The Menu – Toronto 2022

The Menu isn’t a dish that you can eat but a fine dining experience that one must savor and relish in order to get the most out of it. There are some elements of horror but they are minor compared to the laughs in this satire. Trust me, I would never have seen this film if it were a horror movie! Given that Adam McKay is among the film’s producers, audiences should know that they…

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tick, tick…BOOM! Honors Jonathan Larson

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut, tick, tick…BOOM!, honors the work of the late Rent creator and composer Jonathan Larson. I’m going to be completely honest. I went into this film without really being familiar with Jonathan Larson’s (Andrew Garfield) work. Well, aside from the famous song from Rent. However, tick, tick…BOOM! is a project that didn’t know anything about in terms of music or stage play. But anyway, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the…

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Hot Air Falls Short Of Its Potential As Satire

Hot Air falls quite a bit short of its maximum potential in the political climate for satire especially with having a focus on conservative talk radio. Lionel Macomb (Steve Coogan) is the host of Fired Up.  He’s had this job for 20 years.  Don’t get me wrong–the comic actor brings the right persona required for the job.  The important thing here for the film is that we’re able to buy into Coogan as a right-wing…

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Sundance 2019: Before You Know It

Before You Know It manages to successfully blend the dysfunctional family comedy and soap opera genres together with a Jewish sensibility. Imagine living in your childhood apartment with your father, sister, and niece.  This is the situation that Rachel Gurner (Rachel Gurner)–stage manager at her family’s downstairs theatre–finds herself in.  The situation is one that isn’t so great for dating as Rachel learns rather quickly.  Together with sister Jackie (Jen Tullock) and father (Mandy Patinkin),…

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