TIFF 2020: Akilla’s Escape Review

Charles Officer's latest, Akilla’s Escape, is a tense and thought-provoking examination of generational gang violence AND a richly layered neo-noir that packs a thrilling punch.

TIFF 2020: No Ordinary Man Review

No Ordinary Man is a stunner of a documentary. It’s a hybrid really, in which the filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt add just the right dose of creative fiction to galvanise the largely forgotten history of a trans icon, American Jazz musician Billy Tipton.

Rent-A-Pal Review: Companionship On-Demand

There is no way writer/director Jon Stevenson could have possibly known how topical Rent-A-Pal would be. While certain aspects of the plot may feel far fetched and intentionally dated, the yearning for connection and finding that on a screen is now more potent than ever. David (Brian Landis Folkins) is a pretty lonely guy. Living […]

Fantasia 2020 Review: The Dark and The Wicked

Brutality is not limited to physical torment. The Dark and The Wicked is emotionally brutal, and a bit physically tortuous too. The film begins with Louise (Marin Ireland) and her brother Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) returning home to pay their final respects to their father. He is at hospice at home, and will likely not […]

The Owners Review: Not A Worthy Investment

Home invasions gone wrong can be a particularly interesting premise for a film. You never know who people truly are until you try to take their stuff while on their own turf. Recent botched break ins like Don’t Breathe and Villains are good examples of the terror or hilarity that ensue after damn kids enter […]