Rating: NNNNNSTARDOMGALA D: Denys Arcand w/ Jessica Pare, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Lepage. Canada. 102 mins. Thursday, September 7, 7:15 pm.
STARDOMGALA D: Denys Arcand w/ Jessica Pare, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Lepage. Canada. 102 mins. Thursday, September 7, 7:15 pm UPTOWN 1 Thursday, September 7, 8:00 pm ROY THOMSON HALL Rating: NNN There’s a proportion problem in Arcand’s first film in far too long. Stardom’s true subject is the dangerous acceleration of the culture. But it looks as if it’s about the fashion industry and its impact on the media. For one of Canada’s most renowned filmmakers to turn his satiric eye on something as inconsequential as the media buzz around fashion is like using artillery to swat gnats. Noisy VJs, airhead talk-show hosts, predatory photographers and indifferent documentarians are all in pursuit of poor Tina (Jessica Pare), a top model who wants to be left alone. Nude photos of a model on the Internet? Apparently, the filmmakers have low standards for scandal. JH
KIPPURCWC D: Amos Gitai w/ Liron Levo, Tomer Ruso, Uri Ran Klauzner. Israel. 118 mins. Thursday, September 7, 9:00 pm VARSITY 8 Saturday, September 16, 9:00 pm ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM Rating: NNN Gitai made a festival splash last year with the extraordinary Kadosh, but Kippur comes down a notch or two, being remarkably low on character and dialogue. It’s an autobiographical look at the Yom Kippur war and follows a medical rescue unit around the devastated landscapes of the Golan Heights. It’s visually striking — Gitai made a documentary on this subject a couple of years ago, so he knows the landscape — but I wish the dialogue made more of an impression than the whup-whup-whup of the chopper blades. And it could easily lose half an hour. JH