Johanna Schneller is one of North America’s leading freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features. Her cover stories have appeared in a variety of major magazines, including In Style, Premiere, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal and more. She was a senior writer in the Los Angeles bureau of GQ magazine from 1990 to 1994.
Currently, she writes the weekly Fame Game column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper; and for two seasons, she hosted TVO’s renowned film series, Saturday Night at the Movies. As a screenwriter, her work includes adaptations of Sailor Girl, based upon the novel by Sherri Lee Olson; Every Lost Country, based upon the novel by Steven Heighton; and Girl Crazy, based upon the novel by Russell Smith.
Pat is the publisher of POV Magazine, Canada’s destination for documentary culture. He has contributed to other publications including Xtra Sharp, Complex, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Beatroute, Paste, Documentary, and That Shelf. He received an MA from Carleton University where his studies focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema and studied Film and English at Queen’s University. Pat is also an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards. You can tweet him at @patmullen87 and find him on Rotten Tomatoes. He can be counted on to vote for Meryl Streep every year.
Marc Glassman is the editor of POV, artistic director of Pages Unbound, film critic for Classical 96.3 FM, and an adjunct professor at Ryerson University.
Nathalie Atkinson is a freelance arts and culture journalist. She is also a columnist at The Globe & Mail, where she writes about fashion, film and books. Her award-winning work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the National Post, where she was previously a columnist and editor. Nathalie has lectured on costume design (in which she takes a special interest) and the early history of cinema and conducted feature interviews at literary events like the International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Comics Arts Festival. She’s also a frequent radio and television guest commenting on topics ranging from intellectual property in fashion and garment industry workers’ rights to the deplorable shortage of decent female superhero films. Her favourite movies are Dinner at Eight, Metropolitan, Born Yesterday and anything Ernst Lubitsch.
You can follow her on Twitter @NathAt
Linda Barnard is a freelance film critic with a career spanning more than 30 years in Canadian daily newspapers. A graduate of Ryerson University (BAA Journalism), she joined the Star and thestar.com in 2002, moving to the Entertainment department in 2005, becoming part of the Star’s team covering film in 2007. Barnard is a 2014 National Newspaper Award (Arts and Entertainment) winner, winner of a Dunlop Award for Feature Writing, and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She has participated on film juries, including Canada’s Top Ten and has programmed for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Outside the multiplex, she has run three marathons and is passionate about food (spending four months as the Star’s interim restaurant critic), travel writing and New World wines. She goes on tour twice yearly with the stars of Coronation Street as onstage emcee and will always be glad she put herself through school as a bartender. So are her friends.
Sarah-Tai Black is a film programmer, critic, and arts curator living in Toronto/Treaty 13 Territory. Their writing has been published by several outlets, including The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Times, Cinema Scope, and MUBI Notebook. They have spoken about arts culture, film, and moving image arts in their many forms as a guest of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Canada), Screen International, and Huffington Post. Sarah-Tai currently appears as a co-host on Netflix Film Club’s online video series Black Film School and has previously worked alongside the programming teams at TIFF, Tribeca Film Festival, and True/False Film Festival. Their work often focuses on the affective and functional capacities of Black life in screen images and visual media.
Kelly Boutsalis is a freelance writer. She’s written about film and television for NOW Magazine, Elle Canada, Flare, POV Magazine and more. She’s also written about lifestyle, design, and culture for publications including the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, VICE and Toronto Life, . Originally from the Six Nations reserve, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two small kids. @KellyBoutsalis
Liz Braun writes about film and books for Sun Media. She has worked in print, radio and television for over 20 years. In a previous incarnation she was the manager of publicity for Concert Productions International and CBS Records (Sony) Canada. Braun is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Anne Brodie has covered film on television, in print and online for 35 years, reviewing movies and interviewing tens of thousands of filmmakers. Brodie reported on entertainment for 26 years at CTV Toronto, went to Global News, and various national and international freelance gigs before joining radio and web startup What She Said as film critic and reviewer in 2014. The show is now heard across Canada and all the socials. Brodie is a founding Canadian member of the L.A.- based Critics Choice (BFCA, BTJA), Chair of its Film Festival Committee, and a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Toronto Film Critics Association.
