|Trevonte Rhodes and André Holland in Moonlight. |
|Photo by Shane Laverdière, Sons of Manual|
|Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land, an Entertainment One release. |
Photo by Dale Robinette
A Man Called Ove
(Sweden, 116 min.)
Written and directed by Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård
What’s the Swedish translation for “Get off my lawn?” A Man Called Ove (pronounced Ové) transport Clint Eastwood’s crusty old man from Gran Torino to a peculiar little Nordic community. The only real difference between Ove (played by Rolf Lassgård) and Eastwood’s Walt Kowalski is a shotgun. But Ove will undoubtedly pack some heat in the inevitable American remake of this hugely popular Swedish hit.
The Space Between Us, a new interplanetary adventure that’s The Fault in Our Stars meets The Martian. The Space Between Us opens February 3rd from VVS Films and Cinemablographer has tickets to give away in select cities! Answer the trivia below for your chance to win tickets!
|It's Only the End of the World / eOne Films|
Old Stone (Lao Shi)
(Canada/China, 80 min.)
Written and directed by Johnny Ma
Starring: Chen Gang, Zhang Zebin
Programmers, critics, and random dudes in festival audiences liken Old Stone to a fusion of flavours. It might be a neorealist film that becomes a noir in one programmer’s notes, a hardboiled Kafkaesque detective story in a writer’s review, or a Greek tragedy crossed with a Russian novel in the eyes of a gushing fan. No matter the palette or the crossbreed of cuisines, though, there’s a universal flavour to the mixed grill that Johnny Ma cooks in Old Stone. This moral fable meets 1990s Hong Kong action flick is an intense, provocative, and extremely promising first feature. Perhaps the essence of a young chef reinventing a traditional recipe gives Old Stone its refreshing bite.
20th Century Women
(USA, 118 min.)
Written and directed by Mike Mills
Starring: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup
“What about you?” asks Julie (Elle Fanning) to Dorothea (Annette Bening). “It’s always about the mother.”
“Ok. Jesus, uh… yeah,” replies Dorothea, dumbstruck, baffled, and caught slightly off guard.
(Romania, 176 min.)
Written and directed by Cristi Puiu
Starring: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni, Ana Ciontea, Rolando Matsangos, Catalina Moga, Marin Grigore, Tatiana Iekel, Marian Râlea, Ioana Craciunescu, Llona Brezoianu, Simona Ghia, Valer Dellakeza, Andi Vasluianu, Mara Elena Andrei, Petra Kurtela
|Courtesy of TIFF|
Sieranevada is the best three-hour Romanian funereal comedy ever made. It might be the only three-hour Romanian funereal comedy ever made, but the film deserves to wear this title with morbid pride.
(USA, 161 min.)
Dir. Martin Scorsese, Writ. Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Issei Ogata, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Yôsuke Kubozuka
Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a cinematic meditation. This slow and pensive film is one of the director’s finest artistic achievements as he breathtakingly recreates 1600’s Japan to depict the persecution of Catholics and the priests who fight for the faithful. Silence patiently immerses the viewers in the profound crisis of faith of Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and the film is a departure for Scorsese, even by the standards with which one judges the side of his oeuvre that favours historical dramas over gangster flicks. More in the vein of The Age of Innocence than Kundun, Silence is a film to admire from a distance. It doesn’t invite an immediate Hallelujah!, but it’s one of the deeper considerations of faith on film in some time. Its holy waters take some time to tread.
A War (Krigen)
(Denmark, 115 min.)
Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbaek, Alex Høgh Andersen, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling
Canuck Oscar completists may now cross all the titles off the list of last year’s nominees! A War, Denmark’s nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category, finally gets released in the Great White North after the intricacies off independent distribution deals kept it off the screens during last year’s race. That absence is a shame, for while A War might not have had much of a chance of toppling shoo-in/winner Son of Saul, it’s a smart, timely, and compelling film that deserves an audience.
|Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in La La Land. |
Photo by Dale Robinette / an Entertainment One release.
Is it Globe time already? A look at the will wins and should wins of this weekend’s big show before Oscar ballots go back to the Academy.
A Monster Calls
(USA/Spain/UK, 108 min.)
Dir. J.A. Bayona, Writ. Patrick Ness
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson
Story time is one of the best experiences children can share with their parents. Curling up with a good book, spending time together, and passing along advice through the power of the imagination is an essential part of growing up. As one watches Connor (Lewis MacDougall) learn valuable life lessons through tales of spells and magic, one can’t help but recall fond memories with mom and dad in which trips to faraway places made one feel safe and sound.
|Naomie Harris in Moonlight. |
Courtesy Elevation Pictures.
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