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Wrapping Up Fantasia 2022
2022-08-05 19:00
After spending the 2020 and 2021 editions forced to cover the festival virtually, this year saw me return to Montreal to attend the Fantasia Film Festival for the first time since 2019. Othe… Read More
Interview: Ali Chappel On Verified
2022-05-28 16:37
Poster for Verified Last year, actress Ali Chappel (Necropolis: Legion, Girl with a Straight Razor) made the transition into filmmaking by writing and directing her debut short film Verif… Read More
Win 1 Of 5 Copies Of Row 19 On Blu-Ray
2022-05-09 18:12
Row 19 Giveaway Rules Giveaway open only to residents of Canada and the United States, 18 years of age or olderEntries are accepted until 11:59 PM on May 27, 2022Winners will be no… Read More
2022-01-03 18:30
Welcome to the year 2022! In theory, this is supposed to be a big year for me, since I will be turning 40 in just a few months’ time. However, the year is really getting off on the wro… Read More
2021-09-19 16:36
After having merely a taste last year, TIFF21 saw me returning to the in-person film festival experience for the first time since 2019. Despite continued concerns about COVID-19 and the Del… Read More
Wrapping Up Fantasia 2021
2021-08-25 15:13
While Fantasia made a partial return to in-person screenings this year, I once again covered the festival virtually from home. I’m looking forward to a possible return to Montreal nex… Read More
2021-06-15 17:49
This morning, many in the Toronto film community were shocked when Bar Volo unexpectedly tweeted the following announcement: New Location: Bottega Volo (608 College St.) The Volo team… Read More
Hot Docs 2021: Wrap-Up
2021-05-10 12:18
This was the second virtual edition of the Hot Docs Film Festival and I do have to make note of how much of a challenge it is to cover a film festival remotely. While I do hope that Hot Doc… Read More
Oscars 2021 – Predictions
2021-04-25 21:06
Admittedly, there is a lot more guesswork for me when it comes to this year’s Oscar predictions. However, I am still going to try my best. Best Picture – Nomadland Long bef… Read More
2021-04-25 16:25
The Oscars are tonight and it is time for my annual list of review links for the nominated films. Stay tuned later today, as I will be posting my official predictions. Best Picture Nomine… Read More
2021-01-01 15:44
UPDATE (1/23/2021) – DUE TO UNFORSEEN CONFLICTS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED We are kicking off 2021 with the official launch of the SK on Movies Zoom Movie Club, whi… Read More
2021-01-01 15:44
We are kicking off 2021 with the official launch of the SK on Movies Zoom Movie Club, which will be a semi-regular paid Zoom conversation about a film of my choosing… Read More
2020-12-30 16:51
Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones presents this satirical look at the previous year in Death to 2020. The year 2020 started with the threat of… Read More
2020-12-27 16:19
The near-death experience of a musician results in him reevaluating the purpose of his life in Soul. Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is an aspiring jazz pianist, who consid… Read More
2020-12-21 16:14
A group of friends perform an experiment about how consuming alcohol can be beneficial to their lives in Another Round. Martin (Mads Mikkelsen), Tommy (Thomas Bo Lar… Read More
2020-12-07 15:37
A teenage girl finds herself body-swapped with a serial killer in Freaky. Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) is a bullied high school student, whose only true confidant… Read More
2020-12-06 16:02
The events that lead to the writing of the screenplay for Citizen Kane are dramatized in Mank. Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) is a washed-up, alcoholic screenwri… Read More
2020-11-20 05:00
A heavy metal drummer struggles with the fact that he is going deaf in Sound of Metal. Ruben (Riz Ahmed) and Lou (Olivia Cooke) are a couple who tour together as par… Read More
Come True – Blood In The Snow 2020
2020-11-07 15:29
This review was original published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2020 A teenager gets more than she bargains for when she participates in a sleep study in Co… Read More
The Return – Blood In The Snow 2020
2020-11-06 18:09
A young man returns home after the mysterious death of his father, only to discover it occupied by a supernatural presence in The Return. Following the sudden death… Read More
Hall – Blood In The Snow 2020
2020-11-01 16:16
A mother and her young daughter try to escape a viral outbreak at a hotel in Hall. Val (Carolina Bartczak) is a woman in a troubled marriage to her husband Branden (… Read More
Interview: Brandon Cronenberg On Possessor
2020-10-03 20:36
Possessor is the sophomore feature film from writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, who is of course the son of legendary Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. With both Possessor and its predec… Read More
A Taste Of TIFF 2020
2020-09-11 16:29
A few weeks ago, I lamented about how this will likely be the first time since 2003 I don’t see any films as part of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. However, now that the… Read More
Wrapping Up A Virtual Fantasia 2020
2020-09-03 13:02
Like many film festivals in 2020, Fantasia decided to go virtual this year. I would say that they were successful in this regard with its VOD and “live” screenings via the Shift7… Read More
A PSA About TIFF 2020
2020-08-26 23:05
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that for the first time since I started going to the festival in 2003, I will not be seeing any films at the Toronto International Film Festi… Read More
Trailer: The Batman
2020-08-23 19:01
The virtual DC FanDome convention happened this weekend, which included the debut of trailers for a number of DC film productions, including The Suicide Squad and the “Zack Snyder Cut… Read More
#SKMLive: Original Vs Remake: 13 Ghosts
2020-08-13 04:00
