Category Archives: Canadian

Goon: Last Of The Enforcers review

Directed by Jay Baruchel | Written by Baruchel and Jesse Chabot, based on the book Goon by Adam Frattasio and Douglas Smith | 101 min The first Goon was a violent and foul-mouthed hockey comedy with a surprisingly sweet hook and a solid central performance by Seann William Scott. Maybe my biggest grudge against it was…Read More

#AFF2016 Opening Gala: Maudie review

This year's festival got off to a strong start with the Opening Gala screening of Maudie and the annual party, this one taking place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the perfect location given the subject of the film, folk artist Maud Lewis. Like the last AFF, the opening film was screened at the Rebecca…Read More

Atlantic Film Festival 2016 Preview

Here we are again, that moment in September when Halifax goes movie crazy. I've been attending The Atlantic Film Festival since 2003. That year the festival programmers screened some of the biggest and most beloved films of the year (Lost In Translation) along with the obscure, but no less delightful, gems ( such as Wilbur Wants To…Read More

Carbon Arc Reviews: The Winter/Spring 2016 Season

Regular readers will know that for most of the past year I've been working at Halifax's Independent Cinema, Carbon Arc. At the beginning of 2016, I took on the role of Writer-in-Residence, writing on the site blog about the films we were watching and describing audience reactions. Reaching out to a growing community of cinephiles. At…Read More

Born To Be Blue review — The thrill is gone

Written and directed by Robert Budreau | 97 min. | ▲▲△△△ I've come to the end of my patience with the conventional musical biopic. It takes some directorial imagination to upend the cliches and do something fresh in the genre, as Bill Pohlad did last year with a dual narrative in the Brian Wilson picture Love & Mercy.…Read More

Brooklyn review — Romance in the diaspora

Directed by John Crowley | Written by Nick Hornby, adapting a Colm Toibin novel | 111 min |  ▲▲▲▲△ Saoirse Ronan is on point as Ellis, the young woman who in John Crowley's 1950's-set diasporic drama travels from rural Ireland to Brooklyn, New York for a new life, and inevitably, first love. This is an unabashedly…Read More

Beeba Boys review — The Suits Are Magic

Written and directed by Deepa Mehta | 103 min  Jeet Johar (Randeep Hooda) is a bit of a folk hero and leader in the Vancouver Indo-Canadian community. He's also a gangster, with a posse of five well-groomed, well-dressed henchmen rolling for him, killing people who encroach on his territory. Keen to join the crew is Nep…Read More