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Oldman's Finest Hour

12/12/2017 20:50:00 PM

Darkest Hour (UK, 125 min.) Dir. Joe Wright, Writ. Anthony McCarten Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup Focus Features Give Gary Oldman every award on the planet for ...

Notes from the Screener Pile: 2017.4

12/10/2017 21:05:00 PM

So many movies, so little time. Get Out         (USA, 104 min.) Written and directed Jordan Peele Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Lakeith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel, LilRey Howrey ...

Oscar Predictions: Round 2 - Golden Globes and SAG Predictions

12/09/2017 12:24:00 PM

Clockwise from top: Dunkirk, The Post, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Three Billboards, Get Out Is it Golden Globes time already? The year for movies really picked up steam and is coming to a strong finish, so the Globe nominations are a tough ...

Notes from the Screener Pile: 2017.3

12/04/2017 19:27:00 PM

The award-season catch-up continues! Missed many goodies this year including the following: Lucky (USA, 88 min.) Dir. John Carroll Lynch, Writ. Drago Sumonja, Logan Sparks Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Beth ...

Notes from the Screener Pile: 2017.2

12/03/2017 14:39:00 PM

More binge-watching! In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (Germany/France, 106 min.) Written and directed by Fatih Akin Starring: Diane Kruger Magnolia Pictures Diane Kruger gives an exceptional performance as Katja, the grieving mother on ...

Notes from the Screener Pile: 2017.1

11/29/2017 19:56:00 PM

November Notes from the screener pile are back! I am way, way, way behind on movies this year, particularly anything that came out between March and June since work was like a forest fire this year. The screener pile is thankfully stacking ...

'Small Talk': How Much Better Is Silence?

11/28/2017 18:14:00 PM

Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua) (Taiwan, 80 min.) Dir. Hui-chen Huang How much better is silence? It’s not better at all if one were to ask director Hui-chen Huang. Huang, after spending years in an impersonal and distant relationship ...

Last Flag Flying: It's Not Dark Yet

11/23/2017 11:00:00 AM

Last Flag Flying (USA, 124 min.) Dir. Richard Linklater, Writ. Richard Linklater, Darryl Ponicsan Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne VVS Films American independent filmmaker Richard Linklater returns to the dramatic ...

'Big Bad Fox' and Memories of Farm Frolics

11/22/2017 18:31:00 PM

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes...) (France/Belgium, 80 min.) Dir. Patrick Rimbert, Benjamin Renner; Writ. Benjamin Renner, Jean Regnaud Starring: Céline Ronté, Boris Rehlinger, Guillaume Bouchede, ...

'The Breadwinner': Canadian Feature Animation on the Map

11/19/2017 12:58:00 PM

The Breadwinner (Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 93 min.) Dir. Nora Twomey, Writ. Anita Doron Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah It’s so exciting to see The Breadwinner open on the heels of Window ...

'Thelma' Has Love on the Brain

11/17/2017 07:04:00 AM

Thelma (Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark, 116 min.) Dir. Joachim Trier, Writ. Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen While The Killing of a Sacred Deer might have the most ...

'Lady Bird': Gerwig Spreads Her Wings

11/12/2017 20:32:00 PM

Lady Bird (USA, 93 min.) Written and directed by Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalfe, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe star in Lady Bird Elevation Picures Is ...

Dardennes/Audiard Mash-Up Doesn't Balance

11/11/2017 17:23:00 PM

Saint George (São Jorge) (Portugal/France, 112 min.) Dir. Marco Martins, Writ. Marco Martines, Ricardo Adolfo Starring : Nuno Lopes, Mariana Nunes, David Semedo Stories of economic crises take different forms. The traders and insiders ...

'Jane': In the Heart of Africa

11/09/2017 13:47:00 PM

Jane (USA, 90 min.) Dir. Brett Morgen Featuring: Dr. Jane Goodall What separates humans from animals? Language? Social order? Consciousness? The capacity for love? Without getting inside the head of one’s endlessly curious kitten ...

