TIFF 2020: Violation, Shadow in the Cloud

On to the good stuff. I’ll start with Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s unflinching and brutal “Violation,” a film that doesn’t shy away from its dark subject matter and doesn’t fall into the typical traps of its often-exploitative subgenre, the rape revenge thriller. Sims-Fewer and Mancinelli open their film with a slo-mo shot of a […]

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TIFF 2020: The Disciple, New Order, Wildfire, Shiva Baby

On a completely different note, Michel Franco’s “New Order” is a punishing, cynical view of present-day uprisings and military control. Where “The Disciple” felt methodical and measured, “New Order” is bombastic and confrontational. On the day of Marianne’s (Naian Gonzaléz Norvind) wedding, a former employee of her family comes to Marianne’s family to ask for […]

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TIFF 2020: Good Joe Bell, The Water Man

A very different father-and-son story unfolds in David Oyelowo’s directorial debut, a sweet, endearing fantasy movie about a young man who believes an urban legend is the path to saving his ill mother. Oyelowo has a really good eye, assisted by strong, vibrant cinematography from Matthew J. Lloyd (“Spider-Man: Far From Home”), and his movie has […]

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