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Director of the Year, English-language film: Michael Dowse

From Playback magazine: 2014 sees the Canadian director once again forge ahead with a uniquely Canadian story crafted for a global audience.

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Director of the Year, French-language film: Xavier Dolan

From Playback magazine: With his latest film Mommy on a box office roll, there’s no doubt that Canada’s hottest young filmmaker has arrived.


Gone but not forgotten: TIFF 2014

Playback‘s TIFF critic Thom Ernst looks back on the most-buzzed-about Canadian films at TIFF and weighs in on how they might fare post-fest.


TIFF ’14 Review: The Editor is ‘a movie insider’s playground’

Film critic Thom Ernst says the film is a ‘perfect parody of an Italian horror sub-genre,’ but wonders if its premise is a little too niche, even for movie buffs.


TIFF ’14 Review: Denys Arcand’s An Eye for Beauty

Film critic Thom Ernst says beautiful shots and sexy scenes will attract fans of the Arcand brand, despite a script that occasionally feels underwritten.


TIFF ’14 Review: Big Muddy an ‘effective contemporary noir’

Film critic Thom Ernst says Moneo’s debut as a feature director shows great promise, with strong performances from lead actors generating awards potential.


TIFF ’14 Review: ‘Perfectly titled’ Mommy lives up to its hype

Following its debut at TIFF on Tuesday, film critic Thom Ernst reviews Xavier Dolan’s film for Playback and finds a filmmaker that “challenges the breaking points of an against-all-odds narrative.”


Director of the Year: Denis Villeneuve

The Canadian director has a headline-making year, with two features debuting at TIFF and a box-office win stateside.


TIFF13 Reel Reviews: The festival wrap

Does TIFF13 mark the beginning of a Canadian star system? Film writer and critic Thom Ernst culminates his Playback festival coverage with an essay on Canada’s red carpet moment.


TIFF13 Reel Reviews: Devil’s Knot

Is the true life story of a small-town murder mystery too doc-saturated? Some say so, but film writer Thom Ernst argues this could be one of Atom Egoyan’s biggest films to date.


TIFF13 Reel Reviews: The F Word

With distribution deals locking in around the world, Michael Dowse’s latest film should do well with Toronto fans and rom-com lovers alike, says Thom Ernst.


TIFF13 Reel Reviews: Siddharth

Strong storytelling and an authentic vision of India set director Richie Mehta’s latest feature off on a fine start to market, says film critic Thom Ernst.