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EO

By: Liam Parker Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO, a 90% dialogue-free, Polish film whose protagonist is a donkey, is one of the most interesting films of 2022.  The movie, named after its donkey, centres itself on the melancholic ex-circus animal as he travels the continent of Europe;  witnessing the worst and best sides of human nature and chronicling a microcosm of modern European life along the way.

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Firenado

By: Trevor Chartrand With the title alone, Firenado makes its intentions (or lack of intentions, perhaps) clear right off the bat: this is not a movie to be taken seriously.  As if a film like this ever could be.  This flaming twister of a motion picture is a zero-effort waste of your time – in the most entertaining ways possible.

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The Fabelmans

By: Jolie Featherstone Winner of the 2022 TIFF People’s Choice Award and one of the most anticipated films of the year, The Fabelmans gives us a peek-behind-the-curtain…er, camera of one of the most beloved director’s of all time: Mr. Steven Spielberg.

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

By: Jeff Ching Knives Out was a surprise hit.  But while it was a fun murder mystery, it wasn’t particularly memorable for me, nor was I clamouring for a sequel.  When I read that Netflix had spent $450 million on two sequels, I could not justify why they would spend that much…though I also asked why they would spend $200 million on The Gray Man.  After watching Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, I believe the…

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Fisherman’s Friends: One and All

By: Trevor Chartrand As far as unnecessary sequels are concerned, Fisherman’s Friends: One and All isn’t the worst thing ever made, but there’s not a whole lot of new material here, either.  Fans will find this second film feels comfortably familiar, but lacking in some of the nuance and charm of its 2020 predecessor.  But despite its shortcomings, this picture does deliver in the music department – with plenty of toe-tapping sea shanties to clap…

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Waking Nightmares: A Review of ‘The Sleep Experiment’

By: Liam Parker Scary movies are supposed to keep us up at night.  Things that go bump in the night and lurk beyond the shadows rob us of our ability for a good night’s sleep.  John Farrelly’s The Sleep Experiment, however, has the opposite effect: it leaves you begging to close your eyes.  But wait, the movie isn’t bad!  You’ll feel the need to escape to slumberland in order to feel safe again.

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The Swearing Jar

By: Liam Parker Reminiscent of Jason Robert Brown’s hit musical The Last Five Years, The Swearing Jar takes the traditional tropes of a rocky relationship and turns them completely on its head.  The Swearing Jar is a masterclass in storytelling.  What begins as a beautifully sombre tale of love and heartache accented by musical interludes of haunting beauty, descends into a striking and refreshingly human tale of sorrow, loss, and grief.