Articles by Addison Wylie

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Hotel Mumbai

We don’t watch Hotel Mumbai, we experience it.  Filmmaker Anthony Maras makes his feature film debut with a dramatization so intense and effective that the audience has no choice but to grit their teeth and squint their eyes as they muster through the film’s realistic reenactments.  I haven’t felt that way since Paul Greengrass’ heart-wrenching portrayal of 9/11 in United 93 (2006).

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The Kid

From my experience, audiences usually like when a movie shifts into high gear right off the hop;  especially if it’s an action movie.  The Kid does just that.  Using a pair of young fugitives as a vessel for the audience, the film essentially starts in the middle of a power struggle between Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke) and Billy ‘The Kid’ Bonney (Dane DeHaan).

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Paris Is Burning

Jennie Livingston’s award-winning documentary Paris Is Burning has received a 4K restoration twenty-eight years after its initial release, and it’ll screen in select theatres across Canada throughout the year.  I believe the re-release was planned in part to curate the footage, but also because the documentary is relevant as ever.

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T-34

Russian wartime blockbuster T-34 was a hit in its native land.  And while it’s receiving a softer release in North America, it deserves to be sought out and seen by movie goers looking for a good action movie.

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Us

Jordan Peele follows up his trailblazing, Oscar-winning debut Get Out with Us, a thriller that flips the script on Peele’s trademark storytelling.  This time, the social commentary exists behind a creepy and tense home invasion flick.

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Mouthpiece

In Mouthpiece, two women play the lead character.  Not with strategic editing or a duel Sliding Doors-esque narrative, but simultaneously on-screen.  While this may sound like an excuse for the filmmakers to showboat and earn arthouse cred, the results couldn’t be farther from being just a fancy trick.

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The Tomorrow Man

I recently interviewed Eve Harlow about her role in Noble Jones’ feature-length filmmaking debut The Tomorrow Man, a romantic drama starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner.  Harlow and I agreed that it’s pretty lame to assume movies starring older actors are for older audiences.  However, for me, that argument starts to fold in on itself when filmmakers pander towards a specific demographic  – The Tomorrow Man does just that.

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Gloria Bell

Gloria Bell is eventually invigorating.  “Eventually” usually has a negative connotation, but not in the case of Sebastián Lelio’s movie.  After all, the search for one’s identity isn’t going to be easy.