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‘The Hate U Give’ Film Review

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E – The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everyone. “When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me. One was the usual birds and bees…The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.” This film starts off with a scene of the latter – where a black ...

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Film Review

Bad Times at the El Royale is about a group of individuals, each hiding something under a veil of deception, who meet at the titular Hotel. A singer, a Priest, a Southern criminal and a vacuum salesman are among the sketchy individuals who gravitate to the El Royale. In a story taking place on both ...

‘Banana Split’ Film Review | LAFF 2018

The biggest benefit film festival season has is that most are able to showcase smaller films that would unfortunately otherwise go unnoticed to the bigger film community. It is a chance for indie films to get their moment in the limelight and hopefully secure distribution. Case in point, we have Hannah Marks’ newest film Banana ...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

There are times when a film comes along that surprises me, not just in content but by presentation. How it plays with form in an attempt to craft something unique in an industry that makes billions from giving audiences what is expected of them. I am immediately skeptical of the thing when credits role, but ...

‘A Star is Born’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

** Warning: Spoiler alert ahead for an amazing movie ** One of the preeminent films for early Oscar consideration, A Star is Born is a cautionary tale filled with beautiful peaks and nightmare inducing lows. The Bradly Cooper led and Lady Gaga starring film is by far the best of the trilogy, surpassing the 1937 original and ...

‘First Man’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

At a mere 33 years old, David Chazelle has done what only a very select few filmmakers have successfully done: struck gold three consecutive times. With Whiplash, Chazelle told an intimate and personal journey of one man and his love for drumming. La La Land was Chazelle’s love letter to classic Hollywood and jazz while ...

‘Mid90s’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Diving straight into his directorial debut, Jonah Hill delivers a real and true-to-the-time portrait of 90s ‘sk8ordie’ culture. Jonah Hill shows off some of the best of what a veteran in front of the camera can manage to do as a rookie behind it. In a matter of 84 minutes, Jonah Hill manages to curate ...

‘Widows’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Steve McQueen’s first feature in 5 years, co-written with Gillian Flynn, is a tense and psychologically complex heist thriller. A first for the acclaimed director, Widows balances elements the genre with a complex, in depth look at its cast of characters. Widows has action, violence and harrowing twists – but all at the core of ...

‘The Front Runner’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

*As per usual, a spoiler warning is in effect. Please be advised* I usually start my reviews with a dry joke at the top of the article. But, in this instance… I questioned whether I should. We know what happens in this story. Gary Hart has an affair and his dreams of becoming the President ...

‘Beautiful Boy’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Transcendental films are the ones that go beyond traditional cinema, altering the viewer’s current state of mind, becoming something more. There are certain movies that achieved a truly moving feeling – not just on an emotional level but on a spiritual one as well. No film this year has arguably accomplished something like this until ...

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Ever since the 2016 Presidential elections the media, at least in America, has made Donald Trump priority number one. Everything he says, does and tweets is reported with nothing slipping through the cracks. Even his diet was covered extensively and later parodied in YouTube videos. But with all those news reports, editorial pieces and videos… ...

‘The Nun’ Film Review

The Nun, a prequel to the Conjuring series of films, is about a priest who, with the aid of a young nun, visit a castle to battle the evil that lurks within. The duo, along with a guide, find terror lurking inside and they must confront a demon that typically takes the form of an ...

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