Dark and Shiny: Our Review of ‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 24, 2021
Dark and Shiny: Our Review of ‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City’

Sometimes you’ve just got to dial it back…

In theatres today, Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City takes us back to the beginning as we get a dark and grimy look into the underbelly of the Umbrella Corporation that started a franchise.

In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland . . . with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella …

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Universal Charm: Our Review of ‘Disney’s Encanto’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 24, 2021
Universal Charm: Our Review of ‘Disney’s Encanto’

Once is just an honest to goodness surprise, but twice is a legitimate pattern…

It’s been hard to keep track these days given all the mergers and studio purchases to know what animated film belongs to what studio but when the name “Disney” comes up…you know you’re getting quality.

This might be a proverbial “hot take” but Disney’s Encanto just might be the best animated feature to come out of the woodwork this year as the studio is simply crushing the pandemic era when it comes to animated cinema as it an airy delight that will put a song in your heart …

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On Target: Our Review of ‘Hawkeye’ on Disney+

Disney +, TV, What's Streaming? ‐ November 24, 2021

Love them or hate them, one of the biggest strengths all the Marvel Universe properties all seem to share is impeccable casting.  There is only one Iron Man, Marvel finally figured out Spiderman for Sony, and the list goes on. And with the debut of the newest Disney + series this week, Hawkeye, there’s yet another example to add to the list. Having the first 2 episodes to review also showed that this series will be just as or even more ambitious than the rest of the series on Disney + by the time it’s all done.

Hawkeye opens with a …

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ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF ‘WEST SIDE STORY (2021)’

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 24, 2021

Don’t forget, “When You’re A Jet…You’re a Jet All The Way”…

This reimagining of the beloved musical West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

It’s the remake we’ve all been waiting for as West Side Story is on the brink of hitting theatres all across the world on Dec. 10th.  But thanks to our friends at 20th Century Studios Canada we have some double passes to advance screenings on Dec. 8th at 7PM in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg to give to you.  Your chance to win double passes simply couldn’t be …

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Nothing Exceeds Like Excess: Our Review of ‘House of Gucci’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ November 24, 2021
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess: Our Review of ‘House of Gucci’

Power and glamour corrupt…absolutely…

It’s hard to tell a story about avarice, corruption and family WITHOUT being a little chaotic, but the genuine genius in House of Gucci is not one particular performance but the shared playing field which brings all of these characters down.

House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder.

To put it mildly, House …

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Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Orange’

Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Orange’

Nicholas Clifford and Daniel Maurer are just the few directors who submitted their work on the Orange block of this year’s Shorts Not Pants festival. And these shorts prove that anything can happen within 9 to 20 minutes. Things can turn on a dime.

Alexandre Oppecini’s short Arabacciu opens the block, and the Corsican short shows that the people in the bar before closing aren’t necessarily the worst people in the bar – it’s the people whom the bartender kicked out before last call. A local accuses an Arab migrant, Hakim of stealing his cellphone, a beautiful middle aged woman defends …

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Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Black’

Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Black’

There are a lot of digital films and festivals year round that are vying for viewers’ attention, and I’ve been reviewing a fest that has films that deserve attention. Today I chose to watch the Black block at this year’s Shorts Not Pants fest. Every film has conflict, but these short films do their best to put a spin on a necessary cinematic element.

Things never go as characters plan them in films, but that wayside trajectory is interesting to watch in Maryam Khodabakhsh’s World Cup, as Bahram (Ali Tabe Emam) and his wife lose their nephew in a house that …

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Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Yellow’

Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Yellow’

Today I chose to watch and review the Yellow block in this year’s Shorts Not Pants festival. There are themes popping up here, like power dynamics that are more complex than it seems.

Friends come from unexpected places. That’s the lesson in Suzanna Mirghani’s Al-Sit, depicting Nafisa (Mihad Murtada), a typical girl except that she works in a cotton field in Sudan. Her friends cheer for her since today is her wedding day. But the titular community matriarch (Rabeha Mohammed Mahmoud) is grilling her fiancé Nadir (Mohammed Magdi Hassan). I’m thinking about flying to Sudan for this woman to insult me.

The …

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Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Violet’

Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021: Our Review of ‘Shorts Block: Violet’

We at In The Seats are usually punctual, but this year’s Shorts Not Pants started on November 19th. And our first review of the shorts blocks are going to start rolling out two days later. A major change this year is that instead of themes, the festival organizes its film in colours. This mixed bag of shorts tackle distances.

Anyway, that first short comes from Or Sinai’s Long Distance, capturing two days in the life of a woman, Rachel (Liora Rivlin) who has to wait for several calls updating her about her daughter giving girth. Rachel’s in Israel, the daughter is …

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Reel Asian ’21: Our Review of ‘7 Days’

Reel Asian ’21: Our Review of ‘7 Days’

7 Days tells the story of Rav (Karan Soni) and Rita (Geraldine Viswanathan), a young couple set up on a pre-arranged date by their Indian parents. Rav and Rita both come from families that value ‘tradition’. They do their best to impress one another out of duty for their parents. And yet, their date is full of awkwardness. However, Rav has car troubles and there’s a shelter-in-place announcement due to COVID-19. This leads to Rav having to stay in Rita’s home. So the two begin to see each other at their worst but are unable to get away from one …

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