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How to find a list­ing Movie listings are com­pre­hen­sive and or­ga­nized al­pha­bet­i­cally. Listings in­clude name of film, di­rec­tor’s name in brack­ets, a re­view, run­ning time and a rat­ing. Re­views are by Nor­man Wil­ner (NW), Su­san G. Cole (SGC), Glenn Sumi (GS), and Radheyan Simonpillai (RS) un­less oth­er­wise spec­i­fied.

The rat­ing sys­tem is as fol­lows: NNNNN Top 10 of the year NNNN Honourable men­tion NNN En­ter­tain­ing NN Medi­ocre N Bomb

Crit­ics’ pick (highly rec­om­mended) Movie theatres are listed at the end and can be cross-ref­er­enced to our film times on page 57 or on­line at movies.now­toronto.com À lA Vie (To life) (Jean-Jac­ques Zil­ber­mann) fol­lows three Auschwitz sur­vivors – played by Julie Depar­dieu, Jo­hanna ter Steege and Suzanne Clé­ment – who have a not en­tirely glee­ful re­union 15 years after they were lib­er­ated. The open­ing scene, badly lit and con­fus­ing, gets the movie off to a poor start, but Zil­ber­mann han­dles the ef­fects of trauma sen­si­tively, and, when it finds its foot­ing the film car­ries a strong emo­tional charge. Subti­tled. 100 min. NNN (SGC) Mt Pleas­ant AB­So­luTely fAB­u­louS: The moVie (Mandie Fletcher) re­lies on fans’ good­will and fa­mil­iar­ity with the decades-old BBC show in which Jen­nifer Saun­ders and Joanna Lum­ley played shal­low PR woman Ed­ina and her ever-ine­bri­ated BFF, Patsy. New­com­ers won’t be able to make heads or tails of the in­su­lar fash­ion world that Ed­ina prat­falls through. It’s shame­lessly silly stuff, and ev­ery so of­ten a harm­less joke hits the mark, but more of­ten it feels out of touch with the age of so­cial me­dia. 91 min. NN (RS) Canada Square, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 The AN­gry BirdS moVie (Clay Kaytis, Fer­gal Reilly) de­liv­ers the sim­ple, de­struc­tive plea­sures we’d ex­pect from the brand ex­ten­sion of the popular video game app, but only at the end. Fa­mil­iar, harm­less and oc­ca­sion­ally amus­ing plot mo­tions ex­plain why the birds are so an­gry, and why they’re per­fectly jus­ti­fied in go­ing bin Laden on build­ings. A boat­load of green pigs who’ve crashed onto the birds’ shore make Red (Ja­son Sudeikis) sus­pi­cious in ways that Don­ald Trump would ap­plaud. 97 min. NN (RS) Kingsway Theatre BAd momS (Jon Lu­cas, Scott Moore) 98 min. See re­view, page 52. NNN (NW) Opens Jul 29 at Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Docks Lake­view Drive-In, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

BAT­mAN: The killiNg joke (Sam Liu) is a DC uni­verse orig­i­nal an­i­mated movie about the Joker, the clown prince of crime. 99 min. Screen­ing select days at Yonge & Dun­das 24 Bel­lA­doNNA of SAd­NeSS (Ei­ichi Ya­mamoto) is a re­dis­cov­ered 1973 an­i­mated fea­ture that now looks like the apex of the psy­che­delic sex­ploita­tion era: an ex­pres­sion­ist pop art freak-out about a stun­ning young woman thrown into a sur­re­al­is­tic land­scape of tor­ture and de­sire. Like Ale­jan­dro Jodor­owsky’s lu­cid fever dreams El Topo and The Holy Moun­tain, it’s mes­mer­iz­ing with­out ever be­ing ter­ri­bly en­ter­tain­ing. Subti­tled. 93 min. NNN (NW) Royal The Bfg (Steven Spiel­berg) opens with a lonely but very com­pe­tent or­phan’s (Ruby Barn­hill) ab­duc­tion by a malapropism­prone gi­ant (Mark Ry­lance in mo­tion cap­ture). Spir­ited away to his fan­tas­ti­cal land, she dis­cov­ers her cap­tor is ac­tu­ally her pro­tec­tor, a gen­tle soul amongst gar­gan­tuan child-eaters. But the lyri­cism that makes it feel so del­i­cate and unique gets lost in the big ac­tion cli­max. It’s just an­other kids’ film, and it didn’t have to be. 117 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Yonge & Dun­das 24

