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The fire still burns…

For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction.

Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘My Old School’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘My Old School’

Brandon Lee – not Bruce’s son – is famous enough in Scotland for something he did in high school, which can go in a few ways. Whichever way that story goes is where My Old School takes us. I skimmed through other reviews of the documentary and I also saw the poster. So its reputation, to me at least, is that it’s the one where Alan Cumming lip syncs. That’s enough of a selling point for many viewers. But my personal selling point here is that it’s the one where the animation looks like Daria, so this documentary already has …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children’

Writer and Director Barri Cohen’s Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children is a harrowing documentary. Cohen delves into uncovering the truth about what happened to her two half-brothers Alfred and Louis, who were institutionalized in the 1950’s at the now-closed Huronia Regional Centre, a hospital and home for children with developmental disabilities in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Following a successful class-action lawsuit in 2013, representing Huronia Regional Centre survivors, Cohen is able to dive deeper into piecing together the long-standing family mystery about her two half-brothers. This leads Cohen to hear from various survivors and their family members about the horrors that took …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Meeting Point’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Meeting Point’

Directed by Alfredo Garcis and Paulina Costa, Meeting Point allows the filmmakers to explore the pain of their family history. They grew up in Chile under Pinochet’s regime. Pinochet’s military took both their fathers away and held them in a small torture cell within Villa Grimaldi. Although Alfredo’s father was never seen again, Paulina’s father managed to survive. Now, using his testimony, the two families work together to recreate the past using actors in an effort to help them understand what they have never been able to comprehend.

As the Garcias deals with the disappearance of their …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Primera’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Primera’

I’m not necessarily 100% on board with the choices that Vee Bravo makes in his feature length debut Primera, but my reservations are probably more like nitpicks. Let’s start with the positive stuff though. His strong suit is street videography, capturing the occasional tensions taking place in his home city of New York. This is perfect for him as he captures the year long protests taking place in 2019-2020 in the cities of his birth country of Chile.

But Bravo excels more in things that are part of documentaries that are steps away from that skill set. Interviews are an inescapable …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘The Quiet Epidemic’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘The Quiet Epidemic’

The Quiet Epidemic, a powerful feature documentary directed by Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch that seeks to shine a light on the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease. For nearly the past 50 years after it was first discovered, Lyme Disease has been surrounded in medical debate and controversy. Lyme Disease has left many patients over the years, struggling to find proper diagnosis and treatment. There is an estimate of around 500,000 cases of Lyme Disease in the United States alone every year.

The Quiet Epidemic mainly centres around the story of a young girl from Brooklyn, New York and a University of …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Desert Space’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Desert Space’

Directed by Yerko Ravlic, Desert Space introduces the world to Leonel Codoceo, a quiet security guard who lives in the secluded desert town of Copiapo in the Atacama Desert. Living alone, Codoceo’s greatest passion lies above as he stares into the vast unknown looking for signs of extraterrestrial life. Codoceo awaits the return of his ex-wife. And his belief in the existence of aliens inspires him to organize a public vigil.

Set against the vast expanse of the desert, Desert Space is the tale of one man’s quest to find the impossible. Codoceo looks longingly towards the …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Corrupted’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Corrupted’

Directed by Juan Cifuentes Mera, Corrupted takes a journey into the mind of Andrea. She’s a fictional young woman whose experience is comprised of those real psychiatric patients. Suffering from memory loss and confusion as a result of electroshock therapy, Andrea’s world is one of blurry memories and misperceptions. She’s attempting to either drive her car or simply trying to remember her mother. The damage done to her mind has irrevocably changed the experience of her life.

Unlike other documentaries about the subject of trauma, Corrupted is made to be felt as much as it is to be understood. The …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum’

I did a bit of light reading on documentary filmmaker Ana Endara’s work and those pieces of criticism wrote highly of her visual flair. This time around she brings her new project For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum. She works with fellow director Pilar Moreno to capture the objects that a Panamanian woman, Senobia, curated and created. She painted and sculpted animals, sometimes in conventional ways, at other times not.

Senobia collected the phones that she and her friends and neighbors had over the years. Sometimes, objects appear in the context that Senobia preferred them to be, They …

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Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Museum of the Revolution’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Museum of the Revolution’

In 1961, architects and urban planners in Belgrade planned to build The Museum of the Revolution. It a project so ambitious and subverted what the city elites wanted that they decided to defund the project. Such a project would end up becoming ruins, but it was strong enough to be a temporary home for working class people in the city who are either of Roma or Serbo-Croatian origin. In a way, they symbolize the promise and failures of communism. But thankfully they exist as more than symbols in the documentary that has the same name as the museum that never …

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