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  • TIFF 2022: El agua, Maya and the Wave, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    - Sep 15, 2022
    Women are tough as hell in the face of oppression and rebellious at heart. This is the core concept of three films playing this year’s festival. Elena López Riera’s quasi-anthropological drama “El agua” explores the power...
  • Blonde

    - Sep 15, 2022
    “Blonde” abuses and exploits Marilyn Monroe all over again, the way so many men did over the cultural icon’s tragic, too-short life. Maybe that’s the point, but it creates a maddening paradox: condemning the cruelty the...
  • TIFF 2022: Women Talking, Empire of Light, The Son

    - Sep 15, 2022
    After the first weekend of TIFF, which highlights world premiere events, the fest opens up a bit and allows major productions that premiered in the just-wrapped Venice or Telluride festivals to join the party. Here’s where...
  • TIFF 2022: Sanctuary, The Menu, Biosphere

    - Sep 14, 2022
    High-concept, single-setting pieces were a trend at TIFF this year, and likely for some time to come. It’s almost like the pandemic turned movies into plays (“The Whale” qualifies here too), and it was interesting to...
  • TIFF 2022: Devotion, Chevalier, Carmen

    - Sep 14, 2022
    What does it mean when we say “movies are back”? I’ve seen the oft-used phrase, sometimes in jest, thrown around on Twitter. I’ve also heard it uttered in winding queues and within the bustling afterparties at...
  • Image is Happiness: Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022)

    - Sep 14, 2022
    He was one of the great cataloguers, so let’s catalogue his career: Jean-Luc Godard was a combative film critic in the 1950s, and he made five shorts in his mid-twenties. At nearly 30 he broke ground...
  • Clerks III

    - Sep 14, 2022
    Kevin Smith movies can sometimes read as un-reviewable. Take in point “Clerks III,” which more often has the feel of a behind-the-scenes feature, a home movie, or a commemorative issue than a film that should be...
  • Wendell & Wild

    - Sep 13, 2022
    Henry Selick is back, and animation really missed him. With LAIKA on a long hiatus, Pixar struggling in its current phase, and Studio Ghibli quiet until Miyazaki finishes his final film, it’s been a little dire...
  • The Force of Hope: Mathieu Amalric on Hold Me Tight

    - Sep 13, 2022
    Mathieu Amalric is a poet who composes in lost moments and dreams we wish were real. His characters say the things they’ve always longed to, they live a waking life and another, harder to reach life,...
  • TIFF 2022: Table of Contents

    - Sep 13, 2022
    The following table of contents includes our complete coverage of the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, as written by Brian Tallerico, Robert Daniels, Marya E. Gates and Soren Hough.  Roger Ebert’s Reviews of Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, Who...