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Hot Docs 2019: ‘Assholes: A Theory’

Assholes: A Theory (DIR. John Walker) After being inspired by Aaron James’ book Assholes: A Theory, documentarian/cinematographer John Walker set out to make a movie of the same name that would explore the lifestyle of the supremely arrogant.  The results are fairly satisfying, more or less, but it’s hard to make a case that the film is focused.

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Hail Satan?

Never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted to watch an upbeat documentary about satanists.  But, here we are: I have watched such a movie and, here I am, suggesting you do the same.

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Dragged Across Concrete

Dragged Across Concrete is an excellent contemporary crime thriller that feels painstakingly real.  From its characterizations of bitter people blaming PC culture and 24/7 surveillance for their own faults to the drawn-out investigations that suggest other criminal activities are afoot, this is a divisive film that is identifiable and purposely tough on the viewer.

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Replicas

I’m arriving to the Replicas party late.  The room is empty, the snacks have been picked over, and there’s an exhausted Keanu Reeves in the kitchen asking me if I could stick around and help with the dishes.

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The Public

In Canada, the only film that dares to go toe-to-toe with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is a limber, well-meaning flick named The Public, a star-studded drama written and directed by Emilio Estevez.  If only it was a little bit more mature, then it would’ve been the right pick to counter program against the blockbuster juggernaut.

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The Con Is On

The Con Is On is a screwball crime comedy starring actors who have no problems playing up the absurd angles of an unconventional heist.  The intention of the film is to bust the audience into fits of laughter but, instead, the only thing that’s busted is the film itself.

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Teen Spirit

Teen Spirit is an uplifting contemporary musical that will be a hit with its teenage crowd.  The swooning camera work, the boosted colour palette, and its covers of catchy electro-pop tunes are all advantageous qualities towards the film’s pep.

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Glass

Curiosity is a quality that keeps on giving.  M. Night Shyamalan, for instance, is a filmmaker who is eager to explore his own craft.  And while his back catalogue has included projects that have snowballed out of his own range, he’s at least owning his ambition and finding original stories to tell audiences.  His latest collaborations with indie empire Blumhouse Productions have been great vehicles to anchor his passion projects and visual filmmaking.  Such is…