The Beach Bum is surface level and shallow every step of the way; a halfhearted attempt that exists uneasily between two worlds.
Tim Burton’s unnecessary, but generally and generically entertaining live action remake of the Disney animated feature Dumbo is the definition of a film that’s “fine for what it is.”
Although it’s somewhat surprising to hear, writer-director-producer Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her marks the first time actress and Canadian film industry mainstay Tantoo Cardinal has been cast in a leading role during a career that has spanned four decades.
Texan filmmaker John Lee Hancock is no stranger to tackling often uncelebrated and sometimes controversial historical figures, but the subjects of his latest reality based project, The Highwaymen (premiering on Netflix on Friday, March 29 and currently seeing a limited run at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto), have been stuck in the omnipresent shadows of the criminals they helped capture in 1934.
Although best known for for her prolific work as a documentarian, Rama Rau makes an assured and compelling foray into fictional feature filmmaking with the expertly written and performed Honey Bee, which screens on the final day of this year’s Canadian Film Festival, emerging as the best film from this year’s line-up.
This year’s Canadian Film Festival closes with Jaren Hayman’s well rounded documentary, This is North Preston, a look at what rightfully and wrongfully is one of Canada’s most maligned, feared, and somewhat misunderstood communities.
Although it still succumbs to a lot of the cliches and tropes that populate most biopics made about rock stars, there’s something about the already somewhat corny and overall tongue-in-cheek nature of Mötley Crüe that makes The Dirt surprisingly more likable and easily digestible than many of its higher minded contemporaries.
Limp, frustrating, and trying laboriously to sound as edgy and transgressive as possible, Pond Life is a stage-to-screen adaptation that not only can’t escape its roots, but will likely make viewers question if the material was ever that good to begin with.
With his most assured film to date, The Hummingbird Project, Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen takes a potentially numbing, dull, and inscrutable premise and mines it for a great amount of drama and tension.
Packed to bursting with subtext, laughs, shocks, and genuinely terrifying scares, Jordan Peele’s second feature film, Us, will satisfy casual genre fans and devotees of auteur driven cinema equally, but those in the latter category will probably spend more time piecing together what it all could mean.