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REVIEW: TIFF Report #3 – 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 … read more

REVIEW: TIFF Report #1 – Canadian Star Directors

In discussing Arcand’s Le règne de la beauté (An Eye for Beauty), Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and Gunnarsson’s Monsoon, it’s important to note that these are not reviews. … read more

REVIEW: Three to See at the Shaw Festival

The fun of a weekend at Shaw this summer is that so many of the plays are such successes—and yet, in the case of the three being reviewed here, each—The Sea, Juno and the Paycock and The Philanderer–is quite unique.… read more

Cabaret and The Philadelphia Story At the Shaw Festival

Two of the plays at Shaw’s Festival Theatre are also film classics. What makes Cabaret and The Philadelphia Story still work so successfully on stage—and why did the stories transfer so well to the screen?… read more

Hot Docs 2014

Searing films highlight North America’s leading documentary festival At the age of 21, Hot Docs has passed from a lusty adolescence into full-blown maturity in the most appealing way. Instead of transforming into a bland corporate adult, this appealing young … read more

12 O’Clock Boys

Lotfy Nathan’s dedication and Pug’s charm makes 12 O’Clock Boys an exceptional experience. Filled with brilliant shots of young African-Americans gracefully performing wheelies in the streets of Baltimore…… read more

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

“Blue Is The Warmest Colour”: Teenaged Adele, a pretty and smart high school student, who loves literature is immediately intrigued when she sees blue haired Emma, walking nonchalantly with her arm around another girl in one of the main public squares in Lille, France.… read more

Dallas Buyer’s Club

Dallas Buyers Club takes the viewer on a dark but fascinating journey into the early days of AIDS. The great performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto make this trip worth taking. Jean-Marc Vallée has scored an Indie hit with this film.
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12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is about Solomon Northup, a freeman living with his wife and children in Saratoga, New York in 1841 is kidnapped by two white men posing as circus promoters and sold into slavery in Louisiana.… read more

Captain Phillips

Captain Rich Phillips, a career seaman, signs on to take the Maersk Alabama across the horn of Africa with a cargo of food assembled by humanitarians, but his ship’s journey is impeded by the terrifying arrival of Somali pirates.… read more