Jared Mobarak

[TIFF Review] Silver Linings Playbook

I know it's misguided, but my interest in David O. Russell films kind of ended after The Fighter. This was a guy who used to pave his own path with challenging ...

[TIFF Review] Aftershock

When opening credits begin with 'an Eli Roth film', you should know what to expect. While not quite his creatively—it's directed by Nicolás López—the torture po...

[TIFF Review] A Late Quartet

When the cellist of a world-renowned string quartet discovers early onset Parkinson's is taking away the dexterity needed to continue playing, the will of the e...

[TIFF Review] Twice Born

Adapted from the 2008 novel by Margaret Mazzantini of the same name, Twice Born (Venuto al mondo) isn't quite what it seems. When an aged Italian woman named Ge...

[TIFF Review] Imagine

It may be weird to think, but there's no better medium than film to transport an audience into the world of the blind. A character in Andrzej Jakimowski's Imagi...

[TIFF Review] The Place Beyond the Pines

Retaining the gritty authenticity of his lyrically heartbreaking Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance's new insanely ambitious look into the nature versus nurture e...

[TIFF Review] Frances Ha

A Noah Baumbach film through and through, I can't help but praise lead actress and co-writer Greta Gerwig's influence in making Frances Ha the quirky, subtly hi...

[TIFF Review] What Richard Did

Jealousy could be the most destructive force in youth culture. With hormones raging to drive a need for companionship to help prevail through high school and re...

[TIFF Review] Something in the Air

Sex, drugs, art, and revolution -- such was the life of a young European in 1971. Or at least it was the life of a young director at 17 trying to reconcile the ...

[TIFF Review] Anna Karenina

When TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling introduced the newest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina by saying director Joe Wright appropriately played up ...

Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic for The Film Stage, Art Director for Buffalo, NY film series Cultivate Cinema Circle, and member of OFCS and GWNYFCA. You can follow his cinematic viewing habits at Letterboxd.