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TIFF Review: The Weekend

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 17, 2018 @ 4:58pm

The Weekend is a sharp romantic comedy that boasts a key component missing in most romcoms: it's funny. Like, really funny.

The film opens with aspiring comedian Zadie (Sasheer Zamada) performing a set at a small comedy club.

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TIFF Review: Carmine Street Guitars

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2018 @ 2:34pm

The legendary New York guitar shop that's the subject of Carmine Street Guitars is certainly worthy of a documentary, but coached dialogue and too-perfect camera blocking leave too much authenticity on the table.

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TIFF Red Carpet: First Man Press Conference Arrivals

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 11, 2018 @ 1:03pm

Ryan Gosling and the cast of First Man (along with Neil Armstrong's sons Mark and Eric Armstrong) arrive at Tuesday morning's press conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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TIFF Review: Beautiful Boy

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 11, 2018 @ 12:28pm

Based on the autobiographical books by journalist Bill Sheff (Steve Carell) and his son Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet), Beautiful Boy chronicles a teenage Nic's addiction to drugs, and his family's heartbreaking attempts to guide him through recovery. The film also stars Maura Tierney as Bill's wife, and Amy Ryan as his ex-wife.

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TIFF Review: The Lie

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 9, 2018 @ 9:23am

Is this the type of frustration Lost viewers experienced?

In The Lie, teenager Kayla (Joey King) gets driven to ballet camp by her father Jay (Peter Sarsgaard). She spots her friend/frenemy Brittany - also headed to camp - waiting for a bus on the outskirts of town, and they pick her up.

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TIFF Red Carpet: Ben Is Back

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 8, 2018 @ 4:56pm

Julia Roberts pulled double duty at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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TIFF Red Carpet: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 8, 2018 @ 12:50pm

The new film Can You Ever Forgive Me?, starring Melissa McCarthy, had its world premiere Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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TIFF Review: Fahrenheit 11/9

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 7, 2018 @ 10:40am

Action speaks louder than hope.

That's the message – albeit a buried message – of Michael Moore's sharp expose, Fahrenheit 11/9, which premiered Thursday night at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The film examines the conditions that helped make President Donald Trump a reality.

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2018 Winnipeg Folk Festival Preview: Who to see, how to keep up, and a look back at last year

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  July 4, 2018 @ 1:02pm

The Winnipeg Folk Festival celebrates its 45th year in 2018, and here at Showbiz Monkeys, we're celebrating our 10th year in a row of covering this much-loved prairie music festival.

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JFL42 Roundup: Wednesday, September 27

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  September 28, 2017 @ 9:45pm

To learn about these daily JFL42 roundups, read the first one! Now, onto Wednesday's comedy shows, featuring Max Silvestri and the first night of Andy Kindler's midnight Alternative Shows.

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