The new Brett Morgen documentary, Moonage Daydream, is not a revelatory David Bowie documentary but more of an art house experience. Being a fan of David Bowie’s music does not necessarily mean that one will leave the film with a satisfying feeling. Take it from me, I’m a fan of his work but this isn’t the revelatory documentary that I thought it would be. Part of it comes off as a concert film and the…"Moonage Daydream – Toronto 2022"
Bros is a desperately needed studio LGBTQ romantic comedy that has been long-overdue for many years at the box office. It is ridiculously absurd that LGBTQ people still have a hard time seeing themselves in studio comedies. Why is it so hard for studios to make LGBTQ comedies? What makes this film different from Happiest Season is that nobody is going back in the closet, thank G-d. I’ll be happy if I never see another…"Bros – Toronto 2022"
Moving On might have some touching moments of drama but the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin team-up is full of nonstop laughter. The two actresses are fresh off of Grace & Frankie and at it again. This time, they play a pair of best friends, Claire (Jane Fonda) and Evelyn (Lily Tomlin), attending the funeral of college roommate, Joyce. Both of them want to get revenge on Joyce’s widower, Howard (Malcolm McDowell), for previous events that transpired.…"Moving On – Toronto 2022"
Ryan White’s newest documentary, Good Night Oppy, follows the twin Mars rovers during what was supposed to be a 90-day mission. There’s a story that Jews love to tell each year about the miracle of Chanukah oil. There was enough to last for one night but it miraculously lasted for eight nights. Cut to many centuries later and Good Night Oppy is telling a similar story, only it’s a fight against age and nature. A…"Good Night Oppy – Toronto 2022"
Jennifer Lawrence delivers a showcase performance in Causeway as a recently injured soldier transitioning back to life in New Orleans. The actress is completely silent during the film’s opening minutes. This is because Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence) is recently back from Afghanistan because of brain injury during an IED explosion. Sharon (Jayne Houdyshell) looks after her during the transition back to life. Things take a while to get going but she slowly gets back to living…"Causeway – Toronto 2022"
Writer-director Rian Johnson has done it again as he takes Detective Benoit Blanc on a new adventure in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. The one downside of this film being released by Netflix is that it’s theatrical release will probably be a brief one. That’s a shame. No matter how many times I’ve watched Knives Out since seeing it twice in theaters, watching at home just isn’t the same. You really need the audience…"Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Toronto 2022"
An aspiring singer-songwriter falls for a local bookstore clerk while still being married to her husband in The Swearing Jar. Carey (Adelaide Clemens) isn’t just a newlywed and married to Simon (Patrick J. Adams), she also learns early on that she’s pregnant. Her mother-in-law, Bev (Kathleen Turner), is a real Debbie Downer and doesn’t take kindly to this news at first. A lot of this is because she’s afraid Simon will turn into his father…"The Swearing Jar – Toronto 2022"
Stellar is not the typical film that one might find taking place at a bar as the world unravels right outside the windows. In many ways, Stellar is a contemplative film that leads audiences to think about what’s happening with nature. Unfortunately, this film will not be for everyone. Weirdly, all of the chaos happening outside the dive bar has no immediate impact on the building itself. I mean, the bartender (Rossif Sutherland) has a…"Stellar – Toronto 2022"
In bringing The Fabelmans to Toronto, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg unveiled yet another masterpiece in cinema. Steven Spielberg has always had a way with the camera but what this film does is show audiences just how this love of filmmaking came to be. If you’ve watched Spielberg on HBO or read Joseph McBride’s book, you’re already at an advantage. It’s why none of the film came to me as a surprise because I was already…"The Fabelmans – Toronto 2022"
Muru is a very tense thriller as a community police officer must decide between doing his job and protecting his community. This film is inspired by true events but it’s not a recreation. Per the start of the film, it’s actually a response to the raid. And honestly, looking at the conversation about policing in the past few years, it makes one rethink their feelings. I mean, honestly, is a person a terrorist when they…"Muru – Toronto 2022"