Bill Chambers graduated from York University with a BFA in Film and Video production in 1998. In 1997, he started Film Freak Central, which was recognized by the Broadcast Film Critics Association as one of the Internet’s finest movie sites in 2009. Bill has edited and published five books under Film Freak Central’s banner and appeared as one of the critics interviewed in the John Hughes documentary Don’t You Forget About Me. He is also a founding member of the Online Film Critics Society.
Susan G. Cole is a playwright, broadcaster, feminist commentator and the Books and Entertainment editor at NOW Magazine, where she writes about film. She is the author of two books on pornography and violence against women: Power Surge and Pornography and the Sex Crisis (both Second Story books), and the play A Fertile Imagination. She is the the editor of Outspoken (Playwrights Canada Press), a collection of lesbian monologues from Canadian plays. Hear her every Thursday morning at 9 AM on Talk Radio 640’s Media and the Message panel or look for her monthly on CHTV’s Square Off debate. Contact Susan at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @susangcole.
Thom is a film writer and broadcaster. Currently Thom hosts two podcasts, This Movie’s About You and Rewind, Fast Forward. You can read Thom’s reviews on Original-Cin and Northernst
Marriska Fernandes is a Toronto-based entertainment journalist, host and film critic with over a decade of experience in the industry. She’s the host of Telefilm Canada’s Maple Popcorn podcast and a regular contributor for The Toronto Star, Complex Canada, Sharp Magazine, Exclaim!, EverythingZoomer.com, Elle Canada, Yahoo Canada and That Shelf. She’s also a Tomatometer-approved critic and a member of the Critics Choice Association.
She has interviewed hundreds of actors and filmmakers to date, enjoying the thrill of every conversation with artists as to what drives them and how they influence the narrative. She also covers local and international movie junkets and set visits, while always championing Canadian films and talent. Previously, she was an entertainment editor and host at Tribute.ca.
She loves the horror genre and has zero chill when it comes to interviewing today’s celebrated horror filmmakers.
Alicia Fletcher is the writer and producer of Hollywood Suite’s original series A Year in Film, an episodic documentary that explores how films reflect the politics and culture of their time. She is also the producer and co-host of the series’s companion podcast. Her film criticism has appeared regularly in Cinema Scope Magazine since 2016, and she has taught film-related courses at Ryerson University’s graduate school, Humber College, as well as The LIFE Institute. An experienced film programmer, her curated programs have been featured at TIFF Cinematheque (Funny Girl: The Films of Elaine May; Working Girls: The Films of Dorothy Arzner; The Enchanted Screen: Fantasy in Silent Film), and the Royal Cinema (Ladies of Burlesque). For nearly a decade, Alicia has curated Silent Revue held at the historic Revue Cinema, Canada’s only year-round showcase dedicated to silent cinema and Toronto’s longest-running repertory series. She is a member of the Visual Researcher’s Society of Canada and holds a MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute, as well as a MA in Film Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson.
Jason Gorber is a Toronto-based film journalist and critic with over two decades of experience writing about the moving image. Jason is the Editor-In-Chief and Chief Critic at ThatShelf.com, and regular contributor to POV Magazine. His work has appeared at ScreenAnarchy.com, Slashfilm, Birth.Movies.Death, Cineplex.com, Mashable.com, Esquire.com and more. He regularly appears on radio (CBC, Newstalk 1010, WGN) as well as on ET Canada, CTV, CBC and Global Television.
Jason has been a jury member at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Calgary Underground Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival, TIFF Canada’s Top 10, Reel Asian and Fantasia’s New Flesh Award. He holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy, having written his thesis on Film Theory and Criticism.
