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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Kaili Blues This impressive debut feature by Bi Gan, who was all of 26 when he made it, contains the undisputed Shot of the Month, a 40-minute take that comprises most of the film’s latter half. The marathon sequence, a sort of lucid bobbing and weaving that...
Sunset Song Directed by Terence Davies Opens May 13 The arrival of a new Terence Davies film comes as an event and, in the past decade, as a relief, given the vagaries of film funding. “I’m older than God—but without any of the influence,” he joked recently to critic Michael Koresky. But 2016 brings a veritable bumper crop of Davies in the theatrical release of his Scots heartland saga Sunset Song and his Emily Dickinson story A...
The Toronto International Film Festival is a tricky festival to navigate, a bloated beast with hundreds of screenings, more sections than I’m probably even aware of, and such a variety of work (mainstream, arthouse, experimental, animation) that it hardly feels like one festival, but several concurrently running events. As a result, no one is likely to have the same experiences. It’s up to the festivalgoer to create their own TIFF. Personally, I slaved away...