• Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    That's two movies this weekend that make it a point to poke fun at Timothee Chalamet's scrawniness, a trend I can get behind

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    Seems like a whole lot of work just for a really great final two minutes

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★½

    One good battle scene and Ben Affleck doing god knows what can't save this from being maybe the most pointless movie ever? The film is so hyper-obsessed with getting to that final duel that it's almost remarkable it takes so long to get there. There's not really much point to the three perspective structure - in order to make something like that work, the scenes need to be noticeably and intentionally different, but here, it feels like we're seeing the…

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★½

    Has an admittedly intriguing central concept that has the potential to spring off into an array of different avenues, but the film ultimately doesn't really know where to go with it. The narrative is too distracted by a stale family drama storyline that never gets at the heart of why it's even being filtered through the lamb stuff in the first place, and all the most effective lamb imagery ends up being wasted in the first half hour anyway. Maybe should've just been a comedy.

    GRADE: C+

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    Imagine letting Rami Malek do that to you

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★½

    cool enjoyed those two episodes so when's the next one?

  • Maid

    Maid

    ★★★★½

    An astounding achievement, right up there with some of the television heavyweights of the last decade. It stakes that claim quietly and slowly, its scope limited and its style unfussy, yet it manages to be so rich and fully realized even in - and perhaps because of - the repetition that drives the story. The most remarkable thing about the series is how well it portrays the crushing loneliness you can feel even while amongst people - and not just…

  • Scarborough

    Scarborough

    ★★★½

    A quietly solid, lovely film out of TIFF, a tad long but understands the power of community and connectivity and tells its triplet of stories with care. Stellar, standout performances from Liam Diaz, Essence Fox, and Anna Claire Beitel.

    GRADE: B

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★½

    Can we get a redo with this cast except this time it's an original story and we can see all of them?

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    ★★

    I'm sorry to Kaitlyn and Amandla for having to do their best with this material...but Amy you did this to yourself

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★½

    Surprised by how much this works for me overall given how much of it doesn't in the moment. It feels simultaneously so assured yet so disjointed and stilted, breaking a number of screenwriting and story rules throughout to very mixed results. It's two films in one, each with its own vision and plenty of striking moments, and they have a difficult time coming together outside of broad thematic, atmospheric strokes. Not that I necessarily need Schrader to remake First Reformed,…

  • Uprising

    Uprising

    ★★★★

    Unfortunate how little fanfare there's been about a new Steve McQueen project, but this is a miniseries that does the absolute most with the simplest of talking head formats. It understands the flow and power of letting the subjects tell their own stories, from the euphoric warmth of their community to the shock of the actual fire to the anger and frustration that sets in afterward as the world forgets about them. A great companion piece to Small Axe.

    GRADE: B+