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YEAR END CATCH-UP: PART II

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Aquarius, The Witness, The Eyes of my Mother, Little Men, Embrace of the Serpent, and Manchester by the Sea As the year end approaches, I embark on my annual struggle to try and catch up with all of the critically acclaimed movies of the year that are now being released digitally or hitting theatres outside of major markets. As I ... Read More »

YEAR END CATCH-UP: PART I

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Loving, The Fits, Florence Foster Jenkins, Fire at Sea, Things to Come, Toni Erdmann As the year end approaches, I embark on my annual struggle to try and catch up with all of the critically acclaimed movies of the year that are now being released digitally or hitting theatres outside of major markets. As I watch these in relatively rapid ... Read More »

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director: Gareth Edwards  Writer: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk and Ben Mendelsohn Rating: 8/10 “Make ten men feel like one hundred.” After a long series of hectic weeks, it feels good to be back for unREEL just in time to talk about the first standalone Star Wars film, Rogue ... Read More »

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

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Nocturnal Animals Writer and Director: Tom Ford Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen, and Laura Linney Rating: 5.5 “For Susan.”   If you ever wondered what a Nicholas Winding-Refn movie might look like with a little more dialogue, this might be it. Kidding aside, Tom Ford’s long ... Read More »

CHRISTINE

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Christine Director: Antonio Campos Writer: Craig Shilowich Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, J. Smith-Cameron, and Timothy C. Simons Rating: 7.5 “Jesus Christ! Just make your stories juicy.” Christine and I have gone through a bit of a trial. I moved up to the far north recently, and on my first trip back to Toronto when ... Read More »

MISS SLOANE

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Miss Sloane Director: John Madden Writer: Jonathan Perera Stars: Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Michael Stuhlbarg, Douglas Smith, Dylan Baker, Jake Lacy, with John Lithgow and Sam Waterston Rating: 7.5 “You know the word annihilate? It means reduce to nothing.” Have you ever wondered what House of Cards would feel like without its self-serious tone? This is ... Read More »

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

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The Edge of Seventeen Written and Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden Szeto, Alexander Calvert, and Kyra Sedgwick Rating: 8/10 “I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I’m going to kill myself, and I thought and adult should know.” [opening lines] Kelly Fremon Craig makes ... Read More »

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Directed by: David Yates Written by: JK Rowling Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, and Samantha Morton Rating: 8/10 “I ain’t got the brains to make this up.” In viewing this film, I had one of the single worst viewing experiences of my life. This included ... Read More »

ARRIVAL

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Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve Writer: Eric Heisserer Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker, Tzi Ma, and Michael Stuhlbarg Rating: 9/10 “Holy fuck.” Maelstrom, Polytechnique, Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, I think most directors would be quite happy to have that number of films of that quality across their entire career, légende Québecois Denis Villeneuve has put those films together before ... Read More »

MOONLIGHT

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Moonlight Writer and Director: Barry Jenkins Stars: Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali Rating: 8.25/10 “At some point you’ve got to decide for yourself who you gonna be. And let nobody make that decision.” Not many films coming out this year have had a bigger critical impact than Barry Jenkins’s ... Read More »