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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...

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...

April 17, 2020

Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Sam Elliott, Peter Stormare, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid and John Turturro.  Written by Ethan and Joel Coen. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Streaming on Starz and YouTube. 117...

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 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...

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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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