You can follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca
Eli Glasner is an arts reporter and film critic with the CBC. His reviews, be they enthusiastic or scathing, can be seen every Friday on CBC News Network and heard on local CBC radio programs from St. John’s to Vancouver, as well as online at cbcnews.ca/arts. He also contributes a weekly video review to a variety of CBC weekend programmes such as Our Toronto and creates the Glasner On Film podcast. Eli appears regularly on CBC’s The National and can be found interviewing stars and covering cultural events from TIFF to the Oscars.
Karen Gordon is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She’s currently heard Friday mornings as the movie reviewer for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. She’s been covering movies, music and aspects of popular culture for more than twenty years on radio, television and in print. She also works as a creative producer, series story editor and writer for documentary and lifestyle television. She is also the co-writer for two award-winning cookbooks, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and Made in Italy. Karen still gets a little thrill every time the lights go down and the movie begins.
Sarah Hagi is a culture writer and critic who is currently a contributing writer at Gawker. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Cut, The Toronto Star, The New Yorker, GQ and more.
Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the executive producer of features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing, focusing on film, has been featured in several other Canadian publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. His favourite film franchise is the Fast and Furious series, and he will offer no apologies for that fact. You can follow him on Twitter @hertzbarry.
A founding member of the TFCA and president of the association from 2016-2021, Peter Howell has been since 1996 the movie critic for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Prior to this, he was the Star‘s rock critic. He is a close observer of Canadian film, and was a jury member of TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten panel in 2012. Howell was one of the first journalists in North America to begin a regular Internet column, which debuted in January 1995, under its original title “CyberPop.” Howell is a voting member of the Los Angeles-based Critics Choice Association, which awards the annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Find him on Facebook and Twitter/X.
Throughout a long and dynamic career, Kim Hughes has variously served as a writer, editor, and broadcaster with some of the most prestigious media properties on the planet, covering arts and entertainment for Zoomer, The Toronto Star, National Post, Amazon.com, SiriusXM, 102.1 The Edge, CBC, Report on Business Magazine, Elevate, NOW, The Grid, hmv.com, CARAS, and multiple others. For the past seven years, Kim served as editor on the official program for the Toronto International Film Festival. Her film writing has been widely featured, including on Original-Cin.ca, where she happily toils alongside several other esteemed TFCA members. @HughesBlogger
President of the TFCA from 2009-2016, Brian D. Johnson was on staff as a Senior Writer at Maclean’s, Canada’s weekly newsmagazine, from 1985 to 2013, and continues to write for the magazine as Contributing Editor and online film critic. He has also worked as an author, filmmaker, musician and broadcaster. Born in England and raised in Toronto, Johnson has written for publications ranging from The Globe and Mail to Rolling Stone, and has won three National Magazine Awards. He has hosted onstage interviews with authors, actors and filmmakers, most recently, in 2013, an evening of conversation with Al Pacino at Massey Hall in 2013. His books include a 1974 volume of poetry, Marzipan Lies (the first work published by the Porcupine’s Quill), the 1994 novel Volcano Days, and a written history of TIFF, Brave Films, Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever (2000). Johnson has produced and directed two BravoFACT short films, both premiering at TIFF: Tell Me Everything (2006), a poetic montage of hands at work, featured original music by Leonard Cohen; Yesno (2010), a mix of animation and live action, adapted a book of poetry by Dennis Lee, with readings from Cohen, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. Johnson is currently developing The Purdy Project, a feature documentary for the CBC about the movement to restore Al Purdy’s A-frame house as a writing retreat, in tandem with The Al Purdy Songbook, an album of music inspired by the poet. Johnson lives in Toronto with his wife, author Marni Jackson, and they have a son, Casey.
Peter Knegt (he/him) has been working as a film journalist since 2006, when he began a 10 year stint as a writer and editor for Indiewire. Since 2016, he has been a producer for CBC Arts, spearheading the creation of series like The Filmmakers and Canada’s a Drag as well as writing a weekly column on LGBTQ arts and culture, “Queeries.” This work has resulted in four Canadian Screen Awards and a Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada. In addition to CBC, Knegt runs the monthly film screening series Queer Cinema Club at Toronto’s Paradise Theatre and occasionally dabbles in short filmmaking and standup comedy. You can read more about his work at peterknegt.com and follow him on Twitter or Instagram at @peterknegt.
