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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 46 or on­line at movies.nowtoronto.com

THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ (Matthew Shoy­chet) fol­lows the trial of Oskar Grön­ing, the man who reg­is­tered the pos­ses­sions left by pris­on­ers on the train as they were pro­cessed in Auschwitz. His lawyers ar­gued that he was not re­spon­si­ble for war crimes be­cause he never killed any­one. Via in­ter­views with one of the lead pros­e­cu­tors at Nuremberg (Ben­jamin Ferencz), le­gal com­men­ta­tors such as Alan Der­showitz and sur­vivors, Shoy­chet packs into the doc a record of Grön­ing’s case as well as a solid sur­vey of war-crimes tri­als and how their em­phases have shifted over time. Emo­tion­ally and in­tel­lec­tu­ally pow­er­ful. 80 min. NNNNN (SGC) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema AC­TION POINT (Tim Kirkby) is a com­edy about a dare­devil (Johnny Knoxville) who de­cides to run a theme park with his friends. 85 min. Canada Square, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Kingsway The­atre, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview

aDriFt (Bal­tasar Kor­mákur) is a sur­vival story told from the per­spec­tive of Tami Old­ham, a young woman who in 1983 spent 41 days lost at sea af­ter she and fi­ancé Richard Sharp were caught in Hur­ri­cane Ray­mond. Shai­lene Wood­ley holds the screen ef­fort­lessly as Old­ham, while Sam Claflin brings weight to a role that re­quires him to be im­mo­bile for half of his screen time. Kor­mákur and his screen­writ­ers take some very big lib­er­ties with the truth in the name of ex­ter­nal­iz­ing Old­ham’s very in­ter­nal drama – but the ac­tors make it work. 96 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Canada Square, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 aveNGers: iN­FiN­ity War (An­thony Russo, Joe Russo) is, as promised, the thing to which it’s all been build­ing – an as­sem­blage of nearly every Marvel hero to bat­tle the alien brute Thanos (Josh Brolin), who seeks to wipe out pre­cisely half of all life in the galaxy. With the cos­mos-span­ning scale, the unimag­in­able stakes and the ev­ery­thing-bagel na­ture of the cast, In­fin­ity War sets up a state of breath­less emer­gency and keeps heap­ing cri­sis upon cri­sis – and while in­di­vid­ual se­quences are solid, the whole thing bor­ders on ex­haust­ing. 149 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale

beast (Michael Pearce) 107 min. See re­view, page 44. NNN (NW) Opens Jun 15 at TIFF Bell Light­box be­com­iNG Who i Was (Moon ChangYong, Jeon Jin) Sub­ti­tled. 95 min. See re­view, page 45. NNN (NW) Opens Jun 15 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema book club (Bill Hol­d­er­man) responds to ageism in Hol­ly­wood by giv­ing icons Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Ber­gen and Mary Steen­bur­gen the op­por­tu­nity to hang about in swanky liv­ing rooms, drink­ing wine and dis­cussing cute but hardly risqué for­ays into dat­ing and sex. I cracked a few smiles just watch­ing a sassy shrug from Fonda or glo­ri­ously sar­cas­tic burn from Ber­gen. But that comes with a pang, a re­al­iza­tion these women are pick­ing up scraps from a tossed-off screen­play that’s just giv­ing them some­thing to keep busy. 104 min. NN (RS) Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Fox, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

DeaDpool 2 (David Leitch) does its best to re­cap­ture light­ning in a bot­tle, as Ryan Reynolds slips back into the red-and-black body­suit of Marvel’s wise­crack­ing an­ti­hero, an as­sas­sin with the mu­tant abil­ity to jump around re­ally fast, heal from any wound and break the fourth wall. But new direc­tor Leitch (Atomic Blonde) just isn’t as com­fort­able with com­edy as this project needs him to be, which leads to long stretches where Deadpool 2 plays like a con­ven­tional su­per­hero pic­ture with too many sec­ondary char­ac­ters and an over­com­pli­cated plot. 119 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 Dis­obe­Di­eNce (Se­bastián Le­lio) tells the story of a New York City pho­tog­ra­pher Ronit (Rachel Weisz), who re­turns home to her orig­i­nal Ortho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity in Lon­don af­ter the death of her fa­ther, an es­teemed rabbi, and reignites her love af­fair with the Esti (Rachel McA­dams). Esti’s inner con­flict is over-sim­pli­fied and I still can’t fig­ure out why her hus­band, rabbi-in-wait­ing Dovid (Alessan­dro Nivola) agrees to let Ronit stay with him and Esti, know­ing his wife’s his­tory. Still the essence of the film is hard to re­sist and the Rachels have great chem­istry. 114 min. NNN (SGC) Canada Square, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema

