Category Archives: Reviews

February 23

Loveless

Staying together for the kid is never a good idea. It is equally problematic when you are in the process of a divorce and have no clue what to do with the kid. This is the situation that Boris (Aleksey Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) find themselves in. Their marriage has dissolved to a level […]

February 18

Black Panther

To call Black Panther a remarkable piece of filmmaking would be an understatement. It is unlike any other blockbuster, superhero or otherwise, to ever hit the big screen. Ryan Coogler’s film is filled with memorable action set pieces, steeped in African culture, and is unflinching in its commentary about the devastating reverberations of colonialism on […]

February 17

Shiners

Shoe shiners: at the airport, a busy subway station, a kiosk in your local mall, even on the street corner. There they are, every day, providing a service to the people walking by. Yet this humble profession is often overlooked. Who goes into shoe shining, and why? Director Stacey Tenenbaum gives us the answers by […]

February 16

In Between

The three Palestinian women in Maysaloun Hamoud’s feature debut In Between share a small apartment in Tel Aviv, but what confines them is the world at large. They are vastly different personalities who each find themselves burdened by the societal expectations placed on them. Laila (Mouna Hawa) is the most outspoken of the trio. A […]

February 15

Poop Talk

Poop. Everybody does it; polite people don’t talk about it. Poop Talk features very few polite people. Make no mistake, Poop Talk is a documentary but it will not enlighten you or educate you. Instead it assembles dozens of your favourite comedians and asks them to relate their best bits about poop. Whether or not […]

February 14

TBFF 2018: Boost

Darren Curtis’ solo directorial debut Boost is a thrilling piece of cinema from beginning to end. Crackling with energy and tension, the film weaves a stunning and intricate tableau of friendship, youth and crime. Underneath bubbles a subtle, but thoroughly effective, commentary on the immigrant experience in Canada. Hakeem (Nabil Rajo) and his best friend […]

February 13

New on Blu-ray: The Deuce: The Complete First Season

The latest series from creator David Simon (The Wire, Treme, Homicide: Life of the Street) is a sprawling look at the sex trade in Time Square, New York City during the early 1970s. The Deuce, whose first season arrives on Blu-ray this week courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment, examines the ways in which pornography, prostitution, […]

February 09

The 15:17 to Paris

After American Sniper– a true story about a man who is known primarily for the high amount of people he killed on the battleground- one could be forgiven for thinking that Clint Eastwood had gotten his jingoistic kink out of his system. This proves to be far from the case. After 2016’s extremely solid Sully, […]

February 09

Entanglement

Entanglement walks a fine line on several fronts. On one hand the film is a romantic comedy that plays into the well-worn manic pixie girl tropes. On the other hand, it is a film that also wants to take a serious look at the nature of mental illness. Ben (Thomas Middleditch) has been in a […]

February 06

The Cloverfield Paradox

The legacy of Julius Onah’s latest film The Cloverfield Paradox, for better or worse, will forever be tied to its unconventional release. After having its release date bounce around like a ball in a tennis match, Paramount decide to sell the hotly anticipate addition to the Cloverfield franchise to Netflix. The streaming platform then surprised […]

February 02

Phantom Thread

Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a man whose pristine taste and eye for detail has made him one of the most revered couture designers. He is an artist in every sense of the word, a visionary who passion for creation is only matched by his need for structure. The latter is something his sister, and […]

January 29

Lady Bird

There is a wonderful moment in Lady Bird when, in a heated mother/daughter exchange, Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcalf), reveals how her daughter, Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan), has been hurting her father (Tracy Letts) with the simple act of not wanting to be dropped off in front of school. While a common teenage action, it carries […]

January 26

Birdland

Suspecting that her husband Tom (David Alpay) might be having an affair, ex-police officer Sheila Hood (Kathleen Munroe) uses her surveillance expertise to place hidden cameras around their home. Confirming that her beloved Tom, an ornithologist, has been secretly seeing Merle (Melanie Scrofano), Sheila’s world is immediately turned upside down. Rather than confront her unfaithful […]

January 25

Badsville

First seen at Canadian Film Festival last year, April Mullen’s Badsville is a combination of moody drama, love and deadly rivalry. In a middle of nowhere town called Badsville, Wink (Ian McLaren) is the leader of the Badsville Kings gang. He is a tough, lumbering man who hangs out with his best friend Benny (Benjamin […]

January 24

The Insult

Ziad Doueiri’s captivating film The Insult, which was recently nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, is steeped in the politics of its Lebanon setting, but its themes are universal. One summer afternoon in Beirut, Tony (Adel Karam) gets into an altercation with Yasser (Kamel El Basha) over a broken […]

January 23

New on Blu-ray: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Reuniting after their 2015 brilliant absurdist dark comedy The Lobster, the latest collaboration for Colin Farrell and director Yorgos Lanthimos is a psychological horror about decisions and consequences. In The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which arrives on Blu-ray and Digital Copy today courtesy of Elevation Pictures, Farrell plays Dr. Steven Murphy, a cardiothoracic surgeon […]

January 19

Sundance 2018: Hedgehog’s Home, Manivald

There are several great Canadian short films playing Sundance, take For Nonna Anna and I Like Girls for example, that we recommend you seek out see if you happen to be attending the festival. Along with I Like Girls, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has two other delightful short films screening at Sundance […]

January 16

The Final Year

Greg Barker’s fly-on-the-wall documentary The Final Year presents a fascinating exploration of the last year of the Barack Obama administration. Focusing specifically on Samantha Power (US Ambassador to the United Nations), Ben Rhodes (Deputy National Security Advisor/speechwriter), John Kerry (US Secretary of State) and Susan Rice (National Security Advisor), the film observes the vigorous efforts […]

January 12

Happy End

Michael Haneke’s follow-up to his Academy Award winning Amour is a sharp dark comedy that takes stinging jabs at family, societal appearances and our unhealthy obsession with social media. Happy End focuses on the Laurent clan as they deal with unexpected professional and personal issues, while simultaneously attempting to maintain the appearance of an affluent […]

January 10

Smoke and Mirrors

As has been the case for a long time, money makes the world go around. Smoke and Mirrors is a story about greed, corruption and consequences. One could label this a political thriller for lack of a better description. Francisco “Paco” Paesa (Eduard Fernández) is working for the government in Spain in the mid-80s. His […]