Lara Croft returns in Tomb Raider, a reboot that takes us back to the roots of Lara’s adventures, with Alicia Vikander playing a near-perfect, young Lara Croft.
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.
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.
Even after watching it, I’m not sure the teen movie-slash-political satire Dear Dictator is a real film.
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.
The charming, gentle, and effortlessly funny teen romantic comedy Love, Simon is a tried and true genre film with a novel, inclusive, and often sadly unused hook.
We were honoured to sit down with Helen Mirren last fall while she promoted The Leisure Seeker at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about her experiences with road trips, starring in the English language debut of Italian writer-director Paolo Virzì, and how films about senior citizens have become unnecessarily condescending.
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.
Canadian documentarian Ann Shin’s moving and humane look at post war traumas in My Enemy, My Brother doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of its title and premise, but instead offers something far more personal, pointed, and heart wrenching.
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).