Sundance 2020: Falling

Viggo Mortensen’s feature directorial debut, Falling, benefits from having a superb performance from actor Lance Henriksen. When we first meet Willis (Lance Henriksen), we can immediately tell that he’s a character from a different era.  The more that we learn about him, the more we truly begin to know why: he has dementia.  One moment, Willis can be living in the present.  The next minute, he’ll be shouting for a wife who is no longer…

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Toronto 2019: Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is a psychological thriller that strangely enough also serves as a love letter of sorts to the city of Niagara Falls (Canada). Memory can be an interesting thing.  When Abby (Tuppence Middleton) returns to Niagara Falls after her mother’s death, it leads to some stressful relations with sister Laure (Hannah Gross).  It’s already bad enough that their mom’s hotel, The Rainbow Inn, is likely to be closed.  Neither Abby nor her sister, Laure…

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The Mountain may challenge its viewers

The Mountain is a slowly paced drama set in the world of lobotomies with leading performances from Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum. Welcome to the 1950s where Andy (Tye Sheridan) now lives in his father’s shadow.  His mom has already been confined to an institution by the time we meet him.  Enter Dr. Wallace Fiennes (Jeff Goldblum) into the picture.  He takes Andy under his wing as a photographer while touring an asylum.  You see,…

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