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 ...

'It's Only the End of the World' Lands 6 César Noms

01/25/2017 07:32:00 AM

Photo by Shane Laverdière, Sons of Manual Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World might have missed out at the Oscars, but it landed six nominations at France's César Awards, the European country's equivalent to the little golden man. ...

Oscar Nominations!

01/24/2017 08:53:00 AM

Oscar nominations! A big day for Canada with well-deserved nominations for Denis Villeneuve (Best Director, Arrival), Ryan Gosling (Best Actor, La La Land), Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte (Best Production Design, Arrival), and in a nomination ...

Oscars Round 4 - Here Come the Nominations!

01/19/2017 19:58:00 PM

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land, an Entertainment One release. Photo by Dale Robinette The ballots are in and accountants are busy! The Oscar nominations come out Tuesday morning without the usual fanfare of woohoos! in the room. ...

How Do You Say 'Get Off My Lawn!' in Swedish?

01/18/2017 19:31:00 PM

A Man Called Ove (Sweden, 116 min.) Written and directed by Hannes Holm Starring: Rolf Lassgård Music Box Films What’s the Swedish translation for “Get off my lawn?” A Man Called Ove (pronounced Ové) transport Clint Eastwood’s ...

Contest: Win Tickets to See 'The Space Between Us' in Select Cities!

01/18/2017 10:50:00 AM

Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson play star-crossed lovers in The Space Between Us, a new interplanetary adventure that’s The Fault in Our Stars meets The Martian. The Space Between Us opens February 3rd from VVS Films and Cinemablographer ...

Canadian Screen Award Nominations

01/17/2017 08:47:00 AM

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Canada's Top Ten Review: 'Old Stone'

01/15/2017 14:46:00 PM

Old Stone (Lao Shi) (Canada/China, 80 min.) Written and directed by Johnny Ma Starring: Chen Gang, Zhang Zebin Zeitgeist Films / Films We Like Programmers, critics, and random dudes in festival audiences liken Old Stone to a fusion ...

'It's Always About the Mother'

01/13/2017 07:09:00 AM

20th Century Women (USA, 118 min.) Written and directed by Mike Mills Starring: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup Annette Bening and Lucas Jade Zumann in 20th Century Women. Elevation Pictur ...

A Comedy of Bad Manners

01/12/2017 18:36:00 PM

Sieranevada (Romania, 176 min.) Written and directed by Cristi Puiu Starring: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni, Ana Ciontea, Rolando Matsangos, Catalina Moga, Marin Grigore, Tatiana Iekel, Marian Râlea, ...

The Gospel According to Marty

01/10/2017 20:03:00 PM

Silence (USA, 161 min.) Dir. Martin Scorsese, Writ. Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Issei Ogata, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Yôsuke Kubozuka Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a cinematic meditation. ...

#malaise

11/22/2016 20:31:00 PM

Prank (Canada, 78 min.) Dir. Vincent Biron, Writ. Alexandre Augre, Marc-Antoine Rioux, Erik K. Boulianne, Vincent Biron Starring: Étienne Galloy, Alexandre Lavigne, Constance Massicotte, Simon Pigeon Teens these days grow up in a strange ...

Ang Lee's High Frame Rate Flop

11/21/2016 17:37:00 PM

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (USA, 110 min.) Dir. Ang Lee, Writ. Jean-Christophe Castelli Starring: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, the fakest Beyoncé you’ll ever see, Kristen Stewart Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), ...

'Window Horses' is Visual Poetry

11/19/2016 14:56:00 PM

Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) (Canada, 88 min.) Written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming Starring; Sandra Oh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nancy Kwan, Don McKellar, Ellen Page Rosie and Mehrnaz in Window Horses. Photo ...

At Seventeen...

11/17/2016 20:30:00 PM

Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (France, 116 min.) Dir. André Techiné, Writ. André Techiné, Céline Sciamma Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila Corentin Fila and Kacey Mottet Klein in Being 17, a film by André ...

'Tag-Teaming It': James L. Brooks, Kelly Fremon Craig, and Co. Talk 'The Edge of Seventeen'

11/15/2016 18:56:00 PM

Kelly Fremon Craig and James L. Brooks on the shoot for The Edge of Seventeen. Courtesy VVS Films. “The great thing about being in Toronto,” says producer James L. Brooks, “is that every film you see is somebody who is not being ste ...

Loving: A Film of Quiet Tenderness

11/13/2016 09:57:00 AM

Loving (USA/UK, 123 min.) Written and directed by Jeff Nichols Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga Loving is a film of quiet tenderness. This subdued and nuanced film from Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) offers an unfussy and uncontrived ...