First re­FormeD (Paul Schrader) ñ

finds writer/direc­tor Schrader wrestling with the weighty themes of faith, devo­tion and sac­ri­fice, and com­ing up with his best film in decades – with Ethan Hawke as an ailing, al­co­holic pri­est in up­state New York try­ing to min­is­ter to his flock while en­dur­ing his own pro­found suf­fer­ing. It’s Diary Of A Coun­try Pri­est for the age of the Amer­i­can megachurch, and it’s one of the best films you’ll see this year. 113 min. NNNNN (NW) Var­sity

the Gospel ac­corD­iNG to aN­Dré ñ

(Kate No­vack) asks how a tall, loud, gay African-Amer­i­can man who grew up poor in the Jim Crow-era South as­cended to the up­per ech­e­lons of the fash­ion world. In pro­fil­ing long-time Vogue fash­ion ed­i­tor An­dré Leon Tal­ley, direc­tor Kate No­vack gleans an in­struc­tive view on racism and broader cul­ture and the re­sult­ing film is funny, in­spir­ing and heart­break­ing. This is a straight­for­ward biopic that ben­e­fits from great ac­cess to a sub­ject who can be as gre­gar­i­ous as he is aloof. 94 min. NNNN (Kevin Ritchie) TIFF Bell Light­box

hereD­i­tary (Ari Aster) is a hor­ror ñ

movie about a fam­ily com­ing apart un­der the strain of a re­cent loss, and one that sets it­self up so well that it might not even need a su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ment to give you night­mares. From scene to scene it’s quite com­pelling, and Toni Col­lette is bril­liant as a brit­tle artist with ob­vi­ous con­trol is­sues. But I did no­tice that the longer Hered­i­tary went on (and at over two hours, it does go on), the less of a hold it had on me. 127 min. NNNN (NW) Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

ho­tel artemis (Drew Pearce) is Reser­voir ñ Dogs meets John Wick dur­ing the Purge, with a dream cast of pros in­clud­ing Jodie Fos­ter, Ster­ling K. Brown, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, Char­lie Day and Zachary Quinto, and a cou­ple of peo­ple I am re­luc­tant to name in case you haven’t seen the trailer. Set in a near-fu­ture Los An­ge­les where a hand­ful of shady char­ac­ters square off in a se­cret hospi­tal for crim­i­nals dur­ing a city-wide riot, it’s the sort of movie you should just go see be­fore your friends spoil all the best parts. 108 min. NNNN (NW) Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 i Feel pretty (Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein) takes some in­ter­est­ing ideas about in­se­cu­rity and em­pow­er­ment and buries them in a high-con­cept, low-yield com­edy where Amy Schumer’s drab, un­happy Re­nee bumps her head at SoulCy­cle and wakes up con­vinced she’s been trans­formed into a fash­ion model. Schumer does her best with the ma­te­rial and gets some de­cent scene part­ners in Rory Scovel as Re­nee’s be­mused love in­ter­est and Michelle Williams as a per­pet­u­ally un­der­es­ti­mated cos­met­ics heir who hires Re­nee as a re­cep­tion­ist. But they’re all trapped in a movie that just isn’t do­ing what it thinks it is. 110 min. NN (NW) Canada Square, Re­vue, Yonge & Dun­das 24

iN­creD­i­bles 2 (Brad Bird) 118 min. See re-

view, page 44. NNN (NW) Opens Jun 15 at 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

Isle Of DOgs (Wes An­der­son) finds ñ

writer/direc­tor An­der­son re­turn­ing to stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion al­most a decade af­ter Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox and de­liv­er­ing a film with even more heart and beauty – it’s as glo­ri­ous and lay­ered an en­ter­tain­ment as An­der­son’s last live-ac­tion ven­ture, The Grand Budapest Ho­tel. And Bryan Cranston’s rue­ful turn as a mas­ter­less stray slowly bond­ing with a 12-year-old boy (Koyu Rankin) gives the film a warmth that lingers long af­ter the lights come up. Isle Of Dogs. Say it slowly. Some sub­ti­tles. 101 min. NNNNN (NW) Canada Square, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Kingsway The­atre, Yonge & Dun­das 24 Jus­tIce league (Zack Snyder) is a mess but not a dis­as­ter, mak­ing it an im­prove­ment on the shriek­ing void of its direct pre­de­ces­sor, Bat­man V Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice. It’s over­stuffed with pe­riph­eral char­ac­ters who don’t mat­ter and ac­tion se­quences that barely regis­ter, but in its qui­eter mo­ments – mostly in­volv­ing Gal Gadot’s Won­der Woman and Ezra Miller’s Flash – Jus­tice League hints at bet­ter movies that might still come out of this fran­chise. 120 min. NNN (NW) Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale

let the suN­shINe IN (Claire De­nis) ñ

fol­lows Isabelle (Juli­ette Binoche), a painter des­per­ately seek­ing ro­man­tic sat­is­fac­tion from woe­fully un­avail­able men, lost in a labyrinth of fraught dates. French direc­tor De­nis stretches past her com­fort zone, em­brac­ing rom-com con­ven­tions a world away from the enig­mas of Beau Tra­vail. And what of it? It’s all so play­ful, smart and buoyed by Binoche’s emo­tional dy­nam­ics. Time may clas­sify this as “mi­nor” De­nis, but it is per­fect on its own terms. Sub­ti­tled. 96 min. NNNNN (José Teodoro) TIFF Bell Light­box lIfe Of the Party (Ben Fal­cone) is a lot like Melissa McCarthy’s last solo ve­hi­cle, The Boss, which she also co-wrote and co-pro­duced

with her hus­band, direc­tor Fal­cone, in that it’s less of a movie than a col­lec­tion of sketches or­ga­nized around a char­ac­ter, slapped to­gether with lit­tle re­gard for struc­ture or con­ti­nu­ity. It’s a mess, but it works, and McCarthy is gen­uinely great at find­ing the hon­est mo­ments in the per­sonal evo­lu­tion of her Mid­west­ern house­wife turned mid­dle-aged col­lege se­nior. 105 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre OceaN’s eIght (Gary Ross) is a gen­der­flipped se­quel to the Clooney-&-Co heist tril­ogy that can’t quite mea­sure up to its leaner, more con­fi­dent pre­de­ces­sors. And not be­cause San­dra Bul­lock’s Deb­bie Ocean is a poor sub­sti­tute for her ab­sent brother Danny, but be­cause direc­tor Ross is a poor sub­sti­tute for Steven Soder­bergh, who set a very high bar with his breezy, bait-and-switch films that this one just doesn’t clear. The ac­tors are all hav­ing a great time, but they de­serve a movie wor­thy of their wattage. Some sub­ti­tles. 110 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

ON chesIl Beach (Do­minic Cooke) is ñ

a funny and mov­ing adap­ta­tion of Ian McEwan’s novel about a young Bri­tish cou­ple’s awk­ward wed­ding night in a seaside inn in 1962. She’s (Saoirse Ro­nan) a con­fi­dent, as­pir­ing mu­si­cian from the up­per classes, while he’s (Billy Howle) from a more hum­ble back­ground and just grad­u­ated with a de­gree in his­tory. As de­but­ing direc­tor Cooke fills in bits of their back­grounds through flash­backs (some­times clunky), we get a sense of what their pos­si­ble fu­ture to­gether will be like. The two ac­tors cre­ate a con­nec­tion that feels so au­then­tic that you’ll be root­ing for them. Even if the ex­tended coda is more sen­ti­men­tal than it is in the book, it works on film. Bring kleenex. 110 min. NNNN (GS) Canada Square, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Var­sity POPe fraN­cIs: a MaN Of hIs WOrD (Wim Wen­ders) is shame­lessly cud­dly and gen­uinely in­spir­ing. We see Fran­cis kiss­ing the feet of Philadel­phia’s in­car­cer­ated and pe­ti­tion­ing

U.S. Congress to ac­cept im­mi­grants. Fran­cis ad­vo­cates sol­i­dar­ity with the LGBT com­mu­nity and gen­der equal­ity and cham­pi­ons eco­log­i­cal preser­va­tion. Fran­cis is a rad­i­cal – but rad­i­cals de­serve dis­sent, too, and there’s none in Wen­ders’s por­trait. Noth­ing is said about re­pro­duc­tive rights or how Fran­cis’s mes­sage might af­fect pol­icy. Still, see this film, ar­gue with it, try to take it at its word. 96 min. NNN (José Teodoro) Canada Square, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema

PrODI­gals (Michelle Ouil­let) stars David Al­pay as Wes, a Toronto lawyer who re­turns to his home­town of Sault Ste. Marie to as­sist in the de­fence of a friend’s brother, who’s been charged with mur­der. Un­be­knownst to every­one, how­ever, Wes dropped out of law school. That doesn’t stop him help­ing out in the de­fence case and ly­ing to his friends, in­clud­ing his ex, Jen (Sara Can­ning), who’s now dat­ing his friend Nips (writer Ni­cholas Carella). Direc­tor Ouel­let gets a be­liev­able, ca­sual rap­port from the friends, but Wes is a blank and the stone-faced Al­pay doesn’t let us see any wheels turn­ing in­side. Worse, the re­la­tion­ship tri­an­gle is un­bal­anced and the le­gal plot feels rushed and messy near the end. 109 min. NN (GS) Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema

the Quest Of alaIN Du­casse (Gilles ñ

de Maistre) fol­lows multi-Miche­lin­star chef Du­casse around the world for two years, hop­ing to find out what makes him tick. Direc­tor Gilles de Maistre doesn’t ar­rive at a con­clu­sive an­swer, but he does cap­ture lots of gas­tro­nomic food porn ev­ery­where from Japan to Brazil. Maistre tries to add sus­pense by fol­low­ing the twoyear evo­lu­tion of a new Du­casse restau­rant at Versailles, and Ar­mand Amar’s propul­sive score matches the sub­ject’s per­pet­ual mo­tion. But there’s still time for con­tem­pla­tive scenes in the Gobi desert or com­par­ing notes about pro­duce with a hum­ble French gar­dener. Make sure you eat some­where good af­ter­wards. Sub­ti­tled. 84 min. NNNN (GS) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema a QuIet Place (John Krasin­ski) is a postapoc­a­lyp­tic hor­ror film in which a fam­ily strives to be as quiet as pos­si­ble to avoid be­ing con­sumed by car­niv­o­rous creatures who are blind but pos­sess highly sen­si­tive hear­ing. There’s no ge­nius at work in the film; rather, its ef­fec­tive­ness arises from the elim­i­na­tion of ev­ery­thing inessen­tial and a steady fo­cus on team­work both on and off-screen. 90 min. NNN (José Teodoro) Canada Square, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Fox, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Kingsway The­atre, Queensway, Re­vue, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Yonge

rBg (Betsy West, Julie Cohen) is a re­spect­ful ac­count­ing of the life and career of Ruth Bader Gins­burg – the sec­ond woman ap­pointed to the United States Supreme Court, and a life­long cru­sader for equal rights and a world with­out gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. I would have liked a deeper ex­plo­ration of her fas­ci­nat­ing con­tra­dic­tions – Gins­burg’s own chil­dren de­scribe her as “timid,” and yet she was pas­sion­ately ar­gu­ing cases in front of the Supremes decades be­fore she joined the band – but RBG is a solid look at a bril­liant woman who’s helped change her na­tion for the bet­ter. 97 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, TIFF Bell Light­box the seag­ull (Michael Mayer) is a rare foray into moviemak­ing from Tony-win­ning stage direc­tor Mayer (Spring Awak­en­ing), who casts An­nette Ben­ing, Brian Den­nehy, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and On Chesil Beach co-stars Billy Howle and Saoirse Ro­nan in an adap­ta­tion of the Chekhov clas­sic about the emo­tional tan­gles of an ex­tended fam­ily in the Rus­sian coun­try­side. Every­one’s very good – ex­cept for Howle, who goes full Red­mayne as the indig­nant Kon­stantin and nearly de­rails the film. 99 min. NNN (NW) Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, Re­gent The­atre sOlO: a star Wars stOry (Ron Howard) is the first of these new Star Wars movies that never quite makes the jump to light­speed, which is a lit­tle an­noy­ing given that it’s about the guy who did that for a liv­ing. Maybe it’s the cast­ing of Alden Ehren­re­ich as the younger Han Solo, who’s not quite as Har­ri­son Fordy as he needs to be in tim­bre or car­riage – though Don­ald Glover ab­so­lutely nails Billy Dee Williams’s louche charm as Lando Cal­ris­sian. It’s fine, and oc­ca­sion­ally even in­spired, but Rogue One set a pretty high bar for these side trips, you know? Some sub­ti­tles. 135 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Imag­ine Prom­e­nade Mall, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

suPerfly (Direc­tor X) 116 min. See in­ter­view and re­view, page 43. NN (RS) Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity York­dale tag (Jeff Tom­sic) is a star-stud­ded com­edy about for­mer class­mates who take part in an in­tri­cate, elab­o­rate, an­nual game of tag. Screened af­ter press time – see re­view, page 44. June 14 at nowtoronto. com/movies. 100 min. Opens Jun 15 at Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Imag­ine Mar­ket Square, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank The­atre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

WON’t yOu Be My NeIgh­BOr? (Mor­gan ñ 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) Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24

yOu Were Never re­ally here (Lynne ñ

Ram­say) is both pulp re­venge thriller about a fin­der of lost chil­dren whose lat­est job goes side­ways, and an art­ful study of a man des­per­ately seek­ing an end to his own tor­ment. Writer/direc­tor Ram­say’s ec­cen­tric­i­ties serve the ma­te­rial, in­fus­ing stan­dard ac­tion beats with queasy dread and an un­nerv­ing oblique­ness, and Joaquin Phoenix de­liv­ers a mas­ter­ful per­for­mance as the weary, hulk­ing hero. 90 min. NNNN (NW) Imag­ine Carl­ton Cinema, TIFF Bell Light­box

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