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Hot Docs 2015: Planetary

Posted by Pam April 22, 2015 0 Comment 8876 views

Guy Reid’s new film Planetary is one of the more bountiful feasts for the eye that I’ve seen in a long time. Earth has rarely looked so beautiful. Of course, we humans are messing it up. But if you’re expecting another doom-and-gloom lesson on what we’re doing to the planet, you’re in for a surprise. […]

Hot Docs 2015: Love Between the Covers

Posted by Pam April 20, 2015 2 Comments 11825 views

Laurie Kahn opens her new documentary, Love Between the Covers, with a statistic: over 75 million Americans read at least one romance novel last year. If that little gem isn’t news to you, perhaps you’ll be surprised by the fact that romance is the biggest selling genre out there, outselling every other book genre, including […]

Hot Docs 2015: The Circus Dynasty (2014)

Posted by Pam April 19, 2015 0 Comment 8469 views

Anders Riis-Hansen’s documentary The Circus Dynasty has all the makings of a modern-day fairytale. Two talented circus families have worked together for 20 years. The Berdinos own and run the circus, and the Cassellys are fifth-generation circus artists, and the most awarded act in Europe. The heirs apparent, Patrick and Merrylu, are now poised to […]

Hot Docs 2015: On Her Own (2015)

Posted by Pam April 18, 2015 0 Comment 7864 views

Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s new documentary, On Her Own, tells a story that’s pretty familiar to most of us: the slow death of the family farm in America (and Canada, for that matter). While organic and local farming is gaining popularity, it’s difficult to compete with the output and production capabilities of huge agricultural complexes (I hesitate […]

Hot Docs 2015: Elephant’s Dream (2014)

Posted by Pam March 30, 2015 0 Comment 7632 views

Kristof Bilsen’s Elephant’s Dream is, at its essence, a story of hope and resilience in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through portraits of three government workers, Bilsen exposes the seriousness of that nation’s crumbling infrastructure after over a century of colonization, political crisis, war and corruption. We hear a lot these days about crumbling infrastructure […]

The New and Improved Innis Town Hall: It’s Worth all the Fuss

Posted by Pam February 27, 2015 1 Comment 4929 views

If you’re a cinema fan, and you live in Toronto, chances are you’ve seen a movie at the Innis Town Hall. Not only the main teaching and screening space for Innis College at University of Toronto, it’s also a community space, open to the public. Many film festivals screen there; the Cinema Studies Student Union […]

TIFF 2014: The Cobbler

Posted by Pam September 26, 2014 0 Comment 3631 views

Thomas McCarthy’s new film, The Cobbler, a modern-day fable about a shoe repairman.

TIFF 2014: This Is Where I Leave You

Posted by Pam September 17, 2014 0 Comment 1464 views

A terrific ensemble cast stars in this family comedy drama about four siblings (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll) who spend a week together in their childhood home, sitting Shiva with their mother (Jane Fonda) to fulfill their father’s dying wish. Old flames, old friends and old resentments abound as the Altman […]

TIFF 2014: Guidance

Posted by Pam September 16, 2014 0 Comment 1394 views

Guidance, the new feature film debut of Canadian director Pat Mills, recently had its world premiere at TIFF. It’s a darkly funny comedy about a man who, while pretending to be someone else, learns to accept himself. Mills, who also wrote the screenplay, stars as David Gold, a former child TV star and thirty-something actor […]

TIFF 2014: Kill Me Three Times

Posted by Pam September 13, 2014 0 Comment 876 views

The latest from Australian director Kriv Stenders, Kill Me Three Times is a dark and stylish good time. Starring the wonderful Simon Pegg as a contract killer and all-around charming bad guy, the film tells the story of a group of funny, rather nasty, selfish characters caught up in a mess of adultery, compulsive gambling, […]

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