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 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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TIFF 2013 Review: MCCANICK Brings Old-School Grit To Screen

Once upon a time, our screens were littered with one-name cops - Serpico, Canon, Columbo, Kojak, all with hard C-sounding consonant names that bespoke of a grittiness or hard hardheadedness. It's no surprise that McCanick borrows both the power of... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: DOM HEMINGWAY, A Cheeky, If Slight, Gangster Character Study

Petty gangster, safecracker, loud mouth, loose cannon, thief, deadbeat dad, pint guzzling, word-smithing, cat killing, thug Dom Hemingway is the type of guy you would have no tolerance for in real life, but generally gravitate towards on screen. Twelve years is... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: THE SACRAMENT Will Make You Want To Drink The Kool-Aid

Sometimes we are frankly limited by our terminology. What do you call a film that uses in-world video? That is to say, what do you call a film where the camera used to exclusively record the footage is incorporated... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: CANOPY Is An Interesting But Flawed Experience

It was back in the early 2000's, shortly after the release of O Brother, Where Art Thou, that word began to circulate that the Coen Brothers intended to shoot a film adaptation of James Dickey's novel To The White Sea.... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: RUSH Burns Rubber, Makes Hearts Race

There's a dilemma about any "based on a true story" film. First, the movie has to work for those unfamiliar with actual events, those neophytes completely unaware of actual historical facts. Most movies often coddle these people, spending far too... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: DEVIL'S KNOT Adds Little To Tragic Story

For each of the last three years, the story of what transpired in West Memphis, Arkansas on May 5, 1993 has been the subject of a film that has played the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, we saw the... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Gracefully Examines Our Troubling Past

It certainly isn't easy using cinema to tackle mankind's great atrocities. But when it's done well, a movie can give these horrors the kind of personal connection that allows an audience to digest an event as more than just... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: The Devil Is In The Details In HORNS

"Are you Horny?" asks Juno Temple of Daniel Radcliffe in one of the more tranquil moments in this goofy yet sincere adaptation of Joe Hill's by all accounts quite good novel, Horns. Two lovers, Iggy and Merrin, lay like Yin and... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: GRAVITY, An Experience Like No Other

You're going to hear a lot about this film, gushing hyperbole about how Alfonso Cuarón has created a new masterpiece of such wonderful elegance that it's a sight to behold. You'll hear that it's the best set-in-space film of all... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: BREAK LOOSE Doesn't Quite Hold Together

All the ingredients are here for a fine thriller - political discord, corrupt cops, ruthless proto-oligarchs, and car chases, all set against the backdrop of the waning years of Yeltsin, and the massive social and political change that would take... More »
  
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