Boy Erased

Boy Erased shines a disturbing light on a hateful process, and I hope it serves to educate and enlighten audiences.  However, it feels emotionally hollow, not doing justice to the horrifying reality of the subject matter, and missing a precious opportunity to really drive home the extent of emotional trauma resulting from the abuse that is conversion therapy. … More Boy Erased

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Beautiful Boy

I highly recommend Beautiful Boy’s realistic and respectful depiction of addiction, and the enlightened performance of Timothee Chalamet. It provides a well-rounded, holistic, and non-sensationalized telling of one man’s true story, and successfully allows the viewer to sit, if briefly, in their difficult life experience.  … More Beautiful Boy

First Man

Damien Chazelle delivers another resounding success with First Man, a biopic of Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Reynolds. They do incredible justice to these people and the importance of what they did for humanity, and because of that I can’t recommend the film enough. … More First Man

Ben is Back

A troubled young man unexpectedly appears at home for the holidays after 77 days at a treatment centre, beginning a twenty four hour snapshot of he and his family’s ongoing journey of recovery. Ben is Back is a triumphant balance of intimate family drama with a larger scale reflection on addiction, and on how we help each other as fellow humans and allies. … More Ben is Back

Love, Simon

All of this is, really, to say: representation matters.  It feels strange to have to keep saying this, but it remains a vital statement for so many who feel underrepresented and thus isolated and alone.  Is this how women felt during Wonder Woman?  Is this how Black people felt watching Black Panther?  Is this how straight people experience EVERY movie?! … More Love, Simon

Manifesto

Equally a collection of points of view on art and life, and a set of virtuosic performances from the powerhouse Cate Blanchette, Manifesto weaves together countless manifestos from the past 200 years into an experience unlike any other. … More Manifesto

Arrival

Armed with an excellent premise, a visionary director, an all-star cast, an innovative cinematographer, and a beautiful score, Arrival is nothing short of a masterpiece. … More Arrival