Two Lovers on the Run (Again...)

11/12/2016 09:02:00 AM

Mean Dreams (Canada, 108 min.) Dir. Nathan Morlando, Writ. Kevin Coughlin, Ryan Grassby Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, Colm Feore Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nélisse star in Mean Dreams. Elevation Pictures. Mean ...

EUFF Review: 'Live'

11/11/2016 11:14:00 AM

Live (Romania, 97 min.) Dir. Vlad Paunescu. Writ. Mihai Manescu, Vlad Paunescu Starring: Rodica Lazar, Tudor Chirila, Crina Tofan Despite the many opinions that good journalism is dead, Live offers a rousing look at good, solid inv ...

EUFF Review: 'A Noble Intention'

11/09/2016 18:34:00 PM

A Noble Intention (Netherlands, 115 min.) Dir. Joram Lürsen, Writ. Frank Ketelaar Starring: Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jacob Derwig, Thomas Cammaert, Rifka Lodeizen, Zeb Troostwijk A Noble Intention tells a timely slice of history for ...

'Denial' in the Age of 'Nasty Women'

11/07/2016 18:51:00 PM

Denial (UK/USA, 110 min.) Dir. Mick Jackson, Writ. David Hare Starring: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson Rachel Weisz stars as Deborah Lipstadt in Denial. Elevation Pictures Deborah Lipstadt’s story remains another ominous ...

Animal Farm

11/05/2016 09:00:00 AM

Dawn (Ausma) (Latvia/Estonia/Poland, 90 min.) Written and directed by Laila Pakalniņa Starring: Antons Georgs Grauds, Vilis Daudzins, Wiktor Zborowski, Andris Keiss, Liena Smukste, Girts Krumins, Rudolfs Plepis, Ivars Brakovskis Dawn, ...

'Lavender' Dillydallies - With a Chill

11/04/2016 06:46:00 AM

Lavender (Canada/USA, 92 min.) Dir. Ed Gass-Donnelly, Writ. Ed Gass-Donnelly, Colin Frizzell Starring: Abbie Cornish, Diego Klattenhoff, Dermot Mulroney, Lola Flanery, Justin Long Abbie Cornish and Diego Klattenhoff star in Lavender. Courtesy ...

Win Tickets to See 'The Edge of Seventeen' in Canada!

11/02/2016 09:35:00 AM

Hailee Steinfeld is all grown up. The True Grit and Pitch Perfect 2 star gets her first true starring role in the warmly funny coming of age film The Edge of Seventeen. (Read the Cinemablographer review of The Edge of Seventeen here.) Stein ...

Contest! Win 'Milton's Secret' on DVD!

11/01/2016 17:48:00 PM

Canadian icon Donald Sutherland comes home for the inspiring family drama Milton’s Secret. The film is based on the popular children’s book by Eckhart Tolle. Milton’s Secret is now available on DVD from eOne Films and Cinemablographer has ...

Blu-Ray Review: 'Imperium'

11/01/2016 12:11:00 PM

Imperium (USA, 109 min.) Dir. Daniel Ragussis, Writ. Daniel Ragussis, Michael German Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell VVS Films Imperium dramatizes a slice of the world that’s all too relevant in ...

Scratch, Scratch, Scratch

10/29/2016 18:21:00 PM

Werewolf (Canada, 78 min.) Written and directed by Ashley McKenzie Starring: Andrew Gillis, Bhreagh MacNeil Werewolf’s claws scratch, scratch, scratch, but they don’t cut deep. This disappointing first feature from Ashley McKenzie ...

'Citizen' Lacks Distinction

10/29/2016 13:27:00 PM

The Distinguished Citizen (El ciudadano ilustre) (Argentina/Spain, 117 min.) Dir. Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat; Writ. Andrés Duprat Starring: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio, Belén Chavanne, Manuel Vicente, Nora Navas, Marcelo ...

Tanna: Into the Heart of the Inferno

10/26/2016 18:52:00 PM

Tanna (Australia/Vanuatu, 100 min.) Dir. Bentley Dean, Martin Butler; Writ. Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, John Collee Starring: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit Admittedly, all I know about Vanuatu is that it offers the setting ...

Shina a Light on Sasha Lane

10/26/2016 12:42:00 PM

American Honey (UK/USA, 163 min.) Written and directed by Andrea Arnold Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough Courtesy Elevation Pictures Andrea Arnold shines a light on a great new talent in American Honey. Newcomer Sasha ...

'Except...'

