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April 11, 2020

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody and Jeff Goldblum. Written and directed by Wes Anderson. Streaming on YouTube and Google Play. 100 minutes14A 

(4 s...

April 6, 2020

Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy, Joe Turkel. Written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Directed by Ridley Scott. Streaming on Starz. 117 minutes. 14A

(4 stars out of 4)

Ridley Scott’s...

March 30, 2020

Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Lawrence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Fred Forrest Lance,  Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall, Cynthia Wood and Harrison Ford. Written by John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Streaming on Amazon...

March 29, 2020

 "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (Twentieth Century Fox)

On that awful day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, when we were all transfixed by the horror unfolding on live TV, a woman standing near me remarked: “I wish Harrison Ford could come and save us from this....

March 26, 2020

Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan and Frank Miller. Written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Streaming on YouTube, G...

March 23, 2020

Documentary about the 1972 recording of Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin’s classic gospel album. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Now streaming on iTunes, YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime. 87 minutesG

(3.5 stars out of 4)

The Rev. C. L. Franklin, Aretha’s preacher father, st...

March 21, 2020

Documentary on the 1969 voyage of Apollo 11, the first moon landing. Starring Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Directed by Todd Douglas Miller. Streaming on iTunes, YouTube and Amazon Prime. 93 minutes. G

(4 stars out of 4)

Before that momentous small fir...

March 13, 2020

Starring Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Wayne Duvall, Amy Madigan and Reed Birney. Written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Directed by Craig Zobel. Opens March 13 at theatres everywhere. 90 minutes. 14A

(2.5 stars out of 4)

What a differe...

March 6, 2020

Starring Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor and Ross Brewster. Written by Paul Laverty. Directed by Ken Loach. Opens March 6 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 102 minutes. 14A

(3 stars out of 4)

"Sorry We Missed You," the latest underclass testament from blue...

March 5, 2020

Starring Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Valeria Golino and Luana Bajrami. Written and directed by Céline Sciamma. Now playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 119 minutes. PG

(3.5 stars out of 4)

Green and red are the warmest colours.

This swoon-worthy romance by Céline Sc...

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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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