Olunike Adeliyi

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.

French Immersion Review

Sometimes it pains me to say when a film is an unwatchable mess. Films like French Immersion have an incredible amount of talent in front of the camera and behind it. It is supposed to be a comedy about the differences between English and French speaking Canada, but instead it’s a soul-sucking train wreck full of punchlines so misguided they would make Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy think twice. Sickeningly unfunny and dreadfully “Canadian,” Tierney’s film strikes out on almost every conceivable level.