| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:46 AM
A film of spare precision if not much mystery, writer-director Terry Miles' comedy-drama "Cinemanovels" (starting Monday at Facets) stars Lauren Lee Smith as the daughter of Canada's most famous fictitious film director, recently deceased. The Quebecois...
| 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...
| 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 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?
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 22, 2012
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."...