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Sundance Interview: Writer-director Gerard Barrett talks ‘Glassland,’ his directorial choices, and working with great actors
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Sundance Interview: Writer-director Gerard Barrett talks ‘Glassland,’ his directorial choices, and working with great actors

Irish writer-director Gerard Barrett’s second film, the sensitive and heartbreaking “Glassland,” about an almost grown boy, John (Jack Reynor) who’s forced to become his parent’s (Toni Collette parent, premiered at Sundance last week. The film addresses the stress a son faces when taking care of his alcoholic mother who’s in denial, especially when her job is to … Continue reading

Director Anne Sewitsky and lead actress Ine Wilmann discuss the remarkable ‘Homesick’ at Sundance
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Director Anne Sewitsky and lead actress Ine Wilmann discuss the remarkable ‘Homesick’ at Sundance

Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky’s (“Happy, Happy”) wonderful new film, “Homesick,” screened at the Sundance Film Festival this week in the World Dramatic Competition. Starring Ine Marie Wilmann, who gives a terrific performance, the film follows a late 20-something children’s dance teacher, Charlotte, who, because she never received any real parental love, has become desperate, clingy, … Continue reading

Sundance Review: “Glassland,” a sensitive portrait of a boy becoming his parent’s parent
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Sundance Review: “Glassland,” a sensitive portrait of a boy becoming his parent’s parent

Gerard Barrett’s sensitive and subtle drama, “Glassland,” takes a haunting look at what happens when a child is forced to parent his parent: the pressures, the shame, the lies, the anger, and the constant stress of being responsible for someone for whom you shouldn’t be responsible. Although it’s a strong study of the effects on … Continue reading

Sundance 2015 preview: ‘Larry Kramer in Love and Anger’ captures both the man and the LGBT movement
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Sundance 2015 preview: ‘Larry Kramer in Love and Anger’ captures both the man and the LGBT movement

“Larry Kramer in Love and Anger” is ostensibly a biography of author and LGBT activist Larry Kramer, who was driven by his anger, about the injustices in the world, and his compassion for the people he saw suffering. Although it chronicles his life — from his difficult childhood to his passionate advocacy to stop the … Continue reading

Sundance 2015 Spotlight section: what to see and what to skip
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Sundance 2015 Spotlight section: what to see and what to skip

The Sundance Film Festival’s Spotlight section is a curated set of mostly foreign films that have already made the rounds at other major festivals, where they’ve achieved acclaim. Although all of these films have since been picked up for US distribution, some of them are still worth making the time for at Sundance. Here’s a … Continue reading

‘Selma’ is one for the history books
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‘Selma’ is one for the history books

Near the beginning of Ava DuVernay’s evocative, moving, and inspiring “Selma,” which chronicles the lead-up to the historic Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo, marvellous and compelling) walks into a hotel in Selma serving “whites only” and attempts to register for a room. When he’s met with a … Continue reading

‘American Sniper': the price a great soldier pays to serve his country
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‘American Sniper': the price a great soldier pays to serve his country

For Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), in Clint Eastwood’s tense and thoughtful “American Sniper,” becoming the US Military’s deadliest sniper in history is as much an honour as it is a curse. Knowing he’s such a superlative marksman means that every minute he’s at home in the US instead of on the battlefield in Iraq is … Continue reading

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If I picked the Oscar nominees…

Since the Academy has a habit of not even nominating the right people, here’s a look at whom I’d nominate if I had an Oscar ballot. Best Picture Boyhood Selma National Gallery Pride Charlie’s Country Best Director Richard Linklater, Boyhood Ava DuVernay, Selma Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Frederick Wiseman, National Gallery Jennifer Kent, The Babadook Best Actor Ralph … Continue reading

The best films of 2014
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The best films of 2014

Although much of the awards-bait of 2014 was mediocre at best, from “The Imitation Game” to “The Theory of Everything,” last year was still filled with wonderful films, moving and entertaining, innovative and thoughtful. Here’s a look at my favourite films of 2014 that were actually released in US cinemas in 2014 or premiered in … Continue reading