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Living

Acclaimed character actor Bill Nighy has earned his first Oscar nomination for his lead performance in Oliver Hermanus’ Living, a retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru set in 1950s London.  Nighy more than deserves the nomination.  This isn’t a case of his peers tipping their hats to his legacy of work.  The role of Williams, an intimidating yet reclusive boss who learns about a critical health diagnosis giving him six months to live, is a change…

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You People

You People takes audiences through not one but two story formulas – the fish-out-of-water culture clash that could occur between two separate parties, and the road towards a wedding.  While this could be seen as a crutch for the filmmakers, this whip-smart comedy becomes the exception.  Much like how Hustle exhibited last year, You People reminds us that routine storytelling can be forgiven if the film excels in other areas.  You People is funny –…

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The Son

To say Florian Zeller’s The Son isn’t as successful as his 2020 Academy Award winner The Father would be an understatement.  While it’s a mediocre family drama, it doesn’t resonate nearly as much as its predecessor did because of how narratively basic and emotionally broad it is.

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The Case Against Cosby

When assault accusations and confessions rise to the surface, the attention is usually – and surprisingly – scattered.  I always assume that all the focus would be towards the victims first, followed by the perpetrator and other elements in the story but, sadly, that’s not always the case.  Although the #MeToo movement helped shed light on these crimes, there’s still difficulty to deliver justice or invest trust towards victims.

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Bros

The marketing campaign for Bros was based around its groundbreaking elements, reminding viewers that the LGBTQ+ cast on screen were out and proud and that everyone involved was working on telling an honest romance from the queer perspective.  It’s also, reportedly, the first widely released rom-com of its ilk.  That’s great and I’m elated for the production but, at the end of the day, what’s the word on the movie itself?

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Clean Slate

By: Jeff Ching Clean Slate is a documentary that can be described as The Fabelmans meets Dopesick.  Instead of trying to cover the opioid crisis and the countless lives that have been ruined because of it, Clean Slate takes a more grounded approach; simply focusing on two best friends (Cassidy and Joshua) in rehab, whose lives have been ruined by their addiction to painkillers.  However, Cassidy and Joshua share one passion – their love of…

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Magnum Opus: The .MOVie

As much as I’m a sucker for anything Jackass related, I’m compelled by the slew of strange copycats that followed the success of the stunt-and-prank franchise. Call it a guilty pleasure, I suppose, but it taps into a time that felt dangerous and outrageous, and the behaviour was often deemed as “just a phase” and otherwise ignored (despite the constant warnings and disclaimers slapped on to Jackass by MTV and Paramount Pictures). If independent third-parties…