Supernatural Revelations: Our Review of ‘Thelma’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 18, 2017
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Supernatural Revelations: Our Review of ‘Thelma’

There is something about Thelma, as she enters independence, venturing off to University and living on her own for the first time. She doesn’t quite know it yet, either. But her overprotective and highly conservative family does, as does the audience., That’s because the first time we meet her, she is a youngster, no more than ten, off on a hunting expedition with her father across the frozen Norwegian expanse. When she looks away in one instance, he turns his rifle to the back of her head.

He doesn’t pull the trigger, but the opening sequence is mesmerizing and unnerving, two …

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Level Headed Empathy: Our Review of ‘Wonder’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 17, 2017
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Level Headed Empathy: Our Review of ‘Wonder’

It’s amazing and kind of sad to think about how quickly forget about how important it is to just be nice to people…

I’ll be the first to admit that at first glance; Wonder looked like a saccharine and smarmy piece of total nonsense but when you a dig a little deeper it’s actually a sweet story that not only works for the little ones in our lives but as a healthy reminder for far too many adults out there.

Born with facial deformities that up until now have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is …

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Hollow, Yet Thick and Moody: Our Review of ‘Stegman is Dead’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 17, 2017
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Hollow, Yet Thick and Moody: Our Review of ‘Stegman is Dead’

David Hyde’s Stegman is Dead follows ex-thief Gus (Michel Eklund). He has to go to his wife Diane’s (Andrea del Campo) family gathering while sneaking away. That’s so he could to steal tapes in the titular character’s (Ross McMillan) 70s style bungalow. Diane’s not happy about this, bellowing ultimatums against Gus. Here, del Campo is the only actress to deliver volume.

The film introduces its mostly male characters with block-like inter titles. It’s a poppy way to in a film that could have underplayed its hi-jinks for its own good. I don’t remember the female characters getting the same introduction, but …

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Teamwork Is Hard: Our Review of ‘Justice League’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 17, 2017
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Teamwork Is Hard: Our Review of ‘Justice League’

You know, there’s something to be said for us all calming down just a teeny, tiny bit…

Yeah, Justice League which is out now, certainly isn’t devoid of some problems but that being said it actually does something that a lot of comic book movies forget to do these days and it doesn’t take itself all that seriously as it just winds down into a slightly disjointed and more than a little rushed affair that at least remembers to be fun somewhere along the way.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) …

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Finding A Little Nobility In The Horror: Our Review of ‘Paradise’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 16, 2017
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Finding A Little Nobility In The Horror: Our Review of ‘Paradise’

It is with heavy use of irony that the title Paradise comes up on screen. It does after a guard forces a woman in to prison. But eventually we’ll know why. Or rather, what that word means to that prisoner. Who she is, and who the other people in her life are. We see her again in an interrogation room with her hair chopped off and speaking in her native Russian.

She’s Olga (Julia Vysotskaya), a Russian noblewoman who joined the Resistance in mid-twentieth century France. There are two other people who spend their separate time in that interrogation room. One is Jules (Philippe …

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Reel Asian 2017: More on ‘Bad Genius’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Reel Asian 2017 ‐ November 16, 2017
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Reel Asian 2017: More on ‘Bad Genius’

Bad Genius has had its mix of theatrical and festival openings. It has continued pleasing audiences in both, especially the youth-obsessed Asian moviegoers. The age of the characters in this heist film might be a shallow reason to like it.

However, director Nattawut Poonpiriya does a lot of things differently here. First, most high school films take place in a year or a semester. But Poonpiriya and his writing team stretches that to show snippets of Lynn’s (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) for four years.

That way we see her relationship with her father (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) who grounds her morally. And we meet the people who inadvertently do …

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THE ‘BLOOD IN THE SNOW’ FILM FESTIVAL WILL RUN A CHILL UP YOUR SPINE WITH THE TORONTO PREMIERE OF ‘THE CHILD REMAINS’ AND WE’VE GOT TICKETS FOR YOU!!!

BITS 2017, Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 16, 2017
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The best kind of creepy is the type that just leaves unsettled more than anything else…

Inspired by the infamous true story of the ‘Butterbox Babies’, The Child Remains is the twisting story of an expectant couples intimate get away weekend that unexpectedly turns to terror when they discover that the secluded country inn that they are staying at is a former maternity home that is haunted by the mothers and the unwanted infants that were murdered there many years ago.

Undoudtedly guaranteed to send a chill down everyone’s spin, The Child Remains has a chance to be the kind of movie …

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THERE’S SURE TO BE ‘BLOOD IN THE SNOW’ WHEN THE FESTIVAL BRINGS ‘KILL ORDER’ TO THE ROYAL AND WE’VE GOT TICKETS TO THE CANADIAN PREMIERE FOR YOU!!!

BITS 2017, Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 16, 2017
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Just because we’re Canadian, doesn’t mean we can’t kick a little ass…

Kill Order tells the story of David, a troubled high school student who seems to be dealing with some sort of mental illness and he finds himself in a situation that he could have never possibly imagined.  He’s about to be taken captive by an elite strike force and he has no idea why until a dark force overtakes him giving him superhuman abilities and opening the doors onto a past that has long been kept secret.

No, this isn’t the synopsis to a big Marvel blockbuster, this is independent …

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Reel Asian 2017: Our Review of ‘The Posterist’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Reel Asian 2017 ‐ November 15, 2017
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Reel Asian 2017: Our Review of ‘The Posterist’

I see The Posterist trying to get point for me by using Franz Schubert’s music, which I’ll readily give. This documentary is also about a reclusive artist. The movie, about the director’s search for film poster illustrator Yuen Tai-Yung, should be in my wheelhouse but it isn’t. There’s so many things that go wrong, starting with the mostly male interview subjects lauding his work. Some of them talk about his mix of naturalism and expressionism. Others would break down his colour schemes. Which fine, that’s interesting to me but I’m not sure if others would be into that kind of talk.

These …

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Reel Asian 2017: Our Review of ‘In Your Dreams’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Reel Asian 2017 ‐ November 15, 2017
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As I’m writing this piece, the 2017 Reel Asian International Film Festival has started. And it’s screening the Hong Kong relationship drama In Your Dreams. The fest’s centerpiece film stars Carina Lau as Mrs. Yip, an unhappy substitute teacher. Relationship – that’s a word. It reminds me of when Nancy Grace chides one of her guests for using it. Because he was describing what’s occurring between a teacher and her student.

Grace doesn’t like the word because it implies that both parties are on equal footing in this said relationship. I suppose someone can argue that both Mrs. Yip and the student …

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