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Tag: TIFF

‘Roma’ Film Review

I have a confession to make before getting into this review. I actually saw Roma a month or so ago at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, which is a theater here in Toronto. Upon first viewing, I fell in love with this film immediately. The acting, the cinematography, the set design; it was all marvelous. Unfortunately, ...

Guillermo Del Toro to Co-Program Mexican Film Retrospective for Toronto Film Festival

Guillermo del Toro, Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water, is set to co-program a Mexican film retrospective for the Toronto Film Festival. Del Toro and co-curator Diana Sanchez will select 25 films that span six decades to screen at TIFF. Del Toro believes that the program, Sui generis: An Alternative History of Mexican Cinema, will ...

‘Halloween (2018)’ Film Review

For years, the Halloween franchise has been regarded as a broken home. While John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic is still hailed as being a milestone feature for the horror genre, its subsequent sequels, helmed by various others, soured the franchise to the point where it looked as if it was put down for good. Out ...

‘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… ...

Ten Must-See Films to Watch at TIFF 2018

The 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival is quickly approaching and anticipation from critics and fans is at an all-time high. The festival will play host to a plethora of movies including the world premieres of films from Barry Jenkins, Claire Denis, Steve McQueen, and Xavier Dolan -- as well as welcome new films from ...

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