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VIFF 2019: In the Tall Grass

Who better to pull off a horror movie set entirely in some tall grass than Vincenzo Natali, whose breakout hit Cube was set entirely in a bunch of cubes? Natali’s turned out a series of mostly unde...

VIFF 2019: Hard-Core

Hard-Core isn’t the sort of movie to make a big splash in North America. It’s a low-budget manga adaptation with an unhurried plot progression and the sort of brazen overall weirdness that means wh...

VIFF 2019: Melancholic

Melancholic is your average romantic-comedy action-thriller crime-drama satire. It’s like Parasite on a microbudget. It’s a movie that’ll surprise you even if you see it with this description in mi...

VIFF 2019: Children of the Sea

Children of the Sea is the kind of kid’s movie that you can feel good about showing to kids. It’s idealistic, fantastical, challenging, and serious-minded—full to the brim with the risks and rough ...

VIFF 2019: Vanishing Days

I didn’t enjoy watching Vanishing Days all that much. That’s too broad and too subjective to be of help to you, dear reader. Maybe, though, the film will be too. Vanishing Days is one of those slow...

VIFF 2019: Wild Sparrow

Wild Sparrow opens with a set of images so obvious you’ll be certain you know where it’s going. You won’t be wrong, but I’m guessing you’ll still be surprised. It’s a quiet, melancholy little movie...

VIFF 2019: Parasite

From Memories of Murder to The Host to Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho has built up a small store of images in my brain. A monster approaching up the shoreline at full tilt. The recipe for a food. That s...

VIFF 2019: Guest of Honour

Your familiarity with Atom Egoyan may be a good indicator for your enjoyment of Guest of Honour. Maybe you’ve been waiting two decades for him to match the career highs of Exotica and The Sweet Her...

VIFF 2019: No. 7 Cherry Lane

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be the most talked-about movie this year to recreate and playfully alter sequences from the classic films of days past. But No. 7 Cherry Lane,...

VIFF 2019: The Lighthouse

It’s a year for follow-ups: The Lighthouse, Us, The Nightingale, The Lodge, Under the Silver Lake, and Midsommar all arrive as sophomore(-ish) works from breakout directors in the horror genre. The...