10/25/2016 19:05:00 PM

13th (USA, 100 min.) Dir. Ava DuVernay, Writ. Spencer Averick, Ava DuVernay Courtesy of Netflix “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall ...

Oscar Predictions: Round 1 - Once More Unto the Breach

10/23/2016 12:51:00 PM

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in La La Land. an Entertainment One release. Once more unto the breach. The award season grind returns earlier than ever. There’s barely a frontrunner and there are still two full months of moviegoing ...

'Fritz Bauer' a Timely Slice of History

10/21/2016 09:13:00 AM

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer) (Germany, 105 min.) Dir. Lars Kraume, Writ. Lars Kraume, Olivier Guez Starring: Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Michael Schenk On the heels of last year’s admirably assembled ...

Contest! Win Tickets to See 'Bad Santa 2' Across Canada!

10/17/2016 09:40:00 AM

Ho! Ho! Ho! Cinemablographer is making a list and checking it twice, giving movie tickets depending on who’s naughty or nice! Readers on the ‘naughty’ list are in good company this Yuletide season as Billy Bob Thornton returns to the Santa ...

'The Lockpicker' is an Unnerving Study of Grief and Alienation

10/16/2016 19:33:00 PM

The Lockpicker (Canada, 94 min.) Written and directed by Randall Okita Starring: Keigian Umi Tang, Storie Serres, David Woroner, Jordan Gray, Madi Langdon Randall Okita delivers on the promise of his short films with his first feature ...

The Nip of the North

10/15/2016 08:41:00 AM

Two Lovers and a Bear (Canada, 96 min.) Written and directed by Kim Nguyen Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Dane DeHaan, Gordon Pinsent, John Ralston Courtesy eOne Films “Two lovers walk into a bar,” says Lucy (Tatiana Maslany) during ...

African Film Festival of Ottawa Returns with 'As I Open My Eyes'

10/13/2016 19:28:00 PM

As I Open My Eyes (A peine j'ouvre les yeux) (Tunisia/France/Belgium, 102 min.) Dir. Leyla Bouzid, Writ. Leyla Bouzid, Sophie-Marie Champion Starring: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari This year’s African Film Festival ...

Get Swept Up in 'Sand Storm'

10/02/2016 15:30:00 PM

Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (Israel, 87 min.) Written and directed by Elite Zexer Starring: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel Courtesy of TIFF Get swept up in Sand Storm. This efficient whirlwind of a film from Elite ...

Operation Can Con

09/30/2016 07:29:00 AM

Operation Avalanche (USA/Canada, 94 min.) Dir. Matt Johnson, Writ. Matt Johnson, Josh Boles Starring: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Krista Madison, Jared Raab Courtesy of eOne Films Operation Avalanche brings to the screen ...

Docu-Thriller Peeks Behind Korea's Curtain

09/29/2016 17:46:00 PM

The Lovers and the Despot (UK, 98 min.) Dir. Rob Cannan, Ross Adam Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures Who knew that Kim Jong-ill wanted to be Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and Leni Riefenstahl rolled into one? North Korea’s notorious ...

Who Knew Dirty Harry Could Be So Sappy?

09/27/2016 18:39:00 PM

Sully (USA, 96 min.) Dir. Clint Eastwood, Todd Komarnicki Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Skyler White Tom Hanks stars in Sully Sully has so much cheese one might think it’s a Steven Spielberg movie. It’s not, ...

Contest! Win Tickets to See 'The Lovers and the Despot'

09/27/2016 15:22:00 PM

Flash contest! The stranger-than-fiction docu-thriller The Lovers and the Despot opens in Toronto at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Friday, Sept. 30 from Unobstructed View. We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to the opening night screening ...

You Can Dress a Girl Up...

09/25/2016 16:07:00 PM

The Dressmaker (Australia, 118 min.) Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse, Writ. PJ Hogan, Jocelyn Moorhouse Starring: Kate Winslet, a Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook Kate Winslet stars as Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage in The Dressmaker, an ...

Ottawa International Animation Festival Announces Award Winners

09/25/2016 11:09:00 AM

I Like Girls. Courtesy of the NFB The Ottawa International Animation Festival has announced its winners for 2016. On the 40th birthday of Ottawa’s top festival and the largest animation showcase in North America, OIAF fêted a nice contingent ...

Canada Sends 'It's Only the End of the World' to the Oscars

09/23/2016 12:41:00 PM

Gaspard Ulliel in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World. Shane Laverdière, courtesy of eOne Films. Canada is sending Xavier Dolan to the Oscars once again! In an announcement made today via Facebook livestream, Telefilm Canada ho ...

