Don McKellar finds truth and reconciliation Through Black Spruce

Interview: Don McKellar The award-winning writer, actor and director says bringing Joseph Boyden’s bestselling novel about a Cree woman in search of her missing twin to the big screen felt like the right thing to do -- because it wasn’t his idea.
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Shazam! feels like Fisher-Price version of the Marvel Universe

Movie review: Shazam! Director David F. Sandberg seeks to blend age-related gags with serious family drama in a failed attempt at sly humour in this overly simplified, but altogether safe take on superhero transformation.
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Pet Sematary resurrects the fear of fur

Movie review: Pet Sematary Stephen King’s classic gets a horror makeover that keeps asking the same unholy question: How far would we go to bring back a dead loved one?
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Hotel Mumbai opens ornate doors on an unholy nightmare

Movie review: Hotel Mumbai The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai resulted in the deaths of more than 170 people. Yet, until director Anthony Maras decided to dramatize the event in what proves a breathless two hours, the full dimensions of the tragedy never seemed to hit home.

Keith Behrman makes a Giant Little leap into the moment

Interview/ Canadian Film: Keith Behrman on Giant Little Ones The Vancouver director seemed to vanish from the face of Canadian film after his feature debut. But 16 years later, Keith Behrman is back with Giant Little Ones, a coming-of-age story that gently pulls back the curtain on the delicate question of sexual identity.
2.5Score

Hummingbird Project flutters around good ideas, but fails to land

Movie Review: The Hummingbird Project Kim Nguyen’s ambitious attempt at an artsy thriller headlined by Hollywood talent drills itself into the ground by betting on big equipment, instead of empathetic characters, to do the heavy lifting.

Canary Islands provide a volcanic perch on life’s big picture

Travel: Canary Islands, Part Two When you’re a senior tourist, it’s not easy to travel and often harder to trust, but there’s safety in a group -- and often a police escort -- through streets where pickpockets prey upon open backpacks and dangling cameras.
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Five Feet Apart: Teen love tropes and a cruel twist of phage

Movie review: Five Feet Apart Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play cystic fibrosis patients forced to stay at a safe distance, yet ultimately sacrifice everything to satisfy their breathless love. It’s a run-of-the-mill millennial teen romance, but proves the next generation isn’t living in denial when it comes to death.

Visiting the Canary Islands without a flap

Travel: Canary Islands The Spanish archipelago off the coast of Africa offers a unique blend of imported white sand beaches from the Franco era, a 1000-year-old fig tree, and a food mix that includes authentic tapas and branded American burgers.
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Captain Marvel captures essence of #MeToo moment

Movie Review: Captain Marvel Brie Larson proves to be exactly what we need right now: A powerful woman who not only questions the status quo, but is willing to abandon the dominant culture in pursuit of personal liberation.