March 02

Smurfs, Ballerina, and more play 20th Anniversary of TIFF Kids International Film Festival

From a young boy seeking the acceptance of his mother’s new family, to the trials a child faces in their quest for education, strong and dynamic young protagonists dominate the screen at the 2017 TIFF Kids International Film Festival™. From April 7 through 23, TIFF Bell Lightbox welcomes the next generation of film lovers for […]

March 01

Galaxy of Horrors

Little Terrors Short Film Festival is a monthly showcase of shorts started in 2011 by CEO of Unstable Grounds Productions Justin McConnell, who is also a Toronto-based producer-director-editor extraordinaire. Co-presented with Rue Morgue Magazine, it’s a time to celebrate short films that pack punch, and many a horror fan is often hungry for these bit-sized […]

February 28

Hot Docs Announces Ten Special Presentations to Screen During 2017 Festival

  Today Hot Docs announced ten documentary features that will screen in this year’s Special Presentations program. Special Presentations features a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers or featuring some star subjects. Notable subjects featured as part of the Special Presentations […]

February 28

New to Blu-ray: Allied

By all accounts, Allied had all the makings of a great film. A grand wartime romance, featuring two luminous stars in the lead roles, it is easy to get swept up in the old Hollywood feel that the film evokes. Therein lies the problem. The film tries so hard to mimic the glamorous look and […]

February 27

Get Out

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out wastes no time in establishing both its sense of dread and its social subtext. Opening with an unnamed black man walking in a predominantly white suburb at night, it is immediately evident that no good can come of this. The man himself knows this as he nervously attempts to […]

February 26

My Scientology Movie

My Scientology Movie is infuriating, terrifying, and bizarre and I’m still coming down from it. This is nowhere near the first documentary on the subject of Scientology, but somehow it’s the first I’ve seen. Director John Dower and presenter Louis Theroux seem realize that they’d better come up with a new spin on the Scientology […]

February 25

Changing Reels Ep. 13 – Beyond the Lights

The world of pop music is often explored in film through a satirical lens. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights is one of those rare films that takes an honest look at the complexities of the industry. Centered around a romance between a pop star and a police officer, the film boldly examines topics such as […]

February 24

I Am Not Your Negro

“What is going to happen to this country?” Novelist James Baldwin believes this the real question that should be considered, while appearing on The Dick Cavett Show, rather than the one he has been asked regarding why black people are not jovial about their better life. Of course Baldwin, and those taking in Raoul Peck’s […]

February 24

A United Kingdom

Amma Asante’s latest film, A United Kingdom, tells the real-life story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a prince who nearly lost his throne and country simply because he wanted to follow his heart. A member of the royal family in his native Bechuanaland (now known as Botswana), Seretse meets and falls in love with Ruth […]

February 23

Provocative Tales Highlighted at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

TIFF® and Human Rights Watch co-present Toronto’s 14th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, with a poignant eight-film lineup that galvanizes an impassioned call for social change through extraordinary stories of struggle, survival and hope. Showcasing brave cinematic works at the forefront of the human rights movement, the festival presents documentary feature films from Afghanistan, […]

February 23

Talking Oscar Predictions on the LAMBcast

We are only a few days away from the movie industry’s biggest night! To help you fill out those last minute Oscar pool ballots, I stopped by the LAMBcast podcast to discuss my predictions for who will be taking home golden statues on Sunday night. Listen to the episode and let us know if you […]

February 22

The Lego Batman Movie

It is no secret that I detested The Lego Movie. Its cluttered action sequences, which make the chaotic fight scenes in the Transformers franchise look graceful by comparison, and inane humour never clicked with me. Despite seeing the film numerous times, it was at one point a staple in my five-year-old’s viewing rotation before he […]

February 20

Politics, Love, and Music at TBFF17

In its fifth year, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) has established a stable foundation for future generations to build on. Smartly taking place during Black History month, the festival not only strives to showcase stories and filmmakers that highlight the black experience in cinema, but also helps to facilitate professional growth for those looking […]

February 19

NFB Streams Oscar-nominated Blind Vaysha Free of Charge

As the Academy Awards approach, Canadians will be able to watch Theodore Ushev’s Oscar-nominated National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short Blind Vaysha free of charge at NFB.ca―starting February 19 right up to the Academy Awards on February 26―and then tune in to see if Canada takes home the Oscar. It’s the first Academy […]

February 19

League of Exotique Dancers

The Burlesque Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Located on Fremont Street, the Burlesque Hall of Fame is in the heart of old Las Vegas, which is fitting as many of its inductees likely performed on Fremont Street a half-century ago. The fact that the Hall of Fame marked its past by […]

February 18

TIFF Next Wave: 2 Fists Up

“They were trying to police how we fight for liberation” states Ayanna Poole, a University of Missouri student and founding member of the school’s Concerned Student 1950 activism group, recounting one particular protest that was designed to get a face-to-face meeting with university president Tim Wolfe. Despite being told to move their protest to the […]

February 14

New to Blu-ray: Arrival

Just in time for your Academy Awards catch up, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival arrives on 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo packs today courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. A science fiction tale that explores language and time, Villenueve’s Academy Award nominated film questions whether one would make the same choices in life if the outcome […]

February 13

John Wick: Chapter 2

Retirement is supposed to be a period of relaxation, a time where one can enjoy life without being beholden to anyone else. For John Wick (Keanu Reeves) the quest for a peaceful retirement is quickly becoming a job in itself. Expanding on the ground work he laid in the original film, Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: […]

February 12

Changing Reels EP. 12 – A Huey P. Newton Story

Spike Lee has been one of the most prolific directors ever since he burst onto the scene with 1986 She’s Gotta Have It. Effortlessly moving from features to shorts to documentaries to television, there is little he cannot do. However, many still question whether or not Lee deserves to be on the top ten list […]

February 11

Oscars: A Documentary Race for the Ages

Will La La Land dance its way to the Best Picture win? Does Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea have enough momentum to sway voters? Can Hidden Figures or Fences pull a Super Bowl level come from behind upset? As film lovers and pundits engage in debates comparing the merits of the various Academy Award […]