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TIFF 2017 Review: Grandmother

A young boy (Elias Louie) on a reserve searches through old videotapes and photographs in an attempt to connect to his deceased grandmother. Grandmother or ?Etsu is a film with intriguing ideas that fuel its formal experimentation, but like so many low-budget...

Books on Film: Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage

It might seem a strange task to write a book about a director who’s only 44-years-old and has made six features in his career, but Adam Nayman puts forward a compelling argument for the worth of Wheatley’s nascent career in “Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage.” If...

Ten great frames of Toronto on film

Toronto might be one of the great North American cities, but it’s hardly celebrated the way New York, Los Angeles, or even Chicago is on film. It rarely plays itself, usually posing as New York City (Kick-Ass), Detroit (RoboCop), or some fictional metropolis like...

The TFS List: an alternative top 10 for 2016

At the end of each year, critics fill publications with lists of the best movies of the past year. They even list best scenes, best performances, and best feature debuts. While each of these lists purportedly shows how the critical community respects art over commerce...