WIN ‘THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS’ ON BLU-RAY!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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It’s always encouraging when some life gets breathed into an often tired genre.

It’s the near future and humanity has all but been ravaged off of the face of the earth by a mutated fungal disease that destroys free will and turns all infected into flesh-eating ‘hungries’.  At a secluded Army Base, a unique group of children survivors who are immune to the effects are being studied by biologist Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close).  Melanie (Sennia Nanua) stands out from the rest with her obvious intelligence, inquisitive nature and genuine affection for her favorite teacher Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton).  Ultimately though, the …

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Shadowy Action: Our Review of ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ on Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Shadowy Action: Our Review of ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ on Blu-Ray

Some franchises end up spinning their wheels so damn long that they almost end up coming back around to being half decent.  Despite inexplicably being shot mostly in the dark or near dark, Underworld: Blood Wars is actually a decent little advancement in the ongoing narrative with solid action that still leaves more layers to the story to be added.

Selene (Kate Beckinsale) the ultimate Death Dealer is on the run as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her and left her on the run.  Brought …

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TORONTO!!!!! WIN TICKETS TO THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF ‘IN TIME TO COME’ AT HOT DOCS 17!!!

Festival Coverage, Giveaways/Contests, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Just because it’s festival time, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have stuff to give away.

With the latest installment of the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival getting ready to kick off this week we have some tickets to give to you.

Having its North American Premiere on the opening night of the festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 6:15 PM, In Time To Come is an artful time capsule capture life in Singapore from some very unique angles that finds the serene tableaus that exist in frenetic city life.

We’ve got a pair of tickets for you and your chance …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Bee Nation’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Bee Nation’

It really comes down to the power of education.

Opening up this edition of Hot Docs; Bee Nation takes us on a journey from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation Reserve in Saskatchewan for the province wide First Nations Spelling Bee which many of them hope will take them to the Nationals in Toronto as they all hope to hit the right words which could set them down on a road to success and off the reservation.

Ultimately an inspirational story for young and old and the importance of always trying to better ourselves no matter what situation we find ourselves in.  Director Lana …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Still Tomorrow’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Still Tomorrow’

Still Tomorrow is the story of viral sensation poet Yu Xiuhua from rural China.  She is a 40 year old woman living with cerebral palsy at home with her elderly (and ailing) parents, along with her husband from an arranged, heavily strained and loveless marriage she continuously begs to end.  This documentary by Fan Jian is visually stunning in its simplicity but content-wise, the simplicity may get the better of it.

One great thing about the film is it showed me how welcomed and celebrated Yu Xiuhua is by many in China. I did not expect that considering some have referred …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Ryuichi Hirokawa: Human Battlefield’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Ryuichi Hirokawa is a Japanese photojournalist who believes that it is the duty of a journalist to bear witness to the world’s atrocities but also be present to potentially prevent future atrocities.  Here in this film; director Saburo Hasegawa follows Hirokawa on a journey of his past.  Through war torn Israel and Palestine, to Fukushima where the nuclear power plant disaster and its effects on Japan’s population are eerie reflections of the Chernobyl disaster he covered years prior.

It’s through Hirokawa’s journalistic lens that we feel the first stirrings of our emotions, and much like his photos of war, they are vivid.  …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘The Quiet Zone’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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The Quiet Zone‘s first image is that of a man walking up to the rim of a satellite dish. It’s a reminder of the great time we live in and of what we make. The man is like Icarus, flying towards the sky. The dish is part of the Green Bank Radio Telescope, the largest one in the world.

The telescope needs protection from terrestrial radio waves. And thus the State of West Virginia helped create the National Radio Quiet Zone for the area surrounding it. The documentary sometimes shows the people working on the site. These workers are intelligent people, explaining to us …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Living The Game’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘Living The Game’

If you ask some people (my husband included) video games are serious business but perhaps no one takes video games more seriously than the men and women who play them professionally.  Living the Game, a new documentary from director Takao Gotsu, follows a few of those players as they battle it out for world dominance at the game of Street Fighter.

The film focuses most closely on two players: Daigo Umehara, who achieved legendary status by coming back from near defeat in dramatic style to win the prestigious EVO championship in 2004, and Momochi, who is desperate to win a championship …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘The Road Forward’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘The Road Forward’

The Road Forward is an admirable film about an important subject matter. It is specifically about activists in First Nations and Metis in British Columbia. As a colonized person myself, it’s easy to reduce other people of colour as passive. And that’s a stereotype that the film tries to shatter.

Director Marie Clements does that through both musical numbers and talking head interviews. It focuses on British Columbia based groups like the Native Brotherhood. That group started out in the 1930s. However, the people reenacting the Brotherhood’s activities are First Nations and Metis from all over North America.

The film’s musical numbers are like numbers in all …

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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘The Grown-Ups’

Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2017, Movies ‐ April 24, 2017
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Hot Docs 2017: Our Review of ‘The Grown-Ups’

“You’re special” states Ana’s mother during a heated discussion. The words hit Ana like a dagger as she is tired of being considered different. She longs to live a normal life on her own terms, one where she and her boyfriend Andrés can get married and have a place of their own. Unfortunately, the fact that both Ana and Andrés have Down Syndrome, and cannot wed according to Chilean law, complicates matters for the restless couple.

Maite Alberdi’s immensely charming and touching documentary The Grown-Ups observes the tug-of-war that many individuals with Down Syndrome face. They want to be independent and …

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