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Film Review: ‘Jagged’ (dir. Alison Klayman) | TIFF 2021

Alanis Morissette is one of those unicorn artists. Her influence is evident in endless artists working today, but there’s truly nobody like her. By refusing to follow any of the rules of stardom, she quite literally carved her own way.

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Film Review: ‘Listening to Kenny G’ (dir. Penny Lane) | TIFF 2021

You know Kenny G for his one-in-a-trillion musical talent, but do you really know the artist playing the saxophone and the man behind those records? His 40-year career should have given us enough time to learn about him, but apparently not.

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Film Review: ‘The Guilty’ (dir. Antoine Fuqua) | TIFF 2021

It’s a simple enough premise, but what is done within the timeframe of this film honestly made for some of the most thrilling, intense, fully consuming work I’ve ever seen.

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Film Review: ‘The Starling’ (dir. Theodore Melfi) | TIFF 2021

Grief comes in all of shapes and sizes. I thought The Starling took a very thoughtful approach to tackling such a sensitive topic but in an effectively touching yet humorous way. When it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s firing on all cylinders in the best of ways.

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Film Review: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ (dir. Will Sharpe) | TIFF 2021

The quirkiness is dialed up to ten, and it’s all the better for it. That just makes the sadness at the center of it all feel all the more whimsical.

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Film Review: ‘The Wheel’ (dir. Steve Pink) | TIFF 2021

Relationships are hard. There are challenges that are unique to every pair of two people, especially when there’s something putting that relationship at a strain. The Wheel is at its best when it paints an honest picture through that lens.

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Film Review: ‘Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over’ (dir. David Heilbroner + Dave Wooley) | TIFF 2021

Are there any especially revealing or shocking stories in this? Not really, but if you know Dionne Warwick, you know she’s not the kind of star surrounded by controversy in the first place. There are countless great stories in here, though.

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Film Review: ‘Scarborough’ (dir. Shasha Nakhai + Rich Williamson) | TIFF 2021

This is going to sound super abstract, but Scarborough is a film about what it means to be human. It’s so real that it’s unreal. Realer than life. There is a whole world within this film. I grew so attached to these characters, and I went on the emotional rollercoaster that these characters took me on. 

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Film Review: ‘Mothering Sunday’ (dir. Eva Husson) | TIFF 2021

I really enjoyed this approach on the secretive, forbidden romance, but I wish it leaned more into that theme a bit. I wanted there to be more risk or excitement, story-wise, but that’s just not what ‘Mothering Sunday’ is going for.

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Film Review: ‘Jockey’ (dir. Clint Bentley) | TIFF 2021

Combining the best of both worlds from sports movies and a father-son drama, this is sophisticatedly framed through an indie filmmaker lens. With heartfelt performances all around, it is a story that feels at once both familiar and brand new.