Smart Spectacle: Our Review of ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 09, 2024
Smart Spectacle: Our Review of ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’

It’s actually really nice to see fresh life breathed into an established intellectual property WITHOUT a full tear down… While Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes isn’t necessarily designed to be game changer, it’s a very well made tent pole genre picture that invites new fans to the fray without insulting the older generations […]

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An Adam Sandler Film Without Adam Sandler: Our Review of ‘Mother of the Bride’ on Netflix

An Adam Sandler Film Without Adam Sandler: Our Review of ‘Mother of the Bride’ on Netflix

Mark Waters’ Mother of the Bride is just one of the movies that’s turning Netflix into the Hallmark Network. There are a few things about it though that point to Waters’ perspective as a person who makes films. But as I do, let’s talk plot first, one that centres on the titular character, Dr. Lana […]

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Not The Show We Need: Our Review of ‘Under The Bridge’

It’s November of 1997 on Vancouver Island. If you’re a Canadian of a certain age, you’ll remember that’s around the time Reena Virk disappearance became national news. A voice-over from author Rebecca Godfrey (Riley Keough) introduces us to the story of Reena Virk’s murder with these words: “On its face, this story is the opposite […]

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Hot Docs 2024: Our Review of ‘Secret Mall Apartment’

Hot Docs 2024: Our Review of ‘Secret Mall Apartment’

The story of a group of people creating an apartment in an empty space of a large mall in Providence, Rhode Island seems like a premise from a sitcom perhaps.  In fact watching them move a couch awkwardly up a steep staircase is somewhat reminiscent of that famed Friends episode (pivot!).  And yet a group […]

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Hot Docs 2024: Our Review of ‘Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story’

Hot Docs 2024: Our Review of ‘Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story’

The person introducing Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story at the Hot Docs Festival raised audience expectations when she said the film was ‘perfect.’  But after many laughs, and even more tears, I have to admit, she was right. Billy & Molly is a story of love and friendship told with sincerity and humour. […]

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First Run Features: Our Review of ‘Leila’ on OVID

Dariush Mehrjui’s Leila is a mosaic of two families – one Reza’s (Ali Mossafa), an Iranian who has an austere family. The other is of the semi-modern Leila’s (Leila Hatami), an artsy bourgeois family, so I like them better. Within that mosaic is a psychological portrait of a titular character facing social pressures to bear […]

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First Run Features: Our Review of ‘The Butterfly’ (2002) on OVID

First Run Features: Our Review of ‘The Butterfly’ (2002) on OVID

Capturing nature’s beauty, it bears repeating, may be easy for filmmakers, but that may not be the same for people. This isn’t to say that the characters in Philippe Muyl’s The Butterfly are unsympathetic, there are worse films. I’ll remember what I didn’t like in a film that is mostly fine, but let’s get to […]

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Hot Docs 2024: Three Shorts We’re Loving This Year

Hot Docs 2024: Three Shorts We’re Loving This Year

Bigger isn’t always better! Need proof of that claim? Look no further than the short documentaries at this year’s Hot Docs.  Short docs can make you laugh, cry, and curse the world just as well as feature-length films can! Here’s a list of three shorts we’re still thinking about a long while after we watched […]

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Hot Docs 2024: Our Review of ‘Shorts Program 7′

Hot Docs 2024 ‐ May 03, 2024
Hot Docs 2024: Our Review of ‘Shorts Program 7′

The brief for the program is “Power, sexual freedom, and the politics of standing up for what you believe in”.  Sometimes the documentary filmmakers point the camera at themselves, telling their own stories. And at others, they point the camera to the world that grows at a different pace than their subjects, which the subjects […]

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Hot Docs 2024 – Shorts: Our Review of ‘Made in Spain’ Program

Hot Docs 2024 ‐ May 03, 2024
Hot Docs 2024 – Shorts: Our Review of ‘Made in Spain’ Program

Aqueronte – Manuel Muñoz Rivas What does it really mean to feel connected? Is it as simple as sharing a space and working together toward a common goal? Picture passengers on a ferry, crossing vast waters. Each person, in their own way, is trying to make time fly by, all united in the journey ahead […]

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