Pleasant But Emotionally Limp: Our Review of ‘The Second Time Around’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ March 26, 2017
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Pleasant But Emotionally Limp: Our Review of ‘The Second Time Around’

Sometimes you just have to admit, that a story…just isn’t for you.

While The Second Time Around is a sweet little love story, it’s also a banal and hackneyed affair that’s poorly written and weakly acted as it goes through it’s very predictable motions.

Katherine Mitchell (Linda Thorson), is a widowed yet vibrant senior who is simply looking to get back on her feet after breaking her hip, mostly certainly wasn’t looking for love, especially not at her age, and certainly not with grumpy Isaac Shapiro (Stuart Margolin) who has inserted himself into her life while staying at a seniors residence to …

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Good Enough: Our Review of ‘Life’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ March 26, 2017
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Good Enough: Our Review of ‘Life’

When it comes to that delicate balance that we call the human experience…we’ve heard every single movie pull quote and catch phrase that we can think of because Life always finds a way.  In what has to be the 8,756,382,947th movie ever called Life we get an effective and fairly entertaining sci-fi yarn in space with our heroes in mortal combat against the unknown.  If it sounds like something that you have seen before, well it basically is…but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Even though life aboard the International Space Station is rarely boring, today is a special day, as …

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Less Than Mighty: Our Review of ‘Power Rangers’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ March 23, 2017
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Less Than Mighty: Our Review of ‘Power Rangers’

Our collective ceaseless supply of nostalgia has brought forth another victim with the release of Power Rangers, a cheesy piece of 90s teen action that combined Saved by the Bell with being a superhero and finding big aliens.

This big screen adaptation and hopeful tentpole for a franchise goes heavy on the characterization and teen angst, waiting until the third act to bring out the martial arts, monsters, and toys. The joint effort to make this classic nineties TV show, which in dozens of iterations has been consumed by a global audience, both gritty and authentic while still sweet and campy …

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Intimate Hauntings: Our Review of ‘Personal Shopper’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ March 23, 2017
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Intimate Hauntings: Our Review of ‘Personal Shopper’

Maureen Cartwright isn’t tending to her duties as a fashion assistant to a wealthy, famous influencer when we first meet her. Instead, she is undertaking a task from a past profession. It’s more a skill, really, but this job is imperative.

She is wandering a desolate house late at night searching for signs of life. Well, death. A medium, Maureen is hoping to receive a signal from her recently deceased twin brother, with whom she shares a genetic defect. She wants to know he is at peace.

Maureen certainly isn’t though. Kristen Stewart impressively brings this literally and figuratively haunted character to life, …

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Inane, Insane, and Irascible: Our Review of ‘Wilson’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ March 23, 2017
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Inane, Insane, and Irascible: Our Review of ‘Wilson’

It’s likely that most people will share at least one belief with the cankerous, opinionated Wilson. He hates how modern technology divides us. He believes we don’t talk to each other and tell stories enough. He promotes camaraderie and friendship across age, race, and gender. Then again, he’s also invasive, rude, and at one point, felonious.

Wilson’s titular curmudgeon is more an amalgamation of complaints, grievances, and embarrassments, and less of an actual character. He is made only somewhat tolerable by the inherent charm in Woody Harrelson, who brings this graphic novel figure to life on the big screen.Daniel Clowes adapts …

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Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘The Heretics’

Canadian Film Fest 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ March 22, 2017
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Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘The Heretics’

You’ve got to love surprises.

From Breakthrough Entertainment and Director Chad Archibald; The Heretics is a very effectively creepy effort that actually allows for mood and tone to build horror and suspense rather than drowning it in blood.

As we open on a vicious cult who has kidnapped a young girl (Nina Kiri) with the intent of sacrificing themselves by the light of the locust moon, we naturally fear the worse.  However the next morning the girl wakes up, caked in drying blood and surround by corpses, looking like she has avoided the worst of it all and is safe…or is she?  …

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Subtle Humanity: Our Review of ‘After The Storm’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ March 21, 2017
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Subtle Humanity: Our Review of ‘After The Storm’

There’s something to be said about that genuine, unadulterated beauty that we find in those subtle moments of life and it takes a storyteller truly attune with the human experience to really understand them and make them come to life on the big screen.  Enter writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda whose films capture that essence so damn well, and his latest After The Storm serves all that up as fate and circumstances allows a father who has fallen from grace in his own family a chance to redeem himself.

Ryota (Abe Hiroshi) can’t shake his past glory as an award winning author and …

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Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘#AnAmericanDream’

Canadian Film Fest 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ March 21, 2017
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Not all dreams are worth holding on to.

#AnAmericanDream is actually anything but as writer/director Ken Finkleman gives us a gonzo spin on life according to our neighbours to the south which actually takes this attempt at a joke a little farther than it should

Gullible college graduate William Bowman (Jake Croker) while a cheerful young man really doesn’t have a whole lot going for him other than his blinding and often misplaced self-confidence that finds himself whisked into the insanity that is 21st Century America where he is beset upon by a parade of every stereotype gone wrong, including over sexed …

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Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Modern Classic’

Canadian Film Fest 2017, Film Festivals, Movies ‐ March 21, 2017
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Making a movie about making a movie inevitably brings added focus and attention to the story you’re telling: you’ve got to be good. Modern Classic is such a tale, but looks to overcome this extra burden by making a farce of movie producers and adding some foul language, and absurd, morbid humour. This story goes even deeper and more meta though, making a point about the Canadian film industry, with these wannabe storytellers based in Toronto and dealing with nuances and problems indigenous to the Great White North.

Jono and Dave have an art film that isn’t getting off the ground; it …

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Canadian Film Festival 2017: Highlights From The Homegrown Shorts Program

Canadian Film Fest 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ March 20, 2017
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Grocery Store Action Movie
Director: Matthew Campbell
Writer: Chris Wilson, and Peter Carlone

Synopsis: A man in line at the grocery store suddenly realizes he’s forgotten the crackers. Now, in a “24 style” race against time, he has to risk life and limb in order to run back for crackers before losing his place in line.

We are taken on a trip in search for the last item on  Alex’s shopping list… how can he and his girlfriend impress their new ‘besties’ without the right hors d’oeuvres? As his girlfriend stays on the phone with him, Alex fights his way to the aisle for …

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