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Jay Stone has been a fixture in Canadian media for decades, and one of the most beloved movie critics in the country. He worked at the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News service until he retired.

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The Lovers brushes its teeth with stuff of life

Movie Review: The Lovers In this bleak and tender view of relationships, a married couple carrying on affairs with other people find a renewed interest in one another
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Olli Maki answers the bell

Movie Review: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki Part boxing movie and part love story, this Finnish film tells the story of a true Scandinavian hero, a prizefighter who fought for a title he didn't really seem to want    
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Emily Dickinson Inspires A Quiet — and Masterful — Passion

Movie Review: A Quiet Passion The lonely, uncompromising life of poet Emily Dickinson comes to life in a Terence Davies film that evokes the solitude and bravery of a 19th Century woman
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I Am Not Your Negro cuts to root of Strange Fruit

Movie Review/ Streaming/ DVD: I Am Not Your Negro The words of the late James Baldwin provide a searing portrait of race relations in the United States, and prove how little things have changed in the decades since they were written
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Sense of an Ending eludes closure

Movie Review: The Sense of an Ending In the film version of the ambiguous Julian Barnes novel, Jim Broadbent shines as an older man whose quiet life is interrupted by a letter that makes him re-evaluate the past
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The Wide River of Gordon Pinsent’s Dreams

Movie Review: The River of My Dreams Documentary about the Canadian actor captures much of his impish charm, but it leaves many questions unanswered about what really makes him tick
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Paterson finds poetry in the everyday

Movie Review: Paterson In Jim Jarmusch's new film, a bus driver named Paterson who lives in Paterson, N.J. — hometown of William Carlos Williams and Alan Ginsberg — sees life as gentle verse

Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women a wise comedy

Movie Review: 20th Century Women A teenage boy in 1970s California is raised by three women at different stages of their lives in a coming-of-age story with a loopy feminist edge
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La La Land is where love and art tangle

Movie review: La La Land This musical love letter to the movie business, jazz and romance is an intoxicating throwback to the days of dancing among the stars and singing your heart out in the hopes of making it  
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Miss Sloane is a murky thriller

Movie Review: Miss Sloane Jessica Chastain is compelling to watch, but this story of  a morally ambiguous lobbyist in Washington is both narratively preposterous and emotionally incoherent