Pure Horsepower: Our Review of ‘Baby Driver’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ June 27, 2017
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Pure Horsepower: Our Review of ‘Baby Driver’

Music has always been known to move people, but some guys just take it to the next level…

While admittedly an exercise in pure style, Baby Driver is the unequivocal pinnacle of excellence in style and entertainment as this crime drama, romance, almost musical plays out exactly as it is supposed to with a ‘joie de vivre’ that hasn’t been seen on the screen in one hell of a long time.

It takes a simple moment of youthful indiscretion to turn Baby (Ansel Englort) into a talented young getaway driver who uses the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the very …

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TORONTO AND VANCOUVER; IT’S TIME TO TAKE A ‘GIRLS TRIP’ TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING!!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ June 27, 2017
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Make no mistake, the ladies can get just as wild as the fellas…

Girls Trip is the culmination of four lifelong friends;  Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

This looks like a wild one and thanks to our friends at Universal Pictures Canada we have some double passes to give to you for advance screenings in Toronto and Vancouver on July 19th before it opens on July …

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WIN SOME MORPHIN TIME IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME AS ‘SABAN’S POWER RANGERS’ IS NOW ON BLU-RAY!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ June 27, 2017
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It’s Morphin’ Time…in the comfort of your own home!!!!

Saban’s Power Rangers takes us to the lives of five ordinary teens that must rise to the challenge and become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove; not to mention the entire world is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.  Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet!  However to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues so that they can band together as the Power Ranger’s before it’s too …

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What The Film Festival 2017: Highlights

Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ June 24, 2017
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What The Film Festival aims to fill a gap in Toronto’s dense film festival landscape, showcasing outlier and outsider films that intersect definitions of both genre and avant-garde cinema and operate outside the traditional parameters of taste and convention. As a taste for what the festival offers, here are a few selections from the fest.

Short Films

THE CURE
Dir. Mike Olenick
Precedes BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL at 4:30pm

Described as a sci-fi soap opera, this oddly engaging film focuses on Linda who returns home to comfort her mother, as her father is on the brink of death. Her time at …

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A Little Too Understated: Our Review of ‘The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography’

Movies, Theatrical, Uncategorized ‐ June 23, 2017
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A Little Too Understated: Our Review of ‘The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography’

Sometimes a change of speed isn’t always what’s called for.  As master documentarian Errol Morris’ latest The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography hits theatres we still get a unique and genuine portrait of an artist but it feels a little more muted then most may expect.

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visit her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside …

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Small Scale, Big Scares: Our Review of ’47 Meters Down’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ June 22, 2017
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Small Scale, Big Scares: Our Review of ’47 Meters Down’

It’s a commonly held misconception that cinematic spectacle and thrills require a big scale and even a bigger budget.  While no one will ever mistake something like 47 Meters Down for any kind of auteur genre cinema, it’s still a surprising amount of fun that hits the right buttons and manages to straddle the line between dumb and fun.

Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico as she fresh in the middle of a rough breakup with her boyfriend for being too ‘boring’. Even still, she needs a little extra persuasion when her daring sister Kate …

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False Foodies: Our Review of ‘The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship’

Movies, Theatrical, VOD/iTunes/DigitalDownload ‐ June 22, 2017
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False Foodies: Our Review of ‘The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship’

Sergio Navarretta’s The Colossal Failure Of The Modern Relationship is secondarily about food and wine. These are both things that are supposedly top tier. But the actual film is generic, thanks to the uninspired visuals and soundtrack. There are some saving graces here, though. Some of the supporting actors steal scenes from the miscast main players. There’s also a hint of sadism in Alessandra Piccione’s screenplay, as if she wants her cheating bourgeois characters to suffer. But this all plays out in our own wine country in Niagara. As if Canada needs its own version of Sideways. It doesn’t.

Thankfully the protagonists here …

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The World According to Errol Morris

Blog, Movies, Retrospective, Theatrical ‐ June 22, 2017
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During his nearly forty-year career, Oscar winning filmmaker Errol Morris has been instrumental in redefining the impactful power of non-fiction storytelling in cinema. He has proven that films, especially documentaries, can evoke real-life change in the world. Morris’ films have also shown that cinematic aesthetic of documentaries can be just as exhilarating as the stories at the core of the films.

As his latest film The B-Sides: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography hits theaters, Morris once again reminds viewers of his uncanny gift for getting his subjects to open up in surprising ways. Making them unconsciously reveal nuggets about themselves that further …

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Sun-Kissed Dystopia: Our Review of ‘The Bad Batch’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ June 22, 2017
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Sun-Kissed Dystopia: Our Review of ‘The Bad Batch’
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  • Release Date: 6/23/2017

A sign warns our heroine and the audience about the lawlessness of the territory we’re about to enter. In this dystopian America, Texas has basically become a vast, desolate prison for those, who for whatever reason, aren’t worthy of being in society. They are the titular bad batch, and they come are from all ages and background, whether physically, mentally or emotionally infirmed, or simply those who don’t look like they belong according to those in power.

So its violent anarchy that awaits Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) in The Bad Batch, having been branded and left in the desert. At least initially. …

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Delirious Destruction: Our Review of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ June 21, 2017
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Delirious Destruction: Our Review of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

Not unlike the effects any number of drugs, the latest installment of Transformers is numbing, dazzling, and utterly incoherent, leaving you later feeling uncomfortable, confused, and probably a little bit ashamed.

The Last Knight is the fifth though unlikely far from the final entry into this toy-based universe featuring robots fighting robots (because, money), but it’s certainly the most outrageous yet. And that’s saying a lot. It’s also mostly more of the same.

Michael Bay helms this franchise yet again, and if he ever cared the slightest bit about characters, plot, or any storytelling element, he doesn’t here. It’s entirely focused on …

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