Top of the Pile

11/08/2017 18:57:00 PM

Infinity Baby (USA, 70 min.) Dir. Bob Byington, Writ. Onur Tukel Starring: Kieran Culkin, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, Kevin Corrigan, Noël Wells, Stephen Root, Trieste Kelly Dunn Infinity Baby might have been a hip and ...

Votes for Women!

11/06/2017 19:48:00 PM

The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (Switzerland, 96 min.) Written and directed by Petra Volpe Starring: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli Marie Leuenberger stars as Nora ...

It's Hard to Separate the Garbage from the Art

11/05/2017 10:11:00 AM

The Square (Sweden, 150 min.) Written and directed by Ruben Östlund Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary Elisabeth Moss and Claes Bang in The Square. Magnolia Pictures My favourite moment of The Square wasn’t ...

Of Rams and Men

11/02/2017 19:00:00 PM

God’s Own Country (UK, 104 min.) Written and directed by Francis Lee Starring: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart Pacific Northwest Pictures I don’t know if “ramming” is a thing, but let’s use it as a verb ...

Oscar Predictions: Round 1 - Show Me a Hero

11/01/2017 20:42:00 PM

Clockwise from top: Dunkirk; I, Tonya; The Shape of Water;  Darkest Hour; Three Billboards; The Florida Project Another award season is upon us. Where do we even start after last year? The crushing defeat of La La Land by Moonlight was an ...

Full Trailer for Canuck Oscar Bid 'Hochelaga'

10/30/2017 13:57:00 PM

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Wonderstruck: Looking at Stars

10/26/2017 18:34:00 PM

Wonderstruck (USA, 117 min.) Dir. Todd Haynes, Writ. Brian Selznick Starring: Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael, Michelle Williams Jaden Michael, Oakes Fegley and Julianne Moore star in Wonderstruck Elevation ...

'Kati Kati' a Haunting Film About Letting Go

10/25/2017 17:17:00 PM

Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany, 75 min.) Dir. Mbithi Masya, Writ. Mbithi Masya, Mugambi Nthiga Starring: Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora “Is this hell?” asks Kaleche. Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) doesn’t know how she got to Kati Kati, ...

Grim and Miserable 'Leftovers'

10/23/2017 20:14:00 PM

Turah (Indonesia, 79 min.) Written and directed by Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo Starring: Ubaidillah, Slamet Ambari, Yono Daryono, Rudi Iteng, Narti Diono The title for the Indonesian film Turah roughly translates to Leftovers, but the characters ...

Coming to Amerika

10/20/2017 12:33:00 PM

Amerika Square (Plateia Amerikis) (Greece/UK/Germany, 86 min.) Dir. Yannis Sakaridis, Writ. Yannis Tsirbas, Vangelis Mourikis, Yannis Sakaridis Starring: Makis Papadimitriou, Yannis Stankoglou, Vassilis Kukalani, Ksenia Dania, Alexandros ...

Denis' Dark World

10/17/2017 22:56:00 PM

Blade Runner 2049 (USA, 164 min.) Dir. Denis Villeneuve, Writ. Hampton Francher, Michael Green Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis Ana de Armas and Ryan Gosling star ...

The Heart Goes Pitter-Patter for 'BPM'

10/16/2017 15:52:00 PM

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (France, 140 min.) Dir. Robin Campillo, Writ. Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Ariel Borenstein, Mehdi Touré ...

Jackie Chan Joins the Liam Neeson Club: A Conversation Between Members

10/13/2017 07:36:00 AM

“Some people care too much. I think it's called love.”

10/13/2017 07:29:00 AM

Goodbye Christopher Robin (UK, 107 min.) Dir. Simon Curtis, Writ. Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Vaughan Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston Domhnall Gleeson and Will Tilston star in Goodbye Christopher ...

Yikes—What a Mess!

10/13/2017 07:09:00 AM

The Limehouse Golem (UK, 109 min.) Dir. Juan Carlos Medina, Writ. Jane Goldman Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Douglas Boothe, Sam Reid Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke star in The Limehouse Golem Photo by Nick Wall There ...

