Put on your bravest face for ‘Smile’

“Smile” (2022) – Director/writer Parker Finn’s debut horror film offers nifty and crafty camerawork, effective scares, an intriguing premise, and creepy vibes that prowl in plain sight.  All four concepts reveal themselves within the first 10 minutes, and if you buy into the movie’s sicko foundation, “Smile” will hook you on a 115-minute journey.  Put on your bravest face.  “Smile” begins in a psychiatric hospital, and Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) – in her late-20s/early-30s, but she’s worked here for quite a while – makes her rounds.  We meet a…

Raise a can and toast ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’

“The Greatest Beer Run Ever” (2022) – On a personal note, my greatest beer run occurred during my senior year of college.  It entailed a trip to a nearby Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY, and yours truly secured enough cheap American beer to overindulge a small army. The aforementioned trek only ran a few miles, so John “Chickie” Donohue has me flat-out beat. It’s not even close.  The year was 1967, and Chickie said, “I’m going to Vietnam, and I’m bringing them beer.” “Them” are his buddies from Inwood, a…

AHFW’s Top 10 Films of TIFF 2022

The 47th Annual Toronto International Festival (TIFF) came to a close on Sept. 18, 2022, and this proud Canadian jewel – once again – delivered countless movie options for professionals and fans of all ages. This critic experienced 40 feature-length movies over 11 days, so I didn’t nearly see everything, but here are my Top 10 TIFF Films! I hope you see these movies soon at a nearby cinema. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Director/co-writer Edward Berger delivers his nightmarish and haunting vision of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929…