Author: Katie O'Connor

Review: The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets begins with Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) a spoiled terrier living in New York City with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper). Max loves his “only-child” life with Katie until one day she brings home a giant, hairy bear of a dog, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Max and Duke do not get along when they first meet, in fact their relationship feels a little like a new inmate arriving at a maximum security prison. While on a walk with a dog walker who just wants to flirt with the girl in the park, the dogs get loose...

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Review: Weiner

Weiner begins by tracing New York congressman, Anthony D. Weiner as an energetic and passionate fighter for overlooked areas and policies in Congress. Weiner had a strong and fearless persona and great reputation, getting elected for seven terms, as well as being married to Hilary Clinton’s political aide, Huma Abedin. In 2011, his reputation and trust were shattered when sexually explicit pictures of him were leaked through his twitter account. This caused a national uproar where he was told he’s better off resigning. He also became the butt of every late night talk show and fake news shows. The film follows Weiner after...

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Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a tough urban kid who is ordered by child services to move to a foster family in the countryside. He is taken to the shack of his new Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Uncle Hec (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park). Ricky is reluctant at first to stay with them and takes to “running away” at night. While he is cold to them at first, he begins to warm up to Aunt Bella as his caregiver, even though his Uncle Hec wants nothing to do with him. Soon after he arrives to stay with...

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Inside Out 2016 Review: Last Men Standing

Last Men Standing is a film that looks at the lives of eight men living HIV positive. These men were a part of the sexual revolution in San Francisco in the 1970s. The gay community flourished during this time in this particular locale, filled with love, friendship and a freedom of sexual expression. This gay culture these men had become so intimately apart of was destroyed by the AIDS epidemic which during this time plagued gay communities and the general population. The film takes a candid and remarkable look at these men who have lost friends and lovers to AIDS, while at...

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Review: À La Vie

À La Vie (To Life) is the story of three women who survived the holocaust and have not seen each other since the war. In 1960, they find each other and reunite in Berck-Plague. Hélène (Julie Depardieu, daughter of Gérard Depardieu), Rose (Suzanne Clément, Mommy), and Lili (Johanna ter Steege) dine together, they have their first ice cream together and go for their first swim. Their time together is not taken up reflecting on their experiences in the camps but coming together through love and friendship. À La Vie was originally released as a French drama in 2014. Director and co-writer, Jean...

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Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2016 Review: Thank You For Calling

Thank You For Calling is based on the true story of notorious con man, Gilbert Chikli. Chikli scammed over 30 international banks and companies in France out of millions by passing himself off as CEO, president or an intelligence agent. As an audience, we are formally introduced to his con artist techniques and tactics right off the bat. The film follows Gilbert Perez (Vincent Elbaz), a con artist who convinces employees of large French financial institutions into stealing money from their employers. Perez flees to a French community in Tel Aviv where we see his cons become increasingly more impulsive and devious. This...

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Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2016: The Tenth Man

The Tenth Man follows a man named, Ariel (Alan Sabbagh) whose life is controlled over by the phone by his father, Usher (Usher Barilka). Ariel is a New York based economist by profession. He returns to El Once, which is an old Jewish community in Buenos Aires, to assist his father with his business. His father owns a charitable organization that looks after those in need in the community. The film cleverly follows Ariel over the course of seven days as his father directs him to assist with the organization and run errands for him. One of the more fascinating...

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