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

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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.
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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.

Reclaiming the ‘wife beater’ as feminist symbol of empowerment

Fashion: Unzipping the history of female undergarments Though typically seen as a sign of muscular machismo thanks to Marlon Brando’s Streetcar and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, the working-class white tank top was the product of the female emancipation movement and a quest for less restricted movement.
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Ruben Brandt, Collector forges an artsy, cinematic self-consciousness

Movie Review: Ruben Brandt: Collector Packed with masterworks from fine art and movie history, Slovenian filmmaker Milorad Krstic’s animated heist story features a psychotherapist suffering from night terrors and a gang of oddball patients. It’s colourful and kinetic, but is it art, or an exercise in self-conceit?
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Greta meets expectations with a twisted grin

Movie review: Greta Isabelle Huppert hones her skills as psychotic menopausal menace in Greta, Neil Jordan’s creepy mother-daughter thriller that makes kindness and compassion a modern liability.

TV refugee finds oasis of hope on One Strange Rock, NASA TV

Television: One Strange Rock and NASA TV Evidence of intelligent life on Earth can be tough to find on the daily trek across the grid, but there’s an alternate universe hidden between the perpetual fireplace and Marie Kondo videos where humility and the human endeavour intersect -- with inspirational results.  
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Never Look Away all about the red, white and blur

Movie review: Never Look Away Oscar winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s latest film is a fictional epic inspired by German painter Gerhard Richter’s early career in the East, but it captures the contours of human truth by pulling us through pigments of pain with a creative brush.  

Welsh movies — yes, and there are a lot of them — come to Ottawa

By Jay Stone   OTTAWA — The most famous Welsh film ever made is probably How Green Was My Valley, the sentimental 1941 portrait of a growing up in coal mining town that was directed by American-born John Ford and starred Walter Pidgeon, the pride of St. John, New Brunswick, and Maureen O’Hara from Dublin. Everyone in the movie spoke English with an Irish accent. It was, however, filmed in Wales.   How Green Was My Valley — which won the Best Picture Oscar that year, beating Citizen Kane — was just one of many movies throughout the years that have been set, or sometimes just filmed, in Wales. Even more have featured Welsh-born actors: the country has contributed a mighty roster of stars to the world cinema, including Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ray Milland and a current Oscar nominee, Christian Bale.   But there’s another Welsh movie industry as well, that tells stories of the country, often in the Welsh language. ...
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Alita: Battle Angel embodies modern socialist ideal

Movie Review - Alita: Battle Angel James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez pull off some careful reprogramming of a Japanese animé heroine by pitting her superior cyborg parts against human selfishness in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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Isn’t It Romantic? feels like a rhetorical question

Movie review: Isn’t It Romantic? Rebel Wilson leads a revolutionary effort through the red taffeta jungle of rom-coms, but fails to topple the upper tier of icing-covered couple expectations. And that’s probably just the way we want it. “Somewhere deep down, we crave a fairy tale ending for a relatable character — just as we do for ourselves,” writes movie critic Katherine Monk.