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:

  • October 6, 2022

    Tár Review: Cate Blanchett Delivers the Performance of Her Career

    Actor-turned-director Todd Field made us wait 16 years between Little Children and Tár, and friends, it was well worth the wait. In a career of great performances, Cate Blanchett delivers what can be considered the pinnacle of her body of work in this dark character study.

  • Sterling K. Brown and Mark Duplass in TIFF film "Biosphere"
    September 22, 2022

    TIFF 2022: Biosphere Review

    Director Mel Eslyn’s Biosphere was a surprise late add to the TIFF line-up just days before the official start of this year’s festival. With only two public screenings, audiences were asked, nay, begged, not to give away any of the plot’s details because, as it turns out, simply describing what the film is about is a huge spoiler.

  • September 17, 2022

    TIFF 2022: EO Review

    Enduring hardship and strife, as well as kind words and attention along the way, EO’s journey is a beautiful, maddening, sentimental, heartbreaking, and humourous one. Plus, there’s a top-notch cameo from Isabelle Huppert!

  • September 16, 2022

    TIFF 2022: The Good Nurse Review

    Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain team-up for the true-crime medical thriller The Good Nurse.

  • Barbarian
    September 7, 2022

    Barbarian Review: A Surprisingly Twisty Shocker

    Appearances are not what they seem with the new horror movie Barbarian. Rarely does a horror movie so surprising come along that even discussing the finer plot points would spoil the effect. Filled not with red herrings, but with a unique story, Barbarian will delight genre fans, offering something that was perhaps unexpected.

  • The Invitation
    August 26, 2022

    The Invitation Review: New Blood For The Vampire Genre

    Audiences have been fascinated by vampires for hundreds of years. In a year where Nosferatu celebrates its 100th birthday, The Invitation is just the latest in a long line of stories about the undead.

  • The Black Phone
    June 24, 2022

    The Black Phone Review: Answer This Call

    Though it may not be scary enough for seasoned horror fans, The Black Phone is an intelligent and thoughtful story that is well worth a trip to the cinema this summer.

  • Mattie Do's The Long Walk horror film ghost story review
    March 1, 2022

    The Long Walk Review: A Philosophical Ghost Story

    In her third feature film, Laos’ Mattie Do—the country’s only female filmmaker and only horror director—blends both genre and timelines into one philosophical ghost story in The Long Walk.

  • Marry Me with Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson
    February 10, 2022

    Marry Me Review: Say Yes To JLo

    Truly refreshing—in more ways than one—Marry Me is an utterly charming movie that will win over even the most jaded of romance movie watchers.

  • Meet Me In The Bathroom Sundance 2022 music documentary review
    January 25, 2022

    Sundance 2022: Meet Me In The Bathroom Review

    A time capsule for elder Millennials, young Gen Xers, and anyone who counts themselves among early 2000s indie rock scene fans, Meet Me In The Bathroom is a trip down memory lane.

  • Colin Farrell After Yang movie review Sundance 2022
    January 22, 2022

    Sundance 2022: After Yang Review

    Kogonada’s After Yang is a visually pleasing sci-fi drama about loss, memory, and what it means to be human.