"Oh, Let Them Talk"

10/01/2017 15:53:00 PM

Our Souls at Night (USA, 103 min.) Dir. Ritesh Batra, Writ. Scott Neustadter, Michael Webb Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda,  Matthias Schoenaerts, Phyllis Somerville, Bruce Dern Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in Our Souls at ...

A League of Her Own

09/28/2017 21:05:00 PM

Don’t Talk to Irene (Canada, 82 min.) Written and directed by Pat Mills Starring: Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Anastasia Phillips, Scott Thompson, Geena Davis Michelle McLeod stars in Don't Talk to Irene Remember back in the 90s’ ...

Canada Sends 'Hochelaga' to the Oscars

09/25/2017 13:42:00 PM

Francois Girard's Hochelage, Land of Souls It's official! Canada is sending Francois Girard's Hochelaga, Land of Souls to the Oscars as its official submission in the race for Best Foreign Language Film. The decision was announced this ...

2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival Award Winners

09/24/2017 10:37:00 AM

Nikita Diakur's Ugly is OIAF's top winner The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced the winners for its 2017 edition of the festival. Germany's Nikita Diakur won the festival's top honour, the Nelvana Grand Prize for ...

'Battle' A Grand Slam

09/24/2017 10:09:00 AM

Battle of the Sexes (USA, 121 min.) Dir. Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton, Writ. Simon Beaufoy Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Austin Stowell Emma Stone ...

Oscar Deadline Approaches: What Could be Canada's Best Foreign Language Film Contender?

09/22/2017 12:08:00 PM

Possible Canuck Oscar contenders are A Bag of Marbles, Hochelaga, Maligutit, Old Stone and Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves The submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film race are trickling in! Canada announces ...

“It’s Not All About You Anymore”: Mike White, Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams Talk 'Brad’s Status'

09/21/2017 19:40:00 PM

Austin Abrams and Ben Stiller star in Brad's Status. VVS Films “Can I say what your dad said to me yesterday?” asks Ben Stiller.  “Uh, sure?” Austin Abrams laughs nervously.  “He said he told you that you could do whatever ...

TIFF Review: 'Hannah'

09/19/2017 19:44:00 PM

Hannah (Italy/Belgium/France, 95 min.) Dir. Andrea Pallaoro, Writ. Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado Starring: Charlotte Rampling Programme: Contemporary World Cinema (North American Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Charlotte Rampling gives ...

TIFF 2017: Festival Wrap-up and Picks for 'Best of the Fest'

09/18/2017 19:56:00 PM

Sweet Country - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' TIFF TIFF might have scaled back its programming by 20-ish percent, but the Festival of Festivals still felt as big and loud as ever. The movies were good if one was willing to look for them, ...

TIFF Review: 'Who We Are Now'

09/18/2017 17:01:00 PM

Who We Are Now (USA, 95 min.) Written and directed by Matthew Newton Starring: Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quito, Jimmy Smits Programme: Special Presentations (World Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Julianne Nicholson is always ...

TIFF Review: 'On Body and Soul'

09/18/2017 12:36:00 PM

On Body and Soul (Hungary, 116 min.) Written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi Starring: Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki Programme: Contemporary World Cinema (North American Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF If a deer is your ...

TIFF Review: 'C'est la vie!'

09/18/2017 10:07:00 AM

C’est la vie! (Le sens de la fête) (France, 115 min.) Written and directed by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano Starring: Jean-Paul Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Eye Haïdara, Suzanne Clément Programme: Galas (World Premier ...

TIFF Review: 'The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches'

09/17/2017 14:34:00 PM

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui amait trop les allumettes) (Canada, 111 min.) Written and directed by Simon Lavoie Starring: Marine Johnson, Antoine L’Écuyer, Jean-François Casabonne Programme: Contemporary ...

TIFF Review: 'Happy End'

09/16/2017 07:38:00 AM

Happy End (Austria/France/Germany, 107 min.) Written and directed by Michael Haneke Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Matthieu Kassovitz, Toby Jones, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowaki Programme: Masters (North American P ...

