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Comments: 0Friday, May 6, 2016 03:08:11 AM
Bobby Sands: 66 Days(Ireland/UK, 2016):This sprawling documentary about IRA member Bobby Sands’ hunger strike not only covers every day of his protest, but also his background, the organization’s history, the political context and the deterioration of his body. It’s precisely the desire to cover every nook and cranny of Bobby Sands’ brief but remarkable existence that hinde
Comments: 0Thursday, May 5, 2016 06:08:42 PM
Captain America has become the gold standard for all the franchises contained in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The crusader has delivered the best of all twelve MCU movies (The Winter Soldier) and has effortlessly become the moral center of this colossal enterprise.Outside one small but increasingly problematic qualm (more on that later), Captain America: Civil War ranks up there, not quite
Comments: 0Thursday, May 5, 2016 01:26:50 AM
Life, Animated(USA, 2015):An interesting approach at depicting autism without delving on the cause, Life, Animated is smart enough to limit its scope to one individual and avoid generalizations.The documentary revolves around Owen Suskind, a 23-year old preparing to move on his own. Owen has a moderate autistic disorder and although functional, he is easily overwhelmed by his surroundings. As a ch
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 4, 2016 04:22:53 AM
Under the Gun(USA, 2016):The Katie Couric-Stephanie Soechtig team seems hell-bent on exposing America’s malaises. In Fed Up (2014), they exposed the role of the food industry in the US obesity epidemic. Now they are going after a bigger fish (if possible): The gun lobby.Using the many mass shootings down the border –particularly Sandy Hook and Aurora- as starting point, the documentary
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:32:51 AM
Ants on a Shrimp(Netherlands, 2016):Much like documentaries about climate change, after a while all food-centered docs start to look the same. There lies the brilliancy of filmmaker Maurice Dekkers, who cares more about discovering what makes his subject tick than cater to foodies.Dekkers’ subject is a doozy: Chef René Redzepi, the man behind the best restaurant in the world, Noma. In
Comments: 0Monday, May 2, 2016 02:13:16 AM
Tower(USA, 2016):A gripping mix of animation and archive material, Tower is an oral recount of the events in Austin in 1966, in which a gunman killed 16 people and wounded over 30. Thanks to abundant footage (the shooting lasted over an hour and a half, allowing considerable coverage), director Keith Maitland reconstructs the entire standoff. Every blank is filled with animation, a strategy that t
Comments: 0Sunday, May 1, 2016 05:59:08 PM
When you say film noir you generally think of dark shadowy black and white movies featuring criminals and other lowlifes fighting to get ahead. The term film noir is actually a moniker placed on a large group of films made from the 1940s to the 1950s. And while the majority of movies considered to be film noir are in black and white, there are a few that were shot in colour. Today's Sunday Mat
Comments: 0Sunday, May 1, 2016 04:49:06 AM
Gulistan: Lands of Roses(Canada, 2016):Proof that a great subject doesn’t necessarily make for a good documentary, Gulistan, Land of Roses has numerous opportunities to rise above the genre and squanders them all. In theory, the film is about female Kurdish squads battling ISIS, but you never see any fighting taking place. This is not necessarily a problem if the portrait of the guerrilleras
Comments: 0Saturday, April 30, 2016 04:48:20 AM
Weiner(USA, 2016):Right before the scandal that all but destroyed his career, Anthony Weiner was a force to reckon within the Democratic Party. Passionate and eloquent, there were more than a few who saw him as a presidential card.This documentary covers Weiner’s run for Mayor of New York in 2013, after the photos of his junk hit Twitter, but before the sexting scandal. The film is a portrai
Comments: 0Friday, April 29, 2016 04:00:19 AM
For the next few days, I’ll be posting reviews of the most relevant films to be shown in the current edition of HotDocs, the Canadian international documentary festival taking place in Toronto between today and May 8th. The event is the biggest of its kind in North America and will include over 200 docs.I may get to twenty.Chasing Asylum(Australia, 2016):Compared even to USA and Eastern Euro
Comments: 0Sunday, April 24, 2016 06:36:00 PM
Regina's Fan Expo is on this weekend for the third year and it looks like it's going to be busy. Comic books have managed to become dominate in pop culture as movies, TV shows and comic books themselves seem to be everywhere.It's not just in North America. In the Philippines a Wonder Woman like character called Darna has a massive following since her first appearance in the 1950's.
