This week’s reviews by TFCA critics, including Paddington 2, The Commuter, and Happy End.
TFCA Friday: Week of July 21st, 2017
July 21, 2017
Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews and articles by TFCA critics.
Opening this Week
A Ghost Story (dir. David Lowery)
“It asks questions about what holds us to a place, a relationship, a belief. What we accept or long for. A Ghost Story doesn’t provide answers but its simplicity and dignity is affecting and quite beautiful” — KG
An interview with David Lowery talking about the difference between history and nostalgia, employing a documentarian cinematographer, and why there’s a cut of his work here that “sounds like a James Wan horror film” — AP
A separate interview with the director, who discusses hitting his comfort zone — LL
“Affleck, monosyllabic in life and silent afterward, is fascinatingly blank, while Mara makes her character’s shifting levels of unhappiness, from mild irritation to paralyzed misery, play like a symphony” — NW
The Black Prince (dir. Kavi Raz)
“One dull history lesson” — GS
Dawson City: Frozen Time (dir. Bill Morrison)
Dunkirk (dir. Christopher Nolan)
“I’m actually quite a shy and unconfident person, so I have a need to imagine the back story, to convince myself on a set surrounded by master technicians and someone as smart as Chris. If I’m not imagining I’m someone else, I’m going to be terrified” — Mark Rylance, in conversation with BH
Girls Trip (dir. Malcolm D. Lee)
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (dirs. Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (dir. Luc Besson)
“By all means go and see it for the visual pop and fizz. But if you really want to enjoy the experience, plug your ears so you don’t have to endure the dialogue, suffer through the acting or follow the plot. As a moving wall poster, though, Valerian is just great” — LL
The War Show (dirs. Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard)
TIFF Cinematheque presents: Kathryn Bigelow: On the Edge
GS with select capsule reviews and a feature write-up of Near Dark
Reviews and features by: Andrew Parker (AP), Gilbert Seah (GS), Barry Hertz (BH), Peter Howell (PH), Karen Gordon (KG), Norm Wilner (NW), Kate Taylor (KT), Brian D. Johnson (BDJ), and Liam Lacey (LL).