JIFF 2021 Review – ‘‘Til Kingdom Come’

‘‘Til Kingdom Come,’ a shrewd and straightforward documentary featured in this year’s official selection of Sydney’s Jewish International Film Festival, opens in what remains of the community of Binghamtown, a former coal town in Eastern Kentucky ravaged by abject poverty and substance abuse, with little to keep the people together but the Bingham dynasty of …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate)’

Is it morally right to not help someone if they are a bad person? Director Mauro Mancini tries to answer this question, but limps around trying to find a satisfying answer. Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) is a Jewish-Italian doctor with daddy issues who allows a hit and run victim to die after discovering he’s a …

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 …

Review – ‘I Blame Society’

Hollywood ruins lives. What started as a joke casually said by a friend about her ability to commit murder, Gillian (Gillian Wallace Horvat), takes this opportunity to prove she’s a fresh, creative filmmaker and capable of murder in the same breath. Armed with a GoPro and a DSLR, Gillian documents her attempt to commit the …

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 – ‘Anti-Life’

Having Bruce Willis’ name attached to your movie means nothing anymore these days. He has his loyal fan base, but for some reason the actor doesn’t seem to care about quality. So is his newest movie “Die Hard in Space”? Not exactly. Anti-Life is a sci-fi thriller with a rather well known cast starring Bruce Willis, Cody Kearsley (Riverdale) …

Review – ‘Young Hearts’

Sarah Sherman and Zachary Ray Sherman’s ‘Young Hearts’ is a sweet, well-intentioned tween rom-com that tries to say something profound but ends up being like its characters: flat.  The story of ‘Young Hearts’ follows a high school freshman, Harper (Anjini Taneja Azhar), and the relationship she builds with her brother’s best friend and their neighbour, Tilly (Quinn …

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 – ‘Beginning’

Dea Kulumbegashvili’s Beginning is a debut of serenity, seclusion, and stillness – where the sinister bubbles below the surface. To say that we are invited into the world of Jehovah’s Witness Yana (Ia Sukhitashvili), would be untrue. The fixed camera and long shots throughout create a sense of intrusion into a life we are not …

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 …