TIFF 2016 Review: La La Land an exhilarating People’s Choice Award winner

The big Hollywood musical is alive and well. Sure, it’s an endangered species, but Damien Chazelle’s vibrant La La Land is about as fine a specimen as you can find. Chosen … Continue reading TIFF 2016 Review: La La Land an exhilarating People’s Choice Award winner

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The New “Blair Witch” Movie Goes Back to the Original’s Roots – Literally

Whether you like The Blair Witch Project or not, there’s no denying that it changed horror cinema forever. Capitalizing on the burgeoning power of the Internet, it helped to not … Continue reading The New “Blair Witch” Movie Goes Back to the Original’s Roots – Literally

TIFF 2016 Review: Into the Inferno finds the many meanings at the brink

Werner Herzog is a living legend, a madman director who insists he’s “the only sane filmmaker.” The director of the eighties remake of Nosferatu and the surreal “let’s drag an entire … Continue reading TIFF 2016 Review: Into the Inferno finds the many meanings at the brink

TIFF 2016 Review: “Arrival” delivers thoughtful sci-fi with a heartfelt twist

Amy Adams is having a pretty great year. It’s only going to get better. With two top-flight films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, she’s this year’s Benedict Cumberbatch. … Continue reading TIFF 2016 Review: “Arrival” delivers thoughtful sci-fi with a heartfelt twist

TIFF 2016 Review: In “Nocturnal Animals”, revenge is a dish best served ice cold

With Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford seems compelled to make up for lost time. Seven years after the success of the fashion designer’s directorial debut A Single Man, Ford’s second feature merges two noir … Continue reading TIFF 2016 Review: In “Nocturnal Animals”, revenge is a dish best served ice cold

TIFF 2016 Review: “American Honey” crackles with energy, winds up a sticky mess

Following a rag-tag group of teens selling and sexing across the mid-West, American Honey is a modern-day Kids, minus that film’s relentless pessimism and narrative drive. With a near interminable three-hour running time, … Continue reading TIFF 2016 Review: “American Honey” crackles with energy, winds up a sticky mess

TIFF 2016 Review: “Free Fire” Is A Free-Wheeling Good Time

Ben Wheatley’s latest film Free Fire feels closer to the ensemble spirit of his 2009 debut Down Terrace than last year’s deliciously deranged High Rise. There are criminals meeting up … Continue reading TIFF 2016 Review: “Free Fire” Is A Free-Wheeling Good Time