Georgia Straight

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Rating Title/Year Author
Halston (2019) Ken Eisner For all the digging, Tcheng doesn't get all that close to Halston, who died in 1990. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Ken Eisner It's fascinating to even scratch the surface of a musical world this deep. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
There Are No Fakes (2019) Ken Eisner There's no denying that Kastner has a nose for things that helped define who we were and, sadly, are. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Nightmare Cinema (2018) Adrian Mack Starts with it strongest short and ends with its weakest. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
O Clube dos Canibais (2018) Allan MacInnis The colours are vivid and gorgeous, the playfully jazzy soundtrack (by Fernando Catatau) is pure pleasure, and everything is told with spare self-control and a dry wit. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Terror Nullius (2018) Allan MacInnis If you're in the know and alert, it's pretty funny stuff. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Ken Eisner He's round-faced and balding as Elton, with no Mr. Potatohead nose, but does a good job singing arrangements that diverge radically from the over-exposed originals. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
The Tomorrow Man (2019) Ken Eisner A feel-good movie for the End Times, The Tomorrow Man starts with an intriguing premise and a can't-miss cast, but never quite decides what it wants to say. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Ken Eisner This exhilarating two-hour portrait does him a genuine service by putting that brief period, which ended with his 2007 death, back in the context of a creative life lived long and well. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Ken Eisner Writer-director Madeleine Olnek cares a great deal about the Bard of Amherst's words-reproduced on-screen in a delightful variety of settings-but pretty much everything else is up for grabs. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Photograph (2019) Ken Eisner Full of exquisitely composed geometric patterns and soft, burnished colours, the movie itself remains rather sullen, and we never quite learn what these mismatched like-birds see in each other. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
() Ken Eisner This heartbreaking tale hits a nerve that won't be unstruck anytime soon. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
I'm Going to Break Your Heart (2019) Ken Eisner This Heart is fashioned to create a sense of immediacy, but an air of artificiality hangs over the proceedings... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Walking on Water (2018) Ken Eisner Christo can turn on the charm when needed, as seen in this fascinating study, directed by fellow Bulgarian Andrey Paounov, who uses spare, gamelan-inflected music to build tension for a D-Day we know will arrive even as we wonder how he'll pull it off. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
All Is True (2018) Ken Eisner The film is so beautifully shot, with Vermeer window light, meticulous detail, and gorgeous greenery, it would be enough just to see how people lived and died (from the plague, mostly) in Shakespeare's neck of the river. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Ken Eisner A fascinating and unexpectedly breezy documentary EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Black Mother (2018) Janet Smith A viscerally poetic portrait of a country that's full of contradictions. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Poms (2019) Janet Smith While there are a few touching strides for senior sisterhood here, many of the women are too faintly sketched to avoid stereotypes. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
The Charmer (2017) Ken Eisner The moodily shot tale is full of surprising turns and clever insights. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Netemo sametemo (2018) Ken Eisner For viewers, this is a mostly pleasant journey, especially with spare music from tofubeats. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ken Eisner The good doctor's Jewish-mother proclivities, emphasized in this relatively undemanding doc, represent a nod to her parenting success and to the traumatic loss of her own parents in the Holocaust... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Stories of Our Lives (2014) Craig Takeuchi With an artful and intimate touch, director Jim Chuchu beautifully gives voice to the lives of gay and lesbian Kenyans in this omnibus film, shot in black-and-white. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Ken Eisner Eventually, you warm to the performance... EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Adrian Mack There's so much here to recommend. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Ken Eisner Is Long Shot a good movie? Not really. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Da xiang xi di er zuo (2018) Ken Eisner The shaggy tale eventually rewards patience with a gently cathartic finish. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Ken Eisner There's so much overripe material here, it's surprising to realize that the filmmakers don't know what to do with it. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Adrian Mack Few 20th century artists lived more completely in the process, and Stanley Nelson's film, brimming with fabulous footage, doesn't fail to impart that crucial aspect of the story. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
() Janet Smith Rubble has never been shot so beautifully, the directors finding a kind of moving poetry in the chaos here... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
() Adrian Mack Shot in luminous black-and-white and edited to perfection, this 154-minute Canadian production might be the definitive take on the subject. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
() Janet Smith By the end of the hard-hitting, wide-ranging exposé, you'll understand the fuller implications of words you already know-phthalates, parabens, endocrine disruptors. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Adrian Mack A crisp and absorbing doc from Reetta Huhtanen. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Ken Eisner Though handsomely staged and shot, the movie lacks urgency and thrills, and while the actors are adequate, they all seem strangely enervated by the task of pretending to be people they are not. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Ken Eisner The cleverly assembled doc includes a brief overview of the relatively recent infiltration of religion into public life... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Janet Smith In bold and damning terms, they've created a shocking portrait of the power of mass indoctrination-and the kind of collective amnesia that can set in in just four short years. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Adrian Mack This isn't the most information-dense of movies, given its 72-minute running time, but every one of those minutes is a joy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) R. Paul Dhillon Despite minor flaws in the story, the excellent song-and-dance numbers keep it entertaining. This is a fresh portrait of young India that is a real break from the past. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
A Bright Light: Karen and the Process (2018) John Lucas A bit less time spent on arts and crafts and a lot more focus on Dalton's mesmerizing music and tragic life trajectory might have saved this sporadically diverting but frustratingly narcissistic exercise. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
() Adrian Mack Those of us tuned to the very tiny subgenre of docs about the death industry will find this contemplative piece closer to 1979's haunting Des Morts than, say, the mondo autopsy porn of Death Scenes. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Adrian Mack Mosco Levi Boucault's film is absorbing and unfussy, flashes of wit aside. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Sunset (2018) Ken Eisner Writer-director László Nemes follows his central protagonist so closely that everything is reduced to one perspective, with limited peripheral vision. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Roar (1981) Adrian Mack Such unusual challenges rob the film of its coherency at times, but so what? Who's going to tear their eyes away from that big, beautiful cat? EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Her Smell (2018) John Lucas Perry leaves the job of connecting all the dots to the viewer, who-after an hour of watching Becky flail and terrorize friend and frenemy alike-will likely be too exhausted to take on that much heavy lifting. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
() John Lucas In the end, we may never know who let the dogs out, but it turns out there's more to the question than you might have thought. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Need for Speed (2014) Ron Yamauchi It did stir up dormant gearhead fantasies with an array of epic shots. When the cars soar, so does Need for Speed. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Buddy (2019) Adrian Mack This amounts to about 90 minutes of going "Awwww..." EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Rafiki (2018) Ken Eisner The movie-banned in its home country-is well worth seeing for the breath of life it brings to people and a part of the world that aren't nearly as far away as they seem. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Museo (2018) Ken Eisner In making a tale that fictionalizes the perpetrators of a true-crime landmark, Ruizpalacios tells a pulp story that's almost a genre unto itself. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Adrian Mack Its greatest achievement is the way Hagazussa becomes more powerfully hallucinatory and yet more bluntly real as it unfolds. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Sir (2018) Ken Eisner This deeply memorable effort was shot with beautifully simplicity, sometimes with dazzling colours and intoxicating music, but largely in closed spaces that reveal much about their inhabitants... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019