Aitch Alberto, Cast talk Aristotle and Dante

Filmmaker Aitch Alberto, Reese Gonzales, Max Pelayo, and producer Valerie Stadler discussed Aristotle and Dante during TIFF. Alberto wrote and directed the film adaptation of Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s novel. In addition to Gonzales and Pelayo, the film also stars Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Veronica Falcón, and Kevin Alejandro. Aristotle and Dante premiered in TIFF’s Discovery program in September. The following interview took place one day after the world premiere and it’s my hope that the…

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Kate Beckinsale talks Prisoner’s Daughter

During a roundtable interview in Toronto for Prisoner’s Daughter, Kate Beckinsale discussed the film and working with an injury. Beckinsale stars in the film alongside Brian Cox. The actress plays the estranged daughter of an aging prisoner dying of cancer. She’s reluctant to let him move in with her family but she’s tight on cash and he can provide money. The actress was injured four days into production. Shockingly, this is her first injury while…

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Brian Cox On Choosing Projects During The Hiatus

During a roundtable interview in Toronto for Prisoner’s Daughter, Brian Cox discussed how he tackles projects during the Succession hiatus. Cox stars in the film alongside Kate Beckinsale. The actor plays an aging prisoner who is dying of cancer and needs to convince his estranged daughter to let him move in with her family. Whichever distributor acquires the film has an award-worthy performance from the Succession star. I had hoped to ask more than one…

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What’s Love Got To Do With It? – Toronto 2022

What’s Love Got To Do With It? is a romantic comedy about the different ways people find love while living in a contemporary society. You’ve seen one rom-com, you’ve seen them all. What makes this one feel different is through its approach to the subject. Jemima Khan’s script does a few things here: it tackles documentary filmmaking, dating via apps, and finding a spouse through assisted marriage. But at the end of the day, are…

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Toronto 2022

Writer-director Aitch Alberto adapts Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, for the screen. The film focuses on a pair of Mexican-American teenagers, Aristotle Mendoza (Max Pelayo) and Dante Quintana (Reese Gonzales), in El Paso during the late 1980s. Their friendship isn’t like most and it leads them down a path of self-discovery. The pair initially meet at a swimming pool where Dante teaches Ari how to swim. One…

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Devotion – Toronto 2022

Devotion brings the Adam Makos book to the big screen in this inspiring true story about Navy fighter pilots Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner. The climax of the film focuses on the most brutal battle during a war that most people tend to look over these days: the Korean War. But before this, he focus is on an unlikely friendship between a pair of US Navy fighter pilots, Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner…

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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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The Banshees Of Inisherin – Toronto 2022

The Banshees Of Inisherin reteams filmmaker Martin McDonagh with In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. The newest McDonagh film is a pitch-black comedy set along the coast of Ireland. Pádraic Súilleabháin (Colin Farrell) and Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson) have been friends since as long as they can remember. Until now. For one reason or another, Colm decides that he no longer wants to be friends with Pádraic. Pádraic does what he can to…

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Empire of Light – Toronto 2022

There’s no denying that Empire of Light is a beautifully shot film but there’s something about the Sam Mendes picture that feels off. I’m gonna be honest here in that this is the film in which I had to fight to stay awake. When one is running on little-to-no sleep, films need to be engaging to keep one’s attention. Factor in Sam Mendes at the helm and Olivia Colman in a leading role, this film…

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The Woman King – Toronto 2022

Viola Davis turns in an award-worthy performance in The Woman King, a new historical epic that just premiered in Toronto. I had to juggle my schedule a bit in order to attend one of the TIFF screenings. It isn’t unfair to say that Viola Davis should get an Oscar nomination for her role as General Nanisca. This is an epic true story set in the African Kingdom of Dahomey in 1823. Nanisca (Viola Davis) leads…

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