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  • Split

    Split

    ★★★

    Not yet convinced that this isn't stigmatizing a serious mental illness, but it does yield a complex performance from McAvoy who has never been better. It's the best Shyamalan film since The Village and he doesn't have to rely on the often cheap device of a plot twist to provide an engaging story.

    Oh, and can we please cast Betty Buckley in more films? She was absolutely stellar in this.

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★½

    So. Many. Firearms.

    This movie is riddled with bullets, but everyone had maybe 4% accuracy. Just goes to show that humans are too stupid to have guns, but when they do in a Ben Wheatley film it's a high-wire act from start to finish. Such great genre entertainment.

    Oh, and Sharlto Copley is amazing.

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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…