Toronto 2014 Review: WHILE WE'RE YOUNG Is Too Proud Of Being Old

It pains me to give a Noah Baumbach film anything less than a glowing review, especially considering there is so much that works about his new film, While We're Young. The premise is his most appealing to date, which, at a glance,... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE EDITOR Is Eager To Please

The directors of The Editor, Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, along with the rest of their cohorts from VHS-obsessed Winnipeg film collective Astron-6, must have been mighty pissed when they caught wind of Berberian Sound Studio. Peter Strickland's 2012 film was... More »
  

Review: THE MAN ON HER MIND Can't Imagine Rom-Com Success

In the world of "indie filmmaking," there are some pretty readily identifiable tiers. There is, of course, the Sony Pictures Classics level of indies - the kind of films with budgets reaching well into the millions, featuring recognizable stars and often... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: HONEYMOON, All Parts Scare

From Honeymoon's opening montage of our newlywed couple reminiscing about falling in love, you might think you are settling in for romantic drama about the challenges of starting a life together. You'd be wrong. While plenty of challenges await our... More »
  

Review: AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR, Quiet Horror With A Touch Of The Creepy Crazy

A teenage girl in love with a teenage boy plays a cryptic game. A twenty-something woman goes about her rounds as a real estate agent in a depressed market, then visits her younger sister, a depressed artist. These three women... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Kevin Smith's TUSK Gleefully Plays By Its Own Rules

"Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay? Why don't you ask him if he's going away? Why don't you tell me what's going on?" - TUSK, Fleetwood Mac Kevin Smith is many things to many people... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Winterbottom's THE FACE OF AN ANGEL Is A Meta-Narrative Thriller That Works

It's a dangerous thing to make a movie about making a movie. It's even more dangerous when the movie is about the writing process for the very movie the audience is watching. Not only is the meta-narrative difficult to pull... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: MONSOON Paints A Brash, Beautiful Portrait Of India And Its Storms

There's something primal about our fascination with storms, something connected for even the most urban of city dwellers to the enormous forces that shape our planet. It's no surprise that earlier civilizations named gods after these elements, and that... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Is On-Screen Music Theater Done Right

It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: SPRING Is No Sophomore Slump

"You saw me all fucked up and I am still here." So says Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) to his Italian girlfriend, Louise (Nadia Hilker), after discovering that her 'little secret' is well outside his comfort zone. It is this moment, well... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE PRICE WE PAY, One Of The Most Compelling Docs Of The Year

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 »
  

Review: NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY With (Soul) Power

"I pitched every game in the Major Leagues under the influence of drugs," reveals Dock Ellis, the late baseball player who in 1970 threw a "no-no" (no-hitter) for the Pittsburgh Pirates while he was high on LSD. This is the... More »
  

Review: MEMPHIS, A Mesmerizing Meditation On The American South

Dusk. A blue summer day ending on a worn and warm boulevard. The pin prick glow of street lamps dazzle in the distance. A figure lumbers down the block. A hat tipped to one side, he is lost in thought.... More »
  

Review: CAM2CAM Brings Hatchets And Hotties To Bangkok, But Little Else

(Or should that be Cleavers and Cleavages? Or Axes and Asses? I can never choose...) In Joel Saisson's thriller Cam2Cam, a sicko bastard in Bangkok is decapitating young foreign women, after first making them undress in front of their own... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE, A Really Dumb Slasher Flick Saved By Good Gore

Teresa and her girlfriends head to the Jersey Shore for a weekend of drunken debauchery. When there is a mix-up with their booking and they have nowhere else to go, Teresa suggests they stay at her Uncle Vito's in the Pine... More »
  

Review: ARE YOU HERE, Still A Work In Progress For Matthew Weiner

As a huge fan of Matthew Weiner's Mad Men, I've been eagerly anticipating his feature film debut, and so was disappointed to hear about the negative critical reaction to You Are Here when it debuted at the Toronto film festival... More »
  

Review: THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING, It's Not Real Until You Try It On Yourself

Michael King does not believe in God. Michael King does not believe in the Devil. Michael has taken it upon himself to prove that any spiritualism is wrong and when he does that, humanity can move on with their lives... More »
  

Review: LOVE IS STRANGE, A Modest And Delicate Tale

Before watching the latest movie by writer/director Ira Sachs, I realized that I'd never seen any of his previous work. After watching Love Is Strange, however, I resolved to see everything he's ever made. My initial impression was that Love... More »
  

Review: TO BE TAKEI Is Okay, By George

George Takei (pronounced Tak-AY, not Tak-EYE or Tak-EEE - and don't you forget it!) has a speech he often gives. It's a formal speech about the persecution his family experienced in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, that briefly... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: MISSION BLUE, A Reflection On A Single Life As A Stand-In For All Life

I am never one to say no to beautifully lit underwater photography, either in grainy 16 mm or pristine HD.  Here there is plenty, but the most compelling image in activist/biopic documentary, Mission Blue, is that of a lone plastic... More »
  
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