Leonor Will Never Die Review: Sheila Francisco Will Be Your New Favorite Action Star [TIFF]

When you think of action stars, what names come to mind? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Jean-Claude Van Damme? Casper Van Dien? These are all great examples, but there’s one up-and-coming star that might outshine them all, and her name is ​​Sheila Francisco. While that might not be a name many Americans will recognize, genre fanatics will certainly […]

The Colour Of Ink Review: Celebrating Ancient Art As Medicine [TIFF]

If I was an art teacher, I would make “The Colour of Ink” part of my curriculum every year. The documentary, which premieres at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is one of those humble, understated gems that could easily be missed in the hustle-and-bustle of flashier, sexier films. The subject matter isn’t exactly […]

Baby Ruby Review: Motherhood Is Hell [TIFF]

Pop culture — at least in the Western world — treats pregnancy and early motherhood as a magical time, when back aches and sleepless nights are a mere inconvenience in what is otherwise a fantastic, love-fuelled, once-in-a-lifetime journey. That is bulls***. And with “Baby Ruby,” Bess Wohl is setting the record straight. Premiering at the […]

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Review: Rian Johnson Outdoes Himself With A Hilarious New Benoit Blanc Whodunit [TIFF]

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” was a wonderful breath of fresh air — an original film with a stellar cast and a funny, engrossing mystery with twists and turns. It reminded us that movies could be, ya know, fun. Seemingly the moment the movie ended, audiences wanted more. Specifically, they wanted the return of Benoit Blanc, the gentleman […]

The Fabelmans Review: One Of Steven Spielberg’s Warmest, Most Autobiographical Films [TIFF]

There’s a scene in Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” that hit me like a ton of bricks. Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle), a kid who dreams of making movies, has just met his Great Uncle Boris (Judd Hirsch). In his youth, Boris worked in the circus — and in the movies. He’s an artist, and he recognizes that […]

The Woman King Review: A Rousing Historical Epic With Great Action And Even Better Characters [TIFF]

There’s something very old school about “The Woman King.” It’s a sweeping, rousing, crowd-pleasing historical action-adventure epic the likes of which Hollywood doesn’t make that much anymore, at least not well. It’s familiar in a welcoming way. And yet, at the same time, this is also something groundbreaking. Because unlike the Hollywood epics of old, “The Woman King” […]

This Place Review: A Tender Lesbian Love Story That Finds The Universal In The Specific [TIFF]

Falling in love for the first time is a timeless story. Whether between a man and a woman, two women, two men, or those who fall outside of the gender binary, love is something that is universal. It transcends binaries and cultural barriers while honored around the world in unique ways. No matter the hardships […]

‘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 […]