A Big­ger SplASh (Luca Guadagnino) ñ

stars Tilda Swin­ton as a pop star who can­not speak while re­cov­er­ing from throat surgery. When her ob­nox­ious exboyfriend (Ralph Fi­ennes) and his (maybe) daugh­ter (Dakota John­son) in­ter­rupt her idyl­lic Ital­ian hol­i­day with her lover (Matthias Schoe­naerts), they’re all en­tan­gled in a web of de­sire. Ref­er­ences to il­le­gal refugees are un­der­de­vel­oped, but the per­for­mances are as­ton­ish­ing in this mes­mer­iz­ingly beau­ti­ful and sexy pic. 124 min. NNNN (SGC) Mt Pleas­ant The BlAck­ouT ex­per­i­meNTS (Rich Fox) is a doc­u­men­tary about peo­ple who re­peat­edly pa­tron­ize a hor­ror-house ex­pe­ri­ence called Black­out where they sub­mit to Gitmo-style tor­ture ses­sions tai­lored to their spe­cific fears. It’s a re­ally in­trigu­ing idea – pay­ing for ter­ror ther­apy is the ultimate First World prob­lem, isn’t it? – but di­rec­tor Fox pack­ages it as sado-porn hor­ror. It’s the least in­ter­est­ing choice. 81 min. NN (NW) Kingsway Theatre

Blue Vel­VeT (David Lynch) can be ñ

de­scribed as a con­ven­tional de­tec­tive story: a guy goes home when his fa­ther falls ill, finds a hu­man ear in a field and un­cov­ers an aw­ful con­spir­acy. But as Roger Ebert used to say, the art is not in what a movie is about, but how it is about it, and Blue Vel­vet turns that premise in­side out, re­veal­ing a de­praved sex­u­al­ity seething be­neath the heart­land. Thirty years later, Lynch has in­fil­trated the main­stream with Twin Peaks and be­come a beloved avant-garde prankster. But you can’t laugh this movie off. It won’t let you. 120 min. NNNNN (NW) Fox cAfé So­ci­eTy (Woody Allen) 96 min. See re­view, page 52. N (NW) Opens Jul 29 at Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Var­sity cAp­TAiN fAN­TAS­Tic (Matt Ross) stars Viggo Mortensen as an un­con­ven­tional Wash­ing­ton State fa­ther who takes his six chil­dren to New Mex­ico for their mother’s fu­neral. In his sec­ond fea­ture, writer/ di­rec­tor Ross cre­ates a fas­ci­nat­ing group of char­ac­ters who are never as sim­ple as they ap­pear to be, and if the nar­ra­tive stalls in the last half-hour, Mortensen and the rest of the en­sem­ble are in­ter­est­ing enough to keep us watch­ing. 119 min. NNN (NW) Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Var­sity ceN­TrAl iN­Tel­li­geNce (Rawson Marshall Thurber) is the lat­est spin on the ac­tion­com­edy for­mula per­fected in The In-Laws four decades ago – an unas­sum­ing civil­ian (Kevin Hart) gets roped into po­ten­tially world-sav­ing hi­jinks by a wacky pal (Dwayne John­son) who claims to be a se­cret agent. You can feel di­rec­tor/cowriter Thurber strug­gling with the ac­tion stuff, but the movie bounces along on the strength of its cast. 107 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity York­dale cloSeT moN­STer (Stephen Dunn) is a New­found­land-set com­ing-of-age/ com­ing-out/quasi-body-hor­ror pic­ture that fea­tures a care­fully cal­i­brated per­for­mance by Con­nor Jes­sup as Os­car, an as­pir­ing mon­ster makeup artist ter­ror­ized by his own ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. But the em­pha­sis on events from his child­hood im­plies a trou­bling causal­ity be­tween early trau­mas and Os­car’s sex­ual iden­tity and pro­fes­sional am­bi­tions. 89 min. NNN (José Teodoro) Canada Square, Var­sity

The coN­jur­iNg 2 (James Wan) is a ho­hum se­quel about real-life ghost hunt­ing cou­ple Lor­raine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed War­ren (Pa­trick Wil­son), who head to the UK to in­ves­ti­gate a pos­si­ble case of de­monic pos­ses­sion. The pac­ing is so plod­ding and the scares so few that you start root­ing for the de­mon, if it ex­ists. Farmiga and Wil­son are left stranded, al­though Wil­son gets to sing like Elvis Pres­ley in one cut­table scene. 134 min. NN (GS) Kingsway Theatre, Yonge & Dun­das 24

eAT ThAT QueS­TioN: frANk ZAppA ñ

iN hiS owN wordS (Thorsten Schütte) is an enor­mously en­ter­tain­ing por­trait of pro­lific com­poser, singer and guitar wiz­ard Frank Zappa. Tak­ing a cue from the films of Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), it’s con­structed ex­clu­sively from archival TV ap­pear­ances – a shrewd way of grant­ing Zappa, who died of can­cer in 1993, post­hu­mous con­trol of his le­gacy. I sus­pect, though, that the com­poser of Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar would have pre­ferred less com­men­tary and more mu­sic. 93 min. NNNN (José Teodoro) TIFF Bell Light­box

