Sunday, January 27 2013
From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.
Tuesday, January 8 2008
From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.
Wednesday, August 7 2013
From Away From Her to Stories We Tell, the child actress-turned-director is a mastermind at both presenting and analyzing the fine details of a life. To realize she's still so young is both exhilarating and unnerving.
Monday, October 14 2013
Sarah Polley's fascinating documentary focuses on her family history, and the extent to which memories are embellished and distorted over time.
Friday, May 17 2013
This is a story of deception and romance, of family and making movies, and it shapes Stories We Tell, because it occasions a series of self-reflections, revelations, and reactions, all stories in themselves.
Thursday, June 28 2012
In Take This Waltz, the conflict that develops is not between Lou and Margot, but within her.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
Both careful and contrived, Away from Her paints marriage as a series of losses, fulfillments, and compromises, infinitely rewarding and painful.
Friday, June 14 2013
Sarah Polley's personal "documentary" suffers from one additional emotional beat too many. Otherwise, it's mesmerizing.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
From child actress, to award-winning director, Sarah Polley has had one of the most fascinating careers paths in recent history.
Wednesday, December 19 2012
While everyone else is tripping on Kathryn Bigelow's art-house-cum-action acid, I was content to take a downer and mellow out. And then I looked at Michelle Williams and woke up.
Friday, June 29 2012
Sarah Polley’s passion-drunk film about a summertime flirtation is a lovesick daze of lust and pain and regret.
Wednesday, September 14 2011
Take This Waltz is set in Polley's native Toronto and it makes wide use of that city's funky west end for its locations and local musicians for its score (a real treat for this Torontonian).