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in live-tweeting screening events, in an effort to regain some of the communal experience lost from seeing films in the theatre. After a very quick… Read More
Review: Ferris's Room
2018-06-05 15:56
A Toronto artist recreates the titular character's bedroom from Ferris Bueller's Day Off in Ferris's Room. For an exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto artist Sarah Keenlyside… Read More
Tuesday Trailer: Suspiria
2018-06-05 15:03
Italian director Luca Guadagnino follows the award winning success of last year's Call Me by Your Name with this remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. This new version stars Dak… Read More
Review: First Reformed
2018-06-01 11:00
A country priest has a crisis of faith in First Reformed. Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke) is the pastor of the First Reformed parish, a historic yet poorly attended Dutch Reform church. T… Read More
Tuesday Trailer: Christopher Robin
2018-05-29 16:03
For this week's Tuesday trailer, we have Disney's new live action look at the adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It has been more than fifty year's since the first Disney animated short based on… Read More
Review: Disobedience
2018-05-29 15:00
A photographer returns home to her Orthodox Jewish community and rekindles a forbidden romance in Disobedience. Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz) is a New York based photographer, who return… Read More
Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story
2018-05-26 15:57
The origins of Han Solo are told in Solo: A Star Wars Story. After escaping from a life of servitude on the planet Corellia, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) finds himself a member of the Im… Read More
Tuesday Trailer: The Happytime Murders
2018-05-22 15:03
Last week, a trailer dropped for a new R-rated buddy cop film (with puppets) directed by Brian Henson (the son of Jim). The film is the first feature from "Henson Alternative," which is a su… Read More
Review: Deadpool 2
2018-05-19 23:15
The merc with the mouth returns to the big screen in Deadpool 2. Following the loss of his love Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), fall into a suicidal fun… Read More
2018-05-08 16:07
The 25th edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary festival has come and gone. The general theme this year seemed to women's rights, with half the selection being directed b… Read More
2018-05-08 14:48
The music and politics of international popstar M.I.A. are told in Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.. Matangi Arulpragasm, aka Maya to her friends and M.I.A. to most of the world, moved in 1985 with… Read More
2018-05-08 14:21
A slam poetry team prepares for nationals in Don't Be Nice. Coached by Lauren Whitehead and Jon Sands, the Bowery Poetry Slam team of Ashley August, Timothy DuWhite,&nbsp&hell…Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Crime + Punishment
2018-05-07 16:38
Twelve New York City police officers join a class action lawsuit against corruption in the NYPD in Crime + Punishment. Within the NYPD, a number of Black and Latino officers are encouraged b… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Siblings
2018-05-07 16:17
Brothers and sisters separated by the foster care system reunite at a special summer camp in Siblings. 11 year old Liberty and 18 year old Brandi are two young women separated from their nat… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The American Meme
2018-05-07 15:37
Social media celebrities are profiled in The American Meme. Since the rise of social media, there have been those who have the platform as the route cult celebrity. This include includes inf… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: United We Fan
2018-05-07 15:14
The people behind "save our show" campaigns are profiled in United We Fan. Over the years, fans of low-rated, but beloved television series have banded together to save the shows from cancel… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Playing Hard
2018-05-06 17:44
The development of a video game is followed from start to finish in Playing Hard. Jason Vandenberghe has worked in the video game industry for two decades. In 2013, Vandenberghe go… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Our New President
2018-05-06 16:29
The story of Trump's election is told entirely through Russian propaganda in Our New President. Compiled from material from Russia's stations Russia-1, Russia TV, and NTV, the media empire o… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Shirkers
2018-05-06 16:03
A Singapore filmmaker revisits a film she made in her youth in Shirkers. When she was 18 years old, Sandi Tan set out to shoot Singapore's first road movie with her friends Jasmine Ng and So… Read More
Review: Tully
2018-05-04 11:00
A stressed out mother of three hires a night nanny in Tully. Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a woman on the verge of giving birth to her third child, who already has a stressful time raising… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Constructing Albert
2018-05-03 20:03
Chef Albert Adrià hopes to step out from his more famous brother's shadow in Constructing Albert. With his restaurant elBulli, Ferran Adrià redefined the world o… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Roll Red Roll
2018-05-03 19:37
Social media plays a major role in the case of a teenager girl raped in a small town in Ohio in Roll Red Roll. Steubenville is a town in Ohio best known for the local high school footba… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Active Measures
2018-05-03 15:26
The sequence of events leading to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential election is broken down in Active Measures. It has been alleged that Russia utilized active measur… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Bachman
2018-05-03 15:04
The life and career of Canadian musician Randy Bachman is told in Bachman. Developing a love for music very early on growing up in Winnipeg, Bachman joined Chad Allen & The Expressions i… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Anote's Ark