em­BrAce of The Ser­peNT (Ciro ñ

Guerra) is an art­ful, al­most ex­per­i­men­tal his­tor­i­cal drama about the le­gacy of col­o­niza­tion in the Ama­zon, glid­ing be­tween par­al­lel nar­ra­tives un­fold­ing along the same stretch of river. The con­nec­tions be­tween the var­i­ous char­ac­ters aren’t hard to fig­ure out, but the film­mak­ers aren’t mak­ing a mys­tery. Em­brace Of The Ser­pent plays more like a road movie: an evoca­tive jour­ney through a chang­ing world in search of a cul­ture that’s dis­ap­pear­ing be­fore the trav­ellers’ eyes. Subti­tled. 125 min. NNNN (NW) Kingsway Theatre eQuAlS (Drake Dore­mus) is set in a fu­tur­is­tic so­ci­ety where hu­man emo­tion has been ge­net­i­cally erad­i­cated. In this sti­fling, an­ti­sep­tic set­ting, Si­las (Ni­cholas Hoult) dis­cov­ers he gets the fuzzy-wuzzies ev­ery time Nia (Kris­ten Ste­wart) glances his way. Dore­mus could have some fun with this sce­nario, but he’s more con­cerned with world build­ing, cool de­signs and colour fil­ters. 102 min. NN (RS) TIFF Bell Light­box

fiNd­iNg dory (An­drew Stan­ton) is a ñ

gen­uinely dar­ing se­quel to Pixar’s beloved 2003 Find­ing Nemo that shifts per­spec­tives from Al­bert Brooks’s fear­ful, judg­men­tal Mar­lin to Ellen DeGeneres’s kind-hearted but un­ques­tion­ably chal­lenged Dory. Di­rec­tor Stan­ton and cowrit­ers Vic­to­ria Strouse and Bob Peter­son mir­ror the events of the first movie in a way that doesn’t feel like a straight re­hash – with fun sup­port­ing char­ac­ters, de­light­ful sur­prises and a mas­ter­ful al­le­gory at the core. It’s re­mark­able. 97 min. NNNNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Canada Square, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

ge­NiuS (Michael Grandage) fol­lows leg­endary lit­er­ary ed­i­tor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) as he wran­gles the extravagant prose of Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) into some great fiction. Law’s per­for­mance is way too big, Firth is barely there, and Laura Lin­ney as Perkins’s wife and Ni­cole Kid­man as Wolfe’s lover and pa­tron are wasted. And why is it al­ways rain­ing? You can’t tell from the ac­cents, but this is New York City, not Lon­don. 104 min. NN (SGC) Carl­ton Cin­ema, Mt Pleas­ant

ghoST­BuSTerS (Paul Feig) strikes a ñ

healthy bal­ance be­tween homage to the beloved 1984 ef­fects com­edy and forg­ing its own path – and it’s re­ally fun. Fans of the orig­i­nal will rec­og­nize cer­tain lo­ca­tions, faces and ar­cane ter­mi­nol­ogy, but the en­ergy is dif­fer­ent. The script, by Katie Dip­pold (The Heat) and Feig, is looser and shag­gier, giv­ing the cast room to riff. If Melissa McCarthy was the break­out star of Brides­maids, Kate McKin­non is the dis­cov­ery here. And it turns out the movie pre­dicted the back­lash by mak­ing its vil­lain an an­ti­so­cial apoc­a­lypse cultist who con­de­scends to women and hates joy. 117 min. NNNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

Ham­let – Strat­ford feS­ti­val in ñ

Hd (She­lagh O’Brien) is a high-def broad­cast of An­toni Ci­molino’s orig­i­nal 2015 pro­duc­tion, and it trans­lates well to the screen. It’s clear and sim­ply de­signed (the mostly black sets are by Teresa Przy­byl­ski), putting the fo­cus on char­ac­ter and plot. Di­rec­tor O’Brien gets up close to Jonathan Goad’s Dan­ish prince dur­ing his so­lil­o­quies and he brings an un­pre­ten­tious qual­ity to the part, al­though he doesn’t mine all the sub­tle feel­ing in those fa­mous speeches. The stand­out per­for­mance is Tom Rooney’s; his crafty Polo­nius is grounded and never merely a fig­ure of fun. 192 min. nnnn (GS) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema Hello, my name iS doriS (Michael Showal­ter) is about an older woman (Sally Field) who falls for the much younger new guy in her of­fice. Field is ter­rific – an­gry, hope­ful, des­per­ate – and Tyne Daly is won­der­ful as her long-suf­fer­ing best friend. Add Natasha Ly­onne, Rich Som­mer and Beth Behrs and you’ve got a win­ning cast. But the writ­ing in scenes about Doris’s hoard­ing and the way her fam­ily re­lates to it is slack, and the end­ing’s a bit too pat. Still, it’s fun to watch great ac­tors do their thing. 90 min. nnn (SGC) Kingsway Theatre Hevn (re­venge) (Kjer­sti Steinsbø) is de­signed like an air­plane novel. A woman (Siren Jør­gensen) ar­rives at a re­mote Nor­we­gian ho­tel to in­sin­u­ate her­self into the lives of a suc­cess­ful cou­ple (Frode Winther, He­lene Bergsholm) for rea­sons un­known but clearly ma­li­cious. It’s de­signed for easy di­ges­tion and sur­face ap­peal, but once all the dark se­crets and hid­den agen­das are re­vealed it seems weirdly un­der­cooked. Subti­tled. 102 min. nnn (NW) Carl­ton Cin­ema

