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TIFF Review: Breathe

★★★☆☆ At the age of 28, Robert Cavendish was paralysed from the neck down by polio. Given only months to live on a respirator, he beat the odds and became one of the longest living 'responauts'. Andy Serkis takes on... Continue Reading →

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TIFF Review: Mudbound

★★★★☆ Based on a novel by Hilary Jordan, Dee Rees' Mudbound is a moving Second World War fable set in the Mississippi Delta that does not shy away from the ugliness of racism. Netflix's cinematic outing is more than deserving of theatrical... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Jane

★★★★☆ When now-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall went to Tanzania to study chimpanzees, she had no scientific qualifications or formal training. Armed with a passion for nature and her tenacity, she changed the way our closest cousins are understood by science. Brett... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review : 1%

★★☆☆☆ There are things to like about 1%, Stephen McCallum's debut feature about the head honchos of biker gang The Copperheads MC, scheming and duking it out in a power struggle. It's just that sadly, there's not a great deal to love,... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Lady Bird

★★★★★ Following her co-director credit on 2008's Nights and Weekends, Greta Gerwig goes it alone directing Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. A lovingly observed, pitch perfect coming-of-age comedy, Gerwig's warm, astute account of the end of adolescence is a stunning solo debut. High... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Youth

★★★★☆ Feng Xiaogang's epic Youth is a sumptuous telling of a familiar tale. Our story begins in 1970 with He Xiaoping (Miao Miao) joining the elite Arts Troupe, who perform elaborate dances and idealised revolutionary displays to keep up Chinese morale. Coming... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Euthanizer

★★★★☆ As a sideline to his day job, motorbike mechanic Veijo (Matti Onnismaa) puts sick animals down on the cheap, chastising the owners for their indifference to their pain. Teemu Nikki's Euthanizer reveals itself to be an affecting examination of cruelty. In... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Stronger

★★★☆☆ On 15 April 2013, two terrorists detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), waiting at the finish line for his girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany), lost both his legs yet also identified... Continue Reading →

TIFF: Molly’s Game Review

★★★★☆ Molly Bloom once ran the world's most exclusive underground poker games, attracting A-list celebrities, hedge fund magnates and, eventually, the Russian mob. After she began raking her own operation she was indicted by the FBI along with the Russian... Continue Reading →

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