Tag Archives: NM

November 20

EUFF 2017: My Name Is Emily

Mental stability and genius are two edges of a thin piece of wire. Robert (Michael Smiley) is bubbling under the wrong side of the ledger until his daughter Emily (Evanna Lynch) is born. Emily inspires Robert to fully blossoms as a person. He becomes a teacher and is moved to write a book turns into […]

November 19

EUFF 2017: The Citizen

Wilson (Dr. Cake-Baly Marcelo) has been trying to pass the citizenship test for years. He is a political refugee in Hungary having lost his wife, and two daughters who are still missing, in a conflict in his native land Guinea-Bissau. He works as a security guard in a supermarket and lives in an apartment complex […]

October 18

imagineNATIVE 2017: Sweet Country

Set in 1929, Sweet Country walks the razors edge of race relations between aboriginals and whites deep in the Australian. The relationship between the communities span from being treated with respect and dignity to being seen as property depending on whose land you’re on. The aborigines work as ranch hands and domestic help on white […]

October 13

Goodbye Christopher Robin

London playwright Alan A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) suffered from a serious case of shell-shock, known today as PSTD, when he returned to England from The Great War. Loud noises, corks popping, bright lights and especially bees would bring him back to horrors of the trenches on the Western Front. During one of his episodes, his […]

August 26

Patti Cake$

Patricia “Patti” Dombrowski’s (Danielle Macdonald) outside persona is diametrically opposed to her inside one. In her head she is, as her her best friend/hype manager Hareesh (Siddharth Dhananjay) calls her, Patti Cake$ aka Killa P, the protege of the godfather of rap O-Z (Sahr Ngaujah). In her small New Jersey suburban community, she’s “Dumbo Dumbrowski”, […]

May 22

Alien: Covenant

The original 1979 Ridley Scott directed Alien is among my favourite films of all time. It was unlike anything I had seen before. The film reached new heights for terror, tension, suspense and gore; and gave birth of the notion that the last man standing could be a woman. Skip ahead to the series reboot […]

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 […]

November 15

Trolls

Danish toymaker Thomas Dam created Good Luck Trolls in 1959 for his daughter to help her to get over her fear of monsters. They had big eyes, crazy long colourful hair, large heads, short bodies and bare feet. In the film Trolls, directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell keep faithful to Dam’s original concept as […]

July 28

Fantasia 2015: The Demolisher

The Demolisher sets a startling tone from its haunting opening moments. A female officer, Samantha (Tianna Nori), is paralyzed by cult members while attempting to stop a ritualistic sacrifice. Unable to part with his obsession of what happened to his now wheelchair bound wife, Samantha’s husband Bruce (Ry Barrett), a cable repairman, takes it upon […]

July 27

Fantasia 2015: Cash Only

Elvis Martini (Nickola Shreli, who also wrote the script) is on a really bad streak. He’s behind on his mortgage for the rental apartment he owns and the bank wants to foreclose. The majority of his tenants are behind on their rent and the ones who pay on time are constantly nagging him to fix […]

July 23

Fantasia 2015: Ludo

In Kolkata, it is nearly impossible for teens like Ria (Subolina Sen) to have a little privacy. Her parents constantly check her phone, force her to dress conservatively, and threaten potential suitors. Living under such strict confines, it is understandable that Ria and her pals – her best friend Payal (Ananya Biswas), Payal’s boyfriend Babai […]

July 20

Fantasia 2015: Therapy for a Vampire

The recent resurgence of vampire themed comedies was ignited with last year’s festival circuit smash What We do in the Shadows, and continues this year with David Rühm’s strong Austrian entry Therapy for a Vampire. Rühm’s film focuses on the Count Geza von Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti), a vampire who no longer loves his wife and […]

July 19

Fantasia 2015: Bridgend

A grey dreary atmosphere hovers above the town of Bridgend thanks in part to the high number of teen suicides that the region is experiencing. Unaware of the mysterious deaths occurring, Sara (Hannah Murray) embarks on her new life in the quaint town with her dad (Steven Waddington), a widowed police detective, and her horse […]

July 18

Fantasia 2015: Miss Hokusai

Haniko Sugiura was a famed Japanese manga artist whose work often focused on the Edo period in Japan’s history. A time when fighting amongst the different warrior factions eased, and the merchant class came to the forefront of Japanese society. The shift from years of warfare to more economical ventures led the inhabitants of Edo […]

July 11

Amy

Amy Winehouse’s life had a certain inevitability to it from the first time she burst onto the scene. Anchored by a weak support network of enablers and hangers on, some of whom unfortunately included closes relatives, her lyrics often hinted to where the talented artists’ life was headed. Asif Kapadia’s Amy tells the tale of […]

June 05

Spy

Spy opens the way you would expect from most espionage films to begin. A secret agent, Bradley Fine (Jude Law), infiltrates a high end cocktail party in search of his target, Tihomir Boyanov (Raad Rawi). Fine gets himself in a bind and relies on his trusty desk analyst, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy), back in the […]

May 21

Far from the Madding Crowd

The year is 1870 and Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) spends her days riding across the great hills and valleys of the Dorst countryside. A wealthy land owner named Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), who has 200 sheep on his 100 acres, takes a fancy to Everdene and even asks for her hand in marriage. However, the […]

May 01

Hot Docs 2015: Drone

Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone takes a detailed look at the growing, and disturbing, use of drone technology to fight the war on terror. The documentary offers a shocking, but well-rounded, examination of the personnel controlling the drones, the people who endure daily attacks, and those who are critics of the technology. Focusing her camera on […]

April 29

Hot Docs 2015: Daughter of the Lake

Nelida, a young Andean woman, is going to law school in the city in an attempt to gain formal training to battle a corporation threatening her community. The corporation in question is a mining company determined to extract gold deposits valued in the millions sitting beneath her village. Determined not to give up, Nelida’s actions […]

April 24

Hot Docs 2015: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck tells the story of a musician who, early on in his career, was hailed as the voice of a generation and struggled to cope with such a weighty designation. Utilizing a mixture of homemade movies, animation, archival footage and current day interviews, the film provides a vivid and intimate portrait […]