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    TIFF Review: ‘You Disappear’ Is a Brainy Courtroom Drama

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTVIAL: In the opening scene of Peter Schønau Fog’s “You Disappear“, a man (Frederik, played by Nikolaj Lie Kaas) recklessly joy rides his family car – with terrified wife and son inside – to a potentially deadly crash. Moments later, as the family exits the car to catch their breath, he […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle’ Tells a Charming Tale

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: With a title like “Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle“, you’d be correct in assuming this comedy-drama from Mike van Diem is not a simple story. Indeed, this cross-cultural, decades-spanning yarn is at its heart, a showcase for the art of storytelling. Whether you are narrating or being told a […] More

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    TIFF Review: Marriage Is a Rocky Road in Dominic Cooke’s Uneven ‘On Chesil Beach’

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Adapted from an acclaimed Ian McEwan novel (“Atonement”), set in 1960s Britain, and starring the luminous Saoirse Ronan, “On Chesil Beach” has all the makings of a classic “prestige” period film. That it centers around a prickly romance also promises rich dramatic potential. But while “On Chesil Beach” offers the […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ Commands Your Respect

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As a Jamaican, it is with great shame that I confess to knowing relatively little about Grace Jones. Outside of her androgynous persona and a general sense of her iconic stature and cultural influence, she remained an almost mythical figure of a bygone era in my mind. It was on […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Home Again’ Is Pure Comfort Food Cinema

    Nancy Meyers has crafted her place as a very specific auteur in cinema. No, Michele Haneke and Terrence Malick shouldn’t watch their back. Meyers creates her own genre that’s a cross between HGTV and vintage Nora Ephron. For those well versed in Meyers granite plated filmography, “The Parent Trap” features two precocious twins – Hallie […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Is a Blissful, Deeply Touching Summer Romance

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: It’s easy to get caught up in unnecessary hyperbole when attending a film festival, especially under the excitement of your first screening. But after seeing Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name“, I am confident in calling it an instant classic of queer cinema. Filled with moments of pure bliss, […] More

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    Telluride Review: ‘Eating Animals’ Fights For Its Cause

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: The concerns around the industrial production of food have been well documented in films like “Food, Inc.,” “Forks Over Knives,” “Jimmy’s GM Food Fight,” “The World According to Monsanto,” and this year’s “Okja,” to name a few. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer‘s memoir, Christopher Quinn‘s doc, “Eating Animals,” continues to keep […] More

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    Telluride Review: ‘Wonderstruck’ Falters from Director Todd Haynes

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: In 2011, John Logan adapted Brian Selznick‘s wonderfully magical book “Hugo” for director Martin Scorsese. The end result was not only my favorite film of the year but one of my favorites for the current decade. This year, Selznick handled the adaptation of his novel “Wonderstruck” for director Todd Haynes. “Wonderstruck” simultaneously […] More

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    Telluride Review: ‘Lady Bird’ Hits Highs But the Story Struggles

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Greta Gerwig‘s directorial début “Lady Bird,” stars Saoirse Ronan in a coming-of-age tale (she seems to do a lot of these, no?) confined within the walls of lower-middle-class, Catholic School upbringing. The film made its world premiere hand is one of several films in A24’s outstanding arsenal this year. Telluride is […] More

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