Venice 2016: Prank review

★★☆☆☆ Showing in the Critics’ Week sidebar at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Vincent Biron’s Prank is a coming of age story that never quite escapes the constraints of its own claustrophobic Quebecois world. Stefie (Etienne Galloy) is a gormless teenage loner who spends his spare time practicing the clarinet Continue Reading

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VOD Review: The Royal Road

★★★★☆ In her sophomore mid-length feature, The Royal Road, Jenni Olson refers to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo as a “cinematic ode to nostalgia” – it would be redundant to search for an alternative, more apposite quote to describe Olson’s eclectic and poetic essay film itself. Cinema in its very nature is Continue Reading