20
Oct

Bad Times at El Royale (8/10)

Circa 1968, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors – before everything goes to hell. Review Very surprising storyline (Tarantino done right) (+1)Great cast (Chris Hemsworth, Jeff […]

19
Oct

Halloween [2018] (6/10)

It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready […]

16
Oct

Mutafukaz (6/10)

In Dark Meat City, a young man develops supernatural powers after an otherwise uneventful scooter accident. Review Good visuals & art direction (+1)Quirky story (+1/2)Average expectations, largely met but not exceeded (+0)As weird as French rap can be (-1/2) I wanted to love this animation—someone at work had shown me an art book about it […]

15
Oct

Volontaire [FR] (5.5/10)

When Laure enrolls as a communications officer in the Naval Fusiliers, she must quickly adapt to and assimilate the rules that apply within the institution. Review Pretty actors (+1/2)Long, tedious story (-1/2)Strong feminism (+1/2)Average expectations, met (+0) In fairness, I was secretly hoping this movie would be a smart version of G.I. Jane; it turns […]

14
Oct

Colette (7.5/10)

After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. Review Good feminist story (+1/2)Relevant history (+1/2)Great costumes & art direction (+1/2)Keira Knightley!!! (+1/2)High expectations, met but not surpassed […]

12
Oct

First Man (8/10)

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book […]

11
Oct

The Fireflies Are Gone [QC] (7/10)

The Fireflies Are Gone is a 2018 Canadian drama film directed by Sébastien Pilote. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Canadian Film Review Great performance by Karelle Tremblay (+1)Good “slice of life” story of non-urban regions (+0)Very nice […]

9
Oct

Fireworks [JP] (6/10)

Norimichi and Yusuke are both infatuated with their classmate Nazuna. But when Nazuna decides to run away from home, it’s Norimichi she asks to join her. After their plans go awry, Norimichi discovers a magical ball that has the power to manipulate time and give them a second chance, but each reset brings new complications. […]

7
Oct

A Star Is Born (7/10)

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as […]

7
Oct

Mr. Know-It-All [FR] (7.5/10)

A football coach afraid of commitment has to take care of his nephew with Asperger’s Syndrome. Review Endearing characters (+1/2)Average expectations, surpassed (+1/2)Delightful story, wonderful ending (+1)Respectful/credible depiction of Aspergher’s Syndrome (+1/2) After the disastrous depiction of autism (“the spectrum”) in the latest Predator, this was exactly what I needed to wash the bad taste […]