Category: Film

TIFF 2019: Tom Hanks Quietly Triumphs In ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’

It sounds contrived. Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers? The children’s TV host who rocked the red cardigan? It shouldn’t work, but it uncannily does. In Mary Heller’s tender A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood any hagiography of the entertainer comes surprisingly…

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TIFF 2019: ‘Marriage Story’ Red Carpet Premiere

Scarlett Johansson, director Noah Baumbach, and Adam Driver walked the red carpet ahead of the Marriage Story screening during TIFF 2019 on September 8 in Toronto, Canada. The dramedy from acclaimed writer/director Noah Baumbach, which takes a sympathetic look at a marriage…

‘Hustlers’ Is Practically Perfect

The movie Hustlers contains multitudes. Based on the true story of a gang of strippers who got rich scamming Wall Street guys, Hustlers is most obviously a revenge fantasy about the working-class striking back at the 1%. But while that…

TIFF 2019: Why ‘Marriage Story’ Is Unmissable

Is anyone better at capturing the subtleties – and the absurdities – of upper-middle class people’s lives than Noah Baumbach? After seeing Marriage Story, I think not. Loosely based on Baumbach’s own divorce, Marriage Story is an epic two-hander about…

‘The Goldfinch’ Is An Engaging Literary Adaptation

The Goldfinch is about many things. The story of Theo, a young boy whose mother was killed in a terrorist attack at an art gallery, The Goldfinch follows Theo into adulthood as it tackles weighty themes like tragedy, trauma, coming-of-age,…