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Rating Title/Year Author
Dinner in America (2020) J Hurtado It takes anarchic spirit of The Bunny Game and focuses it into a genuinely warm film with characters who feel like they could exist at opposite ends of each other's worlds. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Sacrifice (2019) Dustin Chang Sometimes the run-on exposition heavy dialog feels a little too much for the young cast to handle... But overall, Sacrifice is a brooding examination of a generation under siege by the catastrophe which they still struggle to understand its full impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
It Feels So Good (2020) Dustin Chang Emoto and Takiuchi give commited, brave performances as lovers against socital norms and impending natural disasters. They have great chemistry together. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Woman Who Ran (2020) Dustin Chang Deceptively simple yet deliciously playful, The Woman Who Ran again shows, Hong [Sang-Soo] a truly unique voice in cinema, at his best, honing his skills as a storyteller by constantly experimenting with his usual theme. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Beginning (2020) Dustin Chang Director Dea Kulumbegashivli's powerful drama Beginning has to be one of the most self-assured debut films in recent memory... a truly mesmerizing experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) Dustin Chang Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue is not only a lamentation of the disappearing past but also an effective reading initiative campaign. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Days (2020) Dustin Chang The most intimate and touching Tsai [Ming-liang] film in years. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
The Human Voice (2020) Dustin Chang Hopefully, this isn't the first and last collaboration between Almodovar and Swinton, because this short film is an extremely enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
MLK/FBI (2020) Dustin Chang MLK/FBI truly resonates now, more than ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
The Calming (2020) Dustin Chang Song Fang... is a gifted director with gentle sensibilities who has a great eye for landscapes reflecting the mood of her protagonist. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Ghost Tropic (2019) Dustin Chang I've seen some gorgeous nighttime cinematography in my time but nothing imbues more urban loneliness and isolation than images presented in Ghost Tropic. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Epicentro (2020) Dustin Chang Epicentro is an intimate, fluid, ethereal film while still being sharp edged in condemnation of the globalization and colonial history. It's one of the truly great documentaries of 2020. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
() Dustin Chang Superb acting and energetic direction. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Guest of Honour (2019) Dustin Chang Guest of Honour might not be the best thing Egoyan has made. But with David Thewlis's affecting and measured performance, it comes close to his heyday of filmmaking in the 90s. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
4.5/5 Over the Moon (2020) Peter Martin The film plays out with lush elegance and narrative simplicity. We don't always need to be told what to do. Sometimes, we just need to see it. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Notturno (2020) Dustin Chang Notturno is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Hunted (2020) Andrew Mack Hunted works very well. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Honeydew (2020) Andrew Mack What an exciting feature film debut from Devereux Milburn. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Come True (2020) Andrew Mack Come True is a stylish and creepy sci-fi thriller, tipping its hat to some worthy predecessors. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Mel Valentin All in all, Charbonier and Powell appear to be the real deal. They have a thorough understanding of the basics of thriller/horror filmmaking, including visual composition, scene construction, and pacing. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
Creepers (1985) J Hurtado Phenomena is a lot of fun, and every turn the plot takes gets more and more interesting. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/5 Evil Eye (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Choudhury and Mani have terrific chemistry. They deepen what could be a stereotypical interefering mother/dismissive daughter relationship and show how layered it is, made of mutual love and respect as much as exacerbation. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Tapeworm (2019) Teresa Nieman It's a specific type of comedy (millennial mumblecore?) that I couldn't have predicted would be so oddly enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Av: The Hunt (2020) J Hurtado [A] chilling indictment of archaic Turkish patriarchal violence in the form of a blisteringly paced survival thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Detention (2019) J Hurtado [A] slick, well-executed, topical horror film along the lines of films like Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth or Issa López's Tigers Are Not Afraid. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) J Hurtado [A]n uplifting document of a hard road traveled, and a victory earned and an intimate look into a business that is infinitely complex, but whose rewards can be incredibly sweet. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Feels Good Man (2020) J Hurtado [A] story of a man fighting the good fight, trying to maintain one's own integrity in a world gone crazy, even if it just means gaining back control over a simple cartoon frog EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
The Block Island Sound (2020) J Hurtado If you're expecting a monster movie, you might be disappointed at the lack of blood and guts, but if you'll open your mind, The Block Island Sound. just might scare the hell out of you. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Get the Hell Out (2020) J Hurtado Undoubtedly the bloodiest, most hyperactive film at TIFF 2020, Get the Hell Out is a rousing good time with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Violation (2020) J Hurtado Violation is a tremendous film, an absolute stunner that is as horrifically gruesome as it is necessary EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Night of the Kings (2020) J Hurtado An impressively audacious testament to the fluidity of the medium, Night of the Kings is a peerless work that will be difficult to beat this year or any other. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) J Hurtado Shadow in the Cloud is a boisterous adventure bound to delight audiences, as long as they don't think too hard. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
How to Deter a Robber (2020) Mel Valentin How to Deter a Robber will and should be remembered as the work of a talented, first-time filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
5/5 The Paper Tigers (2020) Michele A rare contemporary martial arts film with the traditional structure found in classic Shaw Brothers films. I was not expecting it to be so funny. Very funny. If you're looking to pass along your love of martial arts to young ones keep an eye out for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
The Wanting Mare (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg The Wanting Mare is both sparse and luscious, kind and harsh, filled with longing, anger, and love. It is a poetic fable wrapped in a strange fantastical futurism, one which escapes easy definition yet envelopes the viewer in a cold and brilliant light. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Buck Alamo (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Davis imbues Eli with a deep heart and a soul that is as poetic as it is caustic. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Brown brings such delight with a joyous and fierce lead, who learns that even with good role models, she can forge her own path. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Brilliantly crafted and moving like a perfectly-oiled machine, endlessly watchable (I could have listened to these four talk for hours), One Night in Miami is a trememdous debut from King. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Deceptively complex, lyrical, and very necessary, Nomadland expresses the quiet strength of its characters, and the life they have chosen, or was forced on them. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 Residue (2020) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Residue frames how a place of beauty and family and friendship, one where people looked out for each other, has become strained, slowly being stripped apart. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Mulan (2020) Mel Valentin A live-action remake not quite equal to an illustrious predecessor. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Peter Martin A fresh and diversely cast comedy-drama with fantastic elements. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
() Mel Valentin Takes more than a few unexpected plot turns. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Matthias & Maxime (2019) Kwenton Bellette Matthias et Maxime represents both the best of Xavier Dolan's oeuvre and a mature step forward in how restrained and tender his drama can be when not relying on a constant saturation of style. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Andrew Mack ...the success of The Dark and The Wicked is in its execution, as it quickly becomes a movie that is genuinely creepy and scary. Bertino knows the horror playback back to front and he executes each play to perfection. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Class Action Park (2020) Michele It's a wild, audacious doc that truly must be seen to be believed. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Max Winslow and the House of Secrets (2019) Peter Martin Should play better to younger audiences who are still receptive to the idea that a movie can have something more on its mind than cheap thrills. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019) Andrew Mack Few directors knock it out of the park their first time around yet on his first time directing a feature film Quah has found a perfect balance of thrills and chills, and rolling emotions. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
Spree (2020) Mel Valentin A nasty, brutish, short (but not short enough), surface-deep satire of social media and its white-male discontents EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
4/5 Sputnik (2020) Andrew Mack Sputnik is rightly drawing comparisons to Ridley Sott's Alien. It has a great balance of mystery and discovery that gradually builds into excellent horror that should captivate audiences of sci-fi horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020