Stephen Mayne

‘Ben-Hur’: Once More Around the Circus Maximus

‘Ben-Hur’: Once More Around the Circus Maximus

This Ben-Hur remake wants to teach against the rift that drives Ben-Hur and Messala to extreme lengths while still glorying in bloody revenge.
This Sporting Life: A Brit Learns to Love the Basket

This Sporting Life: A Brit Learns to Love the Basket

At first, I didn’t have a clue what was going on at this Celtics game. By the end, I still didn’t have much more of a clue -- but I was hooked, anyway.
Carol Reed’s ‘Night Train to Munich’ Is a Journey Worth Taking

Carol Reed’s ‘Night Train to Munich’ Is a Journey Worth Taking

More than just a rerun of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, Carol Reed’s Night Train to Munich overcomes wobbly moments by being persistently fun.

TIFF 2016: ‘LBJ’, ‘Message from the King’ and ‘Blue Jay’

TIFF 2016: ‘LBJ’, ‘Message from the King’ and ‘Blue Jay’

Of Presidents and high-school lovers: TIFF 2016 ends with misunderstood leaders, missing family, and missing the past.

TIFF 2016: ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Carrie Pilby’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’

TIFF 2016: ‘The Ornithologist’ and ‘Goldstone’

TIFF 2016: ‘The Ornithologist’ and ‘Goldstone’

Escaping the city: Day 6 wandered off towards trials and tribulations in Portuguese forests and the Australian outback
TIFF 2016: ‘Denial’, ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’

TIFF 2016: ‘Denial’, ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’

Best Picture and Best Actress nominees? Day 5 dipped into 20th century history for Holocaust deniers, musicals and a famous First Lady.
TIFF 2016: ‘A Monster Calls’, ‘The Secret Scripture’ and ‘The Limehouse Golem’

TIFF 2016: ‘A Monster Calls’, ‘The Secret Scripture’ and ‘The Limehouse Golem’

From Liam Neeson to Catholic Priests and Victorian murderers, Toronto International Film Festival 2016 just can't shake that monster feeling.
TIFF 2016: Colossal, Pyromaniac, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, American Pastoral, Trespass Against Us

TIFF 2016: Colossal, Pyromaniac, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, American Pastoral, Trespass Against Us

Monster mayhem, aliens, Philip Roth and dysfunctional families -- it's all in a day at Toronto International Film Festival 2016.
TIFF 2016: ‘Sami Blood’, ‘Planetarium’, and ‘(re)Assignment’

TIFF 2016: ‘Sami Blood’, ‘Planetarium’, and ‘(re)Assignment’

Pushing the limits: Toronto International Film Festival 2016 brings persecution, psychics and dubious action concepts to audiences.
TIFF 2016: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘Neruda’

TIFF 2016: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘Neruda’

Misery and Poets: the first day of TIFF sees a brilliant return for Kenneth Lonergan and meta-fictional madness from Chile.
‘Night and Fog’ Continues to Haunt

‘Night and Fog’ Continues to Haunt

Alain Resnais' documentary remains a landmark depiction of the Holocaust, having lost none of its power six decades on.