The Breadwinner (2017)

NORA TWOMEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017.  Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids, Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Productions.  Screen story by Deborah Ellis, Screenplay by Anita Doron, based on the book by Deborah Ellis.  Produced by Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young.  Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna.  Production Design … More The Breadwinner (2017)

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Homage To Chagall: The Colours of Love

BBB (out of 5) The paintings of Marc Chagall have been deservedly celebrated for the colour and passion contained within their borders, and this sweet tribute gives some background to his vast body of work.  Chagall himself appears on screen, often with his delightful wife Valentina Brodsky who translates for him on camera, as he explains his … More Homage To Chagall: The Colours of Love

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The War Between Us

BBBB (out of 5) Touching film that examines the effect that the internment camps, instituted by the Canadian government during World War II for Japanese-Canadians, have on a group of citizens. One particular family is the focus of the action as they enter a town where a white family has to decide how it feels … More The War Between Us

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The Five Senses

BB.5 (out of 5) After a little girl runs away from a massage therapist’s office during her mother’s appointment, a group of disparate characters are affected and undergo their own emotional experiences throughout the ordeal of finding her. Each character is related to one of the five senses of the body, including the massage therapist … More The Five Senses

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Away From Her

BBBB (out of 5) Actress Sarah Polley makes her directorial debut with this poignant adaptation of Alice Munro’s story The Bear Came Over The Mountain.  Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie play a four-decades married couple whose relationship unravels when the symptoms of her Alzheimers disease begin to appear with a vengeance. He is eventually forced to place her … More Away From Her

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Last Night (1998)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The end of the world has come, and the entire planet has been given six months of warning. This film takes place on the very last day before the end, examining the behaviour of a group of Torontonians and how they choose to spend their last moments on earth. One confirmed … More Last Night (1998)

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Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary

BB.5 (out of 5) The Winnipeg Ballet Company’s stylish production of Bram Stoker’s classic has been brought to the screen by innovative filmmaker Guy Maddin. Done as a silent film, the story is told through mime and dance, filmed in grainy black and white with silent-era intertitles illuminating some of the more complicated dialogue. The … More Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary

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