‘Peterloo’ Review: A Different Kind of Historical Epic [TIFF]

Mike Leigh intentionally delayed the production and release of his film Peterloo to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the event it portrays, a massacre of peaceful protestors in Manchester by the British Army. Yet its historic status should not obscure that Peterloo is less a moment in time preserved in amber and more of […]

‘Teen Spirit’ Review: Max Minghella’s Directorial Debut Lacks Pop [TIFF]

If A Star is Born was the folk song of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, a familiar tune brilliantly rendered by cover artist Bradley Cooper, then Teen Spirit was its pop song. The film is derivative, calibrated to appeal to a lowest-common-denominator audience … and yet admittedly catchy, even if it’s immediately recognizable as […]

‘Hold the Dark’ Review: Jeremy Saulnier Delivers an Icy Cold Work of Existential Dread [TIFF]

With Hold the Dark, Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier crafts a bleak, unforgiving film with an ever-increasing body count. Shot through with menace and unapologetically nasty, Hold the Dark is bound to horrify some viewers to the point of disengagement. Call it No Country for Cold Men. Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark is a chilly, unsettling a film loaded with death […]

‘Roma’ Review: Alfonso Cuarón Has Made a Masterpiece of Humanity and Empathy [TIFF]

Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma is a singular achievement – a visually resplendent tale of empathy, focusing on a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, and the family she works and lives with. “The movies are like a machine that generates empathy,” wrote Roger Ebert, and that description is more than apt for Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s new masterpiece. The most personal film […]

Daily Podcast: TIFF 2018, The Nun, Les Moonves, Candyman, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

On the September 10, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest film and TV news, including the fall of CBS CEO Les Moonves, The Nun’s stellar box office opening, a Candyman remake, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s increased […]

‘First Man’ is an Old Fashioned Drama That Never Fully Takes Flight [TIFF]

Damien Chazelle‘s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man features exciting sequences and wonderful performances from Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. But this space adventure never really gets off the ground. What do you know about Neil Armstrong? I’m positive the number one answer to this question, for virtually anyone, is: “He’s the first man to set foot […]

‘The Front Runner’ Has a Great Cast and a Snappy Script, But Something’s Missing [TIFF]

Jason Reitman‘s The Front Runner turns a lens towards the three-week presidential campaign of Gary Hart and finds that it signaled the beginning of a whole new era of tabloid-based political coverage. “It’s none of their business,” is a line that gets repeated a lot in The Front Runner, Jason Reitman’s new political drama based on […]

‘The Predator’ Finds Humor in Alien Mayhem [TIFF]

Who knew Predators could be so funny? Shane Black‘s The Predator takes the Predator franchise and turns into a full-blown comedy. Sure, there’s action and sci-fi mayhem. But humor is the most constant factor here. And it doesn’t always work. While there have been a handful of amusing moments in the Predator franchise as a whole, no single […]

Google tiff brings an end to Amazon selling Nest products

Amazon and Google probably won’t kiss and make up anytime soon. According to Business Insider, Amazon’s retail team told Nest on a call that the e-commerce website won’t be listing the Google-owned company’s newer products. Those include Nest’s new thermostats and its Secure home security system launched late last year. While the team didn’t say […]