TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Pyewacket’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Theatrical ‐ September 19, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Pyewacket’

Resting a film on the shoulders of a mostly unlikeable, temperamental, and ineloquent teenager is the first of a few major problems in Pyewacket, an inauspicious would-be horror story.

Young Leah (Nicole Muñoz) enjoys being quiet, hanging with her goth friends, and judging her mother (Laurie Holden). She prefers the color black and making rash decisions, which include playing with dark magic she doesn’t actually understand. When her mother, who says things like “I’m doing the best I can!” decides the two of them should move north to the country, Leah protests. Apparently she will miss her equally boring friends living …

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TORONTO, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL, CALGARY, EDMONTON…ADVANCE SCREENINGS OF ‘THE SNOWMAN’ ARE COMING AND YOU COULD WIN DOUBLE PASSES!!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ September 18, 2017
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That chill running down your spine is more than just the snowfall in a cold dark night…

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again.  With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Based on a global best seller that made people’s run blood cold and a director who knows suspense, The Snowman looks …

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Violent Indifference: Our Review of ‘American Assassin’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ September 18, 2017
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Violent Indifference: Our Review of ‘American Assassin’

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a rogue agent, a hothead soldier, a runaway nuke, and oh, rampant Islamophobia and extreme violence and bloodshed. Those and other alternatively ridiculous or offensive cliches abound in the thoroughly unimaginative and unnecessary American Assassin ,a two-hour ad for male hero vigilantism .

Our determined protagonist is our typical gritty action star, a young, grizzled man with long hair and wild eyes. He is Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), who loses his fiancee to a terrorist attack while vacationing on the day they are engaged. Not the most fun way to start a movie, as …

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HEY TORONTO!!!! IF YOU MISSED IT AT TIFF, WIN DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF ‘VICTORIA & ABDUL’!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 18, 2017
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You can’t always determine who your friends are going to be…

The extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes her teacher, her spiritual advisor, and her devoted friend. In 1887, Abdul travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly Queen. The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the Queen against court and family.

It’s the kind of story that transcends issues of race and …

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WE’RE SERVING UP DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF ‘BATTLE OF THE SEXES’ IN TORONTO, VANCOUVER AND CALGARY!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ September 15, 2017
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It’s a battle that will forever rage eternal…

The early 1970’s were a complex time and  the electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as The Battle of the Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Never Steady, Never Still’

Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 15, 2017
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Director Kathleen Hepburn shows us rural Canada in Never Steady, Never Still. That’s home to Judy (Shirley Henderson) and young Jaime (Theorodre Pellerin). Judy has Parkinson’s disease, an illness that’s still hard to live with. And that’s despite the programs that we see that are available for her in present day. Her wish to live independently clashes with her increasingly erratic behaviour. She, does, however. have her husband Eddie (Nicholas Campbell) and their friend Lenny (Lorne Cardinal) to help her out. Reluctant to leave Judy behind is her son, Jaime, coming straight out of high school. He’s trying to strike out in …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Lots Of Kids, A Monkey, and a Castle’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 15, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Lots Of Kids, A Monkey, and a Castle’

“People will not be amused,” a woman (Julita Salmeron) talks to the camera. This is how she reacts to her son, documentarian and director Gustavo Salmeron. This is when he insists on her telling the story of her grandparents and his great-grandparents. She replies that this will only be amusing to the people to know her but not to an audience. Or an idea of an audience who presumably prefer stories about wars and countries and kings.

This is the same debate I had with a fellow critic. He has arguments like Julita while mine were like Gustavo’s. I argued that people …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘The Judge’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 15, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘The Judge’

There are many fascinating things about Erika Cohn’s The Judge. First, it shows that religion isn’t the only factor that shapes justice system in Palestine. Many states have declared the strip of land their territory. Which means that those states, six of them at least, influence how Palestinians live today. The judges living there, thus, must learn laws from four of those states. All of that as well as Shari’a law.

This is true for film’s subject, Judge Khouloud al-Faqih, the first female judge in Palestine. What’s more is that she has defendants mansplaining those laws to her as if she didn’t know these …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Mary Shelley’

Film Festivals, Movies, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 13, 2017
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A love triangle, a coming-of-age story, anperiod costume drama, and a historical account combine effectively in Mary Shelley, all powered by a great central performance in the titular role by Elle Fanning.

She is teenager Mary Godwin, born into not riches but certainly fame and success as the daughter of two brilliant thinkers. It’s the early 19th century in England, and she works in the bookshop of her father, a man whose open-minded nature sometimes is put in check when it comes to his curious and headstrong daughter. Mary’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, passed long ago, but she too became renown for …

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TORONTO, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL!!!! WIN DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF ‘KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE’!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ September 12, 2017
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There’s nothing wrong with riding into cinemas again with a proven and successful formula.

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman; an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. With Kingsman: The Golden Circle our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength …

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