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Category: Movie Reviews

‘Frozen 2’ Film Review

To start off this review I must make an honest admission of guilt:  I had not seen Disney’s 2013 smash hit, Frozen, until just a few days ago.  Being assigned to review the second film at an advanced screening and press preview event hosted by Walt Disney Studios Canada, I thought it necessary to take ...

‘The Irishman’ Film Review

The Irishman or I Heard you Paint Houses is the newest film directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese.  Based off of the book of the same name by former homicide prosecutor, investigator and defense attorney Charles Brandt, the film recounts the life of Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro), a suspected mafia ...

‘The Laundromat’ Film Review

The Laundromat, based on real events, is about a woman named Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep), whose wedding anniversary trip with her husband results in her entering the world of shell corporations, which are connected to a shady law firm in Panama. Despite boasting a wonderful ensemble cast and hilarious dialogue, The Laundromat is far too ...

‘Ad Astra’ Film Review

Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, follows the story of Roy McBride, as he embarks on a journey to find the truth about his father’s –  Dr. Clifford McBride decorated astronaut – experience in space and attempts to help stop the imminent destruction of the solar system and all life as we know it. I’ve seen ...

‘It: Chapter Two’ Film Review

The horror in Derry has come to an end. In Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter Two, the Losers Club return to their hometown twenty-seven years later to finally defeat the interdimensional demonic clown monster that plagued their youth. It: Chapter Two isn’t quite as enthralling as its predecessor due to a bloated script the resulting overly ...

‘Jungleland’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Jungleland is a film straight out of the 70’s.  Everything from the heavily influenced storyline to the pacing, provide a glimpse to films gone past.  The male centered melodrama based on the relationship between two brothers facing hard times as a bareknuckle boxer and manager is both refreshing and exhausting.  It is refreshing because this ...

‘Lucy in the Sky’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Noah Hawley is a consistently innovative writer and filmmaker. His visual storytelling is virtually unmatched, with Hawley channeling his inner David Lynch in the last couple years. Hawley brings that visual flair, best seen in his FX series Legion, to his feature film directorial debut: Lucy in the Sky. Inspired by the real-life story of ...

‘Weathering With You’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Weathering With You (Japanese: 天気の子) is a 2019 Japanese animated romantic fantasy film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. This long-awaited anime follow-up to his 2017 acclaimed feature, Your Name, did not disappoint. The film is set in Japan during a period of exceptionally rainy weather and tells the story of a high school boy who ...

‘Honey Boy’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

It wasn’t too long ago that Shia LaBeouf was out in the streets of L.A, showcasing outrageous art pieces, as well as making headlines for troubled behaviour. With his personal and professional life in a tailspin, it seemed like Shia had gone off the deep end, with no end in sight. The funny teen actor ...

‘Uncut Gems’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Winning -- at anything -- can feel really good. Especially after a series of miscalculated failures. The rush someone can derive from it is immense and extremely pleasing. That attitude, however, can ultimately prove dangerous when winning involves big risks, which can lead to a self-destructive path fraught with peril. In their latest film, Uncut ...

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Film Review

From afar, The Peanut Butter Falcon seems like a simple movie.  The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a 20-something-year-old with down syndrome, escapes from his care facility in Florida in search of a new life. Zak wants to go to a wrestling school in North Carolina which is run by his idol, The Salt ...

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Ford v Ferrari is an exhilarating film that shows the unique history of one of the great sportscars my dad lusts over.  Helmed by director James Mangold (Logan), this biographical sports drama depicts the events leading up to and through the fabled 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans: an automobile race which saw the first ...

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