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MC­QUEEN (Ian Bon­hôte) doesn’t ñ

break new ground for its art form in the same way that its sub­ject did for his, but that’s noth­ing to hold against it. Lee Alexan­der Mc­Queen was a sin­gu­lar artist, and his work ex­panded the bound­aries of fash­ion; it’s enough for this documentary to sim­ply con­tex­tu­al­ize that ex­pan­sion and un­der­stand where it came from. And watch­ing his designs shift over his ca­reer from vivid punk ex­pres­sions to dark med­i­ta­tions on phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion has a hell of an im­pact. 111 min. NNNN (NW) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Re­gent Theatre THE MEG (Jon Turteltaub) is a mashup of hokey 50s crea­ture fea­tures where sci­en­tists ac­ci­den­tally un­leash a threat and then race to stop it, the sleek, re­lent­less fun of Steven Spiel­berg’s Jaws and the deep-sea ten­sion of James Cameron’s The Abyss… and it’s nei­ther as smart nor as dumb as it needs to be in or­der to work. Also, Ja­son Statham nei­ther punches the su­per-shark nor drives a car into it, so hon­estly, why are we even here? Some sub­ti­tles. 113 min. NN (NW) Beach Cine­mas, Cine­plex Cine­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

MILE 22 (Peter Berg) is a thriller about a su­per-elite team of ter­ror­ist-smash­ers try­ing to get an in­for­mant (Iko Uwais) out of a fic­tional Asian me­trop­o­lis in time to stop a dirty-bomb threat. It con­firms that pro­ducer/direc­tor Berg and star Mark Wahlberg bring out the worst in each other. Wahlberg sees him­self as the great Amer­i­can war­rior-poet, and Berg en­cour­ages him in or­der to in­dulge his own fetish for heav­ily armed author­ity fig­ures. It’s well-made bull­shit. Some sub­ti­tles. 94 min. N (NW) Canada Square, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sil­verCity York­dale THE MISE­D­U­CA­TION OF CAMERON POST (De­siree Akha­van) is a com­ing-of-age story about a teen sent to a gay-con­ver­sion camp and un­ex­pect­edly finds a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity of friends. The sec­ond fea­ture from direc­tor De­siree Akha­van, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sun­dance. While it’s an en­gag­ing drama that wrings sub­tle and af­fect­ing emo­tions, it suf­fers from un­even char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. Chloë Grace Moretz de­liv­ers a strong lead per­for­mance, play­ing Cameron Post with a balance of re­bel­lious­ness and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. But sup­port­ing ac­tor Sasha Lane (Amer­i­can Honey) is sorely un­der­used as the for­mu­laic per­son of colour char­ac­ter who shep­herds the white char­ac­ter into self-aware­ness. 91 min. NNN (Chris Rat­tan) Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema MIS­SION: IM­POS­SI­BLE – FALL­OUT (Christo­pher McQuar­rie) is re­ally two movies: an in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing, pre­pos­ter­ously out­sized cel­e­bra­tion of prac­ti­cal stunt work and its pro­ducer/star’s death wish; and an over­long, in­dif­fer­ently writ­ten fran­chise in­stal­ment that sug­gests the MI se­ries – af­ter six fea­tures and 22 years – should maybe just wrap things up. Tom Cruise and com­pany race through elab­o­rate set pieces in ex­otic lo­ca­tions, and while those set pieces are ex­e­cuted bril­liantly, the movie still feels like less than the sum of its parts. Some sub­ti­tles. 147 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cine­mas, Cine­plex Cine­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

1945 (Ferenc Török) is a pe­riod drama about two Jewish sur­vivors of the Holo­caust as they ar­rive in a small Hun­gar­ian vil­lage. Subti­tled. 91 min. Cine­plex Cine­mas Em­press Walk, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Mt Pleas­ant PAPILLON (Michael Noer) is a re­make of the 1973 drama about a pris­oner on a re­mote is­land who plots his es­cape. 133 min. Canada Square, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Queensway, Sil­verCity Yonge, Yonge & Dun­das 24 PEP­PER­MINT (Pierre Morel) is a thriller about a woman who turns vig­i­lante and avenges the death of her fam­ily. 102 min. Opens Sep 7 at Beach Cine­mas, Cine­plex Cine­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 PUZ­ZLE (Marc Turtle­taub) is a drama about a sub­ur­ban mom (Kelly Mac­don­ald) who dis­cov­ers a pas­sion for solv­ing jig­saw puz­zles, which in­tro­duces her to an­other man (Ir­rfan Khan). 103 min. Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Re­gent Theatre

