A charming throwback to the sort of snappy, high concept teen movies that peppered the 80s and 90s, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before might not be the best young adult film of the year, but it’s solidly constructed and unique in its own special ways.
For her unique, personal, and warm-hearted documentary Maison du Bonheur (opening at TIFF Bell Lighbox in Toronto this Frday), Canadian filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz took a brave leap of faith and decided to roll with whatever came her way.
An intelligently constructed and refreshingly equitable use of often easily botched romantic comedy standards, Crazy Rich Asians elevates what could have been a trite crowd pleaser into something vibrant and special.
A film made for basically no one, Slender Man emerges from the multiplex mire as not only a lock to be one of the worst films of the year, but one of the most excruciatingly dull horror movies to receive a wide theatrical release without going straight to VOD.
The Crescent is one of the most moving and subtly chilling supernatural thrillers of recent memory, and considering its competition in that category, such a statement definitely points to a certain degree of greatness.
Director and co-writer Desiree Akhavan’s LGBTQ2S teen drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a well crafted, exceptionally performed, and heartbreakingly poignant film that still manages to have a gaping emotional hole at its centre.
Corny, lowbrow, and still somehow likably entertaining, Dog Days is a bit like the kind of star-driven ensemble comedies that the late Garry Marshall was churning out towards the end of his career, only this time the results don’t suck.
Brutal, immersive, and riotously entertaining, the Filipino action thriller BuyBust will give action movie buffs a way to send their summer out on a high note.
Not silly or gory enough to please genre or B-movie aficionados and too stupid to appeal to pretty much anyone else, aquatic monster movie The Meg fails to clear a low set bar.
If some of the greatest humour comes from tremendous suffering, then Spike Lee’s riotously funny and sharply pointed period piece BlacKkKlansman is one of the best examples of how those who are discriminated against often have to laugh to keep from crying.