How to Build a time ma­cHine ñ

(Jay Cheel) is a doc about two men ob­sessed with re­cap­tur­ing the past – one metaphor­i­cally, one lit­er­ally. Di­rec­tor Cheel shapes their sto­ries for max­i­mum emo­tional im­pact, but his film never feels ma­nip­u­la­tive. In­stead, it finds res­o­nance and so­lace in their im­pos­si­ble quests. 82 min. nnnn (NW) Screen­ing select days at Kingsway Theatre

Hunt for tHe wilder­peo­ple (Taika ñ

Waititi) is a lovely lit­tle study of bond­ing and heal­ing in the New Zealand bush, fol­low­ing a mis­fit kid (Ju­lian Den­ni­son) and a grumpy older bloke (Sam Neill) forced to go on the run to­gether. Writer/di­rec­tor Waititi re­turns to the child’s-eye per­spec­tive of his 2010 drama Boy, mix­ing silly comic tan­gents with real in­sight into the deep sor­row that drives his he­roes. But the silly stuff’s great, too. 101 min. nnnn (NW) Kingsway Theatre, Mt Pleas­ant

i am tHe BlueS (Daniel Cross) isn’t ñ

flashy or sexy – it just wades in and gets the job done. Di­rec­tor Cross brings his cam­era to the places where old blues­men and blueswomen al­ready are – bars, juke joints, se­niors’ cen­tres, their apart­ments – and records them sit­ting and talk­ing. At one point we find our­selves in a liv­ing room with Bobby Rush, Henry Gray, Carol Fran and Lazy Lester, and of course they jam and it’s fan­tas­tic. 106 min. nnnn (NW) Kingsway Theatre ice age: col­li­Sion courSe (Michael Thurmeier, Galen Chu) is the fifth movie in a fran­chise that has grown more lu­cra­tive over 14 years, even as the qual­ity, which be­gan at medi­ocre, has steadily de­clined. Manny the mam­moth and his pre­his­toric com­pany are once again stub­bornly re­fus­ing ex­tinc­tion, drag­ging their car­casses from scene to scene to kill some run­time un­til the next in­stal­ment. 94 min. n (RS) Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

in­de­pen­dence day: reSur­gence (Roland Em­merich) finds those pesky aliens re­turn­ing to rain down mas­sive de­struc­tion with a ship the size of the At­lantic Ocean and a new plan to drill into the cen­tre of the Earth and steal our molten core. Writer/di­rec­tor Em­merich and writer/pro­ducer Dean Devlin have de­liv­ered a beat-for­beat re­make of their 1996 block­buster, which just re­minds us how firmly their fran­chise is stuck in the past. Some sub­ti­tles. 120 min. nn (NW) Canada Square, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank Theatre

tHe in­no­centS (Anne Fon­taine) is a ñ

rare war film – made by a woman about women, touch­ing on a war crime rarely seen as such: sex­ual as­sault. A non­be­liev­ing physi­cian (Lou de Laâge) work­ing for the Red Cross in post-WWII Poland se­cretly at­tends to preg­nant nuns, vic­tims of gang rape by Rus­sian oc­cu­piers. As the nuns slowly re­veal their dis­tinct re­sponses to that pain, the film turns into a deep med­i­ta­tion on faith and doubt. Subti­tled. 111 min. nnnn (SGC) Canada Square, Var­sity Ja­Son Bourne (Paul Green­grass) 123 min. See re­lated story, page 53. See re­view July 29 at now­toronto.com/movies. Opens Jul 29 at Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Docks Lake­view Drive-In, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 tHe Jun­gle Book (Jon Favreau) demon­strates the lim­its of Dis­ney’s de­ci­sion to re­pur­pose its an­i­mated clas­sics for live­ac­tion re­makes: while car­toon pan­thers, bears and orangutans singing, danc­ing and fight­ing is the stuff of pure joy, watch­ing gi­ant pho­to­re­al­is­tic an­i­mals do the same thing makes for a more se­ri­ous tone, as does the sight of poor flesh-and­blood Mowgli (new­comer Neel Sethi) ac­cu­mu­lat­ing scars, scratches and bruises rather than just bop­ping along from one ad­ven­ture to the next. And the songs are an awk­ward fit this time around. 105 min. nn (NW) Fox, Re­vue, Royal

