Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Humans (2021)

A family gathering takes a series of ominous turns in Stephen Karam’s film adaptation of his Tony award-winning play The Humans. Niceties slowly begin to unravel at the dinner table in a Thanksgiving-set drama laced with unease, in a manner that is both beguiling and…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Little Girl (2021)

Intimate observations drive much of Director Sébastien Lifshitz’s moving documentary, Little Girl. We first meet seven-year-old Sasha in her bedroom as she carefully selects an outfit. Toying with different accessories, her brow furrows with concentration as she smooths down her dress and cycles through a…

Drama, Film Reviews, War

REVIEW: The Drummer (2021)

Danny Glover headlines The Drummer, a sobering indie drama depicting the struggles of U.S soldiers deployed in the wake of 9/11. Directed and co-written by Eric Werthman, this well-intentioned film presents a haunting portrait of trauma through three interwoven stories; while also touching on activism…

Comedy, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Queenpins (2021)

Everyone loves making a saving. But for two best friends, penny-pinching turns into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon scheme. Written and directed by husband and wife team Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, Queenpins takes a cool cast and ambitiously attempts not one, but two buddy…

Biopic, Crime, Reviews

REVIEW: Ted Bundy – American Boogeyman (2021)

Ted Bundy was a prolific serial killer convicted of killing more than 30 women in the 1970s. With the real number of victims upwards of 100, Bundy’s reign of terror gripped America right up until his death by electric chair in 1989. Three decades later,…

Film Reviews, Foreign

REVIEW: Eyimofe (2021)

In the vibrant, bustling streets of Lagos, nothing comes easily or cheaply; the relentless nature of life and all its obstacles shapes this quietly stirring debut by Nigerian twin-brother directors Arie and Chuko Esiri. Eyimofe (This is my Desire) follows the loosely intertwined lives of…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Mama Weed (2021)

Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert turns her hand to the drug trade in director Jean-Paul Salomé’s Paris-set dramedy Mama Weed (La Daronne). As a police interpreter who uses her insider knowledge to become a drug kingpin, Huppert elevates what is an average, albeit entertaining, crime…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Mary J. Blige – My Life (2021)

With a career spanning three decades, thirteen studio albums and a wealth of awards,  Mary J. Blige is one of the undisputed first ladies of Hip Hop and RnB. In 1994, after exploding onto the scene in 1991 with What’s The 411, Blige followed up…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Dream Horse (2021)

Everyone loves an underdog. Whether it’s cheering through the Rocky franchise, rooting for The Mighty Ducks, or tearing up during The Pursuit of Happyness – it’s simply human nature to relish seeing the status quo usurped in favour of the little guy. Be they the…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Four Good Days (2021)

Based on Journalist Eli Saslow’s 2016 Washington Post article “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies and an American Addiction” and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, Four Good Days sees Glenn Close as a mother attempting to shepherd her daughter through crucial days of recovery from…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Goodbye, Butterfly (2021)

How far is too far when a child has been lost? In the wake of his young daughter’s abduction and brutal murder, a grieving father becomes fixated with an oddball neighbour who he believes committed the crime in Tyler Wayne’s schlocky thriller Goodbye, Butterfly.  The…