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    Interview: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen and Josefine Frida Discuss Religion and Power in ‘Disco’

    Premiering at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Norwegian filmmaker Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s sophomore feature “Disco” is a striking examination of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery within a cult-like Christian environment. Playing the lead role of Mirjam is Josefine Frida in a feature film debut which duly earned her recognition as part of the TIFF […] More

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    TIFF Wrap-up: Bold Visions Highlight the 2019 Festival

    After 11 days of screenings and other film industry-related activities, the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival has come to an end. And as the curtains came down on Sunday, it was Taika Waititi‘s irreverent, anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit” that nabbed the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award. The announcement came as a surprise to many who […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘The Cave’ and ‘Adam’ Showcase the Power of Female Solidarity in the Arab World

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Issues of women’s rights have long been a subject of heated debate in the Arab world. While situations vary considerably throughout the region, women are still fighting against culturally and religiously imposed restrictions rarely faced by their counterparts in the rest of the world. At TIFF 2019, a pair of […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: ‘Blackbird’ Paints a Conventional but Moving Family Portrait

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: It is never easy to accept the impending death of a loved one. Even more troubling is the knowledge that they have chosen to die. Following in the vein of award-winning films such as “The Sea Inside” and “Million Dollar Baby,” the controversial topic of euthanasia features prominently in “Blackbird.” […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: ‘Instinct’ Plays a Dangerously Sexy Cat-and-Mouse Game

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: People have long claimed that women prefer bad boys. Whether this is true or not, this widespread belief has formed the basis for many of the most popular films in history. With her daring directorial debut “Instinct,” Halina Reijn attempts to explore this phenomenon through the eyes of a trained […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: Stellar Cast Can’t Wash Away Stains of Sodebergh’s ‘The Laundromat’

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: You know those times doing your laundry when you over-stuff the washer—against all warnings and your own good judgment—and the whole thing becomes “unbalanced”? So bad that the machine starts shaking violently, unstable and lopsided until the rinse cycle fails and you are left with soppy, soggy clothes in a […] More

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    TIFF Review: Taika Waititi Amazes with the Hilarious, Poignant ‘Jojo Rabbit’

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: With a filmography that includes such heartwarming comic gems as “Thor: Ragnorak” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, Taika Waititi is hardly a director who comes to mind when you think of Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. The traumatic genocide of Jews certainly doesn’t lend itself to his trademark offbeat sense […] More

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    TIFF Review: Anthony Mackie Brings Star Power to Gloomy ‘Synchronic’

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: If you ever wondered what a gritty cable drama about paramedics would look like, it would probably be something like “Synchronic,” directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Featuring a duo of tough guys responding to a mysterious series of gruesome deaths under dim lighting, it might cause you to […] More

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    TIFF 2019: First Reactions to Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Are Jaw-Dropping

    Taika Waititi‘s hotly anticipated “Jojo Rabbit” saw its World Premiere on Sunday night at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Already positioned as a potential Academy Award player here on the site, did festival goers agree? Well, it sure seems like Fox Searchlight has an Oscar contender on their hands. The cast, in addition to […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: Destin Daniel Cretton’s Stirring ‘Just Mercy’ Speaks Truth to Justice

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: When a director gets an inherently powerful story, it doesn’t take a herculean effort to make a film that will resonate with audiences. With “Just Mercy,” director Destin Daniel Cretton accomplishes just that. Channeling the classic legal dramas, Cretton delivers a genuine crowd-pleaser by trusting in the power of the […] More

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