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'The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line A highly polished, musically delightful portrait. Venue Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Docs (HBO, The Orchard) Director Morgan Neville An unlikely band of collaborators teams with Yo-Yo Ma to encourage cross-cultural connectivity. A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of ...

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'The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble': TIFF Review

An unlikely band of collaborators teams with Yo-Yo Ma to encourage cross-cultural connectivity. A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom, The Music of Strangers watches as Yo-Yo Ma, a giant in the world of Western classical music, puts Bach and Beethoven aside to spend time with his multicultural Silk Road ...

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'The Reflektor Tapes': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line A hangout-minded music doc capturing its subject's artistic aspirations more than its performances. Venue Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Docs (Arts Alliance Ltd.) Director Kahlil Joseph Follow the Arcade Fire from London to Haiti. Music vid director Kahlil Joseph stays in experimental mode for his first feature-length project in The Reflektor ...

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'Lace Crater': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line Quirky tale of paranormal contact is more icky than amusing. Venue Toronto International Film Festival, Vanguard Cast Lindsay Burdge, Peter Vack, Jen Kim, Andrew Ryder, Chase Williamson, Keith Poulson, Joe Swanberg, William Nadylam Director-Screenwriter Harrison Atkins Think twice before sleeping with a poltergeist. A cautionary tale about unprotected sex with paranormal ...

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'Couple in a Hole': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line A compellingly grim metaphor for parental grief. Venue Toronto International Film Festival, City to City London Cast Paul Higgins, Kate Dickie, Jerome Kircher, Corine Massiero Director-Screenwriter Tom Geens A husband and wife turn feral after the loss of their son. A literalization of one couple's pit of despair that disturbingly depicts ...

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