Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2021: Our Review of ‘La Traversee (The Crossing) (2021)’

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2021: Our Review of ‘La Traversee (The Crossing) (2021)’

Kyona (Emilie Lan Durr’s voice) is a young artist, showing promise of greatest in the sketchbook she carries with her. But for the most part, she’s a child still bearing the smallest flame of hope to see her parents again. La Traversee, then is about an older version of Kyona (Florence Miaihe, also the film’s director) making the memories of her younger self fresh, as she leaves her village and move from city to city, waiting to piece back her family together. The film makes viewers feel the hopelessness of the separation that feels permanent as minutes feel like days.

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Confidence of Perspective: Our Review of ‘The Last Duel’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 15, 2021
Confidence of Perspective: Our Review of ‘The Last Duel’

Sometimes you have to let story tellers spread their wings…

Make no mistake, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel is VERY self indulgent, but when storytellers like Scott, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are involved with the words on the page you are forced to at the very least to pay attention to what they have to say.

Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. …

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The Next Step: Our Review of ‘Halloween Kills’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 15, 2021

The worst of us…is inside ourselves…

In Halloween Kills we go back to the cursed town of Haddonfield as Michael Myers runs rampant.  While the violence amps up on one end, it actually takes to a place where the collective rage felt from trauma sends the entire town down a rabbit hole of insurmountable violence.

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. , however, when …

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A Faux Love Story: Our Review of ‘Hard Luck Love Song’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 15, 2021
A Faux Love Story: Our Review of ‘Hard Luck Love Song’

Do you ever feel like a movie is gaslighting you? Because that’s what Justin Corsbie’s new film did to me…

Hard Luck Love Song bills itself as “a gritty love story about a charismatic but down-on-his-luck troubadour living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions.” Beyond the pretentiousness of identifying a former musician who rarely plays as a “troubadour,” there’s a second issue with the plot summary: this is not a love story. Rather, it’s the (sometimes upsetting) tale of a middle-aged man named Jesse (Michael Dorman), who struggles with substance use issues he is not ready to address…

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TORONTO!!! WIN DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF ‘THE FRENCH DISPATCH’!!!

We need stories that aren’t in our backyard…

The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

This long delayed oeuvre from writer/director Wes Anderson is finally coming to theatres this coming Friday October 22nd and thanks to our friends at Searchlight Pictures we have some double passes to an advance screening in Toronto on Wednesday October 20th …

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Forgiveness Takes Forever: Our Review of ‘Mass’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 14, 2021
Forgiveness Takes Forever: Our Review of ‘Mass’

Some critics have written about their ambivalent feelings about Fran Kranz’ debut film Mass. And the ambivalence is less about the quality of the work and more about certain expectations. Or maybe, it’s the lack of expectations when it comes to the debut feature from Fran Kranz. Should the guy who played an affable nerd in Cabin in the Woods come out with an affably nerdy film or the exact opposite, whatever that is? Either way, the director finds necessary levity and digressions in his film. There’s a part of it where Ann Dowd plays a character, Linda, who talks …

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‘Karma’s World’ – Catching Up With Chris “Ludacris” Bridges

‘Karma’s World’ – Catching Up With Chris “Ludacris” Bridges

Rapper musician, actor, producer and all around nice guy Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes into dad mode for his latest venture. That venture is a new animation series he calls Karma’s World. Bridges, a father of four daughters, combines his musical talents and real life experience experiences as a dad for his new Netflix series. Karma’s World follows 10-year-old Karma Grant, an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart. Lyrically gifted, Karma juggles rap dreams and rhyme schemes while using her talent, ambition and heart to solve any problem.The series is aimed at children aged …

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WIN TICKETS TO SEE ‘MASS’ IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER!!!

Grief is harder to overcome then people tend to think…

Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents (Reed Birney and Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton), agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward.

In theatres this Friday across Canada, Mass is the kind of drama that just might have award season implications at the end of the day.  Thanks to our friends at MK2 Mile End we’ll have some tickets to the screening of your choice in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Your chance to win a pair of tickets simply couldn’t be simpler.

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WIN APPLE TV DOWNLOAD CODES FOR ‘EVENTS TRANSPIRING BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME’!!!

It’s the movie we never knew we needed…

It’s 1999 and the Middleview Ducks boys basketball team are about to play the most low-stakes game of their lives. As the team prepares for another certain loss, the dramas around the game become more of a focus than the score. Locker room conversations about existentialism, an assistant coach’s obsession with an NBA offence technique, organizing a radical theatre protest, and frantically searching for an osteoporosis stricken canine are just some of the events that take place before, during, and after the high school basketball game.

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Catching Up with Ashley Zukerman from ‘The Lost Symbol’

Dan Brown fans can rejoice. There’s a new Robert Langdon coming to the small screen and he’s a charmer! Based on Dan Brown’s international bestselling thriller The Lost Symbol, the new series follows the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman, Succession). Here, Langdon must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy. The series stars Valorie Curry (Blair Witch), Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Rick Gonzalez (Arrow). Other actors in the show include Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen) and Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds). Executive producers include Dan Dworkin, …

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