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TIFF 2017 Review: The Rider

Equally soaring, intimate, and raw, Chloé Zhao’s The Rider is a work of great beauty and empathy, not to mention a feat of docudrama so accomplished that one would be forgiven for thinking it was all real. For the most part, it is real. Brady Blackburn (Brady...

TIFF 2017 Review: Luk’Luk’I

Expanding on some of the ideas present in his earlier shorts, first time Canadian feature filmmaker Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk’Luk’I still feels like a group of episodic shorts with small connections to hold it all together. Set against the backdrop of the 2010 Vancouver...

TIFF 2017 Review: Cardinals

One of the strongest Canadian debut features at this year’s festival comes from the filmmaking duo of Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley. Their film Cardinals is a slowly twisting and increasingly intense drama that will leave viewers guessing and thinking about the...

TIFF 2017 Review: Mary Goes Round

For her first feature, Mary Goes Round, writer and filmmaker Molly McGlynn has expertly married an addiction and recovery narrative with a dysfunctional family drama to near perfect effect. Even those familiar with her short film work will likely be blown away by what...

TIFF 2017 Review: Journey’s End

A solidly mounted adaptation of R.C. Sherriff’s classic play, Saul Dibb’s Journey’s End embeds viewers with the British soldiers of C Company in Northern France during the height of World War I. Told to hold off advancing German troops for as long as possible inside...