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Tracks TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

Tracks Starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver Directed by John Curran What negative thing could I possibly say about Tracks? Fine, there is one in Adam Driver, the second lead to Wasikowska’s character Robyn Davison. He plays Rick Smolan, a photographer who has to go with Robyn in her National Geographic-sponsored journey to cross the […]

McCannick TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

McCannick Starring David Morse, Cory Monteith, Mike Vogel, Ciaran Hinds and Tracie Thoms Directed by Josh C. Waller McCanick is Morse’s great stab at a character study, the movie and actor introducing himself working on a punching bag, as a man with bottled up emotions. It starts out quiet as the titular detective McCanick goes […]

Triptych TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

Triptych Starring Frédérike Bédard, Lise Castonguay, Hans Piesbergen Directed by Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires I’m a fan of Robert Lepage. Only he, as he did in Tectonic Plates, can make a movie about an art student’s journey as a devastating experience. He lets his interconnected characters roam the world, explore all the arts, and […]

Rock the Casbah TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

Rock the Casbah Starring Omar Sharif, Hiam Abbass, Lubna Azabal, Nadine Labaki and Morjana Alaoui Directed by Laila Marrakchi Yes, despite it being set in Islamic Morocco, Rock the Casbah doesn’t have the most original premise. But at least it has a good mix of the tragic and the comic. The characters contend with the […]

Don Jon TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

Don John Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johannson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Glenne Headly, Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum Written and Directed by Joseph Gordon Levitt Joseph Gordon Levitt has had a great career trajectory, from sitcom actor to indie darling to a regular player in Christopher Nolan’s film. His first dalliance in writing […]

Mary Queen of Scots TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

Mary, Queen of Scots Starring Camilla Rutherford, Sean Biggerstaff and Tony Curran Written and directed by Thomas Imbach It’s been tradition to speak ill of the dead, especially if the ones who have passed have been survived by their enemies. Especially if we’re talking about Shakespeare who, as eloquent as he is, has vilified famous […]

Parkland TIFF Review (Paolo Kagaoan)

Parkland Starring Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale, Colin Hanks, and Tom Welling. Written and directed by Peter Landesman Peter Landesman’s Parkland looks into groups of people who were affected by those events that occurred during November 22, 1963. There’s the titular hospital with staff (Efron, Hanks, […]