TIFF Review: ‘WIDOWS’ seamlessly blends hard-hitting topics, heist thriller action and first-rate performances

James Cole Clay // Film Critic WIDOWS Rated R, 128 minutes. Director: Steve McQueen Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Jon Bernthal, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson Steve McQueen is a visual artist who makes films when he’s got the itch to tell a story. Each of his projects - HUNGER, SHAME, 12 YEARS A SLAVE and now WIDOWS - depicts topics ...

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TIFF Review: ‘VOX LUX’ sees Natalie Portman unleashed as a manic popstar

James Cole Clay // Film Critic VOX LUX Rated R, 112 minutes. Director: Brady Corbet Cast: Natalie Portman, Christopher Abbott, Raffey Cassidy, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle and Willem Dafoe Is pop poisonous music that sucks all the thought out of consumers’ brains, or is it a sweet escape for all those to enjoy and retreat from the horrors of the world? Brady Corbet’s VOX LUX uses the pop world as a backdrop to tell the story of worldwide ...

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TIFF Review: ‘BOY ERASED’ – Lucas Hedges leads all-star cast in tender film about the path to understanding

James Cole Clay // Film Critic BOY ERASED Not rated, 114 minutes. Director: Joel Edgerton Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Jesse LaTourette, Britton Sear and Flea LGBTQ stories are slowly seeping their way into the mainstream with help from stories like BOY ERASED (based off the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley). It’s empathic pieces of work like this that can lead to ...

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