Return To Fine Form: Our Review of ‘Logan Lucky’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 18, 2017
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Return To Fine Form: Our Review of ‘Logan Lucky’

There’s something to be said about returning to one’s comfort zones…

With this weekend marking the return to the silver screen of cinematic auteur Steven Soderbergh and his new film Logan Lucky we see him hitting some familiar but tried and true beats with a fun all be it familiar affair that sees him easing back into filmmaking territory that he has explored before.

Life for the Logan brothers has always seemed to be a little cursed and when Jimmy (Channing Tatum) gets let go from his job and he’s at his wits end, he enlists the help of his brother Clyde …

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Familiar But Fun: Our Review of ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 18, 2017
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Familiar But Fun: Our Review of ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Even the most dangerous men in the world need a little bit of protection…

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a goofy but fun little throw back to the action romps from days of yore where logic and reason get thrown out the door for some gonzo violence.  It’s not high art, but it is a high pedigree yarn where everyone involved has bought into the material.

When the top protection agent in the world (Ryan Reynolds) falls on hard times he has to end up protecting some less then desirable people, but he never expected this.  Tasked to guard the life of his …

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HEY TORONTO! COME AND CATCH ‘TULIP FEVER’ WITH SOME DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 18, 2017
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The landscape of love is always complicated…

Tulip Fever takes us to 17th Century Amsterdam, where an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz)  in an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

The passion spills out on the screen in …

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Millennials in the Mirror: Our Review of ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Movies ‐ August 17, 2017
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Millennials in the Mirror: Our Review of ‘Ingrid Goes West’

It may be one of the most uncomfortable movies to witness this year, and indeed among the most chilling – and that’s pretty potent considering Ingrid Goes West is billed as a comedy. An indie one at that, but a comedy.

Satire would be more precise, but this story about a young woman following her dreams is no farce: it’s a genuine, focused story that slowly heats up water around the audiences until sooner or later you realize you’re being boiled alive.

They are dreams to Ingrid, though others would call them obsessions. Her hand glued to her phone, Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) …

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Desperate Measures: Our Review of ‘Good Time’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 17, 2017
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Desperate Measures: Our Review of ‘Good Time’

Good Time is certainly an ironic title – there is no enjoying this film, and there isn’t a character in it that doesn’t endure a lot mess of pain, confusion, or despair.

Our central character isn’t that ‘good’ either, but it doesn’t’ necessarily need to be. Co-directors Josh and Benny Safdie are careful to not make too many attempts at eliciting sympathy from the acts of Connie Nikas (Robert Pattison). Desperate and often disoriented, he attempts to save – at least in his head – his brother from doctors and support groups that are trying to alleviate head trauma.

Connie removes …

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Dumb Dolls: Our Review of ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 11, 2017
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Dumb Dolls: Our Review of ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Its hard to figure what’s more frustrating in Annabelle Creation: the laziness of the writing or the study of the plot. I suppose after over an hour and a half of insufferable and inescapable boredom punctuated by family horror tropes, it doesn’t matter.

This prequel that came to being because a genuinely good scary movie had a creepy doll in it is a mostly wasted endeavor, and it certainly doesn’t need to be. For reasons unknown, a promising start in which  the daughter of a devout couple , one of whom is a doll maker, dies suddenly and tragically. Well, it’s …

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Timely Terror: Our Review of ‘Detroit’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 05, 2017
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Timely Terror: Our Review of ‘Detroit’

The scene at the heart of Detroit is a lengthy and jarring one, a seemingly endless piece of intimate, visceral terror that will leave the viewer spellbound.

Such a tense cinematic moment has become the trademark of Kathryn Bigelow, who has helmed two previous mighty intense films, including Zero Dark Thirty with it’s own dramatic sequence. She is an efficient, effective filmmaker who knows how to elevate tension to wild heights, and make every moment indelible.

The act in question in Detroit takes place at the Algiers Motel in 1967, at the peak of riots that turned the motor city into a …

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Chaotic Confines: Our Review of ‘Landline’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 04, 2017
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Chaotic Confines: Our Review of ‘Landline’

It’s hard watching Landline and not wonder why the film is set in 1995 – but then again, some of the joy comes from arguing, why not? The decade that seems not so long ago but feels real dated and awkward on screen is an ancillary character in Gillian Robespierre’s new feature comedy: it’s sole purpose is to refresh, in a way, another tale of family drama.

Landline tracks two sisters as they deal with their own youthful relationships in the shadow of their mother and father’s connection that seem to be fraying. There is also frizzy hair, baggy jeans, and phone …

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Sweet Innocence: Our Review of ‘Brigsby Bear’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 04, 2017
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Sweet Innocence: Our Review of ‘Brigsby Bear’

That which makes the surprising Brigsby Bear so lovely and welcoming is twofold: its simultaneous dedication to sincerity and aversion to condescension.

It’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do when your story centers on a developmentally arrested twenty-something who has been raised in seclusion by two kidnappers posing as his parents. The world of James (Kyle Mooney) is quickly upended when a police raid puts his fake guardians in jail and finds him united with his biological family and an outside world he doesn’t quite understand.

The transition is sudden and arduous for James – letting go of the only family …

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Routine Repasts: Our Review of ‘The Trip to Spain’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ August 03, 2017
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Routine Repasts: Our Review of ‘The Trip to Spain’

Various delusions of aging and misguided attempts at clinging on to the past exist in The Trip to Spain, a third entry into a simple and brilliant comedic conceit, and unfortunately those themes are a bit too self reflexive.

Reuniting on screen yet again as exaggerated versions of themselves, British wits Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a week’s outing sampling food and drink in a European country, offering funny impressions, accounts, and semblance of brotherhood. As this is iteration number three, following working vacations in England and Italy, Spain feels a bit tired and familiar, without either the surprise of …

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