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  • Annihilation



    belonging to a foreign country or nation.
    unfamiliar and disturbing or distasteful.
    relating to or denoting beings supposedly from other worlds;
    (of a plant or animal species) introduced from another country and later naturalized.

    Alex Garland's Annihilation is a surreal journey into the dark heart of humanity, told through some of the most inhuman imagery you'll ever see. It's not for the faint of heart, nor for those who would resist its visceral pull. Annihilation is a…

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour


    As a period drama and a historical snapshot, Darkest Hour mostly comes out on top. Its 1940 setting is meticulously rendered and feels not just authentic but lived in. Gary Oldman, buried under a mound of makeup to play Winston Churchill, is unrecognizable, both in appearance and demeanor.

    But as a character study it slogs through biopic cliches: a big central performance, a lionizing feel-good portrayal of a historically-complicated figure, and a remove from its protagonist that prevents us from…

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  • Long Time Running

    Long Time Running


    This review is part of a series based on the films of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.


    The country wasn't ready to say goodbye to Gord Downie. For 30 years he and his bandmates in The Tragically Hip have been soundtracking Canadian parties, BBQs, makeout sessions, and everything between. But when his cancer diagnosis was made public in early 2016, that's what Canada was forced to do. In a way it felt like the band's summer tour, their…

  • Whiplash



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Damien Chazelle's Whiplash is a blistering, edgy film, an exercise in contrasts. For all the minimalism of its plotting, there are surprising narrative turns. For the plainness of its settings there is a maelstrom of cinematic techniques. And despite the sense that the movie has a happy ending, there is dark subtext to the notion that its protagonist has weathered a storm.

    Miles Teller plays Andrew, a young conservatory jazz drummer whose aspirations are nothing less than to be legendary.…