The Walk (Zemeckis, 2015)

I will confess, too, that the last act of The Walk, when Philippe Petit finally executes his tight wire trip between the two towers of the World Trade Center has some swell special effects. Read more

Boiling Pot (Ashmawey, 2015)

While it is not as accomplished and polished as Do The Right Thing, The Sixth Sense, or Reservoir Dogs–films that announced the arrival of a major new talent–Boiling Pot is certainly good enough to land the Ashmaweys on my “keep an eye out for what they do next” list. Read more

Actor for Hire (Mizelle, 2015)

Jesse is a young, average-looking, bald guy trying to make it in Hollywood. Read more

Honor Thy Father (Matti, 2015)

The first hour of Erik Matti’s Honor Thy Father (★★★★) is so good, so steeped in its time and place, that one can’t help but feel a little disappointed that it’s second half becomes a fairly conventional heist genre film. Read more

90 Minutes in Heaven (Polish, 2015)

These days when I watch a new Christian movie, my first question is usually: who is the intended audience? Read more

TIFF 2015 — Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Koreeda)

Our Little Sister (★★★★★) is a special film, one that I will return to before the year is over and treasure the memory of as years go by and festivals blur one into another. It is a masterpiece from one of cinema’s quiet giants. Read more

TIFF 2015 — A Flickering Truth (Pietra Brettkelly)

A documentary about film preservation in Afghanistan challenges us with the question of what’s worth living for and what’s worth risking our lives for. Read more

TIFF 2015 — The Martian (Ridley Scott)

It should not have been that hard, I think, to make a fully satisfying film version of Andy Weir’s The Martian. Read more

TIFF 2015 — Our Last Tango (German Kral)

Our Last Tango would be worth watching, if only for the dance sequences. Read more

TIFF 2015: Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée)

Demolition is not likely to be anyone’s favorite film from TIFF 2015. Or, at least, I am confident it won’t be mine. Read more


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