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  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Lives of Others
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Stranger Than Paradise

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  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

  • Scarborough

    ★★★★

  • A Simple Plan

    ★★★★★

  • Total Recall

    ★★★★½

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  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

    Quite well made, quite a tough watch… assuming you know what's going to happen. Aida drives me a little crazy at times, but I'm not sure I wouldn't try every crazy, illogical thing she tries too.

    I only wish bad things for Radko Mladic.

  • Scarborough

    Scarborough

    ★★★★

    Life for kids in tough situations is made a bit better through friendships they make at a literacy drop-in centre in Toronto’s eastern suburbs. Astute writing, acting, direction makes for a sadly all too believable story of not-always-overcoming of adversity. Tough to watch some inhumanity at times, but the more humane moments make it all worthwhile.

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  • 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…

  • 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…