'The Witches' Is A Fun Halloween Treat - Review

Set in 1960s Alabama, newly-orphaned Charlie (Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) moves in with his grandmother, Agnes (Octavia Spencer), after his parents are killed in a car accident. While Charlie does his best to process his grief and come to terms with his sadness, his grandmother does her best to break him out of his shell and teach him that even bogged down with sorrow, Charlie can still find some happiness if only he allows it.

A Tale of Two Sisters: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Wildfire’

When Kelly (Nika McGuigan), who's been missing from her quiet border town for a year, shows up on the doorstep of her sister Lauren (Nora-Jane Noone) one day, it makes for quite the shock. Now Lauren must come to terms with how her sister's reappearance has sparked memories of a major traumatic event in both their lives. Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Cathy Brady and set in Northern Ireland, Wildfire sheds light on familial troubles — in particular, the bond between siblings

A Funny Family Affair: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Shiva Baby’

Danielle is a 20-something-year-old student who is trying to get her life together. Feeling the pressure from her overbearing Jewish parents who want the best for her but who are also getting on her last nerves, Danielle can't imagine things being more chaotic. However, the different aspects of her personal life are about to collide in a way that she never thought possible. It all unfolds during a shiva, one that both Danielle (Rachel Sennott) and her parents (Polly Draper and Fred Melamed)

Innocence Lost: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Beans’

A timely and poignant passion project from writer-director Tracey Deer, Beans is the story of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl whose life is about to be turned upside down, set during the tense 1990 standoff between two Mohawk communities (the Kanehsatà:ke and the Kahnawá:ke) and the Québec provincial police, the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces. With every second of every moment, we see the toll the three-month standoff takes on Beans (newcomer Kiawentiio) and her family

'Lovecraft Country' is a Gripping Genre-Bending Exposition on Racism and the Real Monsters We Face - Review

“I’m not scared because fear’s not gon’ save us right now.” Military veteran, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) finds himself back in Chicago to search for his missing father, Montrose (Michael K. Williams). With the help of his uncle, George (Courtney B. Vance) and old friend, Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), the trio embark on a road trip across Jim Crow America where the constant stream of racists aren’t the only monsters they encounter throughout their journey.

'Project Power' Puts a Thrilling Spin on the Notion of Superhuman Abilities - Review

A new drug has been unleashed on the streets of New Orleans, and it is not your ordinary drug. When a person takes this pill, they gain powers beyond their imagination, but there’s a catch–the capsule only works for five minutes at a time. In addition to the time restraint, a person doesn’t know what powers they will obtain, which can be a danger not only to themselves but to those around them.

Gina Prince-Bythewood's Adaptation of Greg Rucka's Epic Comic 'The Old Guard' Is An Awesome Time - Review

The Old Guard follows the lives of a group of immortals who fight for what they believe is right. The mercenaries–who are centuries of years old–have their secret discovered while on a new mission. On the run from those who wish to exploit their secret for monetary gain, the quartet feels the “awakening” of another immortal. They have to find her quickly before the people who are after them become privy to the information that another immortal exists.

'I May Destroy You' is a Powerful and Thought-Provoking Story of Survival - Review

In the new series created and written by Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), I May Destroy You takes viewers on Arabella a.k.a. Bella’s (Coel) journey after she is sexually assaulted in a night club. The series follows Arabella on her path to writing her second book. With her advance in hand, but the words not coming to her, Bella needs to regain her focus. In a quiet space, Bella tries to find her groove but it eventually lured out by her friends. While she declines at first, the temptation to go out

Tracee Ellis Ross Shines as Diva Extraordinaire Grace Davis in ‘The High Note’ - Review

In 'The High Note', Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) is the star that everyone wants to be. With numerous hit songs and albums, and a plethora of Grammy awards to her name, the aging but still uber-famous, Grace needs to find new relevance in a fickle music industry. Something that is constantly being pointed out by her long-time manager, Jack Robertson (Ice Cube). With all of this stress, things become even worse for her already over-worked personal assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson).

Cliques and Powerful Politics Abound in 'Selah And The Spades' - Review

Academics, high school hierarchies and politics collide in Selah And The Spades. With her directorial debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe gives the audience a film that will leave you thinking and likely talking about it long after. While there’s a mixture of other high school dramas, Selah And The Spades is wholly new territory and puts a spin on the powerful clique dynamic we haven’t seen before.

'The Lovebirds' is a Hilarious Murder Mystery With Crucial Commentary on Coupledom - Review

Originally slated to premiere at SXSW and have a theatrical release, The Lovebirds was one of many films that had to change its release tactics doe to the closure of theatres around the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to find another way to reach its intended audience, The Lovebirds found a new place to nest through Netflix. Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are a couple that finds themselves at a crossroads in their relationship.

‘Elephant’ is a Worthy Addition to the Disneynature Collection – Review

Following a herd of elephants as they’re about to make the treacherous journey across the Kalahari Desert in search of water during the dry season, Elephant is one of two new Disneynature releases to be added to the Disney+ streaming service (the other being Dolphin Reef). Shani, her calf, Jomo, and the herd’s matriarch, Gaia are the focus of the nature documentary that spans hundreds of miles.

Disneynature’s ‘Dolphin Reef’ is an Insightful Journey Into Ocean Wildlife – Review

The latest Disneynature documentary takes viewers into the depths of the sea. With colourful coral reefs and lively oceanic creatures, Dolphin Reef follows the adventures of a young bottlenose dolphin named Echo and his pod. Following the adventures of the dolphin and his family, viewers learn about their habits and also the ways of other creatures that the dolphins often encounter. Throughout the film, we watch Echo as he learns various lessons along the reef. Narrated by Academy Award winner

The Season Two Premiere of ‘Harley Quinn’ Keeps the Laughs Coming – Review

Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) is back at it again in season two of DC Universe’s animated Harley Quinn series. Gotham is in a new state of upheaval with the Joker (Alan Tudyk) defeated and Batman (Diedrich Bader) nowhere to be found. Enter: The Injustice League – Bane (James Adomian), Mr. Freeze (Alfred Molina), Penguin (Wayne Knight), Riddler (Jim Rash) and Two-Face (Andy Daly).

‘Onward’ is a Heartfelt Film for the Entire Family – Review

The latest Disney/Pixar collaboration is upon us with the mystical movie, Onward. Set in a land filled with various mythical creatures like elves, centaurs, unicorns, the manticore (Octavia Spencer) and much more, the notion of magic has long faded. With magic being difficult to wield for many of the land’s inhabitants, modern conveniences have taken over. With magic a thing of the past, the residents of New Mushroomton is seemingly like every other town (minus the mythical residents).
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