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The Call of the Wild re-made again, a festival of strong...
Your numerology cycles February 15–29
Fantasmes à bout de souffle
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, superb, The Assistant, too...
Marcus King Band brings Southern Blues North of the border...
Wrinkles in the mind
Notes from (deeeep) Underground
Unruly Harley Quinn, morality by The Traitor and Elijah...
Pillars of salt that sing and dance
Your numerology cycles February 1–14
Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; Elsa and friends in Frozen II and cops and robbers mayhem inside 21 Bridges
Also a nostalgia binge thanks to a Recorder and a few gems from the European Film Festival
Nov 22nd, 2019
Conflicting toy movies and two films to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day
Also: Anna, the assassin with a slight feminist bent and a Fakir’s international wanderings
Jun 20th, 2019
Reviews of Spielberg’s new one, Daniel-Day Lewis’ last and the new Paddington
Also menace on a commuter train, our sick oceans, a Spanish shriek about the world today and Canada’s best
Jan 11th, 2018
Films about art and artists with Emily Dickenson, Cézanne and some sparkling Shakespeare
Also Poland’s most important painter versus the Communists and Richard Gere as a political hustler
Apr 27th, 2017
Tom Hanks on the run in Inferno and BC progress and tradition in Koneline
Also Demon updating a Jewish myth and Miss Hokusai explaining a Japanese icon
Oct 27th, 2016
Tom Hanks as a hero pilot, Robinson Crusoe mangled in animation and Hieronimus Bosch’s fantastic art up close
Also a scholarly-scandalous hybrid at The Academy of the Muses
Sep 8th, 2016
The Huntsman without Snow White, celebrities at a fashion gala and the latest from two stars we like
It’s not too early to think about DOXA, the documentary festival that starts on May 5. You’ll need time because there’s lots to read in the catalogue that’s now out and available at JJ Bean...
Apr 21st, 2016
The real Steve Jobs, a spy swap by Tom Hanks and our local south Asian gangsters by Deepa Mehta
Also a sex comedy, a lesbian fight for rights, a movie surrealist, a film pioneer and a five-continent study of issues around breastfeeding
Oct 15th, 2015
Three entertaining films: American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks and Anchorman 2
Christian Bale, Emma Thompson and Will Ferrell are the big draws in the week’s new movies
Dec 20th, 2013
Reviews of Captain Phillips, Watermark, Romeo and Juliet, Haute Cuisine and more
Tom Hanks is captured by Somali pirates in the true story of Captain Phillips
Oct 10th, 2013