Previously, he was a film critic for The Globe and Mail newspaper from 1995 to 2015. He has also contributed to such publications as Variety, Cinema Scope, Screen, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as broadcast outlets CBC and National Public Radio.
Saffron Maeve is a critic, curator, and academic. Her work can be found at Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, Cinema Scope, Screen Slate, and more.
Angelo Muredda writes for Torontoist, Cinema Scope, and Film Freak Central. He’s completing a Ph.D. in Canadian literature at the University of Toronto.
Adam Nayman has an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. He is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and POV. He reviews regularly for Sight and Sound, Little While Lies, and Reverse Shot and been published in The Globe and Mail, The Grid, The Walrus, The Village Voice, Elle Canada, Film Comment and Cineaste. He has programmed films (and hosted) for TIFF’s Reel Talk series and The Toronto Jewish Film Society. He lectures on film at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and hosts talks on directors and genres for the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. His first book, It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls was published in 2014 by ECW Press. Adam has been a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association since 2002. He lives in Toronto with his wife and, unfortunately, their cat, Fellini.
Andrew Parker is almost a twenty year veteran when it comes to film criticism. He’s currently the senior critic for The GATE, and his work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Boston Globe, t.o. night, Exclaim, Reader’s Digest, The Onion AV Club, Toronto Film Scene and plenty of other places that you probably have/haven’t heard of. He also occasionally pops up on TV, but blink and you might miss him. Raised in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, he has called Toronto home for the past decade.
Kevin Ritchie has worked as a journalist for two decades, first as a general assignment reporter in the daily newspaper world before being sucked into the glamorous world that is arts and entertainment coverage. He has covered music, television and film for a variety of trade and consumer magazines and online outlets, including Toronto alt-weekly NOW Magazine. He is now the paper’s editor.
Gilbert Seah is an engineer by profession with an MBA to his credentials but a movie buff at heart. Born in Singapore and frequenting the neighbourhood repertory cinema since the age of 10, cinema has and always been his life. Writing for afrotoronto.com and toronto-franco.com, Gilbert is content as a film critic though his unrealized dream was to direct a full feature of his own. The logic is that even though the film might be bad, a legacy would have been left behind. With a background in British and Asian film, he brings a unique perspective to his film reviews.
Alice Shih is a Toronto-based film journalist. She is also an advisory board member and programmer of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and a regular contributor for Swedish Press. Her critique on films can also be heard on Fairchild Radio, the national Chinese radio broadcaster in Canada. She specializes in world films, especially films from Asia and the Asian Diaspora. Her written works also include translation of the book Jia Zhangke Speaks Out.
Jim Slotek has been a Toronto Sun columnist since 1983, as a movie critic, TV critic and comedy beat reporter. He’s been a scriptwriter for the NHL Awards, Gemini Awards and documentaries, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for comedy writing on a special (the NHL Awards). Prior to the Sun, he worked at the Ottawa Citizen as an entertainment reporter.
Courtney Small has written for POV Magazine, That Shelf, CBC Arts, Leonard Maltin, In the Seats, and his own blog Cinema Axis. He is the co-host of the show Frameline on Radio Regent and has appeared on ET Canada, as well as Hollywood Suite’s original series A Year in Film and Cinema A to Z. Courtney is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the African American Film Critics Association. He is Tomatometer-approved critic and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards. @Smallmind
Victor Stiff is a Toronto-based entertainment journalist and film critic. He is the News Editor and Senior Critic at ThatShelf.com and the host of Dope Black Movies. Victor has contributed to The Canadian Academy, POV Magazine, Global News, The Playlist, Screen Rant, In the Seats, and Sordid Cinema. Victor received the TFCA’s 2019 Emerging Critic award, and he’s currently a programmer for the Rendezvous With Madness Festival. You can read his film reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and follow him on Twitter @VictorJStiff.
