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Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams is a nice slice of easygoing entertainment, and it’s simple to see why it nabbed a recent Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film. In an alternate carefree timeline set in 1980s New York City where animals roam like humans (think Zootopia or a peppier version of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman), a lonely pooch vies for companionship. After seeing an infomercial for robots, Dog decides to purchase one with hopes of creating a friendship. The…

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Sorry/Not Sorry

When he was at the top of his comedic and creative form, the New York Times ran an article accusing comedian Louis CK of indecent sexual behaviour involving a number of women who were coerced into his lewd activities. The comic was seemingly paying the consequences for his actions, and his victims finally had a collective voice. However, there wasn’t much longevity for justice. Louis CK reacquainted himself with success through independent endeavours, supported by…

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IF

John Krasinski may still be in an early chapter as a filmmaker, but he’s already carving out a nice reputation for having a fantastic knack for fantasy. With A Quiet Place, he was able to create a sensory-deprived moviegoing experience as a distraction to explore the bounds of his fantastical horror. In his latest film IF, a much more family-friendly vehicle, Krasinski has fun with the boundless limits of the imagination. Bea (Cailey Fleming of AMC’s The Walking…

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Daddio

Daddio looks like an effortless movie, which is its greatest strength.  Some of this credit can be offered to its central stars, The High Note’s Dakota Johnson and Milk Academy Award winner Sean Penn, who are both working at the top of their games.  But, it’s writer/director Christy Hall who deserves to be praised for her impeccably controlled feature film debut.

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Thelma

Quaint humour and wholesome gags about retired life collide with a character-driven, Coen Brothers-inspired thriller in Thelma. In her best role since her Oscar nominated work in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, June Squibb proves her chops as a late-career lead as the titular golden-ager. Lonely albeit confidently independent in Los Angeles, Thelma isn’t seen as a liability to her daughter (Parker Posey), her son-in-law (Clark Gregg), or her grandson (Fred Hechinger). However, a phone scam that…

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Insane Like Me?

By: Trevor Chartrand Insane Like Me? is the first feature film from director Chip Joslin, who also wrote the script with the movie’s star, Britt Bankhead.  This lackluster thriller has a number of faults, most of which are hard to ignore.

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Longing

People grieve in different ways that sometimes push boundaries or taste, but Iseaeli filmmaker Savi Gabizon really stretches that concept with Longing, a remake of his 2017 movie of the same name.

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Dad & Step-Dad

Sporting an unstoppable slew of passive-aggressive, allegedly improvised, humour and a refreshing spin on man-child comedies, Dad & Step-Dad is one of the funniest films ever made. Don’t believe me? How about if I told you I’ve watched Dad & Step-Dad four times, and have doubled over with hearty laughs with each viewing? How about if I told you I’m worried that my fifth viewing will put me in the hospital?