'Leave Ottawa'

09/23/2016 06:52:00 AM

Words of wisdom from Nepean homegirl Sandra Oh:

TIFF 2016: Festival Wrap-Up and Picks for 'Best of the Fest'

09/19/2016 20:49:00 PM

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves. Courtesy of TIFF That’s a wrap for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival! TIFF ended its biggest, loudest, and most energetic edition yet in the years I’ve been attending. ...

TIFF Review: 'Arrival'

09/19/2016 18:20:00 PM

Arrival (USA, 116 min.) Dir. Denis Villeneuve, Writ. Eric Heisserer Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Programme: Galas (Canadian Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF One must hand it to Denis Villeneuve. The best Canadian director ...

TIFF Reviews: 'Moonlight', 'Paris Can Wait', 'Okafor's Law'

09/19/2016 14:57:00 PM

Capsule catch-up continues with a trio of diverse love stories: Moonlight (USA, 110 min.) Written and directed by Barry Jenkins Starring: Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders, André Holland, Janelle Monáe ...

TIFF Review: 'Frantz'

09/19/2016 11:48:00 AM

Frantz (France/Germany, 113 min.) Written and directed by François Ozon Starring: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner Programme: Special Presentations (Canadian Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Viva la Frantz! This new ...

TIFF Review: 'Nelly'

09/19/2016 10:18:00 AM

Nelly (Canada, 101 min.) Written and directed by Anne Émond Starring: Mylène Mackay, Mylia Corbeil-Gavreau, Mickaël Gouin, Francis Leplay Programme: Vanguard (World Premiere) Courtesy Les Films Séville Anne Émond’s Nelly will ...

Contest! Win Tickets to See 'Masterminds' Across Canada!

09/19/2016 07:57:00 AM

New from the director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre comes Masterminds. This laugh-out-loud action-comedy stars Zach Galiafianakis and Kristen Wiig as a pair of harebrained criminals who undertake a foolhardy heist plan. Masterminds opens ...

TIFF Reviews: 'Maudie', 'Age of Shadows', 'Jesus'

09/18/2016 23:29:00 PM

Catching up on coverage with some capsule reviews! First up: Can-con, an Oscar contender, and one unfortunate blight on this year’s programming. Maudie (Canada/Ireland, 115 min.) Dir. Aisling Walsh, Writ. Sherry White Starring: Sally ...

TIFF Review: 'Hello Destroyer'

09/18/2016 21:55:00 PM

Hello Destroyer (Canada, 110 min.) Written and directed by Kevan Funk Starring: Jared Abrahamson Programme: Discovery (World Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Hello Destroyer introduces a promising new voice on the Canadian film scene with ...

TIFF Review: 'Maliglutit (Searchers)'

09/18/2016 09:35:00 AM

Maliglutit (Searchers) (Canada, 94 min.) Dir. Zacharias Kunuk, Writ. Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn Starring: Benjamin Kunuk, Karen Ivalu, John Qunaq Programme: Platform (World Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF The tables have turned on the ...

TIFF Review: 'The Edge of Seventeen'

09/17/2016 19:00:00 PM

The Edge of Seventeen (USA, 102 min.) Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto Programme Galas – Closing Night Selection (World ...

TIFF Review: 'Nocturnal Animals'

09/17/2016 18:49:00 PM

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TIFF Review: 'Elle'

09/16/2016 07:03:00 AM

Elle (France, 131 min.) Dir. Paul Verhoeven, Writ. David Burke Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling Courtesy of TIFF Elle might be the ickiest parable on rape culture ever made.  It's also one ...

TIFF Review: 'It's Only the End of the World'

09/15/2016 21:48:00 PM

It’s Only the End of the World (Just la fin du monde) (Canada/France, 95 min.) Written and directed by Xavier Dolan Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel Courtesy of TIFF Forget the ...

TIFF Review: 'Toni Erdmann'

09/15/2016 10:46:00 AM

Toni Erdmann (Germany, 162 min.) Written and directed by Maren Ade Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibi Programme: Special Presentations (Canadian Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF You'll want to give ...

TIFF Review: 'We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice'

09/11/2016 19:00:00 PM

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (Canada, 163 min.) Written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin Programme: Masters (World Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Alanis Obomsawin puts Canada in trial in her vital doc We Can't Make the Same Mistake ...

TIFF Review: 'American Pastoral'

09/11/2016 09:07:00 AM

American Pastoral (USA, 126 min.) Dir. Ewan McGregor, Writ. John Romano Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker, Valorie Durry, David Strathairn Programme: Special Presentations (World Premier ...