TIFF Review: 'Faces Places'

09/14/2017 22:34:00 PM

Faces Places (Visages villages) (France, 90 min.) Dir. Agnès Varda, JR Programme: Masters (Canadian premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Faces Places features the oddball couple of 89-year-old filmmaker Agnès Varda and thirtysomething pho ...

TIFF Review: Journey's End

09/14/2017 22:30:00 PM

TIFF Review: Alias Grace

09/12/2017 14:15:00 PM

TIFF Review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'

09/12/2017 00:13:00 AM

Racer and the Jailbird (Belgium/France, 130 min.) Dir. Michaël R. Roskam, Writ. Thomas S. Bidegain, Noé Debré, Michaël R. Roskam Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos Programme: Special Presentations (North American P ...

TIFF Review: 'Hochelaga, Land of Souls'

09/10/2017 00:47:00 AM

Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, terre des âmes) (Canada, 100 min.) Written and directed by Francois Girard Starring: Samian, Vincent Perez, Raoul Trujillo, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Emmanuel Schwartz, Tanaya Beatty, Sébastien Ricard, Siân ...

TIFF Review: 'Brad's Status'

09/10/2017 00:05:00 AM

Brad’s Status (USA, 101 min.) Written and directed by Mike White Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement Programme: Platform (World Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Ben Stiller renews ...

TIFF Review: Three Peaks

09/07/2017 07:00:00 AM

TIFF Shorts: Bird, Bickford Park, Threads, Hawking & Kanye, Latched

09/06/2017 18:36:00 PM

Bird   Ramona Diaconsecu, courtesy of TIFF  This blog, unfortunately, doesn’t quite have as much freedom to dive into the TIFF shorts as it has in previous years, but taking on other commitments doesn’t mean shorts can’t be in season. ...

TIFF Review: Porcupine Lake

09/06/2017 08:30:00 AM

Porcupine Lake (Canada, 85 min.) Written and directed by Ingrid Veninger Starring: Charlotte Salisbury, Lucinda Armstrong Hall, Christopher Bolton, Delphine Roussel, Harrison Tanner, Hallie Switzer Programme: Contemporary World Cinema (World ...

TIFF Review: Soldiers. Story from Ferentari

09/05/2017 14:54:00 PM

Sundowners and the Tertiary Life Crisis

08/25/2017 08:36:00 AM

Sundowners (Canada/USA/Colombia, 95 min.) Written and directed by Pavan Moondi Starring:  Phil Hanley, Luke Lalonde, Tim Heidecker, Cara Gee, Nick Flanagan, Leah Faye Goldstein Phil Hanley and Luke Lalond star in Sundowners. Photo by ...

The Reign in Spain

08/24/2017 18:41:00 PM

The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (Spain, 128 min.) Written and directed by Fernando Trueba Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Javier Cámara, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chino Darín Penélope Cruz stars in The Queen of ...

First Teaser and Images for TIFF Gala 'Hochelaga, Land of Souls'

08/21/2017 18:59:00 PM

All photos courtesy Les Films Séville The first teaser and images are out for Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, terre des âmes). The film is the lone Canadian drama to get the full red carpet Gala treatment at TIFF this year. Hochelaga comes ...

This Time Tomorrow: A Living Family Album

08/21/2017 10:25:00 AM

This Time Tomorrow (Mañana a esta hora) (Canada/Colombia, 85 min.) Written and directed by Lina Rodriguez Starring: Laura Osma, Maruia Shelton, Francisco Zaldua, Francisco Restrepo There are no big moments in This Time Tomorrow. There ...

Detroit: Battle of Algiers

08/13/2017 19:16:00 PM

Detroit (USA, 143 min.) Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, Writ. Mark Boal Starring: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Hannah Murray, Kaitlin Dever, Nathan Davis, Jr., Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, ...

Nancy Grant Says Xavier Dolan's 'John F. Donovan' Will Debut this Fall

08/11/2017 10:51:00 AM

Kit Harrington in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Photo by Shane Laverdière / eOne Films The plot thickens! After much debate and speculation ensued when Xavier Dolan's upcoming star-studded English-language debut The Death and Life ...

'Wind River' Haunts with a Chill

08/10/2017 22:40:00 PM

Wind River (USA, 110 min.) Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Wind River VVS Films The whispers ...