laSt caB to dar­win (Jeremy Sims) ñ

is a road movie about Rex (Michael Ca­ton), an ag­ing cab driver who learns his can­cer has re­turned and de­cides to drive him­self from Bro­ken Hill to a short-lived vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia pro­gram in Dar­win. Vet­eran Aus­tralian char­ac­ter ac­tor Ca­ton dis­ap­pears into the role of the pride­ful but de­te­ri­o­rat­ing Rex, who uses sto­icism as a shield against his mount­ing ter­ror. 123 min. nnnn (NW) Canada Square tHe legend of tarzan (David Yates) doesn’t swing into ac­tion so much as tip­toe around its im­pe­ri­al­ist roots and the tricky “white saviour” nar­ra­tive be­fore get­ting tan­gled up in a la­bo­ri­ous plot about sin­is­ter Bel­gians (led by Christoph Waltz), blood di­a­monds and slav­ery in the Congo. By the time Alexan­der Skars­gård’s Tarzan flexes for a smack­down with a CGI ape, the mo­men­tum is gone, killed by white guilt. 110 min. nn (RS) Beach Cin­e­mas, Canada Square, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 ñ life, an­i­mated (Roger Ross Wil­liams) is a mov­ing tes­ta­ment to the power of film. Di­ag­nosed with autism at three, Owen Suskind makes sense of the world through Dis­ney an­i­mated movies. Di­rec­tor Wil­liams uses gen­er­ous clips from the Dis­ney canon, as well as pow­er­ful orig­i­nal draw­ings and an­i­ma­tion, to tell Owen’s touch­ing and in­spir­ing story, which has evolved now that he’s in his 20s and seek­ing in­de­pen­dence. 92 min. nnnnn (GS) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema, Kingsway Theatre, Yonge & Dun­das 24 ligHtS out (David Sand­berg) is based on a short film that made ter­rific and ter­ri­fy­ing use of a flick­er­ing bulb, a fig­ure in the shad­ows and snappy edit­ing. A woman must flee to­wards the light from a ban­shee that can only creep in the shad­ows. The gim­mick runs its course in un­der three min­utes. The movie pads the story while the thrills bleed out. 81 min. nn (RS) Carl­ton Cin­ema, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

love & friend­SHip (Whit Stillman) ñ

is a deftly staged, briskly paced and very funny adap­ta­tion of Jane Austen’s Lady Su­san, a com­edy of man­ners about a widow (Kate Beck­in­sale) de­ter­mined to find a wealthy hus­band for her daugh­ter (Morfydd Clark). Tom Ben­nett’s break­out per­for­mance as a thick-wit­ted but es­pe­cially en­thu­si­as­tic suitor turns his ev­ery scene into a giddy de­light. Don’t miss out. 92 min. nnnn (NW) Canada Square, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Re­vue

mag­gie’S plan (Re­becca Miller) ñ

stars Greta Ger­wig as col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tor Mag­gie who, preg­nant, moves in with self-ab­sorbed writer John (Ethan Hawke) and then plans her es­cape from the re­la­tion­ship. Ju­lianne Moore is a gas as John’s equally nar­cis­sis­tic ex-wife, and Hawke is turn­ing into one of the best Amer­i­can screen ac­tors. But it’s the ev­er­watch­able Ger­wig, quirky, vul­ner­a­ble and hot in wholly un­con­ven­tional ways, who takes Miller’s clever pic to the next level. 99 min. nnnn (SGC) Carl­ton Cin­ema, Re­gent Theatre tHe man wHo knew in­fin­ity (Matthew Brown) stars Dev Pa­tel as Srini­vasa Ra­manu­jan, the famed Tamil In­dian math­e­ma­ti­cian who redefined al­ge­bra be­fore dy­ing young in 1920. Look­ing doe-eyed and brow­beaten, Pa­tel doesn’t have a lot to go on in terms of crack­ing Ra­manu­jan’s char­ac­ter. He was out­spo­ken while scrib­bling equa­tions but oth­er­wise reclu­sive. Here, he’s dis­tin­guished by his re­li­gios­ity, but his In­di­an­ness is glossed over in a movie that re­lies on crusty old tropes. 108 min. nn (RS) Re­gent Theatre me Be­fore you (Thea Shar­rock) stars Emilia Clarke as an un­der­achiev­ing care­giver to Will (Sam Claflin), a quad­ri­plegic man in a pretty English tourist town. First-time di­rec­tor Shar­rock shows lit­tle vis­ual in­ven­tive­ness, and Moyes’s script (adapted from her novel) is a lit­tle too on the nose. But the leads have lots of chem­istry, and the set­ting (filmed mostly at Pem­broke Cas­tle in Wales) is gor­geous. Re­mem­ber to bring Kleenex. 110 min. nnn (GS) Kingsway Theatre, Re­gent Theatre mike and dave need wed­ding dateS (Jake Szy­man­ski) is a broad rom-com about two broth­ers (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) who are for­bid­den to at­tend their sis­ter’s wed­ding with­out dates. They advertise a free trip to Oahu, at­tract­ing hot-mess best friends (Anna Ken­drick and Aubrey Plaza) to im­per­son­ate par­ent-ap­proved “nice girls.” De­spite its in­con­sis­ten­cies, en­er­getic de­bauch­ery and mem­o­rable bit parts even­tu­ally re­sult in a fun – if for­mu­laic – comic luau. 98 min. nnn (Jake Howell) Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sco­tia-

bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Var­sity Money Mon­ster (Jodie Foster) casts Ge­orge Clooney as a TV bark­ing head whose show is hi­jacked by an an­gry viewer (Jack O’Con­nell) look­ing for ret­ri­bu­tion after a bad stock tip. The premise is sim­ple enough, but once the rote thriller plot­ting kicks in, the film just dies – and in a world that al­ready has The Big Short, this movie is just un­nec­es­sary. 98 min. nn (NW) Fox

the Mu­sic of strangers: yo-yo ñ

Ma and the silk road en­seM­ble (Mor­gan Neville) fol­lows world-fa­mous cel­list Yo-Yo Ma as he con­nects with the best mu­si­cians from coun­tries along the Silk Road to form an en­sem­ble that per­forms a never-be­fore-heard mashup of styles. The play­ers are com­pelling, the mu­sic gor­geous and wholly orig­i­nal, but at its heart is the iconic Ma him­self, in­tel­lec­tu­ally and cre­atively rest­less, im­pa­tient and work­ing hard to keep mean­ing in his life. Some sub­ti­tles. 95 min. nnnn (SGC) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema, Kingsway Theatre, Yonge & Dun­das 24 na­tional theatre live: the au­di­ence en­core is a high-def broad­cast of Peter Mor­gan’s play chron­i­cling Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s (He­len Mir­ren) pri­vate meet­ings with Bri­tain’s prime min­is­ters over six decades. In­cludes a Q&A with di­rec­tor Stephen Daldry and ac­tor Mir­ren, who won a Tony Award for the role. 180 min. Screen­ing select days at Yonge & Dun­das 24 nerve (Henry Joost, Ariel Schul­man) 96 min. See re­view, page 53. nnn (RS) Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale

ñ the nice guys (Shane Black) is a

deliri­ously en­ter­tain­ing ac­tion­com­edy star­ring Rus­sell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as low-level in­ves­ti­ga­tors in 1977 Los An­ge­les whose sim­ple miss­ing-per­son case un­packs into a mas­sive and deadly con­spir­acy. In Gosling, writer/di­rec­tor Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man Three) finds the same per­fect fu­sion of ac­tor and char­ac­ter that sparked Robert Downey Jr.’s come­back in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 116 min. nnnn (NW) Kingsway Theatre, Re­gent Theatre, Re­vue, Royal nor­Man lear: Just an­other ver­sion of you (Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady) 91 min. See re­view, page 52. nnn (SGC) Opens Jul 29 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema

now you see Me 2 (Jon Chu) is just more of the same: an all-star cast play­ing stage ma­gi­cians who race through an­tic chases and last-minute es­capes, do im­pos­si­ble card tricks and un­ex­pect­edly re­verse al­le­giances. The big fi­nale makes no sense what­so­ever but sure does have a lot of strobe lights. It’s empty calo­ries, but this time we know not to ex­pect any­thing more. 129 min. nnn (NW) Carl­ton Cin­ema, Sco­tia­bank Theatre our kind of traitor (Su­sanna White) is a pro­fi­cient if not es­pe­cially dis­tin­guished John le Carré adap­ta­tion that re­veals the un­der­ly­ing same­ness of the au­thor’s for­mula by hit­ting all the re­quired notes. Po­ten­tial turn­coat Stel­lan Skars­gård’s ex­pertly fluc­tu­at­ing lev­els of bon­homie say more than any of the char­ac­ters’ fa­mil­iar speeches about risk­ing one’s per­sonal com­fort for greater geopo­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity. Some sub­ti­tles. 107 min. nnn (NW) Canada Square, Var­sity