Comments: 0Sunday, April 10, 2016 08:09:22 PM
Howard Hawks made a lot of action adventure movies but one of his best is 1939's Only Angels Have Wings which Criterion will be releasing on Blu-ray on Tuesday April 12.Only Angels Have Wings stars Cary Grant as pilot named Geoff. Geoff is also the manager of a flying mail service in the fictional South American port town of Barranca. The mail service is owned by "Dutchy" (Sig Ruman)
Comments: 0Thursday, April 7, 2016 03:26:13 AM
As part of the Live Stage to the Screen series, this Thursday Cineplex will be showing the recent winner of Best New Play at the Olivier Awards, Hangmen.The piece was written and directed by one of the best playwrights at work in the UK, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopats), who went ten years without treating his fans with new material, at least on stage.Hangmen takes place mostly at a p
Comments: 0Sunday, April 3, 2016 08:06:12 PM
Before Superman and Batman ever appeared and started beating the crap out of each other just to make a few bucks at the box office, there was Chandu the Magician. Made by Fox in 1932 and based on the popular radio serial, Chandu the Magician was the archetype superhero, armed with mystical powers and fighting an evil super villain for the fate of the world.The story starts with Frank Chandler aka
Comments: 0Friday, April 1, 2016 06:31:28 PM
The Balkan Wars -the most devastating conflict of the 90’s- has been portrayed in film numerous times, from Angelina Jolie’s melodramatic In the Land of Blood and Honey to standard war-is-hell flicks like Welcome to Sarajevo. In most cases, the scope is too massive for a film to fully grasp all the nuances involved, and those who try invariably come short.A Perfect Day approaches the m
Comments: 0Sunday, March 27, 2016 07:14:33 PM
It's Easter Sunday and it feels like today's Sunday Matinee should be an egg hunt.I've already talked about Ridley Scott's excellent 1979 Alien for 31 Days of Horror so today let's look at the 1986 sequel Aliens.The first film followed a small crew in space that responded to a distress call on an alien planet only to find a derelict alien ship with a dead pilot and a bunch of e
Comments: 0Friday, March 25, 2016 01:26:33 AM
Much like with Michael Bay (but undeservedly so), people seem to be lining up to knock director Zack Snyder down a peg. His crime? Snyder adapts comics into movies, but is not married to the source material. His version of Watchmen wasn’t half bad, but the filmmaker got heck for changing the ending and keeping everything else the same.The Watchmen backlash was nothing nex
Comments: 0Friday, March 18, 2016 01:17:49 PM
Before he found a home on a TV show playing a fairy-tale character, Robert Carlyle was one of the edgiest actors around. Between 1995 and 2005 he embodied the irascible Begbie in Trainspotting, an unemployed stripper in The Full Monty, a cannibal in Ravenous and a wretched patriarch in Angela’s Ashes. Heck, Carlyle was even a Bond villain for good measure.Nearly a decade since his heyday, we
Comments: 0Tuesday, March 15, 2016 09:07:30 PM
A case could be made that Irish actor Jack Reynor belongs in the same group as Tom Hardy, Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson. Reynor is a reliable screen presence who has delivered strong supporting performances in critical darlings like Macbeth, Sing Street and A Royal Night Out.Unfortunately, most of North America knows Reynor for the horrid Delivery Man and the somehow worse Transformers
Comments: 0Sunday, March 13, 2016 07:44:38 PM
Ray Milland had a long acting career that started in the 1930's and went on well into the 1980's. His biggest success came during the 1940's and 1950's when he was one of Paramount's top leading and paid men.In the late 1950's he started directing. He made a couple of movies and then moved to directing TV. At the start of the 1960's he starred in three films produced Am
Comments: 0Saturday, March 12, 2016 04:50:06 AM
Beating critical darlings like Goodnight Mommy and The Assassin, the Colombian drama Embrace of the Serpent scored a surprising Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year. Not only that, Serpent became the first time ever the South American country made it into the Academy’s short list, an achievement that has opened the distribution market for the film considerably.Th
