“Everything in the End” Film Review – Film Critics Program #12

Everything in the End 2021 | Dir. Mylissa Fitzsimmons | 80 minutesFilm Reviewed by Josiah McClelland Everything in the End is a touching movie about the human necessity for connection in a truly bleak world.  Something that rings a little louder lately, due to COVID. An isolated Portuguese man is stranded in a small Icelandic…

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“Sweet Thing” Film Review – Film Critics Program #11

Sweet Thing 2020 | Dir. Alexandre Rockwell | 91 minutesFilm Reviewed by Vinicius Oliveira Childhood in the movies can be represented in many ways. Either they choose toportray the clichés, or comedic interactions, or situations that are considered “already seen before”. However, some of them choose to embrace their reality, bringing optics and looks to…

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“Golden Arm” Film Review – Film Critics Program #10

Golden Arm 2020 | Dir. Maureen Bharoocha | 93 minutesReviewed by Joel Larson A scrawny, timid baker doesn’t seem like a worthy opponent for a women’s arm-wrestling champ (especially one nicknamed “Bone Crusher”) but if the gangly pushover can roll up her sleeves and find her inner strength, she just might be. Maureen Bharoocha directs…

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“Mayor” Film Review – Film Critics Program #9

Mayor 2020 | Dir. David Osit | 89 minutesReviewed by Vinicius Oliveira “How do you run a city when you don’t have a country?”, this should be the main phrase to understand the whole “ungoverned” construction and the daily challenges of leading a city in the midst of occupation. Mayor, is a documentary directed by…

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“What We’ve Pulled Off… So Far” Film Review – Film Critics Program #8

What We’ve Pulled Off… So Far 2021 | Dir. Kevin Nikkel | 80 minutesReviewed by Cierra Bettens Kevin Nikkel’s What We’ve Pulled Off…So Far chronicles just over a century of Winnipeg’s film history in dreamy, bite-sized archival bits.  Narrated by Nikkel himself, the documentary begins with the pessimism of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. It affirms…

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“True Confections” Film Review – Film Critics Program #7

True Confections 1991 | Dir. Gail Singer | 95 minutesReviewed by Sarah London The Nutty Club, Jeanne’s cake, youth screaming about how they can’t wait to get out of this damn town: the 1991 film True Confections is a Winnipeg movie. True Confections follows teenager Verna Miller (played by Leslie Hope) who’s stuck in Winnipeg…

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“Edge of the Knife” Film Review – Film Critics Program #6

Edge of the Knife (SGaawaay K’uuna) 2018 | Dir. Helen Haig-Brown/Gwaai Edenshaw | 100 minutesReviewed by Skye Thorleifson Edge of the Knife (SGaawaay K’uuna) is a success in two significant ways. Historically, it is the first feature film to be spoken entirely in Haida, an endangered language with only 24 native speakers. This follows in…

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“Mogul Mowgli” Film Review – Film Critics Program #5

Mogul Mowgli 2020 | Dir. Bassam Tariq | 89 minutesReviewed by Zoë Mills Disclaimer: I’m a big fan of Riz Ahmed! In preparing to review Mogul Mowgli, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to resist turning the whole write-up into one long rant about how incredibly hot—I mean talented—the man is. However, this 2020…

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“Dead Man’s Switch” Film Review – Film Critics Program #4

Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery 2021 | Dir. Sheona McDonald | 78 minutesReviewed by Kathleen Gallagher This documentary, Dead Man’s Switch, opens on a mystery. A young cryptocurrency exchange CEO dies on his honeymoon in India, sparking an international scandal. Gerald Cotten was the co-founder of Quadriga, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, which traded millions…

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