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Hot Docs 2021

PHEW! It has been a busy few weeks of doc-watching. My final tally, including the two below: 42 films! Not too shabby. And, because I was able to cherry-pick from the full slate of titles on offer, to…
It’s discovering documentaries like Come Back Anytime (8/8) — a beautifully heartfelt and lyrical look at the enduring power of love, connection and really good food — that is, for me, what Hot Docs i…
Whether it's exposing a scandal, understanding a political ideology, or battling a financial crisis, these three films revolve around individuals upending long-standing systems of sport, government an…
Sometimes, when you're seeing a slew of films in a day, you wind up with the occasional dud. And then, as I discovered today, sometimes you inadvertently wind up seeing two duds back to back. Which is…
Whether it's making meaningful connections, adapting to new situations or leaving a legacy for those to come, these three films explore different facets of the human experience, with varying success. …
I have no clue how to play bridge, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of Dirty Tricks (6/8), a delicious card-table thriller about Lotan Fisher, the one-time bridge-playing child prodigy and wo…
There's no shortage of great music-themed films screening at Hot Docs this year, so I checked out three more! Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm (6/8) You KNOW I love a great music doc, and this spiri…
Every year at Hot Docs, there are films that share similar themes, and in the past I'd sometimes wind up seeing them in the same day completely by chance. This year, the fest streaming titles for view…
If Loretta Lynn and Janis Joplin had a baby, it might just be the immensely talented and wildly complicated subject of I’m Wanita (7/8). The self-professed Australian Queen of Honky Tonk, Wanita is a …
Let me begin by saying: I watched Any Given Day (6/8) with a giant knot in my stomach and a pounding heart. Some 15 years ago, I lived in a small apartment complex where the (money-hungry) landlord de…
There are plenty of big, high-profile films screening at Hot Docs that are getting a lot of attention and buzz, but one of my favourite things about this festival is inadvertently stumbling upon compa…
Here's what I'm totally LOVING about this year's festival: there are so many amazing films made by or about (or both) women. Admittedly, I tend to seek those out regardless, but it's been a bit of an …
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