Review: “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is Magically Beautiful Tale About Fragility of Life, Friendship and Kindness

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Review

I recall the first time I experienced an anxiety attack. It feels like your throat is contracting as you try to take a breath and stop your heart from racing. In Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, an important scene deals with the matter of anxiety. Furthermore, the film continues to create great storylines

‘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

Strange World is Disney’s Most Inclusive and Diverse Animated Film Yet

Strange World Review

Creating films about family, finding one’s way back to that, and the identity crisis teens go through as they struggle to find the balance of growing into an individual, while still remaining connected to their family unit has long been the standard for the Walt Disney Animation Studio since its

‘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

Review: ‘Pinocchio’ Fails to Validate Its Existence

PINOCCHIO Review

It would be hard to remake an animated classic and match the same level of praise and adoration as its predecessor. But it’s something that The Mouse House won’t stop trying to do with it its own work, taking out movies from the vault and picking at random which to

Review: ‘Orphan: First Kill’ Captures a Complete Picture of Esther in a Ridiculously Fun Package

Orphan First Kill Review

Esther is one of the horror genre’s best characters. Not even of just the past 13 years, but maybe even of all time. Children can be truly terrifying. Damien (The Omen), Regan (The Exorcist), Samara (The Ring), I could go on. But the twist of Orphan – her secret –

Review: ‘Spin Me Round’ Spoofs an Italian Family Dining Favorite

Spin Me Round Review

Did you know that Olive Garden has a culinary institute where the Italian-themed restaurant chain pays managers to go to Tuscany? I didn’t until I watched Jeff Baena’s Spin Me Round. In the film’s production notes, he speaks of coming across an article describing a retreat created by an Italian

Fantasia Review: ‘Next Exit’ Puts a Paranormal Spin on the Buddy Road Trip

Next Exit Movie Review

Ghosts have given the horror genre some of its best films. The Conjuring series, Poltergeist, and The Others, to name a few. The paranormal doesn’t only live within horror either. Comedies like Blithe Spirit and romance films like Ghost explore different sides to these mysterious entities. Mali Elfman’s debut feature,

Fantasia Review: ‘Vesper’ Is a Dystopian, Coming-Of-Age Story About Where We May Be Headed

Vesper Movie Review

  One of the best films showcased at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival is Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s Vesper. Set in what is described as the new dark ages, it’s a dystopian, coming-of-age story with immense heart and impressive, realistic world-building. In an unforgiving world, one young girl dreams

Review: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Shows That Taika Waititi’s Old Routine Isn’t What Thor Needs

Thor Love and Thunder Review

There’s no doubt that Taika Waititi’s entrance into the MCU was the jolt that Thor’s story needed. The writer-director not only re-invigorated the Chris Hemsworth-led franchise but also brought new vigor to the studio with his unique style full of wacky humor and a flash of color. Thor: Love and

Review: ‘The Outfit’ Is a Surprising Gangster Hit

The Outfit Review

Graham Moore made a splash in Hollywood seemingly out of nowhere, winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his first feature film writing credit, The Imitation Game. The eight-year-long absence perhaps gave the wrong idea that the “Oscar curse” can also apply to writers. But any thought of this will

“The Adam Project” Takes Us Back to Childhood Movie Nights With a Profound Message

The Adam Project Review

Knowing, Super 8, Zathura, E.T., The Last Mimzy. These are all sci-fi titles I loved as a child. Sure, some of them are probably not that good. I don’t remember them well, admittedly, but what I do remember is watching them all with my mom. Witnessing a narrative about something unimaginable not only found

Sundance Review: “Am I OK?” Superbly Highlights Why There is No Such Thing as Coming Out Too Late

Am I Ok? Sundance

Whether to close friends or relatives, coming out is one of the most difficult events in a person's life. Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, a real-life married couple of actors, explore platonic female friendship in their directorial debut and emphasize that each and every person's coming out is important, regardless of age. Lucy (Dakota

Sundance Review: Rebecca Hall Is A Force Of Nature In ‘Resurrection’

Resurrection Sundance Review

Writer-director Andrew Semans is no stranger to tackling real fears. In his first feature, Nancy, Please, he plays on the anxiety of moving out for the first time and ending up with a psycho roommate. Ten years later in Resurrection, the fears are much darker. Mothers fear that they won’t