Waves 2019 Movie - Film Review

TIFF 2019 Review: On the Spiritual Strivings of Trey Edward Shults’ ‘Waves’

“For a story that engages with tough, thorny questions of redemption and reconciliation, it’s a welcome development to have a filmmaker look upwards, not inwards.”

TIFF 2018: Director Laura Luchetti on ‘Twin Flower’ and the Art of Giving Shape to a Story

Bedatri Datta Choudhury Interviews Italian Director Laura Luchetti

TIFF 2018 Review: Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’

“‘Green Book’ becomes more than a comforting story of a friendship that today would actually be perfectly likely when its baseline intersectionality shows its limits.”

TIFF 2018: Interview With ‘Dogman’ Actor Marcello Fonte

Marshall Shaffer Interviews Italian Actor Marcello Fonte

TIFF 2018 Review: Felix Van Groeningen’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

“‘Beautiful Boy’ occasionally veers into prevention video territory, but the despair and forced acceptance that David goes through show a side of fatherhood that cinema rarely confronts. Sometimes, your child has to help himself.”

TIFF 2018: Like the Hope of Rain After a Long Summer – A Review of John Butler’s ‘Papi Chulo’

“Apart from fantastic performances from its cast, especially Bomer and Patiño, Papi Chulo’s biggest strength is the subtlety and grace with which it deals with the wide cross-section of issues it touches upon.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

“Anchored by a deeply sympathetic performance from Aparicio, ‘Roma’ is an empathetic, sentimental, stirring delight.”

Mid90s Movie Review - 2018 Jonah Hill Film

TIFF 2018 Review: Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s’

“The influence of Larry Clark’s 1995 cult film ‘Kids’ may be all over ‘Mid90s,’ but Hill has a more tender and perhaps more realistic approach of his young subjects: they are smart enough to know when they’re going too far.”

TIFF 2018: One Small Step – A Review of Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’

“What ‘First Man’ might lack in emotionality, Chazelle more than compensates for in spectacle.”

TIFF 2018: The French Affair – A Review of Louis Garrel’s ‘A Faithful Man’

“Within the power plays of a self-aware love triangle, Garrel examines love, sex and companionship and tries to get to a point where everyone meets and exists in perfect harmony. It’s a tug of war between these three, and the final result is basically a test of which one outlives the others.”

Widows Movie Review - 2018 Steve McQueen Film

TIFF 2018 Review: Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

“‘Widows’ offers the thrills and the feelings, the political and the sentimental corruption, the men but also, and especially, the women behind them, who will do anything for love, but won’t do that.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Brady Corbet’s ‘Vox Lux’

“By being so lazy and aggressive with his judgment of pop culture, Corbet ends up making a film that is bland in its anger, annoying in its attacks and ridiculous in its contempt for its characters and audience.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Sara Colangelo’s ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

“‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ is purposefully not a comfortable watch, but it satisfies in many ways. Not only is its central character an imperfect woman, but she also expresses her palpable rage in a strange and fascinating form of intellectual violence.”

TIFF 2018: Embracing the Oxymoronic – A Review of Jacques Audiard’s ‘The Sisters Brothers’

“Audiard finds the real drama of the film in how the seemingly boundless promise of the land collides with the very real limitations of the human imagination and body.”

TIFF 2017 Capsule Reviews

TIFF 2017: ‘Dark River,’ ‘Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,’ ‘Alanis,’ ‘Beast,’ ‘Occidental’

Zama Movie Review - 2017 Lucrecia Martel Film

TIFF 2017 Review: Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’

“‘Zama’ is the kind of historical film that refuses to concede even the smallest positivity to the history in question.”

TIFF 2017 Review: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’

“Guillermo del Toro may very well be cinema’s reigning master of monster mythology.”

TIFF 2017 Review (Wavelengths): Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s ‘Caniba’

“Have they never heard of negative space?”

TIFF 2017 Review: Govinda Van Maele’s ‘Gutland’

“The brooding ominousness Van Maele plays with throughout seems to run through many of this year’s European offerings.”

TIFF 2017 Review: Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

“‘Downsizing’ thinks it has big ideas, but artistically and intellectually, it’s as small as its protagonists.”