‘Drive-Away Dolls’ Is Bringing B-Movie Sexploitation Back

Drive-away Dolls Review

The Coen Brothers are one of Hollywood’s most prolific directing duos, bringing story after story to audiences for the past 40 years. But only recently have they embarked on solo efforts. The pair are known for bringing a subversive spin, so it’s no surprise that Joel Coen would try his

‘Poor Things’ Is for Flawed Women Who Yearn to Be Free of Shame

Poor Things Movie Review

In Poor Things, there’s a scene where the protagonist, Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), makes her way onto a dance floor, moving erratically with uncontrollable fervor. Her movements resemble that of a marionette without a puppeteer. With every step, it’s as though she is snapping away each invisible string. There’s a

We Need More Agatha Christie Adaptations Like ‘A Haunting in Venice’

A Haunting in Venice Review

Hercule Poirot and his perfectly waxed mustache are back in A Haunting in Venice. This third entry in actor-director Kenneth Branagh's revival of Agatha Christie adaptations feels very different from the previous films. Set in a haunted palazzo, it perfectly fits the bill as a spooky mystery – and it

Product Placement Turns Into Artistic Genius In ‘Barbie’

Barbie Movie Review

Womanhood and what it means in today’s world are explored often in media, but discussed alongside the doll that for many children represented womanhood makes Barbie a wholly unique exploration of that topic. Barbie the product creates unrealistic expectations for little girls, and Barbie the character learns exactly what those

‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline’ Is an Explosive Exploration of the Climate Crisis

How to Blow Up A Pipeline Review

In an incendiary display of environmental activism, a group of young people band together to fight the corporate greed and malpractice of oil companies that are not only destroying land and lives but threatening our future. Protest and legal battles are getting nowhere, so the characters in Daniel Goldhaber’s How

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Stays True to Game Simplicity and That’s Okay

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review

You can’t expect a lot out of a Mario movie, especially right out of the gate. Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie stays true to the games in the narrative. Meaning, there really isn’t one. Simple amusement is what gamers go to Mario for and that’s exactly what the film is. But

‘Scream VI’ Is the Biggest, Stabbiest ‘Scream’ Yet

Scream VI Review

The sound of a phone ringing and an accompanied scream. Scream VI may open with a nod to old beginnings, but it marks a new one. It's the first in the franchise without Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), as a new generation stands alone against Ghostface. A movie under the Scream

Sundance Review: ‘Eileen’ Is an Intoxicating Revamp of the Noir

Eileen Sundance Review

Imagine Carol but make it film noir. You'd get William Oldroyd’s Eileen. Based on Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel of the same name, it feels like a Patricia Highsmith novel directed by Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock. It has both that stunning Sirk cinematography, layered over Hitchcock suspense. One of the most

Sundance Review: ‘My Animal’ Is for Queer Horror Lovers

My Animal Sundance Review

Jacqueline Castel’s debut feature, My Animal, is for queer horror lovers. Inspired by classic monster movies and '80s horror, it’s another intricately woven tale of otherness and the battle towards self-acceptance. By exploring relevant adolescent struggles and complex family dynamics, as well as themes of inheritance, it navigates the most

Sundance Review: ‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Is for the Depressed Introverts

Sometimes I Think About Dying Review

Rachel Lambert’s Sometimes I Think About Dying is for depressed introverts. It’s for those who like being alone but are also incredibly lonely. It’s a complicated dilemma that is difficult to put into words, but the film captures it for us. Once a short film, the script does feel like

Sundance Review: ‘Infinity Pool’ Cracks the Rich Wide Open in a Sick Satire

Infinity Pool Movie Review

In Infinity Pool’s opening frames, the camera flips upside down to prepare its audience for a disorienting experience. Brandon Cronenberg delivers just that. His latest is The White Lotus dialed up to eleven on the violence scale. A kaleidoscopic, suspenseful, and sick satire that blends the thriller, horror, and sci-fi

