• Old

    Old

    Running at just under two hours, Old’s story is mostly single note—how can they escape? As the hours age them by years, they will live a lifetime in a day if they remain.

    That said, the central dilemma is compelling—do the characters attempt what might be a futile escape or do they accept the inevitable and live their final hours to the fullest? Sadly, despite those high stakes, the tension rarely reaches a boiling point, let alone a sustainable simmer.…

  • The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52

    The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52

    Human beings are generally understood to be social creatures. We make personal connections, relationships, families, and even communities to feel a part of something. To feel essential, to give ourselves meaning. Without that, what are we? That’s the existential question at the heart of Joshua Zeman’s new documentary, The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52, which deals with a different mammal entirely.

    Among the scientific community and beyond, the whale known only as “52” has become a true legend. For…

  • Titane

    Titane

    "The incredibly dark version of YENTL." Jason Gorber is here with our Cannes 2021 review of Julia Ducournau's wild body horror (and Palme d'Or winning) film TITANE!

    Watch his review now: thatshelf.com/cannes-2021-titane-review/

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    Jason Gorber reports from the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with a review of Mia Hansen-Løve's BERGMAN ISLAND – starring Tim Roth, Vicky Krieps, and Mia Wasikowska.

    Watch his full review: thatshelf.com/cannes-2021-bergman-island-review/

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy comes off like a two-hour dad joke: you either vibe out on its goofy wavelength or scratch your eyeballs out – there’s no middle ground. Director Malcolm D. Lee’s raucous reboot stays true to the spirit of the 1996 original but tweaked for the TikTok generation. It’s a loud, colourful, and often absurd family film aimed at Gen Z and the elder millennials who grew up on Space Jam.

    A New Legacy stars the world’s…

  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    It’s hard to believe it’s been more than three years since Anthony Bourdain took his life in a French hotel room. A larger-than-life personality in and out of the kitchen, Bourdain’s zest for travel, culture and exploration made him an enigmatic figure with a devoted fan following. The cameras are turned toward him once again in Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, as his friends and colleagues attempt to both celebrate and make sense of the man they knew and…

  • Pig

    Pig

    Nicolas Cage is never predictable. In a year that has already seen him face off against animatronic killer mascots (Willy’s Wonderland) and embark on a bonkers Japanese odyssey (Prisoners Of The Ghostland) comes one of his best and most moving performances in years.

    Pig‘s plot has been summarized as “Nicolas Cage searches for his kidnapped pig”. It’s a synopsis that does the film a great disservice, belying the true depth and emotion at hand.

    The quiet drama set in the…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    That Shelf Managing Editor Jason Gorber is here with a French dispatch of his own: a review of Wes Anderson's star-studded new film, The French Dispatch! Watch it here: thatshelf.com/cannes-2021-the-french-dispatch-review/

  • Bone Cage

    Bone Cage

    I don’t know what’s in the water in Atlantic Canada, but more filmmakers need to drink it up. The Nova Scotian drama Bone Cage opens on the heels of Newfie Black Conflux. These debut features are both strong in their own rights. Taken together, however, and maybe with a dash of Murmur, which debuted at festivals alongside Black Conflux, and there’s good reason to look to the Maritimes. This fresh crop of films echoes what’s happening among Toronto’s new generation.…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    Black Widow is one of the most thrilling films in the entire MCU. It features bone-crunching fights, exotic locales, and a breathtaking battle amidst the clouds as Natasha dodges bullets and debris while free-falling towards the earth.

    Despite Black Widow’s standout action sequences, this movie is never better than when its combustible team of heroes sit alone together, working through their family’s many hang-ups. Black Widow is a touching story of lonely souls aching for meaningful connections, spiced up with spy movie mainstays: car chases, cool gadgets, and mind control experiments.

    Read Victor Stiff's full review: thatshelf.com/black-widow-review-an-action-packed-spy-thriller/

  • Rock, Paper and Scissors

    Rock, Paper and Scissors

    Opening to the sounds of The Wizard Of Oz, Argentinian film Rock Paper, And Scissors (Piedra, papel y tijera)—a claustrophobic dark comedy-thriller hybrid—feels more like Alice’s bizzaro trip down the rabbit hole than Dorothy’s jaunt down the yellow-brick road.

    After an adulthood spent in Spain, Magdelena (Agustina Cerviño) has returned to her family in Argentina following the death of her estranged father. Here she is reunited with her dysfunctional half-siblings María Jose (Valeria Giorcelli) and Jesús (Pablo Sigal), who both…

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within is one of the finest video game movies ever made. Sadly, calling a film one of the finest video game adaptations is like calling someone the smartest flat earther.

    Director Josh Ruben’s horror-comedy clears the genre’s notoriously low bar with ease and delivers a delightfully spooky whodunnit sure to please fans of movies like Clue, Hot Fuzz, and Knives Out (let’s call it Claws Out).

    Werewolves Within is based on Ubisoft’s 2016 virtual reality party game of the…