Jason Gorber
Featured Critic; Toronto, Canada

Jason Gorber is a veteran film critic, commentator and interviewer. A pioneer in online film criticism, his first professional reviews date back to the mid-90s. Jason has been formally accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival since 1997, and founded Filmfest.ca as a repository of coverage from that event.

Jason joined the TWITCH family in 2011 where he is now a featured critic covering a wide range of mainstream and independent documentaries and features, as well as conducting many interviews, disc reviews and reporting on news items.

Jason appears on CTV News Channel every Sunday evening, and also guests frequently during weekly broadcasts. In addition, he has also contributed freelance work for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post/Moviefone. Jason has appeared on radio for both the CBC and Rogers, as well as on CBC's The National.

You can follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca, see his reviews linked from Rotten Tomatoes and Indiewire's Criticwire.

Team TwitchFilm: On EX MACHINA

(What is on display here: intelligence, artificial intelligence, or just artifice?) Last week Ex Machina got a wide release in the United States. The previous two weeks it had been in a hugely successful limited release already, scoring the... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Calgary Underground 2015 Review: NIGHT OWLS, Kitchen Sink Drama Both Tender & Brutal

In many ways, a lot of American Indie cinema is becoming as formulaic and predictable as its big budget cousins. Be it a Baumbach jam, a Swanberg swing or a doozie from the Duplass', there are clear expectations that... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Interview: Toa Fraser Talks THE DEAD LANDS, Tension, Tradition, And Even STAR WARS

(In Toronto? Come see The Dead Lands at Bell TIFF Lightbox on Monday, April 20th, where I will be presenting the film and conducting a question-and-answer session.)Directed by Toa Fraser, The Dead Lands is a unique and powerful film, mixing... More »
By Jason Gorber   

"Chewie, We're Home" - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Teaser Trailer 2

The latest tease for the next Star Wars film was officially released during the latest "Celebration" fan convention, and is now online.With an hour-long presentation by J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and a bunch of cast and crew (including an almost... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: THE DEAD LANDS, Action Painted On A Broad Canvas

As is often the case with a classical heroic journey, what you get out of the quest is often what you bring to it. With some humility and patience, you'll be rewarded; wanting rewards without putting in the work to... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Hey Australia! Win As Victims Of American Chiller IT FOLLOWS Special Screenings!

After a very successful and terrifying festival run and strong recent box office in the US, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows finally makes its way to Australian audience to thrill and haunt forever! Easily my personal favorite film of... More »

Review: WHITE GOD, When Dogs Inherit The Earth

Doggedly heavy on allegory, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's White God (originally Fehér Isten) has a relatively simple premise: beware the comeuppance for those that treat badly those they believe to be inferior. At its heart, the film plays as if... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: THE SALT OF THE EARTH, Documenting A Visionary Photographer

There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Calgary Underground Film Festival Unveils 2015 Lineup

With its Oil barons and gleaming skyscrapers, Calgary, Alberta might be a lot like Canada's Houston, but between April 13th to 19th it'll be a heck of a lot more like Austin or Park City as their 12th annual Underground... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Hot Docs 2015 Lineup Announced: From The Deep Web To Dark Comedy To Outer Space And Beyond

In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Review: THE PRICE WE PAY, An Outstanding Doc On Offshore Economies

It's not often that something as dry as tax theory can result in an engrossing night at the movies, but credit Harold Crooks and his team for providing an exceptional articulation about the vagaries of "off shoring" in an... More »
By Jason Gorber   

SXSW 2015 Review: WESTERN, A New American Marvel

The Ross Brothers' 2012 film Tchoupitoulas showcased Bill and Turner's proclivity for visually arresting imagery, compelling yet dreamlike narrative flow, and a keen eye for the undercurrents that run below the more obvious stories that have flooded from post-Katrina... More »
By Jason Gorber   


Bob Iger, CEO and all around bossman of Disney, let the world know some official news today about the upcoming standalone Star Wars film, not least by unveiling its official title.As you'll recall, there's been plenty of chat about these... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: IT FOLLOWS, A Pure Thriller

With a terrific cold opening, a somber and effective mood, strong performances and assured direction, there's lots to love about It Follows. It's a kind of pure thriller, with a few shocks mixed into what's a remarkably consistent vision that... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: THE WRECKING CREW, Musical Passion Is Always Present

The 1960s gave rise to a new kind of pop music, running the gamut from blues-infused rock 'n' roll, jazz-laced funky soul and dance music, to string-drenched mini-symphonies coming (mostly) out of California studios. The landscape then was a... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Remembers Leonard Nimoy

We lost a truly iconic performer yesterday when Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) passed away. He had a remarkable career, topped of course by playing one of the most iconic characters in popular culture.Here is a look back at the man and... More »
By Jason Gorber   

The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Review: FOCUS, A Fun Trifle

It's fair to say that Focus is the best Will Smith film in what seems like several decades. It's equally fair to say that's not exactly saying very much. Still, this quirky con-man flick is actually loads of fun,... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: MAPS TO THE STARS, Cold, Dreary, And Dull

This doesn't bode well. For the second film in a row, David Cronenberg has made a stinker. Yes, there were some bits in Cosmopolis that didn't suck, but it was hardly vintage DC. As I mentioned in my review for... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: THE SALVATION, A Hell Of A Lot Of Fun

It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing... More »
By Jason Gorber   
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