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The Better of Canada in 2023

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Nathan Fielder, the Canadian actor identified for his deadpan supply, is again with a darkish comedy referred to as “The Curse.” Right here’s a trailer. It’s streaming on Paramount+ Canada. (Mr. Fielder was an govt producer on “How To With John Wilson,” one other present that critics say is price your time.)

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“Previous Lives,” the debut movie by the South Korean-Canadian director Celine Music, is “an examination of future, likelihood, love and the invisible thread that binds one soul to the subsequent,” writes Alissa Wilkinson, a film critic at The Instances. (I loved watching this movie on the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, which has made it obtainable for hire. You may also catch it on streaming platforms in Canada.)

An honorable point out on the listing goes to “BlackBerry,” by the Toronto-born director Matt Johnson. The film is customized from the 2015 ebook by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, two Canadian enterprise writers, and tells the story of the rise and fall of the Waterloo, Ontario, firm behind the wildly common smartphone. In the event you’re inquisitive about an prolonged reduce of the movie, you’ll be able to take a look at the three-part miniseries of “BlackBerry” on CBC Gem.

Learn: Finest Films of 2023

Three pop music critics at The Instances supply their picks of finest songs of the yr. A couple of Canadians made the listing of 77.

Allison Russell, “Eve Was Black

“The tune could possibly be a toe-tapping Appalachian hoedown. However the title’s blunt, irrefutable assertion carries Allison Russell towards harsh ideas about racism, slavery, exploitation, lynching and sin — after which to an surprising coda.” — Jon Pareles

Mustafa, “Title of God

“Few artists conjure a richness of sorrow the best way the Canadian folks singer Mustafa does. Right here, his singing is gorgeous and somewhat distant, as if flinching ever so barely from a ache that can by no means be something however uncooked.” — Jon Caramanica

Ken (Ryan Gosling), “I’m Simply Ken

“When this stridently unhappy tune from the ‘Barbie’ film hits its apogee, it’s channeling Dashboard Confessional, Meat Loaf, the Phantom (of the Opera) and perhaps even Scott Stapp. Slash performs guitar, salting the melodrama exhausting.” — Jon Caramanica

Drake that includes Sexyy Pink and SZA, “Wealthy Child Daddy

“Exhibit Z that Drake is at his finest not when he tsk-tsks grown girls, however when he dangers being outshone by inviting them on the observe.” — Lindsay Zoladz

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