Snowtime! revamps a beloved French-Canadian film with animated remake

Directed by Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson Written by Normand Canac-Marquis, Paul Risacher Starring Lucinda Davis, Angela Gallupo, Sandra Oh Classification G Genre family Country USA Language English War is manufactured fun but sombre for a moment in this lively, animated remake of La guerre des tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), a beloved French-Canadian film from 1984. When a […]

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Meryl Streep on all-white film fest jury: ‘We’re all Africans really’

The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled in the debate about diversity in the movie industry Thursday, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that “we’re all Africans really.” Streep, who heads a festival film jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and inclusion “of all genders, races, ethnicities, […]

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Hail, Caesar: Coen brothers have a point to make, but fail in their purpose

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich Classification 14A Genre comedy Year 2016 Country U.K./USA Language English In their disappointing new comedy Hail, Caesar!, Ethan and Joel Coen tip their hats to a parade of Hollywood movies from the forties and fifties including the biblical spectacular […]

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Distilling the truth in the film adaptation of The Lady in the Van

‘The writer is double,” the author Alan Bennett muses in his novella The Lady in the Van. One duality simply lives, the other lives to write. These two Bennetts speak to each other once again in the new film from England’s raconteur laureate. The Victorian literary imagination had the madwoman in the attic; 1970s Alan Bennett has the eccentric in […]

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Comedy-horror fails to die, fails as film

Directed by Burr Steers Written by Burr Steers Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston Classification 14A Country USA Language English Just like one-third of its subject matter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a film that doesn’t know how to die. Despite every indication that the forces of fate were against it – three directors were hired before Burr […]

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Janis: Little Girl Blue shares another small piece of the singer’s heart

Directed by Amy Berg Starring Janis Joplin, Chan Marshall, Dick Cavett Classification 14A Genre documentary Year 2016 Country USA Language English In this competent documentary on the life and times of a blues-screeching little girl lost, a friend of Janis Joplin recalls the performer’s formative days in Port Arthur, Tex. “She couldn’t figure out how to make herself like everybody […]

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Ricky Gervais’s (most awkward) awkward moment, and other hits and misses from the Golden Globes

Last night’s Golden Globe Awards saw the return of Ricky Gervais as host, and he was even meaner than you probably expected. By the halfway point he looked bored and was complaining about how long the show was taking. The winners, of course, were happy to take their time. The Revenant scored big, taking home the awards for best motion […]

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Can the Golden Globes predict the Oscars? A brief primer on the major categories

Let’s get something out of the way right now: No Academy Awards voter will be swayed by what happened Sunday night at the Golden Globes – nomination polls for this year’s Oscars closed on Friday night. But despite the timing – and the general sketchiness of those who comprise the oft-mocked Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the Globes have a […]

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Artistic producer of SummerWorks Festival to step down

Michael Rubenfeld is stepping down as artistic producer of the SummerWorks Festival – after eight years during which the Toronto indie theatre and performance festival doubled in attendance, broadened its mandate and launched a winter spinoff focused on international work. Oh, and found its programming condemned by the Prime Minister’s Office. But more on that in a moment. “I’ve been […]

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Two date-night romance films for an eye-rolling Valentine’s Day

The Choice 1 star Directed by Ross KatzWritten by Bryan SipeStarring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Tom WilkinsonClassification PG; 111 minutes A Date with Miss Fortune 1.5 stars Directed by John L’EcuyerWritten by Ryan K. Scott, Jeannette SousaStarring Jeannette Sousa, Ryan K. ScottClassification PG; 97 minutes In the sappy romantic drama The Choice, we are told by a male narrator in […]

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