All is True finds its director and star Kenneth Branagh channelling his love of all things Shakespearean into a refined, but unpretentious sort of passion project.
About all that’s missing from director and co-writer Richard Shepard’s gleefully nasty revenge thriller The Perfection are cackling, wisecracking appearances from The Cryptkeeper at the beginning and end of the film as bookends, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We sit down with Wendy Jo Carlton, the American writer-director of the LGBT romantic drama Good Kisser, which makes its international premiere as the prestigious Women’s Gala at the 2019 Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto.
A lightweight retelling of the life and times of bestselling and beloved singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, If You Could Read My Mind only pays passing lip service to many of the darker, less inviting aspects of its titular subject’s life in favour of focusing positively on all his hits, friendships, and accomplishments throughout the years.
I’m Going to Break Your Heart is a refreshing, if slightly overlong documentary about a married couple trying to work out their personal and professional issues in tandem.
Although certainly not without its sinister charms, Brightburn is a forgettable blend of fantasy and horror, based on a premise that can be summed up in a single sentence and a film that follows woefully oblivious characters as they piece together something the audience can figure out mere seconds into the story.
Disney and director Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin is a blandly competent, flavourless film that has no reason to exist outside of making a quick buck from families and nostalgic millennials who’ll shell money out for anything based on an intellectual property they have fond memories of.
Teen comedies are rarely this smartly written, consistently hilarious, expertly performed, assuredly directed, culturally relevant, inclusive, and poignant. In short, Booksmart isn’t just a perfect teen flick, it’s a perfect movie in general.
We catch up with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the subject of Ryan White’s documentary Ask Dr. Ruth (now playing in Toronto and Vancouver), and talk about her early years as a holocaust survivor, her status as one of the world’s foremost sex therapists, and some of the best advice she can give to people.
The young adult romance The Sun is Also a Star has a low key charm, hopeful demeanour, exceptional direction, and two likably down to Earth lead performances that help to make up for a rather large storytelling shortcoming at its centre.