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  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★½

    Yes, this is one of the most visually beautiful Disney films I've ever seen, but it never felt new as it follows the same structure every Disney film follows. A progressive film like this deserves a progressive story and I was a little disappointed by its predictability. That said, it was still a charming tale and there are some great characters here.

    Everything was gorgeously animated - the water was magical and so lifelike - and the quirky side of…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

    Not as cinematic or operatic as Margaret, but equally as devastating. Lonergan sensitively handles the grief of these characters and allows each actor to truly shine. This really benefits from a re-watch as the structure is hard to digest the first time around. After a second viewing, it's easier to appreciate the flashback scenes and understand how they truly do add a layer of disclosure to the narrative.

    Casey Affleck is masterful here and I can't remember the last time…

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  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★★

    Not since Lost in Translation or Before Sunset have I seen a more honest portrayal of a brief encounter between two strangers. Weekend is a simple film; a breath of fresh air that is charming and quite personal. It’s easily relatable — and not just for a gay viewer, but for anyone who’s had to deal with a similar situation — and it transcends sexual orientation to become a universal story of powerful human connection.

    I’m not sure if this…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    TIFF 2016 Screening #6

    This was the most challenging film I've seen so far at the festival. I'm extremely happy that Tom Ford has made another film after falling in love with his debut feature, A Single Man, 7 years ago. Where that film was a lavish, stunning, period piece, Ford's sophomore feature is more of a self-aware, self-criticizing modern pulp tale that blends genres and styles and has a lot to say about society, consumerism, but most importantly, love…