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TIFF 2016 Reviews

TIFF 2016 Review: Interchange

Forensic photographer Adam (Iedil Putra) has left his job behind after a particularly brutal and strange murder. When it appears that the killer has struck again, Detective Man (Shaheizy Sam) wants Adam back, thinking he has...

TIFF 2016 Review: The Edge of Seventeen

The debut directorial effort of screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen (produced in part by James L. Brooks), is the first unequivocally exceptional teen dramedy of the post-John Hughes era. At turns broadly...

TIFF 2016 Review: Joe Cinque’s Consolation

Based on a book by Helen Garner about a shocking murder case in Australia in 1997. Director Sotiris Dounoukos brings the story of Joe Cinque (Jerome Meyer) and his girlfriend Anu Singh (Maggie Naouri), a couple happily in love,...

TIFF 2016 Review: Brain on Fire

The real life struggles of New York journalist Susannah Cahalan and her struggles to get a diagnosis for a rare disease comes to the big screen in Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett’s Brain on Fire, a decent enough crowd pleaser...

TIFF 2016 Review: Rats

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope) musters up his most stylish film yet with Rats, a horror tinged look at one of the world’s most resourceful and deadly mammals. Spurlock...

TIFF 2016 Review: Into the Inferno

Spinning off from work he had conducted previously in Encounters at the End of the World and La Soufrière, filmmaker Werner Herzog collaborates with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer for the sprawling and epic documentary Into the...

TIFF 2016 Review: Jean of the Joneses

Jean of the Jones is a multi-generation comedy centred around the women of a Brooklyn family. At the heart of it is Jean, a young writer fresh from a break-up who, together with her mother, aunts, and grandmother, must contend...

TIFF 2016 Review: Deepwater Horizon

Peter Berg expertly adapts journalists David Rohde and Stephanie Saul’s in-depth New York Times article about the decimation of an off-shore oil rig that caused eleven crew members to lose their lives and forever ruined the...

TIFF 2016 Review: Forever Pure

Documentarian Maya Zinshtein has crafted something remarkable with the incendiary and complex Forever Pure, a look at the dangerous point where nationalism, financial gain, and the sporting world uneasily collide. Zinshtein was...

TIFF 2016 Review: City of Tiny Lights

Dredd director Pete Travis returns to the festival with City of Tiny Lights, a noir-ish modern day gumshoe flick that makes the most out of a charismatic leading performance from the perpetually underrated Riz Ahmed. Set on the...

TIFF 2016 Review: Neruda

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín weaves a pulpy, but literary detective story with Neruda, his most entertaining and stunning effort to date. It’s part biopic and part mythological deconstruction. When famed senator and poet...

TIFF 2016 Review: Short Cuts Programme 10

The Short Cuts programs at TIFF typically have a unifying theme, outlined in the programmer’s notes in the past.  Even without those notes on this year, the commonality is usually evident. Then there’s Short Cuts...

TIFF 2016 Review: Unless

Unconscionably irresponsible, tone deaf, and audience insulting, the Canadian-Irish drama Unless (based on the final novel from Carol Shields) tells the story of a family going through a great crisis told from such a privileged...

TIFF 2016 Review: Denial

American holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) finds herself on trial in the U.K. after notated holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) brings a libel suit against her on the grounds that her book denigrates...

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