Critics' Picks Mothering Sunday and Sundown Open Easter Weekend.

Drama Mothering Sunday is filled with a week’s worth of rich performances.

Critic's Pick.

By Anne T. Donoghue, Globe and Mail                                       April 6, 2022



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Odessa Young’s work with her ever-changing (and aging) character Jane Fairchild succeeds in bringing a complicated and resilient character to life in Mothering Sunday.


To frame a film around a writer can be tricky: writing is as solitary as it is tedious. Fortunately, Mothering Sunday, a heart-wrenching drama directed by Eva Husson and based on the novel by Graham Swift, shows that people are more than what they do. They are also the sum of their traumas.

Set mostly in 1924, the story explores a secret affair between housemaid Jane (Odessa Young) and aristocrat Paul (Josh O’Connor). Following the First World War, Paul is the last surviving son of his family, and the son of a family friend of Jane’s employers (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman). And while Paul’s upcoming wedding is meant to mark joy, the compounded grief is still too smothering. At least for everybody but Jane. In the wake of her own grief, she rejects the oppression of her class and finds solace in storytelling – an avenue through which her sorrow is worked out.

Triumphantly, Young’s work with her ever-changing (and aging) character succeeds in bringing a complicated and resilient character to life.

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Emma D’Arcy as Emma Hobday, Odessa Young as Jane Fairchild and Josh O’Connor as Paul Sheringham in Mothering Sunday.

Watch: Mothering Sunday Official Trailer


Tim Roth gives performance of his career in cruel but crafty drama Sundown

Critic's Pick.

By Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail                                          April 4, 2022

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Tim Roth in Sundown

While on vacation with his family at a high-class Mexican resort, the British slaughterhouse magnate Neil (Tim Roth) seems adrift from his surroundings. Something is off, but not necessarily in that typical middle-aged crisis manner.

When Neil’s family has to suddenly head back home to attend a funeral, Neil makes up an excuse about losing his passport, and quickly decides to make a new life outside his bubble of privilege. As his family beg him to come home, Neil loses himself in cheap bars and seedy hotels, eventually starting an affair with a young local (Iazua Larios).

Director Michel Franco sells his story with just the right amount of malice, while Roth (who reunites here with his Chronic director) manages to find a peculiar amount of pain in a man sleepwalking through life. It might be the best work of the actor’s long career – or at least the most carefully controlled.

If you’re still curious, the film’s slender running time should help seal the pitch.

Watch the official trailer: Sundown


 

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"Olivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this deeply affecting adaptation of Graham Swift’s bittersweet novel about secret love in post-WWI England." - TIFF

On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother's Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover.

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"Sun-drenched and surprisingly intense, Sundown is a well-crafted script driven by Roth's impressive lead performance." - Third Coast Review

Neil and Alice Bennett (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) are the core of a wealthy family on vacation in Mexico with younger members Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan) until a distant emergency cuts their trip short.

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Michelangelo | Da Vinci | Caravaggio | Rembrandt | Dali | Rubens | Titian

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history.

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CLIMBING'S MOST ANTICIPATED ANNUAL WORLD FILM TOUR!

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The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing’s greatest celebrations, comes to Waterloo with a new collection of world premiere films.

For 15 years and counting, REEL ROCK has been sharing the stories of our climbing community. We produce films that celebrate the human side behind our sport’s great adventures.

Every year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour brings premieres of the best new climbing films to communities around the world, with 500 locations in 40 countries - and counting.

 

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When live music rocked Kitchener-Waterloo

Meet the directors & producers July 2nd & 3rd for the final screenings!

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Tribute to the late Jean-Marc Vallée on National Canadian Film Day

On Dec 25, 2021, Canada lost one of its best, most important filmmakers, Jean Marc Vallée. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) was his third feature film and the one that put him on the map.

Free screening! Part of National Canadian Film Day.

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14A

Happy 4/20. The Dude Abides.

Yeah, yeah, oh yeah, what condition my condition was in. 

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"Tarantino weaves a patchwork of crime film history into something shiny and new. Peppered with great moments eaten up by actors working at the top of their game, Pulp Fiction's witty writing, pop culture-surfing, gleeful amorality, cult tuneology and hyperkinetic energy has redefined the crime genre for the foreseeable future.

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"The expectations for West’s return to film were high, and luckily X brings this master of horror back with a bang." - Austin Chronicle

A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts, but when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives.

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2022 Winner 2 Canadian Screen Awards: Achievement in Editing & Music, Original Score!

Based on Miriam Toews' best-selling novel, All My Puny Sorrows unexpectedly infuses wry humor into this heart-wrenching story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (Sarah Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (Alison Pill) who, in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself.

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René Laloux's mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation.

This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. This leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens the Draag control over their race.

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IF4  IS AN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TOURING FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASING THE PASSION, LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE OF FLY-FISHING.

 

 

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