Tag: canada


Singular visions from Canada (via Broadway), Cambodia (via U.S.) and Algeria (via France) explore terrorism, immigration and a talking cat.

Review: Justin Chon's BLUE BAYOU, A Sobering Reflection on Being American

Justin Chon writes, directs and stars alongside Alicia Vikander in a timely, humanistic drama, set in the backwaters of Louisiana.

Toronto 2021 Short Film, Short Review: DUST BATH

I am cognizant of the fact that it might take you longer to read this review than to watch the one hundred and twenty seconds of this animated short involving chickens searching for scratch, and philosophizing on the circle of...

Toronto 2021 Review: THE MIDDLE MAN, A Deadpan Comedy about Life

The small midwestern town of Karmack is dying. Figuratively, as its principal industry, a rail-yard, have been lost to the vagaries of globalization. Also, quite literally, as there has been a lengthy string of fatal accidents that prompts the town...

Friday One Sheet: THE MIDDLE MAN

I remain committed to showcasing key art that makes good use of textured wallpaper. In this case, the poster is for a Canadian/Norwegian production from deadpan director Bent Hamer. Hamer's films are difficult to describe, oddball dramas, subtle comedies, ultra-niche...

Review: NO ORDINARY MAN Explores a Trans Icon

Directed by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, the documentary celebrates Billy Tipton's story as a musician living his life according to his own terms.

DEMONIC Official Trailer: 'Don't Be Scared'. Actually, We Think We Will Be.

Oh. Golly.    Here is the official trailer for Neill Blomkamp's deep dive into horror, his new film Demonic.    From the director of District 9 and Elysium, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root...

Review: FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS, Action Horror, With Clear Goals in Mind

Lora Burke, Nick Smyth and Colin Paradine star in an action-horror picture from Canada, directed by Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen, heading to theaters and homes everywhere.

Review: VIOLATION, An Absolute Stunner

Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli wrote and directed a provocative horror drama, now streaming on Shudder.

Friday One Sheet: DRACULA SEX TAPE

Olivier Godin's short film, Dracula Sex Tape, is a 5-minute burst of high-energy dialogue and smoking. It is like inhaling Richard Linklater's Slacker, in a single intense drag that leaves one light-headed and satisfied simultaneously.  The short, which debuted at Woche...

Review: SAVAGE STATE, French Western Dissolves Into Something Else

Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens and Deborah Francois star in writer/director David Perrault's ambitious, elegant-looking drama.

CUFFdocs 2020 Review: PRAYER FOR A LOST MITTEN Beautifully Considers The Human Condition

Romantic. Gorgeous. Giving of all the feels. This is hardly what one might expect from a documentary on the Lost & Found desk of a metropolitan transit hub. However, from the patient immensity of the opening shot of Prayer For...

Review: GUEST OF HONOUR, Story of Guilt, Childhood Trauma and Vengeance

David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira and Luke Wilson star in the latest drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

70s Rewind: RABID, How to Stop a Pandemic

Marilyn Chambers and Frank Moore star in a Canadian chiller by director David Cronenberg.

Review: THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW, Folk Horror, Witch Terror

Hannah Emily Anderson, Catherine Walker, and Jared Abrahamson star in a horror drama by writer/director Thomas Robert Lee.

Febiofest Prague 2020 Review: WE HAD IT COMING, Artful Thriller Battles Objectification, Masculinity

Director Paul Barbeau's first English language feature stars Natalie Krill, Alexia Fast and Erin Agostino.

Now Streaming: DEPARTURE, Playful Pulp Popcorn

Archie Panjabi, Kris Holden-Ried and Christopher Plummer star in the limited series, now streaming on Peacock. Plus: What's Peacock?

Review: SPIRAL, Terrors Are Afoot in a Small Town

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Ari Cohen star in a psychological horror drama from director Kurtis David Harder, now streaming on Shudder.

Toronto 2020 Review: FAUNA Cleverly Deconstructs The Mexican Social Contract

Poor Paco needs a cigarette. Badly. After arguing with his girlfriend, Flora, and fighting with Waze and Wifi they eventually arrive in the remote Mexican village of her childhood, only to find her parents not to be around. The house...

Friday One Sheet: POSSESSOR

This disturbing key art for Brandon Cronenberg's latest film, Possessor, comes in 'industrial warning yellow.' It is a striking improvement from the orange-red teaser poster. Something about this shade of yellow, which is typically reserved for easy-viewing 'Sundance-hit' indie films,...