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 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 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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Review: The Boss

Posted by: Jay Caption  //  April 8, 2016 @ 12:22pm

Melissa McCarthy delivers a superb performance in this latest release, The Boss.

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Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Posted by: Jay Caption  //  March 10, 2016 @ 11:21pm

As a fan of science fiction films, I often feel that originality within the movie industry can be at a disappointing low. Whether we are presented with remake after remake, or ideas that just seem so far fetched that they almost belong in the comedy category of our Netflix account, science fiction pictures can at times be tough to pass off as great films.

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Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Posted by: Diana Kim  //  January 15, 2016 @ 9:44pm

How do you tell a story like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and do it justice?

Based on a book which is based on a true story, we're taken to Benghazi, Libya where we follow a team of military veterans hired on as contractors to provide security for a secret CIA base and consultants to a U.S. ambassador residing nearby.

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Review: The Look of Silence

Posted by: Tony Hinds  //  October 23, 2015 @ 11:58am

The Look of Silence, an emotionally searing new documentary from director Joshua Oppenheimer is a disturbing and incredibly impacting experience. In his previous film, The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer explored the contemporary aftermath of the Indonesian communist genocide of the late 1960's.

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Review: Grandma

Posted by: Tony Hinds  //  October 15, 2015 @ 4:07pm

Grandma is indeed a tearjerker, but one free of the overwrought sentimentality that bogs down other entries in the genre. Structured like an addictive novella, the premise is quickly established and we're on our way. At a brisk 75 minutes, there is little time for narrative hesitation.

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