By: Trevor Chartrand Michelle Ouellet’s Prodigals depicts a feeling as much as a narrative. Based on a stage play of the same name, the film is about a group of 20-somethings reflecting on their lives, and coming to terms with the emptiness staring back at them. While it may sound bleak and unsettling, the film isn’t without a few shimmering rays of hope.
After 17 years, the sporadically-anticipated sequel to the 2001’s Super Troopers has pulled into cinemas. Written and starring the Broken Lizard comedy troupe (Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan) and directed by their very own Chandrasekhar, Super Troopers 2 is what you would expect from a sequel of a cult classic.
Maya (22 Jump Street’s Amber Stevens West) is left scrambling when she finds her fiancé “fooling around” with another girl. Having met the man of her dreams while visiting Africa, she returns home with a lie that will convince her parents that she still has her life on track. A kind stranger named Malcolm (Shamier Anderson) meets Maya during his own panic as a greedy former friend (Tyrell played by Lyriq Bent) chases him down….
Mary Goes Round is an acceptable gateway to long-form filmmaking for Canadian writer/director Molly McGlynn. She comes prepared with a resume of shorts, of which I’ve only seen one (3-Way (Not Calling)). It was so illustrious with its humour and honesty, that I started to anticipate McGlynn’s first feature-length film.
Focused on Toronto’s Regent Park, My Piece of the City follows a few local kids as they prepare for their community-inspired stage production, The Journey.
Great Great Great kicks off with a disconnected exchange following huge news. Corporate worker Lauren (Sarah Kolasky) is told about her parents’ divorce by her mother. Mom is aloof – almost to a numbing degree – but Lauren is shook up. Her long-term relationship with Tom (Suck It Up’s Dan Beirne) is satisfyingly comfortable, but she suddenly fears of a future of boredom. A flash-from-the-past in the form of a new co-worker/old friend (Richard Clarkin) triggers Lauren to…
By: Jessica Goddard Wexford Plaza was one of the best films of 2017, and it was also a finalist for the Toronto Film Critic Association’s award for Best Canadian Film. As the film celebrates its home release on digital platforms, I reached out to writer/director Joyce Wong to ask about her feature debut, its universal story, and her personal connection to the film.
By: Nick van Dinther Some films can be accused of lazy storytelling and a lack of risk. Well, neither apply to Peter Lynch’s Birdland. Unfortunately, Lynch’s convoluted ambition makes Birdland a very difficult film to follow.
Suck It Up was an encouraging sleeper flick that helped close out last year.
Radius has been inspired by The Twilight Zone but it pales in comparison; sometimes, even literally.