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July 12, 2020

Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Phillipa Soo, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan and Anthony Ramos. Story, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Directed by Thomas Kail. S...

June 27, 2020

Starring Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, John Turturro, Giancarlo Esposito and Bill Nunn. Written and directed by Spike Lee. Streaming everywhere. 120 minutes. 14A

(4 stars out of 4)

Spike Lee’s movies never get old because his theme of rac...

June 25, 2020

Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” a young-adult drama starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin, is one of 50+ features TIFF will be screening at its 2020 edition Sept. 10-19, a dramatic reduction from the 245 features of the 2019 festival. (Photo courtesy of TIFF.)


May 29, 2020

This is the time of year when the Toronto International Film Festival normally begins its summer-long reveal of plans for its big cinema celebration in September.

This traditionally follows months of planning and screenings by TIFF officials, programmers and other staff...

May 29, 2020

Documentary on the closure, redevelopment and lasting impact of the Honest Ed’s properties in Toronto. Directed by Lulu Wei. Streaming May 28 to June 10 at hotdocs.ca. 75 minutes. STC

(3 stars out of 4)

“A bargain centre like this happens once in a lifetime — sometimes n...

May 21, 2020

Starring Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Tess Harper and Garret Dillahunt. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Streaming on Starz, Amazon Prime and YouTube. 122 minutes. 14A

(4 stars out of 4)

A lockdown repeat view...

May 13, 2020

Starring Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung and Rebecca Pan. Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. Streaming on The Criterion Channel. 99 minutes. PG

(4 stars out of 4)

The 73rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival was supposed to begin May 12. The coronavirus had other ideas. One...

May 10, 2020

Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey and Ellen Corby. Written by Samuel A. Taylor and Alec Coppel. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Streaming on YouTube, Amazon Prime and Google Play. 128 minutes...

May 6, 2020

We’re all familiar with the cautionary adage about not giving an inch to a slippery person or group, lest they respond by taking a mile.

In the same vein is the proverb about not allowing a beseeching camel to stick its nose under your tent, for fear the beast’s entire...

April 29, 2020

Like many people during these locked-down days, I’ve been having anxiety dreams — more like nightmares — that interrupt my sleep.

They come as random reminders of my previous life outside the walls of my home, where I’m fortunate to have only boredom to contend with, f...

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Movies I can't live without  


Toronto Star movie critic Peter Howell has written a book about his 25 favourite movies, with highly personal reviews from Apocalypse Now to The Wizard of Oz.  

Here's a sample of his review of 2001: A Space Odyssey, his all-time favourite film: 


It was billed as "the ultimate trip," and the hyperbole was justified, then as now.

Stanley Kubrick's space opus still seems like the future, 52 years after its release and 19 years after its significant title year. It never gets old and I never tire of seeing it, even after 50-plus viewings..."




01/22/15:  Sundance Film Festival begins


05/13/15:  Cannes Film Festival begins


09/04/15:  Toronto International Film Festival begins


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