TIFF 2021 starts tomorrow, and I’ve been reflecting on all the years that I’ve been covering Canada’s best festival, and one of the most interesting public festivals in the world.
An inspired and nostalgic blast of fun at a time in human history when genuine amusement is in direly short supply, the long gestating sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music nicely balances fan expectations, progressiveness, gentility, and melancholy to create the ultimate in 2020 cinematic comfort food.
Fall means warm sweaters, a cup of tea, and curling up in front of the television for a few hours on the weekend to unwind. So pull up a couch cushion, grab the remote, and stream a few movies and shows with my autumn suggestions from The Roku Channel, Google Play Movies, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix.
In Toy Story 4, which hit theatres this weekend, audiences around the world will get acquainted with a very special character: Duke Caboom, Canada’s “greatest” stuntman. And unlike most Canadian…
Although it certainly seemed like a franchise that reached a natural, heartwarming conclusion a few years ago, Toy Story 4 genially and entertainingly proves that its titular playthings still have some mileage left in them.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the latest entry into the best action franchise going today, continues the series’ upward trajectory into fresh, exciting, but potentially top heavy territory.
To the Bone wants to be two very different things at once: one of them noble and important and the other hackneyed and clichéd. The feature directorial debut of television veteran and screenwriter Marti Noxon, To the Bone offers a deeply personal look at the struggles of anorexia through the lens of a filmmaker who once struggled with the disease herself. That aspect is the noble, well meaning, and imperfectly delivered one. It’s just unfortunate that about half of To the Bone is a turgid, chaste, thoroughly unconvincing teen romance that bogs down a lot of good and necessary conversations that could be had from the material.
Toronto’s streets will be flooded with movie lovers–and movie stars–this September as the 38th Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city from September 5 to 15, and today the festival has announced the full list of filmmakers and celebrities expected for all the red carpet events.
In honour of next week’s release of Source Code on DVD and Blu-ray, and because it’s one of my favorite topics, this week for DVD Tuesday I’m counting down the ten best time travel movies. From science fiction, action, adventure, and horror, to comedy, and even a romantic comedy or two, these movies cover almost every genre, and I’m ranking them not just on how great the movie is, but also, how well they approach a time travel story.
Arriving this week on store shelves: Aaron Eckhart stars in the big budget alien invasion film, Battle: Los Angeles; two more Harry Potter films arrive in their gleaming Ultimate Editions for years 5 and 6 of the franchise; and a look at Point Break, which lands on Blu-ray, and Hall Pass.