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TIFF 2017 Review: Pyewacket

Pyewacket, the second feature from Canadian actor turned filmmaker Adam MacDonald, revolves around a goth, occult obsessed teen (Nicole Muñoz) who’s upset and inconsolable when her grieving mother (Laurie Holden) makes the decision to move to a cabin in the country in...

TIFF 2017 Review: Stronger

Jake Gyllenhaal delivers another transformative performance in David Gordon Green’s inspirational biopic Stronger as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. Losing both his legs at the race’s finish line thanks to his close proximity to the terrorist blast,...

Review: It

Filmmaker Andy Muschietti’s crowd pleasing and overall terrifying adaptation of (half of) Stephen King’s gargantuan 1986 novel It is good enough to erase any trace of the unbalanced, scattershot 1990 made-for-television movie from the same source. Coming down tonally...

TIFF 2017 Review: Happy End

Those familiar with the work of Austrian auteur Michael Haneke know better than to take the title of his latest effort – Happy End –at face value. A sprawling portrait of crumbling domesticity and manners, Happy End is a bitter comedy, pointed drama, and curiously...

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...