our lit­tle sis­ter (Hirokazu Koreeda) ñ ex­plores what hap­pens when three adult sis­ters (Ayase Haruka, Masami Na­ga­sawa and Kaho) in­vite their teenage half-sis­ter (Suzu Hirose) to live with them after their fa­ther dies. Adapt­ing the con­tem­po­rary manga Umi­machi Di­ary, Koreeda works in the clas­si­cal style of Ya­su­jiro Ozu, find­ing en­tire worlds in the mi­cro­cosm of one fam­ily. This makes for a me­thod­i­cally paced, qui­etly mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Subti­tled. 128 min. nnnn (NW) TIFF Bell Light­box Phan­toM boy (Jean-Loup Fe­li­ci­oli, Alain Gag­nol) 84 min. See re­view, page 53. nnn (NW) Opens July 29 at TIFF Bell Light­box

PoP­star: never stoP never ñ

stoP­Ping (Akiva Schaf­fer, Jorma Tac­cone) is a glee­fully fake rock­u­men­tary from the Lonely Is­land trio of Schaf­fer, Tac­cone and Andy Sam­berg track­ing the en­tirely clichéd be­hind-the-mu­sic story of Con­ner4Real (Sam­berg), a cheer­ful and ut­terly self-ab­sorbed rock god try­ing to keep his mas­sive con­cert tour go­ing as the world re­jects his lat­est al­bum. There’s not much that’s new in terms of story, but Schaf­fer, Tac­cone and Sam­berg are hav­ing so much fun, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to get caught up in Pop­star’s dopey dope­ness. 86 min. nnnn (NW) Kingsway Theatre Queen of sPades: the dark rite (Svy­atoslav Podgayevskiy) is a Rus­sian riff on tried-and-true hor­ror prop­er­ties like Candy­man and The Grudge. Three teens con­vince a young woman (Alina Babak) to sum­mon the leg­endary Queen Of Spades – you know, just for fun­sies. What fol­lows is no fun at all, as di­rec­tor Podgayevsky rolls through an hour or so of false scares and bland drama in­volv­ing her ab­sent fa­ther (Igor Khrupinov) be­fore in­ex­pli­ca­bly shift­ing gears into an Ex­or­cist knock-off. Subti­tled. 92 min. nn (NW) Kingsway Theatre

raiders! the story of the ñ

great­est fan filM ever Made (Tim Sk­ousen, Jeremy Coon) is an af­fec­tion­ate, sus­pense­ful and mov­ing look at in­ge­nu­ity, fan­dom and friend­ship. Back in the early 80s, a group of then 11-year-olds at­tempted to do a shot-by-shot re­make of the block­buster Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Now, decades later, they re­unite to film a miss­ing scene, bring­ing with them adult wis­dom, a few old grudges and new money and safety is­sues. Tons of geeky fun. 94 min. nnnnn (GS) Kingsway Theatre the se­cret life of Pets (Chris Re­naud, Yar­row Cheney) casts Kevin Hart as a demented white bunny, an idea that’s both ob­vi­ous and ge­nius. Hart’s high-pitched ban­ter (and a ca­reer that keeps on tick­ing) has al­ready drawn com­par­i­son to the En­er­gizer Bunny. He’s just one stand­out in a peppy and hi­lar­i­ous voice cast who take turns liven­ing up an oth­er­wise run-of-themill talk­ing-an­i­mals kid­die pic. 90 min. nnn (RS) Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Docks Lake­view Drive-In, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

seoul search­ing (Ben­son Lee) is set in 1986, when a South Korean birthright pro­gram brings teenagers of Korean ex­trac­tion from all over the world to the epony­mous city for the sum­mer. It’s a bit on the long side, and writer/di­rec­tor Lee is a lit­tle too com­mit­ted to riff­ing on John Hughes movies. But when he drops the pre­tense, Seoul Search­ing can be charm­ing and fun. Some sub­ti­tles. 110 min. nnn (NW) Kingsway Theatre

ñ the shal­lows (Jaume Col­let-Serra)

is an ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient sur­vival thriller star­ring Blake Lively as a young Amer­i­can surfer try­ing to stay alive after a shark at­tack in a Mex­i­can in­let. That’s re­ally all there is to it; the fo­cus is al­ways

on Lively, who does a great job of jug­gling ter­ror, ex­haus­tion and smarts while Col­let-Serra and his regular cin­e­matog­ra­pher Flavio Martínez Labi­ano tran­si­tion smoothly from beau­ti­ful early mo­ments to a darker, more threat­en­ing pal­ette. It’s not the next Jaws, but it’s taut and clever. That’ll do nicely. Some sub­ti­tles. 86 min. nnnn (NW) Sco­tia­bank Theatre