SCOTTY AND THE SE­CRET HIS­TORY OF ñ

HOL­LY­WOOD (Matt Tyr­nauer) en­ter­tain­ingly re­counts the life of Scotty Bow­ers, a pimp/es­cort to clos­eted 40s and 50s Hol­ly­wood and posits him as a nec­es­sary and trail­blaz­ing fig­ure who cre­ated a safe space for LGBTQ peo­ple be­fore the letters LGBTQ meant any­thing. Direc­tor Matt Tyr­nauer al­lows Bow­ers, now 95 years old, to dish plenty of kiss-and-tell de­tails in or­der to hu­man­ize A-lis­ters of yes­ter­year as kinky and queer while also draw­ing out more fraught top­ics of mas­culin­ity and sex­ual abuse. Ul­ti­mately, this is a del­i­cate film about a gruff and com­pli­cated fig­ure and a largely lauda­tory an­ti­dote to more sleazy, Hol­ly­wood Baby­lonesque ac­counts of the era. 87 min. NNNN (Kevin Ritchie) Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema Ñ= SEARCH­ING (Aneesh Cha­ganty) stars the al­ways en­gag­ing John Cho as a fa­ther try­ing to find his miss­ing teenage daugh­ter (Michelle La) by digging through her lap­top, so­cial me­dia con­tacts and any other on­line re­source avail­able. All the ac­tion is re­layed via lap­tops, cell­phones and TV screens, but the real in­no­va­tion here is the way first-time fea­ture direc­tor/co-writer Cha­ganty uses the short­hand of smart­phones and FaceTime to con­vey com­plex dra­matic beats. 102 min. NNN (NW) Cine­plex Cine­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

(Boots Ri­ley) is as good as you’ve heard, and maybe even bet­ter – a code-switch­ing satire that’s wholly orig­i­nal in theme and ex­e­cu­tion. If Barry Jenk­ins’s Moon­light was the art-house breakthrough and Jor­dan Peele’s Get Out the main­stream smash, Ri­ley’s film is the ec­cen­tric out­lier in the new Black cin­ema: a fre­netic com­edy with fu­ri­ous rage bub­bling just un­der­neath its sur­face. It’s one of the best films of the year. 111 min. NNNNN (NW) Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Re­vue, Var­sity THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME (Su­sanna Fo­gel) stars Mila Ku­nis and Kate McKin­non as two BFFs who have a re­mark­ably be­liev­able bond de­spite be­ing so dif­fer­ent. Oh, and they’re caught up in a vi­o­lent spy ca­per. “Two un­sus­pect­ing best friends be­come in­ter­na­tional targets, and .... go!” is a work­able enough premise for McKin­non and Ku­nis, but not when the im­be­cilic may­hem keeps get­ting in the way while mem­o­rable jokes re­main sparse. 117 min. NN (RS) Canada Square, Queensway, Yonge & Dun­das 24 THREE IDEN­TI­CAL STRANGERS (Tim Wardle) fol­lows the lives of Amer­i­can triplets sep­a­rated at birth and raised with­out knowl­edge of each other’s ex­is­tence un­til they met by ac­ci­dent at age 19. They be­came celebri­ties, but things take a more sin­is­ter turn as they un­cover the cir­cum­stances of their sep­a­ra­tion. Wardle’s ap­proach is too busy and ob­vi­ous, but I credit him with or­ga­niz­ing a com­pli­cated, com­pelling story, one that of­fers a sur­pris­ing testament to the power of nur­ture over na­ture. 96 min. NNN (José Teodoro) Canada Square, Cine­plex Cine­mas Em­press Walk, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Re­vue

TRENCH 11 (Leo Scher­man) mashes up the films of John Carpenter, Ge­orge A. Romero and maybe even Guy Maddin for an ec­cen­tric, pretty en­ter­tain­ing hor­ror ex­er­cise in which a small team of Al­lied sol­diers in­fil­trate an un­der­ground Ger­man bunker in the fi­nal days of the First World War and find some­thing nasty wait­ing for them. Some sub­ti­tles. 90 min. NNN (NW) Yonge & Dun­das 24 TULIPANI: LOVE, HON­OUR AND A BI­CY­CLE

(Mike van Diem) is a com­edy drama about a Dutch farmer who cy­cles to Italy in 1953. 90 min. Opens Sep 7 at Var­sity WE THE AN­I­MALS (Jeremiah Za­gar) is a drama about three chil­dren who fight against the love of their par­ents. 93 min. Imag­ine Carl­ton Cin­ema, Kingsway Theatre

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGH­BOR? ñ

(Mor­gan Neville) takes on beloved chil­dren’s TV com­poser, writer and host Fred Rogers, trac­ing his ca­reer from Pres­by­te­rian min­is­ter to TV icon. Via Mr. Rogers’ Neigh­bor­hood, his show for preschool kids, he fear­lessly dealt with pro­found is­sues – as­sas­si­na­tion, war, racism among them – all along demon­strat­ing, never preach­ing, love. The doc is con­ven­tional, fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with Rogers’s fam­ily and col­lab­o­ra­tors, clips from the show and ad­di­tional an­i­ma­tion. But it’s Rogers him­self who makes this movie re­mark­able. 94 min. NNNN (SGC) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cin­ema, Kingsway Theatre

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