January 16, 2017
January 12, 2017
"What if food waste could feed the hungry?"
Downtown—(January 9, 2017) Produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Theater of Life follows famed Italian chef turned activist Massimo Bottura and his Refettorio Ambrosiano soup kitchen during Expo Milano in 2015. The documentary directed by Montréal filmmaker Peter Svatek explores ideals of feeding those most vulnerable while using repurposed food waste and the connections made with the local population being served.
January 9, 2017
"Here at NASA, we all pee the same colour."
Hidden Figures tells the true story of three female African-American mathematicians (or human "colored computers") and their essential role in successfully executing the 1960s manned space program at NASA during the early days of the space race set against the backdrop of segregation. Co-writer/director Theodore Melfi has assembled a very pleasing if entirely conventional film based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly.
January 5, 2017
January 2, 2017
"The price for your glory is their suffering."
Silence is legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese's long-gestating, over quarter-century passion project based on the 1966 novel about "hidden Christians" written by Catholic-Japanese author Shūsaku Endō. The work of historical fiction revolves around two Portuguese Jesuit priests and their mission in seventeenth century, shogun-era Japan and the violent persecution they face after Christianity is outlawed in the country.
December 29, 2016
December 26, 2016
"You change your dreams and then you grow up."
La La Land is the kind of modern musical people who tend to hate musicals will likely enjoy. Whiplash filmmaker Damien Chazelle takes Old Hollywood troupes of breaking into song, dance numbers, jazz standards, glitz and glamour to make a very self-conscious and contemporary Los Angeles story of romance and creative expression. It bursts with pure cinematic magic and spectacle in every frame using seamless filmmaking tricks to get across its uncynical musical themes and ode to dreamers. Chazelle executes his ambitious vision in an endearingly unpolished yet technically impressive fashion.