Movie Review: Magic In The Moonlight (2014)

| December 9, 2014

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Everything that makes a Woody Allen film great is present in Magic in the Moonlight. The film is a compendium of themes the author has dealt with throughout his lengthy career and showcases the best of Allen’s stylistic cinematic traits. Yet…

Movie Review: Automata (2014)

| December 8, 2014

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Isaac Asimov, in some ways the father of the ‘self-aware robot’ story, would find a lot of familiar ideas in Automata, from director Gabe Ibáñez, and starring Antonio Banderas. In a future world where solar flares have turned much of the surface of the Earth into a radioactive wasteland, the remaining members of the human […]

Movie Review: Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (2014)

| December 8, 2014

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Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is a very strange film. A painstaking (and not in a good way) lead up to what can only be described as one of the craziest, gloriously bloody last twenty minutes of any film ever. Unfortunately, to get those last twenty minutes, you have endure the first 100. The […]

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

| November 26, 2014

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I have a confession to make. I’m more than a week late on this article. I’ve seen this movie three times already: on digital projection, in IMAX 3D and even in a pirated download, and I still can’t figure out what to think about it. I just can’t make up my mind on whether Interstellar […]

Movie Review: Lucy (2014)

| November 24, 2014

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While other sci-fi fare might be treading a conventional path, Lucy pushes us in a far more philosophical direction by exploring the mind and human development. Unusual material for a blockbuster, but it is one, nonetheless. Director Luc Besson (Leon, The Big Blue, Subway, The Fifth Element, Taxi, etc.) has a history of making films […]

Movie Review: Dead Snow 2 (2014) & Period Piece (2014)

| November 18, 2014

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival knows that Zombie Night is one of their biggest nights, and these films tend to be some of the highlights of the festival. This year was no exception. Dead Snow played in the festival in 2009, and went on to win the Audience Choice Award and generated a buzz for the film in Toronto. I remember the Toronto Zombie Walk that year had plenty of Herzog-esque zombies. When the Toronto After Dark team announced the sequel, I knew it would be among one of the first screenings that would sell out; I was right.

Movie review: The East (2013)

| November 12, 2014

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If you saw the other side of an argument from a first-hand perspective, would it change your mind? The East explores that idea with this thriller co-written (with Zal Batmanglij) by and starring Brit Marling. As a hotshot operative for a private intelligence firm, ‘Jane’ (Brit Marling) is placed undercover in a variety of places […]

Movie Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

| November 11, 2014

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Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a difficult film to review. On the one hand, the film is out-and-out Art-house with the black & white, minimal dialogue, some odd dance scenes (you know your usual suspects in an Art-house film), but at the same time it creates a great deal […]

Movie Reviews: Zombeavers (2014) & Day 40 (2014)

| November 11, 2014

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Saturday night programming at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is usually Zombie night, so why is there a Beaver coming up on stage? Justin McConnell, programmer at Toronto After Dark Film Festival, is known for his creative introductions. Tonight is no exception. Justin walks onto the stage dressed in a full Beaver Costume and he must have been sweating under those hot spot lights. One can assume that the outfit goes along with the animal theme of tonight’s films, Zombeavers, and Day 40.

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

| November 5, 2014

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Maybe I was too young when I first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and couldn’t understand it. Despite its grandeur, it left me a little cold. Even after multiple re-watches in later years, at least one of which in glorious 70mm. It’s obviously a towering achievement, but I’ve never felt overly engaged by the stiffness […]

Movie Review: Suburban Gothic (2014) and Young Blood (2014)

| October 28, 2014

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  Mid-October is an exciting time for Toronto genre film lovers.  The Toronto After Dark (TADFF)  is one of the largest film festivals in Toronto. The festival is in its ninth year and is held at the Scotiabank Theatre located in the downtown core. Heading towards its opening night, I’m thankful for the new location. As I […]

Movie Review: The Rover (2014)

| October 14, 2014

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Director David Michod proves that Animal Kingdom wasn’t a one off and in the process has created one of the great post-apocalyptic films in quite some time. The Rover is a melancholy, thoughtful, and slow burning film that ultimately leads you to an ending that is perfectly in line with the rest of the film […]