The elements of a great film – and perhaps the next great cinematic franchise to be spawned from a young adult novel – are initially on display in director Tim Burton and screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before the picture more or less collapses on itself.
I definitely get the sense that Milton’s Secret, a film that feels like the warm embrace that a quirky aunt might give their niece or nephew, will be too sappy and simplistic for some, but it’s a good natured story done well and devoid of any cynicism.
Operation Mekong, the latest film from Chinese action maestro Dante Lam, is only a Cannon Films logo and the casting of Chuck Norris or Charles Bronson in a major role away from being one of the biggest cult hits of 1985.
With a title like Demon and a plot involving a groom becoming possessed by a potentially evil spirit on the night of his wedding, one would be forgiven for expecting a horror film from this Polish-Israeli co-production. But the last film from late Polish filmmaker Marcin Wrona is something a lot more subtextual and far more intellectually terrifying, relying on repressed memories and dark history more than visceral shocks.
Toronto filmmaker Matt Johnson’s intuitive and ingenious period piece Operation Avalanche feels like a more polished and honed take on themes the writer/director/star mounted with his 2013 debut feature The Dirties or his cult webseries Nirvanna The Band The Show, but the results are still worthwhile.
Reviews of three films opening in limited release in the GTA this weekend: the indie comedy Moments of Clarity, the biographical documentary Eva Hesse, and the historical drama The Girl King.
We talk to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o about playing the mother of a chess prodigy in Mira Nair’s film Queen of Katwe, and how the role vastly differs from her own upbringing.
The simplistic and underwhelming thriller Transpecos, the debut feature from short filmmaker Greg Kwedar, has a kernel of a good premise and few ideas how to pull it all off.
Structured like a quixotic quest borne from misguided honour and principal, Kicks, the debut feature from filmmaker Justin Tipping, reinvents the inner city drama for a new generation.
We catch up with actor David Oyelowo to talk about his portrayal of real life coach Robert Katende in Mira Nair’s film Queen of Katwe, and about the importance of balanced African narratives told by those most familiar with them.