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Review: Annie Baker’s ‘The Aliens’ makes impressive Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker is the unofficial poet laureate of the millennial generation. Does any other current playwright have such a gift for recreating the way young people really talk – not just in what they say, but in what they don’t?

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘The Captain’ is the unsettling story of an imposter Special

‘The Captain’ is the sharp portrayal of a young German soldier who turns his desertion into a personal blessing by assuming the role of a pitiless SS officer.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘Beast’ is in all of us Special

‘Beast’ is a modern-day fairy tale about an oppressed young woman who must determine if her lover is the hero or villain of her story.

Review: Hilarity and despair mix well in wonderful new take on ‘Godot’ Special

Toronto - “Waiting for Godot” may be famous as The Play In Which Nothing Happens, but Soulpepper Theatre Company’s new production in Toronto is so alive and emotionally resonant, you’ll come out of it feeling as if you’ve seen everything.

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ in High Park loaded with fast-paced fun Special

Toronto - Now this is what a Shakespeare comedy should be. Canadian Stage’s “Twelfth Night”, which opened last Friday, is so much delirious fun that it will make you forget all the boring academic blather you heard about the Bard in Grade 11 English.

Review: Strong ‘Lear’ in Toronto’s High Park brings women to forefront Special

Toronto - It’s 2017, and it’s beyond time that the women of the acting world got to walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare’s great tragic heroes. Canadian Stage’s new “King Lear”, with Diane D’Aquila in the lead, makes a strong case.

‘Stronger’ trailer is incredibly detailed Special

The first trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Stronger’ reveals a stirring performance as well as most of the film’s key moments.

Review: ‘The Beguiled’ captivates characters before it all goes wrong Special

‘The Beguiled’ is Sofia’s Coppola’s latest picture to turn gender stereotypes on their heads while telling an enticing tale of lust and revenge.

‘Wonder’ trailer has a lot of heart Special

The ‘Wonder’ trailer makes viewers feel all the feels as it summarizes the story of a boy with facial differences going to school for the first time.

Review: ‘The Lost City of Z’ pits ignorance against elusive evidence Special

‘The Lost City of Z’ is a slow slog through the jungles of Bolivia to prove ancient civilizations not only existed, but were intelligent and innovative.

Review: ‘Maudie’ paints a complex but fulfilling picture Special

‘Maudie’ features exceptional performances by Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke in this moving story of a real-life artist with small-town charm.

‘Three Billboards’ trailer looks compellingly sharp Special

The trailer for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, featuring Frances McDormand, builds excitement for a quick-witted drama still awaiting a release date.

Review: ‘Gifted’ has a touching and undeniable authenticity Special

‘Gifted’ is the story of a bunch of adults fighting over what’s best for a young girl without ever considering what she needs to thrive.

Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ puts humanity at the forefront of war Special

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is a WWII narrative that focuses on a female perspective of the war and the sacrifices they made in fighting back.

Review: ‘Personal Shopper’ is Kristen Stewart’s best thus far Special

Kristen Stewart delivers a career-best performance in Olivier Assayas’ ‘Personal Shopper’, which is part ghost story, part mystery thriller.

Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is a pitch perfect exercise in nostalgia Special

‘T2 Trainspotting’ is a seamless (and in some ways enhanced) extension of the first film, using a sense of nostalgia to link the pictures while relying on everyone’s regard for the characters to do the rest.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Bondage’ still an emotionally resonant experience Special

Toronto - It’s been nearly three years since Soulpepper premiered its acclaimed production of “Of Human Bondage”, which began its third go-around this week. The show heads to New York in July, and if last night’s reopening was any indication, it’s ready.

Review: ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ finds new way to tell tired story Special

‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ is a unique take on the zombie narrative that sets a coming-of-age story at a pivotal moment that will decide humanity’s fate.

Review: ‘Paterson’ is a subtle meditation on life’s brilliance Special

Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’ is a restrained reflection on life via a poet who finds inspiration in even the most rigid routine.

Review: ‘The Salesman’ discovers justice can have its own consequences Special

‘The Salesman’ is Iran’s 2017 Oscar-nominated foreign language film about a couple that faces the ultimate test of loyalty and forgiveness after an unprovoked assault.

Review: Compelling drama ‘Liv Stein’ relentless in English-language debut Special

Toronto - “Liv Stein” is like an edgier “All About Eve”, set in the classical music world, with a climax that takes cues from “Saw”. If that description is hard to believe, it suits a play about how the desperate believe anything they want to be true.

Review: ‘Gold’ is filled with riches and rocks Special

‘Gold’ doesn’t require much mining to discover excellent performances from Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez, portraying two equal but different business partners finally striking it rich.

Review: Soulpepperʼs ʻThe Last Wifeʼ is a Tudor tale for our times Special

Toronto - Kate Hennig’s “The Last Wife” may be ostensibly about Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine Parr, but it’s misleading to view the play as a history lesson. Considering recent world events, it seems to be about now more than any other period.

Review: ‘The Founder’ exposes callous heart at beloved franchise’s centre Special

‘The Founder’ is the captivating and controversial origin story of the world’s most visited fast food restaurant, McDonald’s, in which Michael Keaton unsurprisingly excels as a ruthless man with big dreams.

Review: ‘20th Century Women’ is a tribute to all the women in our lives Special

‘20th Century Women’ is the inspiring story of three strong, imperfect women at different stages of their lives as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy.

Review: ‘Live by Night’ could have benefitted from greater focus Special

‘Live by Night’ is a personal drama masquerading as a gangster movie in which its protagonist’s journey of discovery is thoroughly depicted in an attractive manner.

Casey Affleck wins Golden Globe award for 'Best Actor in a Drama'

Actor Casey Affleck won the 2017 Golden Globe award for "Best Actor in a Drama" for his performance in "Manchester by the Sea."

Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ is a testament of our ability to create change Special

‘Hidden Figures’ is packed with inspiration as its poignant actors recount the ability for determination to overcome even the most stringent adversities.

Review: Soulpepper reimagines ʻWonderful Lifeʼ as a postwar radio play Special

Toronto - As with other overexposed holiday classics – “A Christmas Carol”, “The Grinch” and so on – itʼs hard to see “Itʼs a Wonderful Life” in a fresh way. But Philip Grecianʼs stage adaptation tries a unique approach: a live radio play.

Review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ delivers greatness via its performances Special

‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a genuinely compelling drama, featuring impeccable performances from the exceptionally strong cast with Casey Affleck leading the way.
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