TIFF Announces Canadian Line-up: A mix of veterans and newcomers (and no Dolan!)

08/09/2017 19:46:00 PM

TIFF's Platform Competition Highlights International Films and Stars

08/03/2017 09:46:00 AM

Alicia Vikander and Eva Green star Euphoria. Courtesy of TIFF The Toronto International Film Festival announced the films selected for the third edition of the Platform competition. Introduced in 2015, Platform offers a prestigious and tightly ...

Dunkirk: Band of Brothers

07/27/2017 20:14:00 PM

Dunkirk (USA/UK/Netherlands/France, 106 min.) Written and directed by Christopher Nolan Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Glynn-Carney, Harry ...

Losing Weight Isn't a Bad Thing: Thoughts on the TIFF Announcement

07/25/2017 20:24:00 PM

C'est la vie starring Suzanne Clément (centre) closes TIFF '17. Courtesy of TIFF Losing weight is rarely a bad thing. A diet looks to be boding well for the Toronto International Film Festival after reducing its belly by 20%. With today’s ...

#TIFF17 Wish List

07/21/2017 13:25:00 PM

Ryan Gosling in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 The Toronto International Film Festival drops its first wave of programming announcements on Tuesday, July 25. The bulk of the Canadian programming gets unveiled fairly late this year (August ...

Ottawa International Animation Festival Announces Line-up!

07/14/2017 07:35:00 AM

Oscar winner Torill Kove returns to Ottawa with Threads Courtesy NFB The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has unveiled the line-up for the 2017 edition of the festival. The festival, which is North America's largest showcase ...

Blue 'Moon'

07/07/2017 06:30:00 AM

From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (France/Belgium/Canada, 120 min.) Dir. Nicole Garcia, Writ. Nicole Garcia, Jacques Fieschi Starring: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl  Pacific Northwest Pictures From the Land ...

Vengeful Bitches Slay

07/05/2017 18:13:00 PM

The Beguiled (USA, 93 min.) Written and directed by Sofia Coppola Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard “What have you done to me, you vengeful ...

2017 in Review: The Best Films of the Year so Far

06/30/2017 13:52:00 PM

Cate Blanchett gives the 13 best performances of 2017 in Manifesto. Photo by Julian Rosefeldt, courtesy of Filmrise. Is it already June? This year is just flying by. I’m sorry that updates here have been scant (work’s just been a series ...

Contest! Win Run of Engagement Passes to See 'From the Land of the Moon' Starring Marion Cotillard!

06/30/2017 09:33:00 AM

Cinemablographer favourite Marion Cotillard returns in the acclaimed drama From the Land of the Moon. After debuting to strong notices for Cotillard’s performance at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (where she also turned heads for It’s ...

"That's, Like, the Biggest Shark I've Ever Seen."

06/22/2017 20:47:00 PM

47 Meters Down (USA, 89 min.) Dir. Johannes Roberts; Writ. Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt Claire Holt and Mandy Moore star in 47 Meters Down. VVS Films The cautious tourists always have the craziest ...

Contest: Win a Digital Download of '100 Streets' Starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arteton!

06/18/2017 16:29:00 PM

Idris Elba, the Internet’s favourite candidate for the next James Bond, teams up with former Bond girl Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) for the new indie thriller 100 Streets. This tense multi-narrative film stars the two suave Brits in ...

Rachel Getting Harried

06/12/2017 18:08:00 PM

My Cousin Rachel (UK/USA, 106 min.) Written and directed by Roger Michell Starring: Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Iain Glenn, Holliday Grainger Rachel Weisz My Cousin Rachel.   Photo by Nicola Dove / Fox Searchlight Pictures Dead wives ...

'It's Only the End of the World' Leads Quebec's Prix Iris Winners

06/04/2017 21:39:00 PM

Léa Seydoux in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World Photo by Shane Laverdière, Sons of Manual Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World ended its award streak on another high note by winning five awards at Quebec’s Prix ...

