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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★½

    "JOKER wants to paint its subject as a hero – as a man who the system failed and who pushed back against that failing system. The trouble is Joker doesn’t push back against the failing system – he shoves a stick of dynamite into the gears and lights the fuse. That’s not heroic: That’s anarchy and should not be celebrated..."

    Read the full review at The Matinee

  • Country Music

    Country Music

    ★★★★

    Any music documentary that considers history “done” before the age of online music is truly incomplete.

    A wonderful walk through the history of the genre, but its omission of everything from Cash’s American years, to The Dixie Chicks fight with the establishment. Shania Twain is given a passing mention that lasts about thirty seconds.

    When artists like Taylor Swify, Leann Rimes, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood are missing from your “history”, you drew a line too far out.

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★

    “IT CHAPTER TWO shifts the focus of the story.

    When the first chapter decided to frame itself around The Losers Club as children, the film turned into one all about fear. It contrasted the everyday fears that children have the resources to face, with fears monsters in the closet that they feel as though they cannot face.

    The second chapter chiefly abandons talk of fear and instead turns the story into one of memory; what memories we cling to, and which we choose to bury.

    The pivot doesn’t really work...”

    Read the full review at The Matinee

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★★

    “Those hushed conversations about a teammate you’ve overheard in the lunchroom from time to time? The Hustlers are having them; they’re just wearing stilettos while they whisper.


    Make no mistake though: When there’s work to do, these ladies get in formation...”

    Read the full review at The Matinee 

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★★

    "This is a film that understands the deep disorientation that can come from deception. Our world is one where any lie can become the truth if it is said with enough conviction. We can be persuaded to hate an entire group of people, or consider ourselves lesser. We can believe that we owe our successes and our very selves to the influence of another.

    Carol goes through this a lot over the course of CAPTAIN MARVEL. She is told time…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    "...The danger with an attachment to objects is that eventually one begins to see people as objects too. Siblings, staff, significant others – the temptation can be high to see all of these souls as an extension of the self and a way to tell the world whatever one wants about oneself.

    The people we seat at our table, the company we keep as we walk through an event, there are many amongst us who see these people as little…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    "As we look around at the people we meet in life, we can usually point to the people who have done the best for themselves. Often they are the ones with the most rewarding jobs, perhaps the ones with the flashiest lifestyles. Now and then, the select few who get both.

    It’s easy to be jealous of these people – to covet so much of what they have. It’s even tempting to conflate success with moral fortitude. Seldom is that…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    "Once upon a time, we read clever words in books and took their meaning to heart. We believed we were the first to read them, the first to truly understand them. Once upon a time, we listened to silly songs and wept along with the lyrics. We believed that they told our tale, that they expressed the feelings in our souls better than we ever could. Once upon a time, we yelled at our parents. We believed they didn’t “get us”, and that they were just trying to tell us what to do.

    Christ we were idiots. Beautiful, impulsive, energetic, living-out-loud idiots..."

    Full review @ www.thematinee.ca/ladybird/

  • Suburbicon

    Suburbicon

    "At the end of the day, SUBURBICON reminds us that there is a world of difference between A Coen Brothers Film and “Coen-esque”. While these actors certainly have the right sense of humour, and George Clooney has spent many hours studying The Gospel According to Joel and Ethan, the result is sorely lacking. The timing feels off, the message is messy, the absurdity is both not absurd enough and too absurd all at the same time.

    Clooney can make a pretty good sauce…but it’s not as good as Nona’s..."

    Full review @ www.thematinee.ca/suburbicon/

  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    ★★★★★

    "More than anything, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary is about the faces that come-and-go through these public spaces. Some are pensive, some are vacant. Some are deeply plugged-in with what is happening around them, and some are clearly don’t want to be there. These faces are from all walks of life, all classes, all levels of education. Some are well-heeled, some are homeless. Some are studiously working on thoughtful projects, some are taking selfies.

    The point is that more than any other…

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    ★★★½

    "As we look around at the people in our lives, we can see many things. We may only see what they choose to reveal, or we may be privileged enough to witness a side of them shared only with a lucky few. It’s also possible that we can see in them something that they don’t even see in themselves.

    These facets catch and refract the light in amazing ways to us mere mortals, and can often inspire great things. These…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Wonder Woman is the hero we don't deserve, but the one we need right now

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