JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’

Biopics are a tough thing to get right. Either your subject is so well known that you can’t possibly do them justice, or you pluck someone out of relative obscurity and introduce them to the world. A daunting task that ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’ tries to take on to the best of its ability. Stan …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Shiva Baby’

Forced family functions are an absolute nightmare. Awkward social interactions, invasive questions from people you barely even know, let alone like. The first directorial outing from Emma Seligman dives head first into one of those dreaded afternoons. Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is lost in life. Her parents pay her way as she switches majors in college …

Review – ‘News of the World’

Tom Hanks as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd in News of the World, co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass. In this day and age there’s an abundance of news available to pretty much anyone who’s interested. It’s almost hard to imagine a time when news didn’t travel that fast, literally. In the new Western from Paul …

Review – ‘Little Fish’

Jack O’ Connell as ‘Jude’ in Chad Hartigan’s LITTLE FISH. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release. 2020 was a rough year for pretty much everyone. So, when a new movie comes along that’s all about a global pandemic, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and sigh “here we go” as I pressed …

Review – ‘The White Tiger’

White Tiger. Rajkummar Rao as Ashok, Priyanka Chopra as Pinky Madam, Adarsh Gourav as Balram in White Tiger. Cr. Tejinder Singh Khamkha/NETFLIX © 2020 Something isn’t quite right in India. Something that can’t be fixed by winning a few millions in a game show or having a jolly dance off at the end of a …

Review – ‘Rams’

No term as despised as ‘remake’. It’s right up there with ‘reboot’ and ‘sequel’. The very mention of it can send shivers down my spine, especially when carefully crafted foreign films get a lazy Yankee do-over. But what happens when a critically acclaimed Icelandic film gets an Ozzie twist? Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael …

Review – ‘The Little Things’

Buffalo Bill, John Doe, … whatever their name may be, the movies have always loved serial killers. Their sick and twisted minds tangled in a game of wits with a seasoned detective and, as screenwriting 101 will have it, a rookie cop trying to prove something. ‘The Little Things’ tries to add a new name …

Review – ‘The Night’

Shahab Hosseini as ‘Babak Naderi’ in Kourosh Ahari’s THE NIGHT. Courtesy of IFC Midnight. An IFC Midnight Release. I’m not that well versed in the Iranian cinema landscape, but what I have seen has left me pleasantly surprised. From the unusual vampire flick ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ to the chilling ‘Under the …

Review – ‘White Lie’

We’ve all been made aware of the various dangers that are attached to social media platforms. In films, we usually get to see the side of the ones affected by the lies and schemes of some unknown online assailant. ‘White Lie’ decides to take the risk and switches the roles on us. Katie Arneson (Kacey …

Review – ‘Mogul Mowgli’

It’s still unclear how the coming awards season is going to look in 2021 but I know one thing for sure: if it isn’t raining accolades for Riz Ahmed, the whole thing is rigged. As if one tour de force in Sound of Metal wasn’t enough, Ahmed delivers again and then some in Mogul Mowgli. …