Art Reviews

Rudderless

How does a parent deal with the death of a child? Rudderless, the name of William H. Macy’s first directorial effort as well as the band that begins to rise to recognition in the film, is truly about the emotion that fills its lead character, Sam, as he deals with his personal grief. The film features a brilliant performance by Billy Crudup as Sam, a man who has lost his path after his son dies in a campus mass slaying.

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Fury

It’s a surprise to see a tough Second World War battlefield film like Fury pop up in mainstream cinemas, starring Brad Pitt of all people. Zoomers will fondly recall a time when movie theatres regularly showed big budget World War Two films but that era has long since passed.

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We Need to Talk about Jean-Luc

Jean-Luc Godard’s career is one of the most problematic in film history. Having scaled the heights of critical and audience acclaim with his debut feature Breathless in 1960, Godard became one of the most recognized filmmakers of the Sixties.

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Mommy

Xavier Dolan, director and script Starring: Anne Dorval (Diane “Die” Despres), Antoine-Olivier Pilon (Steve Despres), Suzanne Clement (Kyla), Alexandre Goyette (Patrick), Patrick Huard (Paul Beliveau) Xavier Dolan drives me crazy. I’m a huge supporter of Canadian...

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Gone Girl

We’re living in a time of degrading entertainment shows that manufacture celebrities out of those unfortunate enough to have their private lives exposed to the media. At least in America, the recession of 2008 hit hard and it’s no surprise that a lowlife hangout in Gone Girl is set in a decaying abandoned shopping mall.

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20,000 Days on Earth

Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard clearly had more than Cave’s cooperation in making 20,000 Days on Earth; he’s an active participant in this unique “day in the life” of an iconic rock star.

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The Notebook

The Notebook is an impressive achievement—well acted, in a past, which is impeccably evoked. It won the Crystal Globe (top prize) at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival and has gone on to play top festivals including TIFF.

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Another Record-Breaking Year at TIFF

TIFF 2014 proved to be another huge success for lovers of cinema and the city. It’s amazing how quickly we’ve all adapted to the festival being right downtown, near the financial district, where condo buildings are dominating a landscape that used to be filled with low-rise red brick buildings.

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REVIEW: TIFF Docs

Toronto audiences who love documentaries are just about the luckiest in the world. In the spring, there’s Hot Docs, which offers a plethora of non-fiction films from around the world. Less than six months later comes TIFF with a highly curated international selection...

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REVIEW: The NFB at TIFF

TIFF wouldn’t be TIFF without the NFB. In fact, cinema history in Canada effectively starts with the formation of the Board 75 years ago this year. Veterans of the festival (back in the day when it was called the Festival of Festivals) will fondly recall that the...

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