Toronto 2019: Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari is an exhilarating crowd-pleaser that should keep audiences on their seat in Ford’s quest to build a winning race car. Race car driver-turned-car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British-born racer Ken Miles (Christian Bale) are racing legends.  We owe a great respect to their efforts in racing because without them, who knows what type of advances Ford would make.  Shelby had quit racing sometime prior due to health issues.  However, their…

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TIFF 2018: What They Had

Strong performances lift up What They Had as one Chicago family realizes that they must come to a decision on what to do about a loved one’s health. It’s the blistery cold of December when Ruth (Blythe Danner) has wondered off again.  Not knowing where she is, Bert (Robert Forster) calls Nick (Michael Shannon) who in term calls California-based sister Bridget (Hilary Swank).  The next thing we know, Bridget and her daughter, Emma (Taissa Farmiga),…

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SXSW 2018: All Square

All Square isn’t as much as a movie about gambling in as much as it is a character study of the players involved.   John Zbikowski (Michael Kelly) isn’t having the best of luck with being able to collect the money that people owe him.  He’s a bookie in a small town and when football season ends, the revenue stream just isn’t there.  Once basketball season starts to wind down, the revenue gets even smaller. …

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