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With Languages of Nova Scotia, AFCOOP presents five brand-new short films in languages that are not English.
Languages of Nova Scotia Thursday, November 29, 7pm Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road free

Film review: Clara

New Canadian drama goes to space and back.
The new Canadian drama Clara pokes at the big questions: Why are we here? Are we alone in the universe?

Film review: The Front Runner

Hugh Jackman goes down swinging in the Jason Reitman comedy.
For his second film of 2018, Jason Reitman follows up the remarkable Tully with a completely different beast. Where the former was a quietly scary, exquisitely wrought depiction of post-partum depression, The Front Runner is a political comedy about a real-life event: Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign, which was ruined by an affair uncovered by the press (Hart and wife Lee apparently had an understanding).

Film review: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy goes dramatic in the true story of a writer in trouble with the FBI.
Marielle Heller made one of the most striking debuts in recent memory with 2015's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the real and unflinching coming-of-age story of a California teen. It was tough, tender, funny and poignant—all qualities found  here in her follow-up, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, though it's toughness that dominates long before the softening.

Film review: Widows

Viola Davis leads the charge in Steve McQueen's electric drama.
Steve McQueen's Widows was ballsy before it even showed up: You know going in that all the men, including a famous one (Liam Neeson), die in the beginning. (Note to Hollywood: Start more films like this.)

Film review: Mid90s

Jonah Hill's directorial debut has lots of boys and kickflips.
Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with the coming-of-age story Mid90s, which received a rapturous standing ovation when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

Film review: Beautiful Boy

Addiction story wants all your trophies, please.
Starting right from the title, there's something very earnest about Beautiful Boy, the Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen’s adaptation of an addiction story based on memoirs by David Sheff and his son Nic.

Film review: Bel Canto

Julianne Moore sings out in a new political drama from Paul Weitz.
Paul Weitz has led a curious career, with a huge hit right out of the gate in his 1999 directorial debut, American Pie: Though it had a smattering of heart, it mostly had pie-fucking and explaining what MILF meant. In the 20 years since, Weitz has returned to the comedy well a few times—the Chris Rock dud Down to Earth and, uh, Little Fockers—but his filmography is an otherwise varied and interesting one.

Sharkwater’s way

Sharkwater Extinction lost its director, Rob Stewart, but his legacy lives on.
Sharkwater Extinction Opens Friday, October 19

Film review: Fahrenheit 11/9

Michael Moore’s first major work of the Trump era is an incendiary condemnation of almost everyone.
If Michael Moore's last film, Where to Invade Next, was possibly his most gimmicky (that is saying a lot), then Fahrenheit 11/9 sets him back somewhere he can be taken seriously again.

The weekend warriors of The 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project gives filmmakers of all levels a set of rules and a tight deadline. The rest is up to them.
48 Hour Film Project premiere Thursday, September 27, 6:30pm Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road $10 tickethalifax.com

AIFF 2018: Love, Scott brings a hate crime to light

When Scott Jones was attacked in 2013, the whole queer community was attacked.
Love, Scott Monday, September 17, 6:30pm Cineplex Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road $22.50 finfestival.ca

AIFF 2018: 160 girls fight for justice in The Girls of Meru

Andrea Dorfman managed to make a documentary about child rape by following one approach.
The Girls of Meru Sunday, September 16, 1:30pm Cineplex Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road $12.50 ($11.25 stu/sen) finfestival.ca "I just wanted to focus on the case," says Andrea Dorfman of her documentary The Girls of Meru.

Fall for Hopeless Romantic

Six east coast directors work together to reframe the romantic comedy.
Gala presentation: Hopeless Romantic Cineplex Park Lane Mall, 6:30pm 5657 Spring Garden Road Saturday, September 15 $22.50 finfestival.ca

Fall for Hopeless Romantic

Six east coast directors work together to reframe the romantic comedy.
Gala presentation: Hopeless Romantic Cineplex Park Lane Mall, 6:30pm 5657 Spring Garden Road Saturday, September 15 $22.50 finfestival.ca

AIFF 2018: Thom Fitzgerald’s very busy week doesn’t end when Splinters opens the festival

“Somehow we convince ourselves there’s more road ahead of us than behind.”
Splinters Thursday, September 13, 7pm Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue $50 finfestival.ca

5 recommended picks from FIN’s global offerings

You can’t see every Atlantic International Film Fest movie, so here are choices for flicks from Iran to Australia.
Ash Is The Purest White Sunday, September 16, 3pm, Park Lane 7

Juliet, Naked (and infamous)

Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke star in Juliet, Naked, a Nick Hornby story about a never-was.
Juliet, Naked Opens Friday, August 31 In the new romantic comedy Juliet, Naked, Rose Byrne is Annie, a small-town English curator living with Duncan (Byrne's Bridesmaids co-star Chris O'Dowd) who is equally devoted to both her and a man: Tucker Crowe, a Nick Drake-style folk musician (Ethan Hawke, doing his own singing) who made one record, Juliet, and disappeared.

McQueen was his work

A new documentary explores the life and legacy of fashion star Alexander McQueen
McQueen opens Friday, August 24 Cineplex Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road

Atlantic International Film Festival announces 2018 slate

Latest works by Thom Fitzgerald, Andrea Dorfman and Jay Dahl among hundreds of films screening September 13-20.
This morning FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival announced its September lineup, which will kick off with Thom Fitzgerald's Splinters, a film the director called his "most Atlantic Canadian" in a speech at the press conference.

Movie review: The Crescent

Seth Smith and Nancy Urich’s low-budget creeper comes home after a year on the festival circuit.
Opens Friday, August 10 Cineplex Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road

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