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Production designer Philip Messina on creating the world of 'mother!'

Jennifer Lawrence in mother!
Darren Aronofsky's mother! is nothing short of incredible. The polarizing, controversial film left audiences talking when it debuted last fall. What was the meaning of the story? Was mother! allegory for a Biblical tale, or did it reflect Aronofsky's views on fame and Hollywood? And who did Jennifer Lawrence's character represent?

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Review: 'Paddington 2'

Review: 'Paddington 2'
Paddington 2 is the cinematic embodiment of pure, undiluted joy and goodwill made for a world desperately in need of both.

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Review: 'The Commuter'

Review: 'The Commuter'
While the idea of aging Liam Neeson as an action star has become something of a punchline recently, his latest genre effort and collaboration with filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra, The Commuter, does a fine job of illustrating why he keeps getting these roles. Grounding an admittedly silly, implausible, but entertaining story of an everyman pulled into a deadly situation, Neeson and Serra’s familiarity with such material and each other’s particular set of skills makes for a delightful, well crafted B-movie confection.

Review: 'The Polka King'

Review: 'The Polka King'
The darkly comedic biopic The Polka King is a well made example of a “straight to Netflix” film. This “stranger than fiction” look at a former oom-pah-pah baron and Grammy nominee who perpetrated massive amounts of fraud in the 1990s is lean, fast paced, almost completely devoid of filler, and likely works better at home than it would in the confines of a theatre. Netflix is the perfect place for a film like The Polka King, and that’s not in any way a knock against the talent and effort that went into making it.

Why TIFF's Canada's Top Ten is More Important Than Ever

Why TIFF's Canada's Top Ten is More Important Than Ever
TIFF’s annual celebration of the best in Canadian cinema feels more essential than ever before. Canada’s Top Ten (running from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 21) comes at a unique and potentially dire moment for the country’s cinematic history.

Fresh Indie music: January '18 | Tobtok, Nick de la Hoyde, Blyne

Fresh Indie Music January 2018
Discovering great new music is a glorious thing, so I'm sharing joy for the New Year with seven indie artists and their latest singles and recent hits. Featured artists include fresh Indie music from: Tobtok, Nick de la Hoyde, Blyne, Bloom Twins, Nikö Blank, and KØS.

Best of 2017 | Year-End Highlights on The GATE

The Best of 2017 | The GATE
Look at where a year took us! At the start of 2017, it seemed like 2016 was going to be hard to top. In 2016 I visited Hong Kong, L.A. for Hamilton Watch's Behind the Camera Awards, and I had a lot of really incredible interviews. But 2017 topped all of my expectations.