Rachel West

Associate Editor / Senior Critic
Rachel West is a former senior producer for ET Canada and Cineplex with a B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies from Carleton University. She has interviewed everyone from Michael Fassbender to Miss Piggy and has reported live from TIFF, SXSW, Star Wars Celebration, Comic-Con, D23, CinemaCon, BAFTA Tea Party, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes, among other events. Her film writing and interviews have appeared in publications and outlets including Entertainment Tonight Canada, Global News, Shaw Connect, The National Post, Toronto Film Scene, Cineplex Magazine, CAA Magazine, Mondo Magazine, Discover Toronto, The Weather Network and more. Rachel’s hobbies include introducing herself to cats she meets on the street, travelling, quoting obscure lines from “The Simpsons” and posting all about it on Twitter. Rachel is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and has served on several film festival juries including the Rising Sun International Film Festival in Japan, the Tallgrass Film Festival and the ICFF Lavazza Inclucity Festival.

Articles by Rachel West:

  • French Girl movie review: Zach Braff romantic-comedy
    March 14, 2024

    French Girl Review: Très charmant

    Zach Braff, Évelyne Brochu and la belle province put on a charming display in the new Canadian romantic-comedy, French Girl.

  • Argylle movie review
    February 3, 2024

    Argylle Review: The Spy Who Exhausted Me

    Tropes are stretched far too thin in Jason Fuchs’ script that by the time the movie begins to embrace its absurdity in its third act, it’s too late. 

  • Film Review: Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer documentary
    January 19, 2024

    Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer Review

    The new documentary Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer meanders through Herzog’s life and career with rambling reflections from the man himself.

  • Photograph of Tom Felton as “Peter” and Amanda Crew as “Eve” in director Joel David Moore’s film SOME OTHER WOMAN, a Vortex Media release. Credit : Vortex Media Inc.
    January 11, 2024

    Some Other Woman Review: Who Is She?

    If you’re in the mood for a light psychological thriller, Some Other Woman is a satisfactory thriller that has a few tricks up its sleeve that may catch you off guard.

  • Movie review: Mean Girls musical reboot
    January 10, 2024

    Mean Girls Review: Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen

    Mean Girls is a delightfully funny and fresh take on high school teenage girl clique-dom with engaging characters, witty, highly quotable dialogue, and a cast of future stars. It’s just too bad that movie came out in 2004.

  • imagineNATIVE: Inky Pinky Ponky
    October 13, 2023

    5 Films and a Shorts Program To See At imagineNATIVE 2023

    The 24th annual imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival returns to Toronto and online this month. With 14 feature films and 70 short films screening, here are our picks for five films you need to see, plus a shorts program.

  • September 20, 2023

    TIFF 2023: Memory Review

    Peter Sarsgaard and Jessica Chastain star in Michel Franco’s quietly subdued character study, Memory. One of the highlights of TIFF and featuring dynamite performances from two veteran actors, Memory is a compassionate tale of two broken people longing for connection and stability.