Reviews include Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Mr. Malcolm’s List, and Passengers of the Night.
TFCA Friday: Week of November 2nd, 2018
November 2, 2018
Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews and articles by TFCA critics.
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Opening this Week
Bohemian Rhapsody (dir. Bryan Singer)
“When all was said and done, Queen just wanted to have fun. Which is why I’m inclined to cut much slack for Singer’s approach” — Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
“The biopic treatment is not the equal of its subject, but it is still a well-made and loving tribute that will send you scurrying to dig out your old Queen LPs, to remember what all the fuss was about” — Chris Knight, The National Post
“This broad, grandiose Freddie Mercury biopic is a mess of contradictions – some subtextual, and some less so” — Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine
“A fine fandango, if lacking in narrative thunderbolts and lightning” — High Def Digest
“The desire to please audiences results in the film falling into cliché” — Gilbert Seah, Festival Reviews
Burning (dir. Lee Chang-dong)
“Puzzling romance becomes a full-on mystery, as Jong-su turns detective — or maybe stalker? — in a quest driven by his great hunger that may never be sated… Burning fires up the mind like few other films this year” — Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
“A soulful, hypnotic drama about a young man who obsessively seeks answers but has no way of grasping that kind of control over his own narrative. It’s also one of the year’s very best films” — Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Magazine
“As it dips into murder-mystery territory, then something more quiet and philosophical, [Lee] writes a story both expected and surprising” — Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail
“Stands out for excellent pacing, attention to detail, and the creation of mystery and longing around these characters” — Gilbert Seah, Afro Toronto
“Reaches a place of richness and mystery that gets under the skin” — Anne Brodie, What She Said!
“A slow burn with a sting that creeps up a day later” — Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer
Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)
“It’s smart, it’s creepy, it’s unexpectedly moving. I did not see it coming” — Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (dirs. Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston)
“Even Tchaikovsky is reduced to a minor figure here. His suite is sprinkled teasingly, cruelly, in a movie faking that it can get on fine without the very elements that have made The Nutcracker endure” — Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Magazine
“A dark and decidedly un-holiday-ish outing” — Anne Brodie, What She Said!
Science Fair (dirs. Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster)
“Exactly the kind of safe and pandering documentary that would score audience awards, but even I must admit that as much as I hated the movie in its first act, Science Fair won me over” — Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
“Exposure to Science Fair‘s young subjects will make you feel so very, very stupid. Which is fine, because Costantini and Foster aren’t interested in inspiring academic jealousy so much as they are in drilling down on the importance of nurturing youthful brilliance” — Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail
“Will give you hope for the future!” — Anne Brodie, What She Said!
“A pleasurable, easy, yet inspirational watch” — Gilbert Seah, Festival Reviews
The Raft (dir. Marcus Lindeen)
“Offers a fascinating study in the dynamics of power and control, particularly as they pertain to gender” — Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
Suspiria (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
“No peaches were harmed in the making of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria” — Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
“It might be painful to die-hard Suspiriafans, but it becomes something better and beautiful by the film’s end” — Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer
“Takes all the fun out of the original horror classic” — Gilbert Seah, Festival Reviews
Take Light (dir. Shasha Nakhai)
“Looks at the state of the electrical grid in Nigeria, where over half of the population lives without a consistent supply of electricity… it flows elegantly, tying data to human stories rather than cold statistics” — Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine
“There are no experts, no talking heads and no policy wonks. Just ordinary people who live in frequent darkness” — Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
“Few films provide this glimpse inside the country of Nigeria and her people” — Gilbert Seah, Festival Reviews
The Disconnect Between Movies and Reality
In the Toronto Star, Peter Howell writes on the strange feeling when events and stories you actually lived through begin to show up at your local multiplex
Revisiting F For Fake
In POV Magazine, Liam Lacey looks back at Orson Welles’ tricky film, examining its depiction of women