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Tiff 2023: WOMAN OF THE HOUR Review

It would be difficult to conjure a clearer picture of the suspect and scattered intentionality woven through Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut, a true-crime thriller ripped from the bloodsoaked headlines that takes aim at the pivotal role misogyny plays in framing the genres

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Tiff 2022: THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN Review

Martin McDonagh’s latest film, crafted from his established, pitch-black sense of humor, is the anti-buddy comedy. Banshees of Inisherin is a “hangout” movie where — rather than focusing on the experiential deepening of a friendship — the sudden, dramatic, seemingly sporadic dissolving

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Tiff 2022: HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE Review

In the third chapter of Andreas Malm’s controversial political call to activism, How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire, the ecology professor and environmental activist rails against the prevalent fatalism and “doomerism” that spreads among

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Tiff 2022: THE FABELMANS Review

Sifting through the tender memories of his youth, Steven Spielberg has lovingly crafted his personal celebration of the indelible power movies have over us in that signature, sentimental register that the veteran director has perfected over the course of his career. Using

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Tiff 2022: WENDELL & WILD Review

Henry Selick’s long-gestating follow-up project to the acclaimed Coraline (2009), his first and only directorial effort with Laika Studios before departing over contractual negotiations, was ostensibly accepted as a permanent resident of development hell. Not through a lack of trying, the Nightmare

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Tiff 2022: Roundup Part 3

Pearl

Directed by Ti West

Runtime 102 Mins

Hot off the heels of the generously pastiched X from earlier this year, Ti West’s prequel/followup carves through the scattershot treatment of porno chic for a more grounded and psychologically terrifying character

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Tiff 2022: GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY Review

This review is spoiler free, but does contain information regarding the cast members, the location, the time period and the main character’s occupation. No major plot points are revealed.   

The central metaphor of the “Glass Onion,” a layered object which nevertheless has

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Tiff 2022: Roundup Part 2

I Like Movies

Directed by Chandler Levack

Runtime 99 Mins

A bittersweet slice of Millennial nostalgia for the Canadian cinephile writing this, Chandler Levack’s debut feature is a tenderly cynical portrait of a movie-obsessed outcast allowing his toxic tendencies to

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Tiff 2022: WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY Review

The parodic deathblow dealt to the musician biopic subgenre, courtesy of Jake Kasdan’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, has left subsequent genre entries with an unfortunate prospect: either reinvent the formula entirely or suffer under the weight of your own generic

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Tiff 2022: TRIANGLE OF SADNESS Review

Considering the blunt imagery that the phrase “eat the rich” conjures in one’s mind, is it even possible for a satire that takes this sentiment as its main comedic driving force to be subtle anymore? Or more to the point, should it

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Fantasia 2022: Roundup Part 3

Montreal’s Fantasia Festival is wrapping up its 2022 edition and they’ve once again outdone themselves with such an eclectic and well-crafted lineup. In addition to this week’s podcast which just dropped, below you’ll find the next batch of titles

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Fantasia 2022: Roundup Part 2

Although Fantasia Fest may be in its final stretch there are still a bunch of great titles screening, three of which are Next Sohee (winner of Best Director July Jung), Country Gold, and The Killer.

Take a look below for my thoughts