FILMS about Steven Spielberg’s childhood, Daniel Craig as a cunning detective and a loveable donkey along the way

FILMS about Steven Spielberg’s childhood, Daniel Craig as a cunning detective and a loveable donkey along the way

Perhaps, with so much World Cup soccer to watch, you don’t have time for movies right now. Please note that some very good movies have just arrived and are reviewed below. Two more, Strange world from disney and Devotion about the Korean War are not there because the studio previews conflicted with the latest from Steven Spielberg, which is there.

And if time is an issue, check out a great new example of indigenous Canadian cinema.. Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics it lasts only 19 minutes and is very moving. From Terril Calder, a metis living in Ontario, it’s a lively and powerful statement about how the natives were forced to accept a completely foreign (to them) religious protocol. “I am going to hell?” asks the young woman. It streams for free on

And as for football, a movie below shows some players, but not in a good way. EO the donkey behaves much better. It’s on this list:

The Fabelmans: 3 stars

Crystal Onion: 3 ½

bones and all: 2

THE FABELMANS: We’ve had a number of directors make movies based on their younger years. This is the third in recent times and another one is coming in a couple of weeks. Here we see the early years of Steven Spielberg through Sammy Fabelman, a boy so in love with movies that he wants to make them himself. He films a train accident with a Lionel Train set (same as in the The greatest show on earth but in 8 millimeters). Later she will get a 16mm camera and film family reunions, boy scouts playing soldiers and a high school day at the beach.

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Two things come from there. An anti-Semitic student, who already calls him Bagelman, is not happy that he was filmed as a blond god on the beach. It is not clear why he is upset. He just is. A girlfriend, on the other hand, tries to get him to accept Jesus into her heart. And film of a Fabelman family reunion captures some dubious images of his mother (Michelle Williams) and his father’s best friend (Seth Rogen). Sammy cuts out those scenes to watch as a family. In a way that is typical of how we often see Spielberg. His movies tend to be nice. They entertain and rarely provoke. Same with this movie and the memories of him growing up in Arizona and then California. His father is an early computer engineer, played as a nerd by Paul Dano, and the rest of his family looks like typical TV creations. The highlight, however, is a late scene in which he meets “world’s greatest director” John Ford, played with crisp vigor by David Lynch. Until then, the movie had been a little too comfortable. It was a crowd favorite at the Toronto Film Festival. (In theaters) 3 of 5

GLASS ONION: A MYSTERY OF KNIVES OUTSIDE: Like so many sequels, it’s not nearly as fun or gripping as the original. But it’s pretty entertaining anyway if you like murder mysteries where the detective gathers everyone in a room at the end and points out the killer. There are many deviations from that formula and many twists on the way to the conclusion, but you will surely like this. That’s so even though The Fix as written, produced, and directed by Rian Johnson comes as no surprise or shock.

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Edward Norton stars as an Elon Musk-like billionaire who invites a few guests to his palatial home, the one with an onion-shaped glass dome, on a private Greek island. He wants them to find out who murdered him (if that murder happens). Yes, it starts as a game. All the guests know each other, they are old drinking companions and each one has a reason. Then a real murder takes place and it’s up to the “world’s greatest detective (Daniel Craig) to figure out what’s going on. He wasn’t even invited, and neither was the driver’s former business partner (Janelle Monáe). However, they are key and red herrings are thrown with glee when Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista come under suspicion. Craig finds the solution “hidden in plain sight” and steals the show with his cool confidence. (In theaters now, on Netflix in a month) 3 ½ of 5

SO: I’ve seen it again and I still highly recommend this film from Poland and veteran director Jerzy Skolimowski. This is what I wrote after seeing it at the Vancouver Film Festival.

I loved this movie even though it’s only about a donkey, named EO, and his picaresque journeys. There is only one actor whose name I recognise, Isabelle Huppert, in a brief role. The rest are all Poles, like the director Skolimowski, who made it at the age of 84. The good thing is that you become very attached to the donkey as it travels from one incident to the next, many completely unexpected. Pure novelty is exciting.