Mungiu Comes Back from Detention

06/01/2017 19:40:00 PM

Graduation (Bacalaureat) (Romania/Belgium/France, 128 min.) Written and directed by Cristian Mungiu Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Vlad Ivanov, Malina Manovici, Petre Ciubotaru Cristian Mungiu is back from ...

Why Commit to 'The Lovers'?

05/23/2017 18:30:00 PM

The Lovers (USA, 94 min.) Written and directed by Azazel Jacobs Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Melora Walters, Aidan Gillen Debra Winger and Tracy Letts in The Lovers. Robb Rosenfeld. Courtesy Mongrel Media There’s little reason ...

The Commune: In Good Company

05/19/2017 08:08:00 AM

The Commune (Kollektivit) (Denmark/Sweden, 111 min.) Dir. Thomas Vinterberg, Writ. Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm Starring: Ulrich Thomson, Trine Dyrholm, Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Fares, Magnus Millang Trine ...

Contest! Win Run of Engagement Passes to See 'The Commune' in Toronto!

05/16/2017 14:46:00 PM

Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg (Far from the Madding Crowd) returns with the acclaimed drama The Commune. The film tells a bittersweet tale of a family that decides to explore alternative living when Anna (Trine Dyrholm, who won a well-deserved ...

Hot Docs 2017: Festival Wrap-Up and Picks for 'Best of the Fest'

05/09/2017 18:39:00 PM

Step - My pick for 'Best of the fest' at Hot Docs 2017 Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures That’s a wrap for Hot Docs! Another festival is in the can. There’s a simplicity to covering Hot Docs that can’t be beat in Toronto and perhap ...

Wilson: American Blowhard

03/24/2017 06:56:00 AM

Wilson (USA, 94 min.) Dir. Craig Johnson, Writ. Daniel Clowes Starring: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Isabella Amara, Cheryl Hines Laura Dern as Pippi and Woody Harrelson as Wilson in Wilson. Photo by Wilson Webb / Twen ...

The Claws Come Out

03/15/2017 20:03:00 PM

Catfight (USA, 96 min.) Written and directed by Onur Tukel Starring: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche The spirit of Russ Meyer endures in Catfight. Sandra Oh and Anne Heche face off in the mother of all catfights in this utter bonkers black comedy ...

Canadian Screen Award Winners (In Progress)

03/12/2017 19:46:00 PM

Best Picture ?It's Only the End of the World Best Director ?Xavier Dolan, It's Only the End of the World Best Actress ?Tatiana Maslany, The Other Half Best Actor ?Stephan James, Race Best Supporting Actress ?Molly Parker, Weirdos (woo ...

Canadian Screen Awards Preview: Who Should Win on Sunday?

03/10/2017 10:26:00 AM

Xavier Dolan on the shoot of It's Only the End of the World Shane Laerdière, Sons of Manual And we’re back! After catching our breath following that doozy of a finale to the Oscars, it’s time for Canada’s own award show: the Canadian ...

Oscars Recap: Now That's What I Call an Ending!

02/27/2017 11:05:00 AM

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty with the Best Actress envelope. How’s that for an ending? A relatively ho-hum Oscar ceremony became a wild night after Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway received the envelope for Best Actress ...

Oscar Party Playlist

02/25/2017 12:43:00 PM

Sandra Huller belts out some Whitney Houston in Toni Erdmann Sony Pictures Classics Ballots printed ? Popcorn popped ? Bubbly on ice ? Oscar noms prepared ? Set the mood for the Oscar pre-show this year with the annual Oscar party playl ...

Oscars Predictions: Final Round - Another Day of Sun

02/24/2017 10:08:00 AM

Ryan Gosling in Oscar's next Best Picture winner, La La Land It’s the final few hours of award season! This year has ample speculation that the circus in the land of Lady Liberty will inspire the Oscars to get political. At the very least, ...

Contest! Win Passes to See 'Bitter Harvest'!

02/24/2017 10:07:00 AM

Canadian director George Mendeluk returns with the sweeping historical drama Bitter Harvest. Starring Max Irons, Samantha Barks, and Terrence Stamp, Bitter Harvest dramatizes the fight of rural Ukrainians standing up to the devastating campaign ...

