Who, me? A barber? // Cameron MacRae

The dead will rise, again

Just like the unkillable slasher in some ’80s horror series (take your pick), Dedfest is returning now for its seventh iteration, collecting a swath of horror films from around the world and le...
Fury: proving, yet again, that war is hell

Signifying nothing

Repeat after me: “War is hell.” Now keep repeating that for over two hours and by the time you’re finished you might have some idea as to the cumulative insights gathered in David A...
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Be careful who you let in

A funeral gloom still permeates the Peterson family home when David (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), veteran of some unspecified foreign conflict, unexpectedly shows up at their door just to tell...
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Rectify wrestles with innocence and loss

Launched back in 1996 by Robert Redford as Sundance Channel, what’s now SundanceTV lit out from movies into original programming in the early ’00s. But no show reflects better on Redford&...
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A new level of noir

A pretty blonde head is stroked by a masculine hand that looks equally capable of tenderness or terror. The owner of the hand wonders what’s inside that head. “What are you thinking? What...
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Medium to medium

David Lynch tells a story about how one day, as a young art student in Philadelphia, he was working on this painting. Green plants were slowly emerging from a blackened canvas. Then he heard wind and...
Neve Campbell, one of many Canucks Gone South

Southward bound

There’s a problem with the Monty Hall Problem. The probability puzzle, named for the famous Canadian broadcaster and longtime host of Let’s Make A Deal, goes like this: you’re a gam...
Liam Neeson, PI

Criminal undertaking

When we first meet Scudder (Liam Neeson) it’s 1991. Back then he was NYPD, with dyed moustache and goatee. He drinks a breakfast of coffee and two shots of whisky in a bar that gets robbed. The...
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Style creating substance

Paolo Sorrentino reminds us not so much of cinematic style over substance as big-screen style leading, even creating, substance; from gliding cameras, 180-degree twists, illusions of angle, and depth...