Better than its reputation suggests.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: If you weren't at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it's too late for you to attend. But I bring up the event because Atom Egoyan's The Captive was in the 18-title Official Competition where, according to a great many of my...
A chilly contemplation by the Canadian truthseeker.
A chilly intellectualism sucks the dramatic life out of Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, a convoluted think piece that occasionally lets its characters breath but more often buries them under weighty issues.When high-school student Simon ...
A solid adaptation about a fascinating character.
Published in 1997, Mordechai Richler’s novel Barney’s Version is a life story with a tragically unreliable narrator. The pugnaciously named Barney Panofsky, a Jewish-Canadian television producer, recounts his varied days as he succumbs to the...
Writer/director Ron Shelton is famous for his films that are sport as a metaphor for life, like Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump. He's taken on someone else's work - a short story by James Ellroy for his latest, Dark Blue. This is a familiar...
Polley shows us just why she is one of the most talented young actresses working today.
My Life Without Me is quite an exquisite small film about a huge subject, death and dying. It stars the fantastic Canadian actress Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter, The Claim) who we most recently saw in the very ordinary Hollywood remake of...