What The Foxtrot?
Movie review: Foxtrot
Samuel Maoz takes the rituals of death notification into desolate territory as he mines internal and external conflicts within the Israeli psyche in his absurdist drama Foxtrot
Amanda Verhagen and Connor Gaston Aglow After First-Time
Interview: Amanda Verhagen and Connor Gaston
The filmmakers pulled on some experience growing up in religious environments to bring their debut feature, Devout, to the big screen. Now it's one of three nominees vying for the John Dunning Discovery honours at tonight's Canadian Screen Awards.
Mina Shum Gets Her Freaky Friday On
Interview: Mina Shum
The Vancouver filmmaker always wanted to make a movie about how she and her mother are so different, and in her new movie Meditation Park, she reunites with Sandra Oh to make it happen.
By Katherine Monk
VANCOUVER — Mina Shum says she's trying to be “a good Chinese daughter.” After a greeting at the door of the hotel suite, she ushers me to a seat, and checks to make sure the publicist is comfortable. The place is all too generic for a talk about the particular. With its creamy white walls and bleached white linens, the hotel room overlooking Vancouver’s downtown skyline is all postcard pretty, displaying snow-capped mountains and green-patina copper rooftops. Shum says she loves every corner of this coastal town, but her new movie Meditation Park is looking at a different view of the city she calls home.
Set in the Eastside neighbourhood of Sunrise-Hastings, and focused on one family’s love-laden unravelling, Meditation Park stars Asian heavywe...
A Wrinkle in Time Offers Waking Daydream
Movie review: A Wrinkle in Time
Ava DuVernay’s big-budget Disney adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s teen classic takes an earnest route through fairyland and physics, making for a strangely static ride and a Mardi Gras parade of bejewelled movie stars.
Hey, Gringo! This One Is For You!
Movie review: Gringo
Nash Edgerton's dark comedy features David Oyelowo as a hapless businessman struggling to stay alive in Mexico after a botched kidnapping, a bad drug deal and festering marital issues leave him deliriously endangered.
Kathleen Hepburn Takes a Metaphorical Skinny Dip
Interview: Kathleen Hepburn
The first-time feature director went back to the family cabin in northern B.C. -- and deep into the wilderness of mother-child dynamics -- in Never Steady, Never Still
Red Sparrow Flutters, Flaps, Finally Flies
Movie Review: Red Sparrow
Jennifer Lawrence has trouble with a Slavic accent, but she nails the emotional conflict and physicality of a ballet dancer turned sex spy in Francis Lawrence's Cold War thriller that feels like a return to the good old bad days
Look for McDormand, Three Billboards and Nolan for Oscar – Or Not
Movies: Oscar Picks 2018
A strange year without frontrunners leaves Oscar an open field with Three Billboards catching the eye of film critic Katherine Monk for best picture, and Jordan Peele for best original screenplay
By Katherine Monk
So a plumbing issue has delayed the publication of my picks which I made a few days ago, but never got around to filing because of my frikkin' kitchen sink. Buckets and shammies will have to do for now, and I'll write it all off to being part of a strange, strange year. I'm thinking The Shape of Water could be this year's Color Purple, a film that went in to the show with eleven nods for Steven Spielberg and came out without a single statuette. I don't think Shape of Water will go home without hardware, but most of the prizes will be on the technical side, with Canadian craftspeople coming up strong. But it's getting late. The red carpet it out... so here goes nothing.
Best Picture Nominees:
Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, ...