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Royal Wedding

02/22/2017 08:31:00 AM

A United Kingdom (UK/USA, 110 min.) Dir. Amma Asante, Writ. Guy Hibbert Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Lady Edith David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama and Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams in A United Kingdom. ...

Watch Oscar Nominee 'Blind Vaysha'

02/20/2017 20:52:00 PM

Courtesy of the NFB In the spirit of the category, let's keep this short and sweet: watch the Oscar-nominated and Canadian Screen Award-nominated Blind Vaysha for free thanks to the NFB! It deserves Oscar gold. Watch it and root for it Sunday ...

TIFF Next Wave Review: '1:54'

02/19/2017 09:00:00 AM

1:54 (Canada, 105 min.) Written and directed by Yan England, Writ. Starring: Antoine Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nélisse, Lou-Pascal Tremblay, David Boutin, Patrice Godin, Robert Naylor, Anthony Therrien, Guillaume Gauthier Les Films Sév ...

Memo to the Academy: For Your Consideration

02/16/2017 09:14:00 AM

Time for the Academy to consider worthy nominees! Pictured: Amy Adams in Arrival The ballots are in the mail as the race enters the final stretch! Best Picture seems like a done deal for La La Land, and that’s just fine by me, but this ...

TIFF Next Wave Review: 'Before the Streets'

02/15/2017 09:35:00 AM

Before the Streets (Avant les rues) (Canada, 97 min.) Written and directed by Chloé Leriche Starring: Rykko Bellemarre, Kwena Bellemare-Boivin, Jacques Newashish, Martin Dubreuil Every year as of late, the Canadian Academy nominates ...

Oscar Live Action Shorts Highlight Connection and Inclusion

02/10/2017 08:00:00 AM

La Femme et le TGV Shorts HC The five films in this year’s pack of Oscar-nominated live action shorts are a lengthy bunch. They’re good, mind you, but with four of ’em each coming in at nearly half an hour, the full programme is akin ...

Oscar Animated Shorts: Canuck Nominees Lead Field

02/09/2017 12:21:00 PM

Blind Vaysha. Courtesy of the NFB. Canada goes for gold in this year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Short. Two of the five nominees are Canuck cartoons and they’re easily the most unique films of the bunch. Let’s build to the best, ...

Contest! Win 'The Edge of Seventeen' on Blu-ray!

02/08/2017 15:30:00 PM

Fall in love all over again with one of last year’s hidden gems, The Edge of Seventeen. (Read the Cinemablographer interview with the Edge of Seventeen team here.) This refreshing comedy from newcomer Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James ...

It's Miller Time for Asghar Farhadi

02/08/2017 14:31:00 PM

The Salesman (Forushande) (Iran/France, 125 min.) Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti Shahab Hosseini & Taraneh Alidoosti in The Salesman directed by Asghar Farhadi Elevation Pictures It's ...

Less is More in 'The Red Turtle'

02/06/2017 19:03:00 PM

The Red Turtle (France/Belgium/Japan, 80 min.) Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit, Writ. Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascal Ferran Sony Pictures Classics The Red Turtle is a masterful example of how less can be more. This Academy Award nominee for ...

If Men Are From Mars...

02/02/2017 21:31:00 PM

The Space Between Us (USA, 120 min.) Dir. Peter Chelsom, Writ. Allan Loeb Starring: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield star in The Space Between Us. VVS Films Interplanetary ...

What Were They Smoking?

02/01/2017 20:02:00 PM

Bad Seeds (Les mauvaises herbes) (Canada, 105 min.) Dir. Louis Bélanger, Writ. Louis Bélanger, Alexis Martin Starring: Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier Martinez   Alexis Martin in Les mauvaises herbes. Les Films Sé ...

SAG Awards Tonight: Will Win/Should Win

01/29/2017 08:52:00 AM

Trevonte Rhodes and André Holland in Moonlight. Elevation Pictures The Oscar race for Best Picture is almost a done deal at this point following last night's La La Land win at the Producer's Guild of America Awards. While a PGA isn't the ...

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