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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...

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 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....

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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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