Act?

Did you ever have existential questions about donkeys? No? Well, move on. Or not. The truth is, you haven’t seen anything like Do Donkeys Act? It’s a documentary about donkeys, made reputedly by humans (Ashley Sabin and David Redmon), for the enjoyment of – donkeys? There are no talking head interviews in the film, very […]

April 21

Changing Reels Ep. 17 – The Wailing

What happens when a cop, a shady shaman, a Japanese stranger and a mysterious woman collide? Well, let’s just say things don’t go well for the village caught in the middle. In this episode of Changing Reels we attempt to decipher the various themes permeating Na Hong-jin’s gloriously disturbing horror film The Wailing. Before jumping […]

April 19

15 Hot Tickets at Hot Docs 2017

The countdown to Hot Docs 2017 has officially begun and we could not be more excited. Running from April 27 to May 7, 2017, Hot Docs is one of the premier documentary film festivals in the world. It is a must for film lovers and those who have a taste for nonfiction. In previous years […]

April 15

The Fate of the Furious

The long and winding road that the Fast & Furious franchise has found itself on has come with many unexpected turns. Now in its eighth film, the series once again finds itself having to figure out how to move forward without one of its main stars. Unlike 2 Fast 2 Furious, which simply tried to […]

April 10

Changing Reels Ep. 16 – Memories of Murder

Two vastly different cops are tasked with trying to solve Korea’s first serial murder case ever in Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 film Memories of Murder. A visually captivating crime drama that festers in one’s mind, the film’s blend of mystery and dark comedy will keep you on the edge of your seats. In discussing the film, […]

April 09

Gifted

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) has taught his 7-year-old niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) everything he knows. So it’s time for her to leave their modest Florida home to attend Grade 1 a regular school. Frank has put measures in place for his niece to play within the rules and keep her gifts secret. However, when her […]

April 08

TIFF Kids 2017: Not Without Us!, Jeffrey

The 2017 TIFF Kids International Film Festival opened this weekend bringing a wealth of movies that will educate, inspire and entertain children and adults alike. Celebrating its’ 20th anniversary, and running from April 7 through 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, it is the premier festival for children ages 3–13 (and those young at heart) and […]

April 07

I Called Him Morgan

On a frigid and snowy night in 1972 famed jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot while on stage. The shooter was none other than his common-law wife, Helen More, who was by all accounts his biggest supporter. Kasper Collin’s documentary I Called Him Morgan looks back on the couple’s relationship and attempts to piece together […]

April 04

New to Blu-ray: Office Christmas Party

Observing the extended edition of Office Christmas Party feels much like attending a raucous drunken frat party. There are moments of fun, things get ridiculously out of hand, and you most likely will not remember most of it in the morning. Arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack today courtesy of Paramount Home […]

March 31

HRWFF 2017: Tickling Giants

Bassem Youssef has been called the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” for his popular brand of political satire. In a country where journalists are routinely jailed, or mysteriously go missing, for exercising free speech, the surgeon turned televised comedian is truly one of a kind. As Youssef points out in Sara Taksler’s charming and poignant documentary Tickling […]

March 30

HRWFF 2017: Fantassút

Filmed at the Greece’s Idomeni refugee camp, the largest informal refugee camp in Europe, Fantassút (Rain on the Borders) is an unflinching look at the refugee crisis through the eyes of those impacted the most. Opening with a shot of the double barbed wire fence that encloses the camp, as angelic choir music plays in […]

March 29

HRWFF 2017: Complicit, Nowhere to Hide

The Toronto edition of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off today and runs until April 6th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Screening in 20 cities around the world throughout the year, the festival uses the medium of film to highlight human rights violations around the world and those standing up to injustice. Over […]

March 28

New to Blu-ray: Silence

For close to thirty years Martin Scorsese has wanted to bring his passion project, Silence, to the big screen. After years of working on the script, and getting comfortable enough with his own spiritually, he has as succeeded in crafting a gorgeous meditation on the complexities of faith. Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital HD combo […]

March 27

Fast & Furious Franchise’s 8 Most Outlandish Moments

The Fast & Furious series has evolved greatly from its humble beginnings. Over the course of seven films we have watched Dominic Toretto and his crew go from street racing criminals to government sponsored superheroes (or elite task force if you will). While fans can debate the ranking of their favorite films in the series, […]

March 24

Changing Reels Ep. 15 – Timecrimes

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time….and that is the least of his problems.  In this episode, we discuss Nacho Vigalondo’s brilliantly constructed science fiction tale Timecrimes.  Part thriller and part dark comedy, Vigalondo ensures that no moment is wasted in this film. While other time travel tales get […]

March 23

Sundance Now Launches in Canada

Last night, filmmakers, media (including yours truly) and esteemed industry professionals gathered at the AGO in Toronto with special guests Sundance Now curator George Schmalz and General Manager of Sundance Now and Sundance TV Jan Diedrichsen to celebrate the official launch of AMC Networks’ ad-free streaming platform, Sundance Now in Canada. As a special for […]

March 23

CFF 2017: Broken Mile

Waking up after a night of booze and drugs, Shaun (Francesco Filice) discovers that the girl he had been partying with the night before is dead. Fearful that he will be implicated in her death, and worried about his best friend Kenny’s (Patrick McFadden) reaction, since he was dating the deceased, Shaun does the only […]

March 22

Hot Docs Announces 2017 Slate

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 24th edition, April 27–May 7, at a press conference this morning at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto. From 2,906 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 230 titles from 58 countries in 13 screening programs, with work by […]