Josh Lewis

TIFF 2022 | Sanctuary (Zachary Wigon, US)  —  Special Presentations

By Josh Lewis Fantasy and class are the name of the game in Zachary Wigon’s claustrophobic chamber thriller Sanctuary. Similarly to his debut 2014 feature The Heart Machine—which took a bleak look at the impulse to be romantically dishonest about your online vs. physical self—Sanctuary centers itself around a crumbling hermetic relationship afraid to move…
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TIFF 2022 | All Quiet on the Western Front (Edward Berger, Germany) — Special Presentations

By Josh Lewis “This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure” is how German writer Erich Maria Remarque opened All Quiet on the Western Front, his fictional recounting of the torturously bleak experience of serving in the trenches of WWI at the age of 18. The…
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TIFF 2022 | Sick (John Hyams, US) — Midnight Madness

By Josh Lewis A COVID lockdown protocol slasher might sound like a tough sell to a moviegoing public not particularly enthusiastic about going back to the days of toilet paper shortages even in our entertainment. Still, in the hands of legendary teen meta-horror scribe Kevin Williamson and underrated direct-to-video action director John Hyams, Sick is…
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TIFF 2022 | Stories Not to be Told (Cesc Gay, Spain) — Special Presentations

By Josh Lewis Spanish writer-director Cesc Gay returns to Toronto for the seventh(!) time with this unconventional anthology of awkward, overlit romantic comedy encounters that are meant to reveal the complicated histories and immature choices that we try to cover up and ultimately form the foundations of how we navigate our daily lives. Despite his…
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TIFF 2022 | Rosie (Gail Maurice, Canada) — Discovery

By Josh Lewis  Montreal, 1984. A world of hounding landlords, drag-show auditions, and desperate children in search of family according to this debut comic-drama about living on the economic and cultural fringes from Métis filmmaker Gail Maurice. Due to a few bureaucratic child service technicalities, Rosie (Keris Hope Hill), a bright and precocious Indigenous orphan,…
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TIFF 2022 | Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Antonio Lukich, Ukraine) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Josh Lewis “With love to his secrets [and] lies” are among the last words that appear on screen in the bittersweet sophomore effort from Ukrainian writer-director Antonio Lukich. They are in reference to Lukich’s father, a low-level gangster who he has fictionalized through the childhood eyes of twin brothers Kolya (Ramil Nasirov) and Vasya…
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