TIFF 2013 Review: ALL IS BY MY SIDE Is A Momentously Audacious Musical Biopic Fitting of The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Making a movie about a musician is bound to be extremely difficult when you don't have the permission of the family's estate. Why has there never been a definitive Elvis biopic -- or Kurt Cobain either, for that matter?... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: THE STAG Works Its Comedy Formula To Perfection

There is a commonly stated belief among film fans - particularly the sort of fans who frequent film festivals - that formula is bad. That everyone should strive for originality, should tell a story that has never been told before.... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: NIGHT MOVES is a Tense Showcase of Guilt and Paranoia

When purchasing a used boat for an act of extreme vandalism, the young activist, quips that she chose the one named "Night Moves" because it was better in her mind than "Sea Breeze" or "Heart's Ease." I tend to pay... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: FELONY Cops Out In The End

In the course of a day, detective Malcolm Toohey goes from participating in a major sting operation that gets him shot to celebrating and singing Bon Jovi with his officers in the cop bar, to hitting a child with his... More »
  

TIFF 2013: Short Film YOUNG WONDER Just Described My Entire Childhood!

Two things are happening here. Either James Wilkes and I are kindred spirits. Or. The guy has been sneaking into my room at night and tapping into my brain to access my childhood memories and is using them for his... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: PRISONERS Is a Tense Thriller With a Few Nagging Problems

Call me contradictory, but I never quite understood the fuss made of Denis Villeneuve's 2011 Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar-nominated Incendies. While I was impressed by the filmmaking, I had some serious issues with the story that left me... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: A FIELD IN ENGLAND Is A Terrifying Headtrip Into The British Countryside

Bold, beautiful and utterly bonkers, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England is a mind-bending monochrome masterpiece likely to alienate as many as it seduces with its surreal visuals and delightfully deranged performances. As a fan of director Ben Wheatley since... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: JOE Paints a Searing Portrait of Rural Torment

Nicolas Cage has enjoyed a varied career, to say the least. From big budget blockbusters to notable indies, many would call his decision making curious, if not downright bizarre. In a lot of ways, this echoes the directing choices... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE Is A Smart Slice Of Small-Town Noir

The feature debut from directorial siblings Simon and Zeke Hawkins is a tense and earthy film noir that wears its pulp influences proudly on its sleeve as it weaves a tale of love, betrayal and escape through the underbelly of... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: COLD EYES Looks To The Best For Inspiration

Korean thrillers have earned a reputation for consistency over the years and, though there may only be a few great ones, the majority of them are solid efforts. However, we've come to expect a lot of the same tropes as... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: A TOUCH OF SIN Is A Touch Too Slight

Almost a week after I screened A Touch Of Sin, I'm still trying to come to grips with my reaction to it. There's plenty to admire about Jia Zhangke's film, from its stark violence through its sweeping scope, but I... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS Will Break Your Brain

Already well loved on the festival circuit for a string of stellar, giallo infused short films, Belgium based directing duo Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet burst on to the international scene is spectacular fashion with their 2009 debut feature Amer.... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Is A Zen Koan

A snow globe shaking back and forth, little white flecks - snowflakes - swirl and obfuscate whatever is in the globe. Oh my what a loaded image. It is one of the chief ones Errol Morris employs in his lengthy... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: UNDER THE SKIN, Brilliant Cinema Of Alienation

A long shot of a man waiting for a bus on a cool, foggy morning. The road winds through a valley where the stop and bench are at the bottom, and snakes up the other side. A woman walks into... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: HOW I LIVE NOW Does Young Adult Better Than Most

It's hard to throw a stone in Hollywood without hitting a Young Adult novel turned quickly-optioned screenplay. Nine times out of ten the story involves mythological creatures or futuristic themes. So you would be forgiven for dismissing the big... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: MAN OF TAI CHI Plays It Down The Middle

It's not entirely simply a matter of being snarky to refer to Keanu Reeve's directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, as a vanity project through and through. Constructed as a showcase for martial artist Tiger Hu Chen, this is hardly... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: OCULUS Isn't Just A Great Midnight Film, It's A Great Film, Period

The Midnight Madness slate usually has a few rules - keep things snappy, keep them gory, and you'll do well to keep the denizens of the dark with you for a running time that stretches well into the very early... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS Presents A Woefully Clumsy And Shallow Hagiography Of The Beat Generation

Seldom, if ever, has a film taken such potent source material as does John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings and proven itself so completely and utterly clueless as to what to do with it. Krokidas here tackles the rise of the... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: SIDDHARTH Is A Beautifully Tragic Portrait Of India

It is every parents worst nightmare: You entrust your child to the care of another and when the allotted time for their return arrives they simply do not. They're just gone and you're left not knowing where or how or... More »
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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets For Tomorrow's TIFF Midnight Madness Screening, RIGOR MORTIS!

Hey, you! In Toronto and have a hankering to see Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis on the big screen in a room packed with hundreds of screaming maniacs without having to pay for it? Twitch can make this happen! We've got... More »
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