An entertaining and likable bit of good cheer arriving just in time for the busy holiday movie season, the animated romp Ferdinand might be more interested with keeping the little ones engaged than giving adults much to latch onto, but that doesn’t make it any less charming and bubbly.
The force grows stronger in Toronto, not only with the upcoming release of the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the horizon, but also thanks to the arrival of a special pop-up that will tide fans of the blockbuster film franchise over quite nicely.
Canadians might know Adam MacDonald best as a veteran performer on screens big and small, but with his second feature film behind the camera, Pyewacket (opening in select Canadian cities this weekend), he continues his impassioned journey as a writer and director.
Giving Tuesday might be behind us, but Toronto based healthcare software company RL Solutions and SickKids Hospital have a great way to help people give back during the holidays while giving generous donors some sweet holiday treats thanks to the SickKids Milk & Cookies Truck.
We kick off our coverage of the 12th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival with a look at six offerings from this year's line-up including opening gala My Friend Dahmer, closing gala Tragedy Girls, Sixty Minutes to Midnight, The Villainess, Rabbit, and Cult of Chucky.
For her sixth feature film, director, writer, producer, actor and all around DIY Jill-of-all-trades Ingrid Veninger takes filmgoers to Porcupine Lake (set to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week). A unique coming-of-age story from one of Canada’s most resolutely independent filmmakers, the latest from Veninger (MODRA, The Animal Project) represents both a departure for her cinematically and a telling of one of her most personal stories to date.
In addition to screening hundreds of feature films every year, the Toronto International Film Festival (kicking off on Thursday, September 7th and running to the 17th) boasts an exceptionally strong line-up of shorts. The Short Cuts Programme has become one of the most prominent showcases of short filmmaking in the world, but films functioning outside of the sexier, long-form norm can be found popping up throughout the festival in various sections, perhaps most notably in the daring, boundary pushing Wavelengths program.
The low-key comedy Sundowners, the latest directorial effort from Canadian filmmaker Pavan Moondi, could have easily been a tale of two not-particularly-likable people getting their comeuppance for recent karmic infractions, but instead it’s a jovial, unforced, and delicately paced look at best friends stuck together on the worst job of their professional lives.
Boasting a star making performance from Australian actress Danielle Macdonald, the rousing, crowd pleasing, smart, and inspirational Patti Cake$ follows closely in the vein of other films about hip-hop artists trying to make it big while still maintaining a unique sense of setting and cultural identity. The first half of Patti Cake$ is heavily indebted to Craig Brewer's Hustle and Flow, while the second half finds ways of riffing on Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, but despite these obvious storytelling comparisons, first time feature writer and director Geremy Jasper's film has enough unique characters and insights to set itself apart.