ñ star trek be­yond (Justin Lin) has a

few pac­ing prob­lems and one end­ing too many, but it’s still a re­ally sat­is­fy­ing ad­ven­ture that comes clos­est to re­cap­tur­ing the spirit of the orig­i­nal se­ries – and is per­haps the first film in the re­booted se­ries that truly stands on its own. It’s more of an en­sem­ble piece than any of the re­cent Trek movies have dared to be, less be­holden to the fran­chise’s past while still find­ing a way to use his­tory for spare parts. Some sub­ti­tles. 122 min. nnnn (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Docks Lake­view Drive-In, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

swiss arMy Man (Daniel Schein­ert, ñ Daniel Kwan) stars a hag­gard and es­pe­cially sad-eyed Paul Dano as Hank, a cast­away on a tiny is­land who be­friends a corpse (Daniel Rad­cliffe) that washes ashore. I would not have ex­pected a movie where a sui­ci­dal man rides a fart­ing corpse to free­dom to of­fer two of the year’s rich­est per­for­mances, but that’s Swiss Army Man for you. 97 min. nnnn (NW) Canada Square, Carl­ton Cin­ema, Sco­tia­bank Theatre

tick­led (David Far­rier, Dy­lan ñ

Reeve) plays like a click-bait story come to life: “This New Zealand Jour­nal­ist Wanted To Know More About Com­pet­i­tive En­durance Tick­ling. What Hap­pened Next Will Shock You!” When it played Hot Docs in the spring, I called it the strangest movie of the fes­ti­val; now I’m pretty sure it’s the strangest movie of the year. 91 min. nnnn (NW) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema

train to bu­san (Yeon Sang-ho) is ñ

the best fast-zom­bie pic­ture since the Dawn Of The Dead re­make. Al­most the en­tire film takes place on a speed­ing train trav­el­ling from Seoul to Bu­san as pas­sen­gers try to sur­vive an out­break al­ready in progress. Writer/di­rec­tor Yeon – an an­i­ma­tor mak­ing his first live-ac­tion fea­ture – de­lights in the vis­ual con­trast of a rag­ing horde of fast zom­bies smash­ing around in a con­fined space. Com­pli­ca­tions arise, panic es­ca­lates and things go ter­ri­bly wrong in just the right way. It’s an aw­ful lot of fun. Subti­tled. 117 min. nnnn (NW) Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Yonge & Dun­das 24 vaxxed: froM cover-uP to catas­tro­Phe (An­drew Wake­field). 91 min. See re­view, page 53. nn (GS) Opens Jul 29 at Kingsway Theatre

weiner (Josh Krieg­man, El­yse ñ

Stein­berg) tracks New York con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive and in­vet­er­ate sex­ter An­thony Weiner, who was forced to re­sign, then ran for New York City mayor in 2013, let­ting Krieg­man and Stein­berg film the cam­paign. It’s a ter­rific por­trait of an ego­ma­niac and his equally fas­ci­nat­ing wife, Hil­lary Clin­ton ad­viser Huma Abe­din, who stands by her man. It even makes Weiner sym­pa­thetic, es­pe­cially when one of his sex­tees tries to ex­ploit the sit­u­a­tion. 96 min. nnnn (SGC) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema, Yonge & Dun­das 24

wiener-dog (Todd Solondz) is an ñ

an­thol­ogy film about death and a dachs­hund. The em­pa­thetic mis­an­thrope di­rec­tor peaks early with a hi­lar­i­ous tale of over­bear­ing par­ents and dog di­ar­rhea and closes strong with a heart­break­ing ode to lost life paths star­ring an ex­quis­ite Ellen Burstyn. In be­tween, self-in­dul­gence reigns supreme. This sur­pris­ingly hope­ful film is one of Solondz’s finest and fun­ni­est. 90 min. nnnn (Phil Brown) TIFF Bell Light­box x-Men: aPoc­a­lyPse (Bryan Singer) takes place in 1983, when Pro­fes­sor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Mys­tique (Jen­nifer Lawrence) find them­selves back on the same side to bat­tle an an­cient mu­tant (Os­car Isaac) who’s re­cruited their old fren­emy Mag­neto (Michael Fass­ben­der). With the most gifted cast yet as­sem­bled for a su­per­hero movie, it’s en­joy­able to watch, though the re­quire­ments of the X-fran­chise are be­com­ing a lit­tle ob­vi­ous. Some sub­ti­tles. 144 min. nnn (NW) Fox, Re­vue, Sco­tia­bank Theatre

Sofia Boutella plays a kick­ass alien war­rior in block­buster Star Trek Be­yond.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Lit­tle Sis­ter lights up the Light­box this week. play­ing this week

Teresa Palmer gets spooked in Lights Out.

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