Weekend movies: Diamond Tongues, The Gift, Shaun The Sheep Movie and more

A quick scan of new releases in theatres this week


Diamond Tongues is a dramedy about a young woman (Leah Goldstein) trying establish an acting career in Toronto, it works both as a character study and an exercise in cringe comedy: you spend an hour and a half watching someone make a lot of bad choices, hoping that she’ll learn from at least one of them. (Read full review here). 

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Opens August 7. See listings.


The Gift is one of those rare movies that doesn’t really work at all but keeps you watching as the mistakes and bad calls keep piling up. You want to see where it goes, you want to see if it can pull out of the dive. (Read full review here). 

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Opens August 7. See listings. 


Dark Places stars Charlize Theron as prickly, traumatized Libby Day, who’s forced to confront the childhood slaughter of her family when she’s approached by a young man (Nicholas Hoult) who believes her brother (Corey Stoll) – imprisoned for decades for the murders – is innocent. (Read full review here). 

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Opens August 7. See listings. 


Fantastic Four, Marvel’s first superhero team, has proven very difficult to launch as a movie franchise. That’s because they are inherently silly characters – a stretchy genius, his vanishing wife, her brother the human torch and their friend the rock-man – and they’re out of step with the new, realist treatment currently in vogue for superheroes. (Read full review here). 

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Opens August 7. See listings. 


Shaun The Sheep Movie is flat-out wonderful filmmaking, infused with the same antic, inventive glee Aardman brought to previous projects like Chicken Run… (Read full review here). 

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Opens Aug 7. See listings.


The Cocksure Lads Movie is a comedy extrapolated from Moxy Früvous veterans Murray Foster and Mike Ford’s retro-themed British Invasion-themed gimmick band, … it opens as its eponymous rockers (now played by actual Englishmen Lyndon Ogbourne, Adam McNab and Luke Marty, plus Canadian ringer Ed Hillier) arrive in Toronto “to conquer America” – and break up almost immediately. (Read full review here). 

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Opens Aug 7. See listings.


Steak (R)evolution is ostensibly about French filmmaker Franck Ribière’s quest to find the perfect steak. (Read full review here). 

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Opens August 7. See listings.


In Ricki And The Flash Meryl Streep sings, she plays, she’s got a great cast and director to work with, but a flick can’t work without a decent screenplay. (Read full review here). 

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Opens August 7. See listings.


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