Film & TV

TIFF: Western Canada, Debut Filmmakers to Shine in Homegrown Lineup


TORONTO—Movies from Western Canada and first-time filmmakers will take a chunk of the spotlight as the Canadian lineup unfolds at this year’s Toronto International Film...

  • 17-year-old Shang Jiaojiao started working in a factory to help support her toiling parents. After cleaning numerous electronics screens with n-hexane, she suffered severe nerve damage and could no longer walk. (Courtesy of Human Rights Watch)

    New Documentary Highlights the Hidden Price of Making an iPhone

    NEW YORK—Like millions of young men and women in rural China, Yi Yeting journeyed to a coastal city for a better job prospect. In Shenzhen,... Read more

  • Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in the action adventure movie "Wonder Woman."  (Clay Enos/ TM & DC Comics)

    We Need ‘Wonder Woman’

    Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” does not disappoint. Sweeping the weekend box office with a global opening of $223 million, and boasting the biggest-ever opening for... Read more

  • Chris Cornell at EBMRF Benefit on January 14, 2017 in Malibu, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for EBMRF)

    Celebrity Suicide and the American Dream

    Suicide is the most untimely and disturbing of endings. Even the gravity of murder can pale in comparison to taking one’s own life. The bleakness... Read more

  • Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros walks through the streets on Aug. 3, 2003, in Monrovia, Liberia. Hondros, who was on assignment in Misrata, Libya, was killed on April 20, 2011 by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). (Nic Bothma/EPA via Getty Images)

    ‘Hondros’ Documentary Offers a Nuanced Look at a Fearless Photojournalist

    NEW YORK—War photographer Chris Hondros took photos that have cemented the world’s understanding of a great many significant events.  His 2003 image of a Liberian... Read more

  • A Sotheby's contemporary art auction in London on March 8. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

    ‘Blurred Lines’ Documentary Tries to Crack Open the Impenetrable Contemporary Art Market

    NEW YORK—The contemporary art world is notoriously convoluted. Billions and billions of dollars run through this market, which operates more like a magician’s box than... Read more

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    ‘Ice Mother’: Finding Self and Freedom Through Freezing Waters

    NEW YORK—Director Bohdan Slama is fascinated with families; he has made five feature films, and every one of them deals with family relations at their... Read more

  • Rajkummar Rao plays Newton, a young rookie clerk on election duty in the jungles of Chhattisgarh. (NEWTON)

    ‘Newton’: The Circus of Democracy and a Man Who Refuses to Change

    NEW YORK—Brexit, Trump and Clinton, the French elections—democracy is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. In today’s world, we vote for everything. Yet the gap... Read more

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    14 Artists Break Down the Creative Process

    The act of creation—making something from nothing—is remarkable. Survey after survey reveals what a valued trait creativity is to us today, and scholars strive to... Read more

  • Amrita in "A Suitable Girl."

    ‘A Suitable Girl’ Documentary Examines Complexities of Marriage in Modern India

    That marriage plays a central role in Indian society is well known. But the romanticized elaborate weddings and the reports of inhumane child marriages—how Indian... Read more

  • Joe Estevez (R) and his wife Constance. Estevez has managed to have a busy career in Hollywood without the negative consequences of fame. “I’m the luckiest person in the world to be doing what I love to do,” said Estevez. (Tim Wahl)

    Joe Estevez: Leading a Quiet Life in Front of the Scenes

      “Movie Stumpers,” a question category on the popular TV game show “Jeopardy,” did not stump this contestant: “When the star wasn’t available, his brother... Read more

  • Margita Gosheva as Julia Staykova in Petar Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva’s GLORY.  Courtesy of Film Movement.

    ‘Glory’: An Absurd Bulgarian Tragicomedy Straight From the Headlines

    What would you do if you stumbled across a million dollars in cash, lying on the ground somewhere rarely visited? Would you hand it in... Read more

  • Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO's "Veep" at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Sept. 18, 2016.  (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

    ‘Veep’ and the Art of Nailing Washington Politics, Trump or Not

    NEW YORK—”Veep” returns to HBO next week with a defeated female president painfully navigating her way back to public life after a year nursing her... Read more

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    Documentary Follows Beauty Queen Who Fought Censorship

    When documentary filmmaker Kacey Cox heard that Anastasia Lin, an actress he’d previously worked with, had won Miss World Canada based on a platform for... Read more

  • Kerry Bishe and Dan Stevens. (Zachary Galler)

    Ido Fluk’s ‘The Ticket’: A Man Juggles Faith and Desire in Effort to Retain His Sight

    Filmmaker Ido Fluk is not religious, but he has long been fascinated with the idea of faith and observing how it coexists with the American... Read more

  • Dan Stevens as the Beast and Emma Watson as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast." (Disney)

    Finding Beauty in the Beast: A Tale as Old as Time

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 26 years since the release of the original animated “Beauty and the Beast.” The film was the first... Read more

  • Martha L. Ruiz (L) and Brian Cullinan from PricewaterhouseCoopers at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2017. 
 (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Accountants in Oscar Mistake Are Off the Show

    LOS ANGELES—The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday’s Academy Awards will never work the Oscars... Read more

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