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At the beginning, he is in a circus and is caressed by an artist (Sandra Drzymalska), memories that he will remember again and again. Animal rights activists free him, he ends up on a farm with an abusive owner, but is transferred back to a foreclosure and travels from scene to scene, sometimes escaping. He meets a countess (Huppert), watches an amateur soccer match, and a bar fight that follows. Some of the drunk players beat him up and he ends up in an animal hospital. he says that he sees the worst and sometimes the best in people. With very little human dialogue but great animal sounds, we take a tour of all of humanity through the eyes of an innocent. (In theaters in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Waterloo, Hamilton, Sudbury and more in Montreal starting Monday) 4 of 5

GOOD NIGHT OPPY:She’s not a person, although some NASA people in this documentary talk about her as if she were. To some of these engineers and scientists, she is like a child and they use words like “baby” and “little miss perfect.” It’s actually a robot, full name: Opportunity, which along with a twin “sister” Spirit, was sent to Mars 20 years ago as a rover to look around, study the geology, and most importantly, search for signs of water ( now or in the future). past). That could be a sign of life.

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It was a momentous step forward in the study of space, and for the engineers “a redemption mission” to make up for some earlier failures. Maybe that’s why they remember being so emotionally attached to these robots. They worry when they don’t get a signal from them (they didn’t call home) and “jump with relief” when it arrives. They have to improvise when a rover’s wheels get stuck on a sand dune or they’re both overwhelmed by a sandstorm. Also when Oppy develops “arthritis” in a shoulder. This is anthropomorphizing at a high level and the two robots respond. They were expected to last only 90 days there, but they extended it to 15 years. The Ryan White-directed film explains the science clearly, adding images from NASA and computer-generated scenes from Industrial Light and Magic. Best of all, it communicates the excitement of making scientific breakthroughs. (Streaming on Prime Video) 3½ of 5

AND I STILL SING: There is a strong protest against the recent events in Afghanistan in this animated film. You know, the Taliban returning to power, after Trump encouraged them with “peace talks” and Biden paid the price by getting his army out of the country. All of that is in conjunction with a story about a talent show. Afghan Star, said to be the most popular TV show in the country and we see two young women prepare to compete. They are being mentored by a pop star named Aryana Sayeed, who is controversial for violating dress codes and standing up for women’s rights.

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“Imagine if the Taliban came back,” someone says. Well, eventually they do. His dominant ideas about women’s rights loom large throughout the film. It is written and directed by Fazila Amiri, who was born in Kabul and now works in Toronto. “The Taliban want us to accept an abnormal and inhumane way of life,” says one of her characters. And another cites a list of social injustices such as facial mutilations, child marriages and death by stoning. The script says that most of the repression is against a segment of the population, the Shia Muslims, the Hazara people. When one of the two singers is the first woman to win the contest, she says it is “for all Afghan women.” That’s how this movie is. It is driven by outrage and, as the title suggests, willpower. (Available VOD and digitally November 29) 4 of 5

BONES AND ALL: Director Luca Guadagnino wants you to see this film as “a meditation on who I am and how I can overcome what I feel”. That sounds appropriate for a young adult novel, which is where it comes from. But the doubt about being a cannibal is a bit beyond the usual concerns of adolescents. And for all the talent involved here, you’re going to have trouble accepting this. It’s creepy and profoundly so. These people are on the fringes of society, but you will have trouble identifying with them.

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A good performance from Taylor Russell is a rare positive in this one. She begins by biting and eating a girl’s finger at a slumber party and then evokes a certain amount of our empathy as she travels across the American West in hopes of finding her mother. She meets another people eater (Timothée Chalamet) and the movie turns into a romance. She also meets an obnoxious older of her type (Mark Rylance) who repeatedly reappears and tries to flirt with her. She also teaches him the rules of cannibalism (“Never, ever eat someone who eats”) and gives himself a rude demonstration of what you can do. She doesn’t give in, not even when she finds her mother in a mental hospital. She’s a prairie goth and maybe that’s metaphorical. I didn’t care about him. He’s too ugly. (In theaters) 2 of 5

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