Punch Up Your Life - A Heart Walk (Ava Julien)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  January 18, 2022 @ 11:51pm

Desperately lonesome Ava, on the brink of her thirties, leaves everything to move from the ostensibly new-age hippie vibe of Vancouver, to reconnect with her sister in the cold hustle of New York City.

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Punch Up Your Life - My So Called Wiccan Summer (Rachel Manson)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  January 18, 2022 @ 11:50pm

When 15-year-old Rachel gets her hands on the summer camp's shared Ouija board, she gains popularity by leading seances out of cabins... Much to the camp staff's dismay.

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Punch Up Your Life – Introduction

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  January 12, 2022 @ 9:28pm

"Who would play you, in the movie of your life?" We've all done this ice breaker game.

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Review: Weed & Wine

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  October 20, 2020 @ 8:39pm

When you watch a documentary called Weed & Wine, you pretty much know what you're getting into: you're going to learn about two worlds that are similar and yet different. This is personified in a cannabis farmer from California and a family vineyard in France. The film does this quite well. I was genuinely interested, and learned in a way that didn't feel heavy handed.

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Review: Feast of the Seven Fishes

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  October 18, 2020 @ 8:19pm

In an effort to avoid burying the lead, I enjoyed Feast of the Seven Fishes, and there's a lot of heart to unpack. However, like many decent films, its intentions are slightly off. The film doesn't really work as a romantic comedy, but as a time capsule, it's very strong.

Writing a romantic comedy is hard.

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JFL42 Reviews: Between Two Ferns, Broad City, and Nick Kroll

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 21, 2019 @ 4:06pm

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

September 20, 2019 • 2:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

"How do I turn a five minute sketch into a feature length film?" is the age-old question that I'm sure keeps Lorne Michaels up at night.

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TIFF 2019: Red Carpet Remnants

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 16, 2019 @ 5:40am

The 2019 edition of TIFF is officially over, but we have plenty more to show you. Here's more highlights from the red carpet arrivals last week, featuring Ellen Page, Antonio Bandaras, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Bruce Springsteen.

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TIFF Review: Honey Boy

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 6:19pm

Shia LaBeouf used his own experience as an emotionally abused child actor to write and star in Honey Boy, one of the standouts of this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Like LaBeouf, Otis (played by the phenomenal Noah Jupe) is a young star in the 1990s who is coached, supervised, and controlled by his ex-rodeo clown father, James (LaBeouf).

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TIFF Review: Dads

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 5:39pm

Bryce Dallas Howard -- daughter of Ron Howard -- makes her directorial debut with Dads, a documentary that celebrates what it is to be a father.

Three streams of content are woven throughout: celebrities, her own family, and unconventional dads around the world.

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TIFF Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 5:00pm

If you're expecting a Mr. Rogers biopic, turn back now, and re-watch the 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbour.

In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) isn't the protagonist. That honour goes to the character of Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), who's based on the real life journalist behind a 1998 Esquire profile of Rogers.

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