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Reviews of Canadian movies and filmmaker profiles by Katherine Monk and Jay Stone.

Canadian Must-Sees: The Sweet Hereafter

Atom Egoyan crafted a world with a gaping black hole in the centre, pulling characters into a swirling, self-destructive vortex, while simultaneously affirming the redemptive power of love THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997) 5/5 Directed by: Atom Egoyan Starring: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Tom McCamus, Bruce Greenwood, Arsinée Khanjian, Gabrielle Rose, Earl Pastko, Stephanie Morgenstern and Maury Chaykin. Running time: 112 minutes   A film that touches on the essence of love by throwing us into the abyss of loss, The Sweet Hereafter marks the apex of the English-Canadian film tradition as it navigates the empty space left in the wake of tragedy with a gentle, but unsentimental eye. Based on the novel by Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter focuses on a school bus tragedy in a small town, and the big city lawyer who drives into town looking to point the finger of blame. Ian Holm plays Mitchell Stephens, a slimy litigator who makes a living off of other people’s pain ...

Movie review: Mr. Holmes deduces Sherlock as an old man

Ian McKellen gives a performance of warm humanity as an aging Sherlock Holmes who is trying to solve his last and most puzzling mystery: where did he go wrong?

Movie review: Irrational Man is Woody Allen at his unfunniest

The new Woody Allen movie is a morality play that looks at a philosophy professor who wants to commit the perfect murder. The result isn’t very interesting, and not at all funny  

The Look of Silence screams for justice

Joshua Oppenheimer's sequel to The Act of Killing wanted to provide an emotional and moral coda to the original as it sought remorse in the eyes of the guilty, but in every beautiful saturated frame, The Look of Silence finds only the blank face of denial   -30-

Movie review: Southpaw packs a familiar punch

Jake Gyllenhaal shows real acting power in an otherwise familiar story about a boxer who has to be redeemed in the ring

The Look of Silence: Joshua Oppenheimer reflects on deflection

In The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer offered the dramatic testimony of mass murderers as they re-enacted their crimes. In the forthcoming sequel, The Look of Silence, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker brings the perpetrators face to face with the brother of the man they killed. By Katherine Monk Joshua Oppenheimer is a precise filmmaker, which is difficult to accomplish at the best of times, but something practically unheard of in documentary. It’s the reason why the Texas-born filmmaker was nominated for an Oscar for his first feature, The Act of Killing, a blend of research and febrile nightmare that related the story of Indonesia’s communist purge in which one million people were murdered. The movie caused a stir in Indonesia as it showed men who are still in power boasting about their acts of killing, and Oppenheimer suspected it would probably make any repeat visits to Indonesia impossible. Yet, this month will see the release of a sequel to The Act of Killing ...

Taking a second look at Spectre

The new James Bond movie is slated to hit theatres in November, but we can tell you more than ten things about the new 007 instalment just by looking at the pictures By Ex-Press Skeletal Staff Sony Pictures unveiled the latest trailer for Spectre earlier today, but the new installment in the ever-profitable 007 franchise doesn’t seem too mysterious. In fact, who needs to wait for the film to come out wide on November 6th when it’s well known that a picture speaks a thousand words, and we’ve already got eleven early production stills that we’re eager to share.   1. It stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, which means we’re getting more than a handsome package who can rock a Speedo. Craig can pull off real drama and disappear into any role (check out the bizarre thriller The Jacket), which raises the emotional ante on the regular baccarat game of stolen hearts and misappropriated weapons of mass destruction. Just look at the emotion Craig conveys in this artsy ...

Strangerland: Sex and ambiguity down under

Nicole Kidman digs deeply into the role of a sexually frustrated mother, but it's a performance in support of a dramatically frustrating movie, writes Jay Stone

Movie review: Jimmy’s Hall proves haunting

Ken Loach cozies up to the kitchen sink in Jimmy's Hall, a crisply lensed take on a fuzzy chapter in Irish history scarred by friction between communists and the Catholic Church

Amy Winehouse documentary delivers shivers

Asif Kapadia allows his camera to become an emotional confessional to his subjects in the profoundly moving Amy, a documentary portrait of another musical luminary prematurely darkened by a deep love deficit