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The Kitchen

16 Sep 20193 stars

Andrea Berloff's flawed but enjoyable gangster film puts women centre stage

Three mob wives take matters into their own hands in this crime drama based on the DC comic book miniseries. Set in Hell's Kitchen, NYC in 1978, it stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as women whose Irish mafia husbands are sent…

The Laundromat

16 Sep 20192 stars

TIFF 2019: Steven Soderbergh turns the Panama Papers scandal into a self-indulgent, star-studded romp

The Panama Papers was a confusing farce of a scandal, which might explain why Steven Soderbergh has decided to depict it in such a pantomime fashion. The epic, globetrotting saga of financial impropriety, tax-dodging scams and their hapless victims is…

Lucy in the Sky

16 Sep 20193 stars

TIFF 2019: Stylistic devices distract from Natalie Portman's committed performance in Noah Hawley's cinematic debut

How is it possible to return to normality when you have gazed on the vast wonder of the universe? In Lucy in the Sky, astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) has returned home from her first space mission. She is physically fit, mentally strong and hungry…

Dina Naser: 'In a conflict dominated by adult decisions, these children have been left out of the conversation'

15 Sep 2019

The filmmaker talks about her documentary Tiny Souls, which centres on the life of three Syrian children in a refugee camp

'Movies are the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts,' the film critic Robert Ebert famously said as he received his Walk of Fame star. 'When I go to a great movie I can live somebody else's life for a while. I can walk in somebody else's…

The Aeronauts

11 Sep 20194 stars

TIFF 2019: Epic and immersive tale of derring-do reteaming Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne

The old-school, ripping yarn adventure is in very safe hands in The Aeronauts. Wild Rose director Tom Harper transforms true events from Victorian England into an epic tale of derring-do that might have made Jules Verne proud. Some of the emotional…