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Addison Wylie

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Alone in Berlin

While I’m completely aware that Alone in Berlin is based on a true story, I’m afraid Vincent Perez’s big-screen adaptation is thin and tedious.  There’s not enough here for the director/co-writer to flesh out, and likewise for the talented leading cast (Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl).

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Folk Hero & Funny Guy

There’s nothing more easygoing than a road movie with good music and likeable leads.  In a nutshell, that’s Folk Hero & Funny Guy, a comedy starring Alex Karpovsky (The Foxy Merkins, HBO’s Girls) and Wyatt Russell (Goon: Last of the Enforcers) as best friends who tour working class cities, exhibiting their passions.

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Tommy’s Honour

Movie goers waiting for a biopic to blow their socks off shouldn’t rely on Tommy’s Honour, a drama that seems to fulfil its non-fiction requirements procedurally.  Tommy’s Honour would be par for the course (ba-dum-tss) if it wasn’t so underwhelming.

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Violet

Bas Devos’ feature film debut Violet is an unforgettable movie.  There’s so much to admire about it: its cinematography, its patience, and Cesar De Sutter’s outstanding introverted performance.  However, Devos’ daring ambition to visualize inner conflict through minimal dialogue may be the film’s strongest achievement.

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Mom & Me

I love my mom, which is why I won’t be taking her to see Mom & Me for Mother’s Day.  Well, to be fair, we live four hours apart from each other, so we were planning on spending this day apart anyways – her card is in the mail.  But, if there were a sudden change of plans and we could watch a movie together, I would still insist we steer clear of Ken Wardrop’s doc.

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Sandy Wexler

After nearly a decade of bad comedies starring Adam Sandler, it feels weird to call his recent vehicle “good”.  It’s also funny, good-natured, and features Sandler at the top of his form.  Somebody pinch me.

Festival Coverage

Hot Docs 2017: ‘Do Donkeys Act?’ and ‘Flames’

Do Donkeys Act? (DIR. David Redmon, Ashley Sabin) Do Donkeys Act? takes an animal that is not usually afforded much dignity – the donkey – and gives movie goers an opportunity to let the animals speak for themselves (without speaking). The film takes its audience to visit various donkey sanctuaries around the world, where donkeys that have been subjected to abuse or neglect are cared for, healed, and allowed to relax and retire.