2018-05-02 14:14
The president of the island nation of Kiribati fights for the survival of his people in Anote's Ark. Kiribati is a low-lying nation in the Pacific, which has been severely affected… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Believer
2018-05-02 13:55
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds organizes a music festival in support of LGBTs in the Morman community in Believer. Raised as part of the Morman church, Dan Reynolds begins to have a m… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The Cleaners
2018-05-01 14:35
Outsourced content moderators decide what content is appropriate for the major social networks in The Cleaners. Companies such as Google and Facebook outsource content moderation to foreign… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: This Mountain Life
2018-05-01 11:00
The stories of people in the mountains of British Columbia are told in This Mountain Life. 75% of made up of mountain ranges, yet few people are able to properly experience them. Martin… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: I, Dolours
2018-04-30 14:17
A former member of the IRA gives her first-hand account of The Troubles in I, Dolours. In 2010, Dolours Price gave an interview recounting her time as a member of the Irish Republican Army… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Netizens
2018-04-30 13:57
Female victims of online harassment fight back in Netizens. Digital mediums have made it easier for women to be harassed and law enforcement is not equipped to do anything about it. As such… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Alt-Right: Age Of Rage
2018-04-29 14:40
This history of the alternative right is told in Alt-Right: Age of Rage. In 2008, white supremacist Richard Spenser coined the name "Alt-Right" as the name of his blog. Over the next decade… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Love, Gilda
2018-04-29 14:24
The life and career of Gilda Radner is told in her own words in Love, Gilda. Growing up in Detroit, Gilda Radner quickly became a star for The Second City in Toronto and later as one of the… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Won't You Be My Neighbor
2018-04-29 14:07
The story of the life an career of Mr. Rogers is told in Won't You Be My Neighbor. In the late 1960s, Fred Rogers started the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, as a w… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: More Human Than Human
2018-04-28 14:16
The advances in artificial intelligence are explored in More Human Than Human. Machines are developing at a rapid pace and they are expected to replace traditional jobs by the year 2030. Wit… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The Guardians
2018-04-28 13:59
The systematic abuse of the elderly in the Las Vegas area is investigated in The Guardians. Elderly couples such as Rudy and Rennie North find themselves appointed to legal guardians without… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Three Identical Strangers
2018-04-28 13:20
Three men discover that they are triplets separated at birth in Three Identical Strangers. In 1980, Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman discovery by accident that… Read More
Review: Avengers: Infinity War
2018-04-28 12:39
The heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe face their biggest challenge in Avengers: Infinity War. As The Avengers remain divided, following the events of Captain America: Civil War, the in… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Bathtubs Over Broadway
2018-04-27 11:00
A writer for The Late Show with David Letterman talks about his obsession with industrial musicals in Bathtubs Over Broadway. While collecting weird records to showcase on David Letterm… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The Night Of All Nights
2018-04-27 11:00
Four longtime couples reflect on that status of their relationships in The Night of All Nights. It can be easy to assume that when a couple gets married, that their relationship would l… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The Devil We Know
2018-04-26 11:00
One of the biggest environmental scandals of all time is unraveled in The Devil We Know. The town of Parkersburg, North Virginia is home to the DuPont chemical company, which is best kn… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Golden Dawn Girls
2018-04-26 11:00
The women of Greece's controversial Golden Dawn party take centre stage in Golden Dawn Girls. Over the last number of years, the ultra-nationalistic right wing party the Golden Dawn starting… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Transformer
2018-04-25 11:00
A world champion powerlifter's transition from male to female is documented in Transformer. Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was a world record holding bodybuilder and marine veteran, who was ou… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Chef Flynn
2018-04-25 11:00
A young cooking prodigy tries to prove himself in the culinary world in Chef Flynn. In 2008, Flynn McGarry opened a supper club at his home at the age of only ten years old. Flynn's mot… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: Warrior Women
2018-04-25 11:00
The history of the activism by indigenous females are told in Warrior Women. In the 1970s, Madonna Thunder Hawk of the Lakota First Nation was one of the leaders of the American Indian… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The Game Changers
2018-04-24 11:00
Elite athletes receive health benefits from plant-based diets in The Game Changers. James Wilks is and elite military trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter. After an injury, Wilks looks… Read More
Hot Docs 2018: The Artist And The Pervert
2018-04-24 11:00
The BDSM relationship between a famous Austrian composer and his kink educator wife are profiled in The Artist and the Pervert. Georg Friedrich Haas is one of the most performed living… Read More

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