Glenn Sumi is the associate entertainment editor (stage/film) at Toronto’s NOW Magazine, where he’s written about theatre, film, dance and comedy for over 15 years. He’s written for several newspapers and magazines, has been a pop culture correspondent for CBC Radio and, for three years, was a weekly arts contributor to CTV NewsChannel’s weekend show. He likes to watch. Follow him on Twitter: @glennsumi
Kate Taylor is a staff writer at the Globe and Mail where she currently serves as visual art critic as well as writing about film and cultural policy. She has previously worked as the Globe’s film critic and its theatre critic, and is still the only woman to have held those posts. Her arts journalism has been nominated three times for the National Newspaper Award, which she won in 2016.
Kate is also the author of three novels; including her most recent, Serial Monogamy. Her debut novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award in 2004. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award and won Kingston Reads: The Battle of the Books in 2011. You can follow Kate on Twitter @thatkatetaylor
José Teodoro has written about film and literature for Cinema Scope, The Globe and Mail, Film Comment, Brick, The National Post, NOW Magazine, subTerrain, Stop Smiling, Moving Image Source, Cineaste, and other publications. He has served on film festival juries and panels in Canada, the United States, Cuba, Mexico and Germany. He is a writer and editor for the Toronto and Panama International Film Festivals. He was a contributor to the University Press of Mississippi’s Guy Maddin: Interviews.
Rachel West is a Toronto-based film and entertainment journalist with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film Studies from Carleton University. An Associate Editor and Senior Critic at That Shelf, she spent several years as a Senior Digital Producer at ET Canada and Cineplex covering the latest film news and events. Rachel has interviewed everyone from Colin Farrell to Miss Piggy and has reported live from TIFF, SXSW, Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, CinemaCon, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes, among others. Her film writing and interviews have appeared in publications and outlets including Global News, Telefilm, ET Canada, Shaw Connect, The National Post, Toronto Film Scene, Cineplex Magazine, CAA Magazine, Mondo Magazine, Discover Toronto, and more. A Tomatometer-approved critic who loves an Oxford comma, Rachel has served on film festival juries and is a member and regular contributor to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ). You can find her talking about Nicolas Cage and cats on Twitter and Instagram.
A lifelong Torontonian, Norm Wilner hosts the Someone Else’s Movie podcast and writes the Shiny Things newsletter about physical media and pop culture. From 2008 to 2022 he was the senior film writer for NOW Magazine. He’s also written for The Toronto Star, Metro Newspapers, Cinema Scope, Marquee, Montage, and The Hollywood Reporter, among others.
Norm served as secretary and vice-president of the Toronto Film Critics Association from 2008 to 2016; in 2009, he was a member of the features jury for Canada’s Top Ten. As a member of the international film critics’ organization FIPRESCI, he’s sat on festival juries in Toronto, Montreal, London, Vienna and Palm Springs.
In 2022 he joined TIFF as a programmer, and is currently the festival’s Acting Lead Programmer for Canada and Industry Selects. Yes, it’s weird.
Jason Anderson is a freelance critic and writes regularly about film for The Toronto Star, Cinema Scope, Artforum.com, Sight & Sound and Movie Entertainment. He’s also written for Uncut, Entertainment Weekly, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest Canada, Men’s Fashion and many other publications. He’s served on juries for Hot Docs, Reel Asian, Canada’s Top Ten and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. He’s the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the shorts programmer for TIFF, and teaches a course on film criticism for the University of Toronto.
Tina Hassannia is a freelance film critic who has been published in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many more. Her book Asghar Farhadi: A Life in Cinema was published in 2014 by The Critical Press.
A former president of the TFCA, Bruce Kirkland has been a reporter with Sun Media for 31 years. He has worked the movies beat from 1980-2007, and still focuses on TIFF, Cannes, Oscars. Before taking a position at the Toronto Sun, he worked at the Ottawa Journal as entertainment editor and movie critic from 1979-80, and at Toronto Star as music critic and general-assignment news reporter from 1971-79.