Review: Brooklyn

A young Irish immigrant adjusts to like in America in Brooklyn. Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is a young woman from a small Irish town, who is arranged by her older sister to go to the US for a better future, with priest and sponsor Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) arranging for Eilis’ accommodation and employment. Eilis is initially incredibly […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2015: Closet Monster

A closeted homosexual teenager struggles with his identity and relationship with his father in Closet Monster. Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup) is an aspiring make-up artist living alone with his overbearing father (Aaron Abrams). After witnessing a brutal hate crime as a kid, Oscar fears the repercussions of people finding out he is homosexual, even though he begins […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2015: Sleeping Giant

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF15 A trio of teenage boys come of age one summer in an Ontario cottage community in Sleeping Giant. Adam (Jackson Martin) is a 15 year old boy spending his summer in a sleepy cottage community. Adam is friends with Riley (Reece Moffett), though he also has […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2015: Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

A Canadian Muslim man arrested for terrorism is freed after spending half his life behind bars in Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr. At the age of only 15 years old, Canadian-born Omar Khadr was captured by American forces and sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, where he was subjected to torture and interrogations. With his family known […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2015: The Forbidden Room

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF15 Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson embark on a surreal cinematic journey in The Forbidden Room. A series of interconnected narratives tells stories inspired by forgotten genres from cinema’s past. Over the course of this increasingly weird and surreal journey, a number of familiar faces […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2015: Into the Forest

Two sisters try to cope on their own after an apocalyptic event in Into the Forest. Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) are two sisters who live in an isolated house by a forest with their father Robert (Callum Keith Rennie). Suddenly one evening, the power unexpectedly goes out, with reports saying that […]