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Jay Stone has been a fixture in Canadian media for decades, and one of the most beloved movie critics in the country. He worked at the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News service until he retired.

Jay Stone’s Top TIFF Picks for 2017

Movies: #TIFF17 The Toronto International Film Festival hits middle-age with an entourage of famous faces and a long history of cinematic conquests that seems destined to continue with a slate of intriguing titles from the world's best filmmakers By Jay Stone TORONTO — The Toronto film festival turns 42 this year, which is a dangerous age: if it was a man, it would probably buy a fancy red sports car that was entirely unsuitable to Canada’s roads or its climate and leave its perfectly serviceable wife for a doctoral student — studying something impractical, one imagines, having to do with postmodern cultural analysis — young enough to be its daughter. The festival hasn’t exactly done that, although one notes that it has lost some of its older friends — 81-year-old auteur Woody Allen, for instance, is taking his new film Wonder Wheel to the New York festival, bypassing Toronto — in favour of younger, more with-it voices. And while festival director Piers Handling ...

Movie review: A Ghost Story is haunting

Movie Review: A Ghost Story This meditation on grief, loss and time is told in a simple but effective story in which the dead spirit is represented by a sheet with two eye holes
my review here 3.5Score

The Hero celebrates Sam Elliott

Movie Review: The Hero An aging cowboy actor looks for a final big role — and a chance to redeem his personal failures — in a drama that has many parallels with its memorable star

Movie review: Despicable Me 3 has lost its despicability

Movie Review: Despicable Me 3 The latest episode in the animated family films adds a former child star, a twin brother, and a trip to Fredonia. Thank heavens the Minions are still around to create chaos
2.5Score

Paris Can Wait can wait

Movie Review: Paris Can Wait A French roue takes his friend's wife on a flirtatious motor trip in this love letter to food, charming villages and other, wiser films about the same subject  
3Score

The Lovers finds passion in abandonment

Movie Review: The Lovers In this bleak and tender view of relationships, a married couple carrying on affairs with other people find a renewed interest in one another
3.5Score

Olli Maki answers the bell

Movie Review: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki Part boxing movie and part love story, this Finnish film tells the story of a true Scandinavian hero, a prizefighter who fought for a title he didn't really seem to want    
4Score

Emily Dickinson Inspires A Quiet — and Masterful — Passion

Movie Review: A Quiet Passion The lonely, uncompromising life of poet Emily Dickinson comes to life in a Terence Davies film that evokes the solitude and bravery of a 19th Century woman
3Score

Movie review: The horrifying Hounds of Love

In this terrifying Australian film, schoolgirls are abducted and murdered by a man and woman living out a sick fantasy. It's difficult to watch, but its themes are haunting
3.5Score

Movie review: The Lost City of Z is an old-fashioned adventure

James Gray's real-life story depicts a British adventurer in the Amazon who finds hidden civilizations, far-flung imperialism and the possibility of a city made of gold