Comments: 0Sunday, March 6, 2016 05:32:29 PM
F.W. Murnau was probably one of the best and more influential silent filmmakers. He started his career making movies in his native Germany in 1919. In 1922 he made his first masterpiece Nosferatu. His last German silent before he went to Hollywood was this excellent 1926 movie, Faust.Emil Jannings stars as the Devil Mephisto. Mephisto makes a deal with an Archangel that if he can corrupt a righteo
Comments: 0Sunday, February 28, 2016 07:01:58 PM
Fritz Lang's American films tended to be gritty crime thrillers (film noirs) for most of the late 1940's and 1950's. While there was a lot of good ones, my favourite is his 1953 The Big Heat.Glenn Ford is a homicide detective assigned to a case involving the death of a fellow police officer. It looks like suicide, open and shut case. But Ford gets a call from the late cop's mistres
Comments: 0Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:45:20 PM
Marcel L'Herbier was a French filmmaker who made several films during his long career but mostly silent films. His most celebrated work is the 1928 L'Argent which occasionally makes it on the odd greatest film list. But L'Herbier's innovative 1924 L'Inhumaine aka The Inhuman Woman is today's Sunday Matinee.L'Herbier had been trying to make Résurrection in 1923 -
Comments: 0Sunday, February 14, 2016 07:39:22 PM
Fritz Lang made several excellent silent films but his last one came in 1929. Lang returned to the science-fiction genre with Frau im Mond, Woman in the Moon.Woman in the Moon is considered one of the first serious science fiction space exploration movies. Although dated, at the time it tried to be as accurate as it could be for 1929. The movie features a multi-stage rocket that is fired verticall
Comments: 0Thursday, February 11, 2016 06:31:00 PM
Up to Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds’ career was in serious risk of derailing. The number of high profile bombs (R.I.P.D., Self/Less, The Change-Up, and above all, Green Lantern) would have sent any other actor to oblivion (see Taylor Kitsch). Part of the problem was that Hollywood kept on misusing him: The Vancouverite’s sharp comic timing was going to waste as Reynolds was shoehorned in mov
Comments: 0Sunday, February 7, 2016 08:39:49 PM
Cineplex's The Great Digital Film Festival is on right now till February 11 and one of the great films that played yesterday and will be playing again Wednesday February 10 at 7:50 PM is John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China.Released in 1986 where it bombed at the box office Big Trouble in Little China eventually found it's audience on home video. The film stars Kurt Russell who
Comments: 0Sunday, January 31, 2016 07:36:25 PM
French filmmaker Jacques Rivette passed away January 29 at the of 87. Rivette was a French director who was part of the French New Wave although he doesn't quite get the recognition like François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol Agnès Varda and Éric Rohmer do when you mention French New Wave.Like his fellow New Wave filmmaker Rivette started his career as a film c
Comments: 0Sunday, January 24, 2016 07:42:37 PM
Ingmar Bergman had just came off of a couple of big successes when he made The Magician (Ansikte) aka The Face in 1958. Bergman had made The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries in 1957 both masterpieces.The Magician seems to get lost among all his other films but it's still a great film.  The movie follows a traveling magical show with Max von Sydow as Vogler, the magician. Ingrid Thu
Comments: 0Sunday, January 17, 2016 07:41:57 PM
Legendary musician David Bowie sadly passed away this week and while Bowie’s achievements in the music industry have influenced just about every aspect of modern music he also dabbled in acting. And while he didn’t act a lot (most folks who remember him from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth) but he was good in what he did star in and it’s his first acting role that was probably his b


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