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  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Casablanca
  • Star Wars
  • In the Mood for Love

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  • Titane

    ★★★★½

  • One Second

    ★★★

  • Silent Night

    ★★★½

  • Flee

    ★★★★

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★½

    There is cinema before Titane, and there is cinema after Titane, although what could possibly follow this, I have no clue. All I know is that I’m in awe.

  • One Second

    One Second

    ★★★

    Zhang Yimou’s love letter to celluloid is in just about every way a perfect closer for TIFF21: A beautifully shot love letter to the power of cinema that earns tears at the climax, but deflates with an awkward epilogue, perhaps irreparably broken by forces outside its control. Zhang Yi’s yearning for just one second of his daughter is palpable, and carries the emotional, but never too sentimental, second half.

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  • Old

    Old

    It's so rare that we get a real, honest-to-god, so-bad-it's-good disasterpiece of a film from a major director distributed by a major studio, and just a year and a half after Universal unleashed Tom Hooper's Cats on the world, they're back at it with M. Night Shyamalan's latest. OLD is such a colossal failure on even the most basic levels of filmmaking that it truly boggles the mind that any of this footage even made it past the dailies. The…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    I am OBSESSED with how writer-director Florian Zeller has adapted his own play so well, using stage conventions in completely different ways to achieve similar ends on film. This absolutely devastating mind-fuck of a film puts us so thoroughly in the mind of its protagonist - a never-better Anthony Hopkins - that it drags you forward kicking and screaming, with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. Colman makes it so incredibly easy to empathize with her that you feel both sides of the story, but it is Hopkins's final moments that will haunt you long after the film is over.