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Monsoon | Hong Khaou

Monsoon is a poetic, aching work that details both the reclamation and awakening of one man’s lost identity.  The alienation of a Vietnamese expatriate named Kit (Henry Golding), who returns to his ancestral home after a lifetime spent in Britain, is at the core of…

November 24, 2020
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by Matthew Lucas Film

Beans | Tracey Deer

It wouldn’t be a film festival without the requisite, ham-fisted coming-of-age drama, and for the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, Tracey Deer’s Beans comfortably fits the bill. Set during the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Quebec, the film follows an Indigenous twelve-year-old girl nicknamed Beans…

September 23, 2020
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by Matthew Lucas Film

76 Days | Hao Wu & Weixi Chen

There’s a harrowing sense of immediacy to Hao Wu and Weixi Chen‘s new documentary, 76 Days, which provides a fly-on-the-wall look at the early response to COVID-19 in a Wuhan hospital. It may seem awfully soon for a film about an ongoing crisis, but…

September 21, 2020
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by Matthew Lucas Film Streaming Scene

Cuties | Maïmouna Doucouré

Cuties is an impressive, complex coming-of-age narrative and a profound refutation of the nonsensical controversy that has arisen around it. The hysteria surrounding Maïmouna Doucouré’s Cuties (Mignonnes) is, like many such controversies in the era of QAnon conspiracy theories, much ado about nothing. To…

September 10, 2020
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