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Jay Stone and Katherine Monk movie reviews and profiles. Movies new to streaming / DVD.
Reviews of Canadian movies and filmmaker profiles by Katherine Monk and Jay Stone.

Pixar’s Ted Mathot Talks Technology, Education, Incredibles’ Design

Interview: Ted Mathot The talented artist says working under the wing of Oscar-winner Brad Bird helped him make the big leap from storyboard artist on The Simpsons to story supervisor on The Incredibles 2. But this could just be the beginning for the Boston native. Now a fledgling graphic novelist, Mathot's own stories seem poised to fly.
3.5Score

Faith and Philosophy Feed the Flame of First Reformed

Movie review: First Reformed Paul Schrader revisits the desperation of Taxi Driver with Ethan Hawke in the role of a priest losing his religion while trying to save a young woman from a sick world.
3Score

Check In at Hotel Artemis and Visit Hell

Movie Review: Hotel Artemis A decaying deco hotel set in a dystopian downtown Los Angeles creates a swirling backdrop for a random story of redemption anchored only by Jodie Foster’s persistent talent and Dave Bautista's hulking presence.
4Score

Adrift Pulls You Into the Deeps and Doesn’t Let Go

Movie Review: Adrift Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafin hold on for a wild ride into the existential abyss in this unfathomable survival tale based on the true story of Tami Oldham.  
3.5Score

Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan Find Broken Shell of Love On Chesil Beach

Movie Review: On Chesil Beach Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of another mysterious female force in this latest McEwan adaptation, which tells the story of two newlyweds who embark on their maiden voyage together, but an iceberg awaits.  
3Score

Going Solo Has Its Downsides

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story The backstory for the biggest risk-taker in the Star Wars franchise plays it perfectly safe, meaning Solo gets home in one piece -- riding on decades’ worth of character collateral.

Eisha Marjara Finally Finds a Sense of Belonging in Outsider Stance

Interview: Eisha Marjara Venus is a new transgender comedy that finds new curves thanks to the veteran director’s elusive quest for belonging, and an internalized sense of misogyny that helped her understand the negative effects of gender dysphoria.  
3Score

Fifty Shades of Chardonnay: Book Club Movie Review

Movie Review: Book Club A bound volume of vintage tomes gives a flimsy script some awards-hardware heft, and a few stray surprises, in a surreal celebration of sex, wine and stereotype.  
3Score

Deadpool 2 Goes Mega Meta

Movie review: Deadpool 2 Ryan Reynolds still has the magical combination of charm and smarm that makes Deadpool unique in the superhero universe, but this highly self-aware sophomore effort feels like being at a party where everyone is taking selfies.
2.5Score

Breaking In Casts Union as Bad-Ass Momma Bear

Capsule Movie Review: Breaking In Gabrielle Union plays a mother embracing her grizzly side as she makes a desperate bid to free her two children from armed kidnappers in James McTiegue’s latest round of high velocity action.