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5 Villainous Movie Characters People Need to Stop Idolizing

By Nick Maylor Many of our cinematic “heroes” perform questionable acts and exercise poor judgment. In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf had a sense of self-awareness when he proclaimed about Frodo: “I’ve sent him to his death.” Well, he kind of did, didn’t he? We all know the hobbits live, but maybe the Eagles should…

10 Historical Figures Who Deserve Biopics and the Actors that Should Play Them

By Nick Maylor Biopics are huge business these days. When done well, they will often appear with a notable presence during the awards seasons; with many actors and actresses taking home Oscar gold for their appearances in them. Several historical figures of note have yet to (to my satisfaction) be given their due treatment in…

TIFF REVIEW – VOX LUX

By Nick Maylor (***) Vox Lux is an exploration of tragedy, both societal and personal. Raffey Cassidy stars as Celeste, a teen who witnesses (and is a surviving victim of) a school mass shooting. Using her time in rehabilitation to learn her way around a keyboard with the help of her sister Eleanor (Stacy Martin),…

TIFF REVIEW — BOY ERASED

By Nick Maylor (***) Joel Edgerton’s sophomoric directorial outing is a quintessential coming-of-age story that while very much steeped in Americana, should have a global appeal due to its intrinsic human themes. Starring alongside Edgerton (in a supporting role) are his fellow-Australians Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman; playing a Baptist pastor and his wife who…

TIFF REVIEW — Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

By Nick Maylor  (***1/2) Official Film Synopsis: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is the third collaboration between award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark. In breathtaking tableaus, their latest documentary continues their exploration of industrialization and extraction in astonishing scale and perspective. I walked into the upper…