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February 2, 2018

Without a doubt, my favourite film at the festival this year was Seeing Allred, a fast-paced doc about U.S. women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred. This film, in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance 2018, packs a powerful emotional punch as it tracks the firebra...

January 27, 2018

Park City, Utah -- I beg to differ with the cranky movie industry folks who left L.A.'s palm trees and their own well-lined palms to enjoy a four-day weekend at this charming ski town. Some of them have apparently found the lineup less than thrilling, with the insider...

January 22, 2018

Park City, Utah — The Sundance program log line for This is Home: A Refugee Story, in the World Documentary Competition at this year’s festival, reads as follows: “This is an intimate portrait of four Syrian families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland, and struggling to f...

January 21, 2018

Park City, Utah — Chances are good that you have never heard of perfluorooctanoic acid. But chances are nearly 100 per cent that it knows you.

This acid, known alternatively as PFOA or C8 (for the number of carbon atoms that make up the backbone of the synthetic molecul...

January 21, 2018

Park City, Utah —  While the rest of the world either ignores climate change or frets about what might happen some day in the distant future when sea levels rise, Anote Tong, the former president of Kiribati, a tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean, is desperately co...

January 20, 2018

Park City, Utah -- Toronto's film critics might be tickled to know that their just-published book, Our Words on Film, is now available for sale here in Park City, surely one of the most the film-obsessed towns in the world. The city is, after all, the annual home of th...

January 18, 2018

Park City, Utah -- The 34th edition of the Sundance Film Festival got off to its usual low-key start this afternoon with its usual press conference at the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street in Park City, Utah, featuring the expected honey-soft words of liberal do-goodism...

May 7, 2017

Remember learning about the dual nature of light back in high school physics class? We had it drummed into us that light is, strangely, both a wave and an infinitesmally tiny particle known as a photon. By definition then, a photon should be illuminating, even if it’s...

January 20, 2017

Park City, Utah -- Legendary actor, director, activist and Sundance founder Robert Redford welcomed the world to the 33rd edition of the Sundance Film Festival here today at the Egyptian Theatre on Main St. as snow fell softly outside -- the day before Donald Trump is...

January 17, 2017


It's no moose-take! National Canadian Film Day 150, to be presented by REEL CANADA on April 19, 2017, is being billed as the largest film festival to ever take place in the world. Across the country, in every kind of venue imaginable -- think mili...

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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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