THE WATER MAN (TIFF20) – Review by Pam Grady

There was magic at the Toronto International Film Festival when actor David Oyelowo’s directing debut The Water Man made its world premiere. A family drama with a precocious young boy at its center, this Oprah Winfrey-executive produced film is full of equal parts of wonder, charm, and heart. Oyelowo has a sure touch with his actors, coaxing strong performances from all, but what is most impressive is his handling of The Water Man‘s visual elements.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 10 – 17: A UNITED KINGDOM

A United Kingdom is director Amma Asante’s earnest, thought-provoking drama about the real-life passion between Botswana’s beloved Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) and Englishwoman Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). Set in post-WWII England and Africa, the film sheds light on an important, still-relevant slice of history, addressing issues of race, politics, and colonialism while also telling a heartwarming love story. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Dec. 29-Jan. 4: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Opening Jan. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is A Most Violent Year, writer/director J.C. Chandor’s follow up to Margin Call and All Is Lost which stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple fighting to achieve their dreams in the violent surrounds of New York City, 1981. Read on…

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