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TIFF Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lays Its Bruised Heart Bare

Whether by choice or by circumstance, Casey Affleck has skirted the edges of stardom for nearly a decade since his breakout role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. (more…)

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TIFF Review: ARRIVAL Cribs From Christopher Nolan’s Playbook

Denis Villeneuve’s carefully constructed alien invasion pic Arrival is as notable for what it does as for what it avoids. It risks that linguistic research and the probing of the human soul can be swapped out for bombastic clashes of military might and still hold an audience’s attention. (more…)

TIFF Review: COLOSSAL Is The Strangest Genre Mashup Of The Year

An at-times uneasy mix between a mega monster movie with an indie coming-of-age tale, Nacho Vigalondo’s genre-jumping Colossal defies easy description. It’s an offbeat, inventive, and uneven movie that nestles uncomfortable truths and earnestness among its giant kaiju fights.  (more…)

TIFF Review: THE DANISH GIRL Is Well-Wrought But Superficial

The Danish Girl has a timely premise – the story of one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery at a time when it was extremely dangerous and much of society held deep prejudices. By all rights it should make for a compelling and important film, especially in the hands of recent Oscar-winners Tom Hooper (Best Director for The King’s Speech) and Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor for The Theory of Everything).
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TIFF Review: HIGH-RISE Is A Rare Gonzo Beast

When a movie opens with its lead eating a neighbourhood dog amidst the post-apocalyptic ruins of a destroyed apartment building you know you’re in for an unconventional time. When that movie stars mainstream (anti-)hero Tom Hiddleston (best known as Loki from Thor) then it’s also bound to inspire strong reactions from mixed crowds, as it did at TIFF this year when it prompted walkouts during its premiere.  (more…)