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    Essential Viewing: The Best Documentaries of 2013 (part two)

    Leviathan Directed by Lucian Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel USA, 2012 The Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab is slowly out to reshape the way you see cinema and the world. Rather than set out to document the world via a recitation of facts and experiences, they’re strapping the cameras right at the edge of life – in […] More

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    Essential Viewing: Best Documentaries of 2013 (part one)

    Documentaries have come a long way in the past 20 years, especially in the last decade. Documentary film has developed into a popular and visible form of entertainment, while having a bigger effect on society, usually addressing important issues with the goal of informing the public and pushing for social change. Ten years ago, it […] More

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    Status at the Half: Best Movies of 2013 So Far

    We are now officially half way through the year and so I’ve asked our staff to vote for their favourite films released thus far. Hollywood blockbusters may have disappointed us, but thankfully we can always rely on independent filmmakers to create some truly inspiring films. Rounding out the special mentions is Terrence Malick’s To The […] More

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    ‘Stories We Tell’ more successful as an intellectual exercise than as heartfelt, familial emotion

    How can a documentary ever satisfactorily tell us the truth? No matter what the topic of debate is, how can the filmmakers relay to us the supposed truth of a situation without any form of bias or creative control poking through? Hell, what is truth? Yes, such heady philosophical notions and questions are present in each moment of Sarah Polley’s newest film Stories We Tell, a documentary of sorts, in that it’s structured around real lives and real people. More

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    More Equal Than Others: Six Films of 2012 Done Better

    For better or worse, films don’t exist in a vacuum. If literature derives from itself, and, according to Marshall McLuhan, the content in any new medium is always the same as in the old, then films don’t exactly have a wealth of opportunities to be original. You can always compare a film to one that […] More

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    TIFF Presents Canada’s Top Ten Screenings

    Toronto – On December 4th, TIFF saluted the best of Canadian Cinema at the 12th Annual Canada’s Top Ten industry event, hosted by Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method) and Don McKellar (Blindness, Trigger). A panel of industry professionals selected the top 10 Canadian feature and short films. TIFF Senior Programmer Steve Gravestock said that this […] More

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    Atlantic Film Festival 2012: Most Anticipated Films

    Fall weather is in the air, university students dominate the Halifax streets and TIFF is nearly over. That can only mean one thing, it’s once again time for Halifax’s own Atlantic Film Festival. The festival is in it’s 32nd year this fall and is once again able to boast a pretty impressive line up. Traditionally, […] More

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    ‘Take This Waltz’ excels thanks to its talented cast

    Take This Waltz Directed by Sarah Polley Written by Sarah Polley Canada, 2011 Take This Waltz is an excellent example of a movie with actors talented enough to make its flaws seem less vexing than they might have been otherwise. Sarah Polley, the writer-director of this mildly quirky domestic drama, is a surer hand behind […] More

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