Review: The Death of Stalin

An exceptionally funny and subtly experimental work of snark, cynicism, and sarcasm, director and co-writer Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin somehow finds a way to make the pain and suffering of millions of people into something worth uneasily laughing at.

Review: Foxtrot

A subtly paced, intricately designed, and powerfully moving depiction of loss, confusion, bureaucracy run amok, and guilt, Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama Foxtrot covers a lot of thematic ground with great delicacy and emotional resonance.

Review: 7 Days in Entebbe

The fourth dramatized retelling of one of the most harrowing hostage crises in world history, 7 Days in Entebbe boasts a perfect director for the intense job at hand and a maddening amount of technical, performative, and narrative inconsistencies at every other turn.

Review: Meditation Park

Canadian filmmaker Mina Shum’s low-key, slice-of-life dramedy Meditation Park would be better suited to a release date closer to Mother’s Day than late winter. It’s hardly a game changing look at one woman’s emotional middle aged awakening, but it’s a well intentioned film that I could see mothers and daughter enjoying together and talking about afterward.

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Mina Shum talks Meditation Park

Canadian writer and director Mina Shum is back doing what she does best, giving us movies that are uniquely personal and hit from the heart. Her latest film, Meditation Park, had Shum digging into her Chinese roots. It’s a bittersweet dramedy about 60-year-old Maria (played by legendary actress Cheng Pei Pei) who has devoted decades to her husband (Tzi Ma, whose performance in the film has garnered him a 2018 Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Actor in a Leading Role).