TIFF 2018: Freaks – A Psychological Thriller

Freaks gets off an running thanks to a grounded story and standout performance from newcomer Lexy Kolker. Seven-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) is ordered by her dad, Henry (Emile Hirsch) to remain locked in their decrepit home.  Her dad thinks he is doing what’s best for her.  The reality couldn’t be further from the truth.  She’s not allowed outside.  As for her dad, we don’t really know what’s going on with him.  He tells Chloe that…

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TIFF 2018: Float Like A Butterfly

Paying homage to The Greatest, Float Like A Butterfly is grounded through the relationship between a father and daughter living in a rural area in Ireland. At first glance, the Irish drama looks like it could be just another sports movie.  Michael (Dara Devaney) is raising his daughter, Frances (Hazel Doupe as an adolescent), to be a fighter at a young age.  Things changed when he arrested and sent away to prison for a good…

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TIFF 2018: Beautiful Boy – A Wonderfully Acted Film

Beautiful Boy is a wonderfully acted film showing that Timothée Chalomet’s Oscar-nominated performance from last year was not a fluke. As wonderfully acted as the Felix van Groeningen film may be, the story of father-and-son, David (Steve Carell) and Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet), is such a sad one.  When we first meet David, he’s in some sort of office looking to learn more about crystal meth.  This is because his son, Nick, is an alcoholic and…

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TIFF 2018: A Star Is Born – A Home Run

Bradley Cooper’s feature directorial debut, A Star Is Born, knocks it out of the park thanks to a stellar performance from Lady Gaga. Following a performance, country rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) hits up whatever establishment he can find for alcohol.  It just so happens that he lands up one bar’s drag performance night.  A former employee, Ally (Lady Gaga) just happens to grace the stage that night.  When Jackson sees her perform, he…

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TIFF 2018: Searching for Ingmar Bergman

The late Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday is celebrated with a new documentary, Searching for Ingmar Bergman. In honor of what would be the Oscar nominee’s centennial birthday, director Margarethe von Trotta speaks with family members, Bergman’s actors, and Swedish filmmakers on the rise.  In doing so, we get a better idea of who Bergman was as a person and why he made the films he did.  What von Trotta seeks to examine are those…

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TIFF 2018: Rosie

Rosie takes us through 36 hours of a couple and their children upon becoming homeless and learning how to survive without losing their dignity. The film starts as Rosie Davis (Sarah Greene) and partner John Paul (Moe Dunford) find themselves in a tricky situation.  Kicked out of their home with nowhere to go, Rosie has a list of numbers provided by the Social Welfare Housing list.  All she wants is to find a place for her…

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TIFF 2018: Kingsway – This Comedy Gets Dark

For a romantic comedy, Kingsway certainly does get funny at times but the film’s content delves into dark comedy territory. After semiotics professor Matt Horvat (Jeff Gladstone) spots his wife’s motorcycle at a hotel, he rushes to tell his car mechanic sister, Jess Horvat (Camille Sullivan), and mother, Marion Horvat (Gabrielle Rose).  The two of them immediately jump to the conclusion that Jeff’s wife, Lori (Colleen Rennison), must be having an affair.  Whether she is…

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TIFF 2018: Black 47 – An Irish Western

Black 47 offers a Western vibe as the film takes us back to 1847 when the country of Ireland was two years into their battle with the Great Famine. Feeney (James Frecheville) returns to his home in Ireland after deciding to leave the British Army.  Nothing prepares him for the horrible conditions he’s about to face.  Despite having seen the conditions that war provides, the famine provides for some sights he wasn’t ready for.  Feeney discovers…

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TIFF 2018: The Old Man & The Gun

Being billed as Robert Redford’s final acting performance, the actor delivers quite possibly for the last time in The Old Man & The Gun. We’re taken back in time to 1981 when Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) was planning so many bank robberies.  What’s so perplexing about it was that this old man couldn’t have been nicer to the bank tellers.  In the words of many of them, he was pretty much almost a perfect gentleman! …

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TIFF 2018: Michal Aviad talks Working Woman

Working Woman director Michal Aviad joined Solzy at the Movies to discuss the Israeli film ahead of the international premiere at TIFF. Congrats on Working Woman holding its International Premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Films such as this one couldn’t be more relevant given everything in the news over the last year.  How much did the rise of the #MeToo movement help in getting the film completed? Michal Aviad:  #Metoo for me…

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