Oscars

Review: DESTROYER (***)

By John H. Foote Nicole Kidman gives a towering performance of barely concealed fury in this film, a performance that elevates the film, a performance that is the finest of her career. With little to no make up, her hair a mess, her eyes red with lack of sleep, her movements simply forward, unyielding, she is a frightening…

Review: VICE (****)

By John H. Foote Great acting performances leave me in awe. They stroke my soul, they feed me. Great acting has often brought me to tears just because of the purity of the accomplishment, it can be utterly breathtaking to see. From Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Jane Fonda in Klute (1971),…

Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (***1/2)

By Nick Maylor Much like The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  is an animated superhero feature that is packed with laughs and will no doubt be warmly received by the kids. It is also reminiscent of The Lego Batman Movie in that the entire thing serves as an irreverent love-letter to the titular character(s), their history, and…

Review: THE MULE (***)

By John H. Foote When Warner Brothers announced Clint Eastwood’s new film The Mule was getting a year-end release, obviously, the rumour mill began talking Oscar. And why not? In 2004 the frontrunner for Best Picture and Best Director was Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004), a dizzying entertainment about the Hollywood years of Howard Hughes. In late…

Why is FIRST MAN Not Soaring this Awards Season?

By John H. Foote Walking out of the screening for First Man at TIFF, I was not alone in my effusive praise for this extraordinary film. More than one critic was heard stating they had just seen this year’s Best Picture winner and, quite frankly, I agreed with them. Yet after several major awards being announced First…

Review: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (**)

By John H. Foote This story is by now, very familiar having been told in the film Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) with no less than Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson, in Elizabeth I (2005) with Helen Mirren and Elizabeth, The Golden Age (2007) with Cate Blanchett. What I am saying, I suppose, is enough…

Blu-Ray Review: BLACK PANTHER (****)

By Nick Maylor Yesterday, Black Panther became the first superhero movie nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Drama). Disney and Marvel are pushing hard for a Best Picture Oscar nomination for the film and their chances have just improved significantly. Black Panther is one of the best films I have seen this…