Review: The Lockpicker

A troubled teen struggles to maintain his equilibrium in the wake of his friend’s death in The Lockpicker. Hashi (Keigian Umi Tang) is a teenage thief, who is haunted by the recent suicide of his friend Tess (Melissa McCann), who he still sees in visions. Sleepwalking through life in school, work, and parties, Hashi acts out […]

Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The dinosaurs escape the island in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It has been three years since the destruction and evacuation of the Jurassic World amusement park on the island of Isla Nubar. With a volcano set to erupt on the island and threatening to destroy all the remaining dinosaurs, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to do […]

Review: Incredibles 2

The family of superheroes return to action in Incredibles 2. After a battle with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger) leaves a lot of collateral damage, Bob Parr, aka Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson),  Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and their kids Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) are informed by their handler […]

Review: Ocean’s Eight

An all female gang of thieves plan a high risk diamond heist in Ocean’s Eight.  Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of the apparently recently deceased Danny, has just spent five years in prison, after being ratted out by her art dealer ex-boyfriend Claude Becker (Richard Armitage). It isn’t long before Debbie is reunited with her partner Lou (Cate […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Short Films

Here are my reviews of the short films that screened during the Toronto True Crime Film Festival. Maybe If It Were a Nice Room (Alicia K. Harris) Maybe If It Were a Nice Room can be best described a visual poem, showing many different styles of rooms. Each line of the poem gets into more […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Hostages

A pair of newlyweds are part of a plan to hijack a plane out of the USSR in Hostages. Nika ( Irakli Kvirikadze) and Anna ( Tinatin Dalakishvili) are a young Georgian couple, who are preparing for their upcoming nuptials. However, the two are also part of a plan, along with Sandro (Giorgi Grdzelidze), Koka (Giga […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: The Stranger

A woman’s relationship with a man she meets on Facebook turns out to be too good to be true in The Stranger. Amanda Kastrup is a single mother, who is randomly messaged by a woman on Facebook, trying to set Amanda up with the woman’s cousin Casper. It isn’t long before Amanda is in contact with […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: My Name Is Myeisha

The victim of a police shooting muses over her life, using hip-hop, spoken word poetry, and dance in My Name in Myeisha. After getting a flat tire while out with cousin Roni (Dominique Toney) and friend Kai (Dee Dee Stephens), 19 year old Myeisha (Rhaechyl Walker) opts to stay with the car while her friends get help. Later, […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Abducted in Plain Sight

The youngest daughter of a naive Idaho family is targeted by their neighbour in Abducted in Plain Sight. On October 17, 1974, 12 year old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her neighbour Robert “B” Berchtold, who had been friends with her family for the previous two years. The kidnapping is only the beginning of a story […]

Review: Fail to Appear

A caseworker works with a man charged with theft in Fail to Appear. Isolde (Deragh Campbell) is a trainee caseworker, who is assigned to assist Eric (Nathan Roder). Eric is a 30-something man, who has been charged with robbing an electronics store. Having already failed to appear at one court date, Eric is set to appear at […]