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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    This is definitely the right time to tell this story. As mainstreamed as the transgender community has become, which is really only marginal still, it is still a very different concept for many people to comprehend and there is still so much ignorance and hatred to overcome. That said, imagine for a moment what it must have been like to be one of the very first transgender people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. To do so, you will have to…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Oh happiness, thou art an elusive tease. When one manages to find you, the world is alive in a way that both energizes and inspires. But when you’re gone, life can lose all of its colour. Making connections with the people around you is a struggle and the most mundane of tasks can feel absurd and unnatural. Many find a way to live in between these two extremes but for those of us out there who know what it means…

  • Where To Invade Next

    Where To Invade Next 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2015

    The title of Michael Moore’s latest film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, is groan inducing to say the least. It is also grossly misleading. For Moore’s first film in six years (his last was CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY), he makes a calculated, and necessary, decision to go in an entirely different direction. He’s still the liberal propagandist filmmaker hellbent on shaming America into admission of all its faults, but now he’s doing it with a wink and a smile. Will his…

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2015

    BEASTS OF NO NATION, Cary Fukunaga’s first film in four years (the fantastic JANE EYRE was his last feature), tells the tale of a young boy who is ripped from his family in Africa during a period of civil unrest and forced to join a group of mercenary militants to stay alive. It is a story that is inherent with strife and sadness but yet that rarely translates on screen here.

    Initially, BEASTS OF NO NATION is a fairly peaceful…

  • I Saw the Light

    I Saw the Light 2015

    ★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    Admittedly, before going into Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic, I SAW THE LIGHT, I knew very little about the country music legend. Unfortunately, having now seen the film, I don’t feel that I know him any better. I do know that Tom Hiddleston is one hell of an actor though.

    This is only Abraham’s second film and his lack of experience behind the camera is felt throughout the film. I commend him for taking a different approach to a genre…

  • Stonewall

    Stonewall 2015

    Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    I am a proud gay man. I don’t always agree with the direction the community takes but as far as my own sexuality goes, I accepted it twenty years ago (ouch) and have never looked back since. I owe so much of my ability to be this proud, and so many of the freedoms I enjoy today to the brave men and women who came before me and fought for equality and acceptance. The birth of that movement is oft…

  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2015

    At one point in Baltasar Kormákur’s true adventure story, EVEREST, a jounalist along for the trek asks the seasoned climbers the question on everyone’s mind; why? Why put your life at risk to climb a mountain that isn’t designed to be climbed by man or beast? No one at the table is able to provide a compelling answer to his question and I’m sure that some of you may be thinking of that famous line, “Because it’s there.” Personally, I…

  • Freeheld

    Freeheld 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2015

    The timing of Peter Sollett’s FREEHELD seems strange at first. While the film is first and foremost the true account of how one New Jersey detective fought the system so that her partner would get her pension when she passed away from cancer, it is also a compelling case for marriage equality at the same time. Only now, there is marriage equality in America and if the fight has been won, does the film run the risk of losing relevance?…

  • Sleeping Giant

    Sleeping Giant 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2015

    Expanded from the short film of the same name, SLEEPING GIANT is an accomplished debut and a truly evocative film from Dundas, Ontario native, Andrew Cividino. The film, which tells the story of three very different teenage boys spending their summer in Northern Ontario cottage country, is a subtle slow burn that announces a gigantic new voice in Canadian cinema.

    Of the three boys, Adam (Jackson Martin) is the film’s central focus. He spends his summers at his parents’ cottage…

  • He Named Me Malala

    He Named Me Malala 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2015

    Malala Yousafzai: It is better to live like a lion for one day than to live like a slave for 100 years.

    This quote is spoken by Nobel Peace Prize winner, education advocate and Taliban attack survivor, Malala Yousafzai but they are not her words. At the onset of Davis Guggenheim’s (WAITING FOR SUPERMAN) latest documentary, HE NAMED ME MALALA, inspired by her book, I Am Malala, Yousafzai tells the story of a young girl who stood up for what…

  • Demolition

    Demolition 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2015

    DEMOLITION, the latest in a hot streak of films by Canadian auteur Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, WILD) tackles grief in many an unexpected way. It does so by allowing for grief to manifest itself any which way it would like and then just invites us to sit back for the ride. Based on an original screenplay by novice writer Bryan Sipe, DEMOLITION has no clear path to enlightenment, which could have been a confused mess in a lesser actor’s…

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    Lenny Abramson’s ROOM is one of those movies that will surely struggle to find an audience that is brave enough to face its difficult subject matter. It is also one of those movies that will floor all who do find the nerve to see it. Trust me; you don’t want to miss it.

    At the age of seventeen, a young girl (Brie Larson) is kidnapped and locked in a shed to be used for her captor’s sexual purposes. Two years…