Arctic – where actions speak louder than words

After surviving an airplane crash in the chilling Arctic, a man (Mads Mikkelsen) treks through dangerous weather conditions to find safety. The 2018 Icelandic survival film is truly powerful and compelling as it captures the freezing conditions of the Arctic with very little words. After Mikkelsen flags down a passing plane and what seems like…

Get your sci-fi fix with Life at the cinemas this holidays

Life is a new sci-fi thriller about an alien that threatens everyone on a space station and ultimately all life on Earth. Daniel Espinosa, best known for Safe House and Child 44, directs this thriller. He has a small but stellar cast and uses a lot of close up photography largely in the vacuum of…

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Every Brilliant Thing at QPAC

His mother is always sad, she’s depressed and he can’t understand why. So, at age seven he writes her a list of brilliant things – a list of reasons not to be depressed. Things like dessert as a main course, staying up late, or the colour yellow. As he declares these little, joyous, day-to-day wins,…

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Planetarium

Natalie Portman stars as Laura the clever, sensitive elder sister to Kate (Lily-Rose Depp) who has a special gift for clairvoyance.  Relying on Kate’s talent for readings, the two sisters travel to Paris to try to make an income.  Nearly broke and disappointed, they do a personal reading for movie producer, Andre Korban (Emmanuel Salinger). …

Trainspotting 2

Danny Boyle’s sequel to his era-defining classic has brilliant dialogue (for the times that you can understand it) and beautiful cinematography catered to the true original Trainspotting fans. Naturally, after any long period of absence, the sequel is a good old fashion catch up between eccentric, erratic junkies and former old mates. They are ridden…

Split film

Split is a welcomed return to form from director M. Night Shyamalan, whose new mind-bending psychological thriller is a worthy extension of his early work. The film follows the story of Kevin (James McAvoy), a psychiatric patient afflicted with dissociative identity disorder, opening with one of McAvoy’s personas kidnapping three teenage girls after a high-school…

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Manchester by the Sea

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea is a shattering yet graceful storyof loss, grief, and the complexity of forgiveness—not just forgiving other people who’ve caused you pain, but forgiving yourself for inflicting pain on others.  After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn…