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  • Submarine

    Submarine

    ★★★★½

    Growing up ain’t easy. Clever and imaginative writing, deadpan delivery, sly direction, insane hair… it’s all terribly seductive.

    So long since I first saw Submarine that I’d forgotten everything other than i held it in high regard when I first saw it at TIFF. Big props for this mostly overlooked film.

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    I've been hearing that Luca is not one of those Pixar films, one of the great, multi-layered, profound ones that will end up on people's all-time favourites list, so my expectations were lowered… but

    It turns out that Luca is a lovely film about growing up and the growing freedom that comes with that, the joy of discovery that accompanies the freedom, and about the people that surprise us as we explore life, and the friends we make. It's sweet,…

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  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★★★½

    Quite the epic. A fiction inspired by the life of painter Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck's Werk Ohne Autor (which literally means Work Without Author, and could have been translated as Uncredited Work, or simply Anonymous) tells the story of Kurt Barnert, a prodigiously talented boy growing up on the outskirts of Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, who witnesses the bombing of that city and the destruction of his family in the 1940s, who trains as an artist in…

  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    What a slow-burning piece of shit. What an irretrievable stinker. What a dump-truck of dumb. This is not the film that you describe by saying "Not even the estimable Patricia Clarkson could save this sorry celluloid", this is the film that took the preternaturally gifted Ms Clarkson and broke her. This is the film where director Carol Morley told Patsy Clarkson to stare off blankly into space, and "I'll film that for 4 hours".

    Of course TIFF claims that the…