TIFF 2021 Review: ‘The Starling’Melissa McCarthy Tangles With Grief And An Angry Bird In...

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“Birds are tricky,”  says Jack Maynard (Chris O’Dowd) to his pregnant wife Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) early on in Theodore Melfi's The Starling. He's not referring...

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘Lakewood’Naomi Watts Can't Run Far Enough To Save Philip Noyce's Ridiculous...

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Screenwriter Chris Sparling knows his way around a single-person thriller, his Buried script providing Ryan Reynolds one of his finest early-career performances. Veteran director Philip Noyce...

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain’Benedict Cumberbatch Is The Quirky Feline...

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It can't be coincidence my friend's cat came scurrying into my room just as The Electrical Life of Louis Wain was starting, can it? The peculiar...

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘The Guilty’Jake Gyllenhaa's Leads Antoine Fuqua's Intense, Contained Cop Thriller

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A contained thriller such as Antoine Fuqua's The Guilty, itself a remake of a 2018 Danish film, needs a powerhouse central performance to carry it...

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘Encounter’Riz Ahmed Is Stellar In A Sci-Fi Road Movie That Loses...

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Who doesn't love a good twist? When a movie subverts our expectations with an unexpected swerve it can be exhilarating, but it all depends...

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘The Hill Where Lionesses Roar’Luàna Bajrami‘s Vivid Coming-Of-Age Crime Drama Cherishes...

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A small town, restless teens, and a yearning for something greater. This logline has been the heart of so many American coming-of-age stories we...

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘All My Puny Sorrows’Alison Pill And Sarah Gadon Breathe Life Into...

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There are irreconcilable differences, and then there is what sisters Yoli (Alison Pill) and Elf (Sarah Gadon) face in Michael McGowan's sobering, but somewhat...

Review: ‘Queenpins’Solid Leads Elevate A Run Of The Mill Caper Tale

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Queenpins, the new film by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly which stars Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, taught me more then I...

Review: ‘Language Lessons’Mark Duplass And Natalie Morales Prove That Zoom Films Work When Driven...

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In the age of COVID, some pandemic movies are better than others. A production has to adjust for new regulations and make creative decisions...

Review: ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’Newcomer Max Harwood Stands Out In The Smart Film Adaptation...

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie started out as a hit musical on the West End. The show premiered in the UK in 2017 and was...