Tag Archives: CS

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 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 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 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 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 […]

December 30

Top Films of 2017

I struggled to come up with a single word to describe this year. So much of 2017 for me was consumed by politics and the uncomfortable, but necessary, conversations we are only now starting to have regarding race, gender, beliefs and power. Through it all cinema was both my source of escapism and a place […]

December 24

Darkest Hour

There are some films that can rest solely on the shoulders of a brilliant performance, and Darkest Hour is such a film. While Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk places audience in the petrified shoes of soldiers stranded on Dunkirk, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour focuses on the man who had to decide whether or not Britain would sacrifice […]

December 23

Bright

After hitting it out of the park with both Okja and Mudbound, Netflix’s latest original film Bright is a huge step backwards in some regards. While the company deserves credit for taking risks and financing high-concept works, David Ayer’s latest film proves that even ambitious streaming companies like Netflix can completely misread what consumers want […]

December 18

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Nine films into the franchise (if you include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) there are certain eye-rolling tropes that one comes to expect from a Star Wars film. There will be a plan involving sneaking behind enemy lines. The Millennium Falcon (or fill in the heroic spaceship of your choice) will need to fly […]

December 16

The Post

The overused word that you will most likely hear when people discuss Steven Spielberg’s latest film is “timely.” It is almost impossible to watch The Post and not think of President Trump’s war on the media. Or at least what he deems as fake news. Of course this is all by design. Judging by the […]

December 13

Expect the Unexpected: Needing You

One only needs to see the undeniable chemistry between Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng to understand why Needing You was a massive hit in Hong Kong when it was originally released. Their charisma is undeniable and often infectious, even in the silliest of moments. Make no mistake there are plenty of silly moments in this […]