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The Saver

Edited and directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld, The Saver follows Fern (Imajyn Cardinal), a newly orphaned 16 year-old who tries to avoid her mother’s fate – and Youth Protection – by becoming a millionaire.  Following the advice she finds in a book called How to be a Millionaire, Fern aims to save every penny from the live-in janitor and dishwashing jobs she is able to get by lying about her age.  The film is based…

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Life Off Grid

Jonathan Taggart’s bare-bones documentary about people disconnected from electric or natural gas infrastructure has a loose, unpolished feel.  It’s a fitting accompaniment to an exploration of people who live in a way that many of us would find bafflingly inconvenient.

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Coconut Hero

At times, it feels like the filmmakers behind Coconut Hero had a genre grocery list handy and were checking off various requirements for their film.  A lovable misfit from a small town?  Check.  Well-meaning parents who are frustrated with their incomprehensible social-outcast offspring?  Check.

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Born to Be Blue

Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise, Boyhood) stars as east-coast jazz legend Chet Baker in Robert Budreau’s biographical drama Born to Be Blue, which focuses on the musician’s comeback during the 1960s and his struggle with addiction.  The film, which was written, directed and produced by Budreau, chooses to examine a specific period of Baker’s career rather than the entirety of his career – a decision that results in a more intimate experience than one might expect…

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The Last Man on the Moon

Based on an autobiography of the same name, Mark Craig’s The Last Man on the Moon documents the experiences and recollections of retired US naval pilot and NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan who, in addition to a couple of other trips to space, was commander of the 1972 Apollo 17 lunar landing.  As the last one of his mission to re-enter the vessel, Cernan remains – to this day – the last human being to have set foot…

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A Date with Miss Fortune

Real-life couple Ryan K. Scott and Jeannette Sousa wrote, produced, and star as the leading couple in director John L’Ecuyer’s cross-cultural romantic comedy, A Date With Miss Fortune.  The film also features appearances by two well-known Canadians: Grammy award-winning musician Nelly Furtado and George Stroumboulopoulos – consider it a Score: A Hockey Musical reunion for the celebrities.

Red Carpet

Wylie Writes on the Red Carpet: ‘A Date with Miss Fortune’

On January 28th, Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Cineplex Theatre hosted a red carpet media screening in preparation for the Canadian release of A Date With Miss Fortune staring Jeannette Sousa, Ryan K. Scott, Vik Sahay (TV’s Radio Active, American Reunion), along with special appearances by musician Nelly Furtado and television personality George Stroumboulopoulos.  John L’Ecuyer’s romantic comedy about what happens when a struggling screenwriter clashes with his new girlfriend’s traditional and eccentric Portuguese family has already been released…

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Svengali

Though Svengali is a fun film with a few genuinely emotionally affective moments, it is difficult to predict whether or not it will be appreciated by North American viewers who – unless they have a pre-existing investment in British Rock ’n’ Roll – will probably feel like they’ve seen this kind of film before.