Friday Night Light

August 26, 2016 –  Steve Gleason is in a wheelchair and unable to speak, but the story of the former New Orleans Saints defensive back beats Jason Statham’s Mechanic in emotional power, as well as physical strength, making it the must-see of the week. Also opening: Anthropoid, Sean Ellis’s Second World War thriller that isn’t as thrilling as some, but far more human than we’ve seen before. Kubo and the Two Strings offers another brush with originality. It’s an animated kids’ movie that plays a potent symphony with just a handful of notes and a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron.  It seems powerful women remain as threatening as ever, and in Meera Menon’s second feature Equity, we can see why as three tough female characters work against each other for personal gain. It’s disturbing, but believable, which is why Katherine Monk rates it a ‘buy.’ Expecting father Chris Lackner finds a different kind of girl power as he conjures the spirit of Cora Coralina, one of Brazil’s most celebrated poets and the inspiration behind a preferred choice for baby name. Louise Crosby gives us another old world lesson via Italy as she pounds some basil into sweet submission for a pesto recipe. But that’s not the only treat in this issue of Ex-Press. All this, and more, in The Ex-Press.

ABOVE THE FOLD

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Movie review: Hell Or High Water captures an America collapse

Two brothers are out to rob all the branches of a predatory bank, with weary Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges on their trail, in this dusty evocation of the collapse of the Western dream
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Movie review: In Order of Disappearance is Norwegian noir

In this bleakly comic thriller, a mild-mannered snowplow driver is driven to take revenge on the local drug gangs, resulting in much bloodthirsty misunderstanding
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Anthropoid ignores war movie expectations

Movie review: Anthropoid Sean Ellis's Second World War thriller about the real-life assassination attempt on Nazi henchman Reinhard Heydrich adopts a slightly random, and disarmingly intimate approach to both heroism and history

MOVIE REVIEWS

Anthropoid ignores war movie expectations

Movie review: Anthropoid Sean Ellis's Second World War thriller about the real-life assassination attempt on Nazi henchman Reinhard Heydrich adopts a slightly random, and disarmingly intimate approach to both heroism and history

POP CULTURE DECODER

Wine Pairings for your Failed New Year’s Resolutions

Pop Culture Decoder Choosing the right wine to toast your success at failure!  

FOOD

Summer cobbler takes the cake

Recipe: Brown Butter Nectarine Cobbler/Cake Part cobbler, part cake, part pudding, a bit crispy around the edges and juicy in the middle, this rustic dish is just as delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert By Louise Crosby My refrigerator is ...

THE SICK DAYS

Falling apart at The Citizen

The Sick Days: Part 21 - Hot and Bothered Moving from The Toronto Star to The Ottawa Citizen was supposed to reduce symptom-inducing stress, but once installed in the national newsroom, Shelley Page starts feeling like a lobster By Shelley ...
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