‘Babylon’ Is a Boisterous, Raw Take on Roaring ’20s Hollywood

Babylon Movie Review

Babylon, the ancient city and biblical image of societal iniquity and hedonism, is the perfect title and description for a film about Hollywood in the Roaring '20s. This decade brought economic prosperity, excess and joie de vivre for many. Men and women alike gave in to their sinful desires for

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Will Get You Crying Over a Piece of Wood More Than Disney Ever Could

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Review

From Pinocchio’s very first frame, you’re hit by its stunning, intricate craftsmanship with almost tangible quality. The blend of practical and visual effects is so seamless that it’s hard to know what was handcrafted and what wasn’t. The first frame also carries symbolism. Guillermo del Toro and co-director Mark Gustafson chose

‘The Fabelmans’ Is a Magical Walk Down the Yellow Brick Road of Spielberg’s Life

The Fablemans Review

In many ways, it feels like The Fabelmans is the culmination of Steven Spielberg’s career. It's the film that he waited his whole career to make, and if it was a career that ended tomorrow, it would be a fitting way to go out. It's a semi-autobiographical story loosely

Rian Johnson Is Coming for the Whodunnit Crown With ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

Glass Onion A Knives Out Mystery Review

Rian Johnson has done it again. Just like an Agatha Christie novel, Glass Onion feels fresh and even bigger than the previous Knives Out mystery. It scratches that same whodunnit itch as the first, but it also feels entirely different. There is a new mystery, a new location, and new

‘The Menu’ Is a Savory Ode to the Culinary World and a Spicy Takedown of the Rich

The Menu Review

From amuse-bouche to perhaps the most epic dessert scene ever captured on film, Mark Mylod’s The Menu delivers a feast that increases in both heat and flavor as the film descends into chaos. Seth Reiss and Will Tracy’s script is immensely flavourful in its comedy as well as in its

Review: ‘Decision to Leave’ Explores the Disorientating Nature of the Affairs of the Heart

Decision to Leave Review

Decision to Leave is a film for those who love ill-fated lovers. Where sensuality and intense chemistry are evoked to perfection onscreen as knowing glances shared between lovers. The film follows the youngest detective on the Busan police force, Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), as he’s spun in a web of deception

Review: Laurie Strode Deserved Better Than ‘Halloween Ends’

Halloween Ends Movie Review

“He took our dreams and turned them into nightmares,” Jamie Lee Curtis's Laurie Strode narrates. It’s been four years since Michael Myers ravaged the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, for the second time and four years since he killed Laurie’s daughter, Karen (Judy Greer). David Gordon Green’s Halloween Ends, much

TIFF 2022 Hidden Gems You May Have Missed

Unruly Movie Review

  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante takes its audience on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and love in the middle of the AIDS crisis. As two boys navigate the complexities of being out

TIFF Review: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ Is an “Eat the Rich” Satire That Cuts Deep

Triangle of Sadness Movie Review

Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness is a brilliant, wickedly funny dissection of ego, materialism, social hierarchy, and conventions. It’s a near-perfect satirical work with a fantastic ensemble cast that turns the tables on society’s upper class. In Östlund’s latest, greed is at the forefront. It leads to the downfall of

TIFF Review: Hirokazu Kore-Eda Hits You in the Heart Once Again With ‘Broker’

Broker Movie Review

Hirokazu Kore-eda knows how to touch us to our core, and he does once again with Broker. The Japanese director makes a seamless transition to South Korea with an empathetic and touching crowdpleaser about unconventional bonds that form under strange circumstances. It’s Kore-eda doing what he does best, with children

TIFF Review: ‘Holy Spider’ Is a Tough Watch but Impactfully Haunting and Relevant

Holy Spider Review

A woman bruised tucks her daughter into bed before applying makeup and high heels. This, along with her loose hijab, garners looks from every man she passes on the street. She’s a sex worker, and when she gets on the back of a man’s motorcycle, a camera close-up reveals inner