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  • The Crucible

    The Crucible

    ★★★½

    I wish this was so much darker than it actually is. Obvious comparisons to Robert Eggers' The Witch come up and while The Crucible is over 50 years older than that film, it could have been produced with a bit more progression rather than a typical take of Arthur Miller's classic. What's great about this film, however, is that it doesn't feel staged even though it's adapted from a famous play. It could have felt very play-like in its transfer…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★

    Thoroughly entertaining, but it kind of tapers off near the end into typical action movie territory. The first half is fun, smart, and stylish, but it gets a little old really fast. In the end though, I enjoyed myself and I look forward to the sequel. However, if they kill any more dogs, I'M OUT.

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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…