TIFF Reviews: '3-Way (Not Calling)', 'Blind Vaysha', 'Ape Sodom'

09/10/2016 06:29:00 AM

3-Way (Not Calling) (Canada, 10 min.) Written and directed by Molly McGlynn Programme: Short Cuts (World Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF The future of Canadian comedy looks pretty hot if Molly McGlynn’s 3-Way (Not Calling) is any hint ...

TIFF Review: 'The Fixer'

09/09/2016 22:11:00 PM

The Fixer (Romania/France, 98 min.) Dir. Adrian Sitaru, Writ. Claudia Silisteanu, Adrian Silisteanu Starring: Tudor Aaron Istodor, Mehdi Nebbou, Nicolas Wanczycki, Diana Spatarescu Programme: Contemporary World Cinema (World Premiere) ...

TIFF Review: 'Weirdos'

09/09/2016 19:40:00 PM

Weirdos (Canada, 89 min.) Dir. Bruce McDonald, Writ. Daniel MacIvor Starring: Dylan Authors, Julia Sarah Stone, Molly Parker, Allan Hawco Programme: Special Presentations (World Premiere) Photo courtesy of TIFF. The Canuck director with ...

TIFF Review: 'Burn Your Maps'

09/09/2016 11:30:00 AM

Burn Your Maps (USA, 102 min.) Written and directed by Jordan Roberts Starring: Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Martin Csokas, Surja Sharma, Virginia Madsen, Ramón Rodríguez Courtesy of TIFF Canada’s Jacob Tremblay proves that Room ...

TIFF Review: 'My Life as a Courgette'

09/08/2016 17:06:00 PM

My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de courgette) Dir. Claude Barras, Writ. Céline Sciamma Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Mura Programme: TIFF Kids (North American Premiere) Courtesy of TIFF Icare’s mom calls him “Courgette.” ...

Contest: Win 'A Perfect Day' on DVD!

08/26/2016 14:37:00 PM

An all star cast featuring Academy Award winners Tim Robbins and Benicio Del Toro teams up for the rugged dramedy A Perfect Day. A Perfect Day comes to home video on Tuesday, August 30 from Pacific Northwest Pictures, and Cinemablographer has ...

Whiskey-Soaked Noir

08/26/2016 07:50:00 AM

Manhattan Night (USA, 113 min.) Written and directed by Brian DeCubellis Starring: Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, with Linda Lavin and Steven Berkoff Yvonne Strahovski and Adrien Brody in Manhattan Night. ...

Bleak Swan

08/25/2016 06:48:00 AM

A Tale of Love and Darkness (Israel/USA, 95 min.) Written and directed by Natalie Portman Starring: Natalie Portman, Amir Tessler, Gilad Kihana Natalie Portman makes her feature directorial debut with the austere historical drama A Tale ...

The Snowball Effect

08/24/2016 10:47:00 AM

In Order of Disappearance (Norway/Sweden, 116 min.) Dir. Hans Peter Moland, Writ. Kim Fupz Aakeson Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen Stellan Skarsgård in In Order of Disappearance.  Photo courtesy of Magnet ...

Contest: Win Tickets to See 'The Wild Life' Across Canada!

08/23/2016 14:01:00 PM

It's Only the End of the Summer: Taking Stock of Canada's Oscar Contenders Pre-TIFF

08/20/2016 13:12:00 PM

Xavier Dolan with Marion Cotillard and Nathalie Baye on the shoot for It's Only the End of the World. eOne Films. It’s already the end of the summer, so let’s do the annual Canada/TIFF/Oscars debate. Only five countries have submitted ...

Contest: Win Tickets to See 'Southside with You' in Toronto!

08/19/2016 15:24:00 PM

Before POTUS and FLOTUS there was Barack and Michelle. Experience the love story of the young Obamas in the acclaimed drama Southside with You. Southside with You opens in theatres on Friday, August 26 from eOne Films, but lucky readers in Toronto ...

One Hell of Movie

08/18/2016 15:16:00 PM

Hell or High Water (USA, 102 min.) Dir. David Mackenzie, Writ. Taylor Sheridan Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey Ben Foster and Chris Pine star in Hell or High Water. VVS Films. ...

Capsule Reviews: 'Endorphine', 'Tallulah', 'Sausage Party'

08/18/2016 07:05:00 AM

Capsule catch-up, as it's now TIFF email season. Endorphine (Canada, 84 min.) Dir. André Turpin, Writ. Valérie Beauregard-Champagne, André Turpin, Robert Morin. Jonah Hill Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Mylène MacKay, Lise Roy, Monia ...