| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:45 AM
It's mid-December, and everybody's a winner, what with critics' prizes and best-ofs and award nominations being announced seemingly around the clock. Has any of this changed the best picture race? And how are the documentary and foreign-language...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Sarah Silverman, old? That is a joke, right?
Even in jest, it was pretty strange that Silverman would get mocked for her years, as she was at September's Comedy Central roast of James Franco, because she seems to be aging at a rate far slower than anyone...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:20 PM
You may have missed it for the racket produced by the majority of movies currently going boom-boom — or, in the case of "The Lone Ranger," bust-bust — at the multiplex. But with the arrival of Sundance Film Festival sensation "Fruitvale...
| May 14, 2013
When you ask people who clearly are upset what's wrong, they typically will reply "nothing," because they don't want to talk about it — or they will take the opposite approach and tell you exactly what's got them down, starting from beginning to end...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:17 AM
Everywhere in the culture, there's another monologuist or filmmaker placing herself at the center of a question, or a series of questions: What's up with my family? How did I get here? How can one charismatic family member hold so many secrets?
| May 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Two days after her 11th birthday, Sarah Polley lost her mother to cancer. The death came as a shock, even though her father and older siblings had watched Diane Polley battle the disease for months. As she grew up in Toronto under the care of her father,...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:31 AM
All families have their mysteries, their complications. Some more overt than others.
For the most part, though, we go through life not really questioning the certainties. These are our parents. These are our siblings. These are the stories we tell....
| May 22, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" tops the list of new films available this week on Video on Demand and DVD/Blu-ray. Fans of unusual, well made romances also might want to check out "Certified Copy."...
| Jul 12, 2012
Five years into their marriage, the freelance Toronto writers played by Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in "Take This Waltz" have drifted, rudderless, into a harbor that is anything but safe.
They're cute together, but the act has begun to curdle:...
| Jul 12, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
“You used to get it in your fishnets; now you only get it in your nightdress.”
-- Arctic Monkeys, “Fluorescent Adolescent”
The crushingly true drama “Take This Waltz” does not include the above...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 8:25 AM
Like the recent "Take This Waltz,"directed and written by Sarah Polley, the new American indie "Celeste and Jesse Forever" begins and ends with an unspoken question: Is this mismatched couple meant to stay together?
Set in a universe of restless...