THE SURVIVOR (TIFF2021) – Review by Leslie Combebale

It’s strange to say that a film based around the Holocaust is hopeful, but it’s true. Barry Levinson’s The Survivor is based on the real life story of Hertzko Haft, a jewish boxer who survived Auschwitz by fighting 76 brutal life or death matches against other Jewish prisoners, only to carry that trauma into his postwar life. As Haft, Ben Foster is the best he’s ever been. The Survivor is hopeful, in part, because Levinson has a way of finding the balance between darkness and light in his movies, and in part because the Jews of the world didn’t come out of the Holocaust without reaching for hope.

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LEAVE NO TRACE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

After garnering near-universal acclaim with her 2010 thriller Winter’s Bone, which introduced the world to Oscar-winning superstar Jennifer Lawrence, director Debra Granik makes her long-awaited return to feature film with the empathetic and engrossing drama Leave No Trace one of my favorite movies of 2018.

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SWEET BEAN, THE LITTLE PRINCE, KRISHA, DIVERGIANT: ALLEGIANT and more Mar 18 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Naomi Kawase’s Sweet Bean is a beautifully told tale set in a Tokyo neighborhood pancake shop, where delicious jam, cherry

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