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Ex Machina – Machine-Fatale

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Sparse, cold, and strangely  comic, Ex Machina by director/writer Alex Garland (the guy who wrote 28 Days Later and forever changed the way zombies move) is a science-fiction noir with a hint of BladeRunner without th...

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In Print: The Equalizer & The Skeleton Twins

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The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua reunites with his Training Day star, Denzel Washington to revisit the 80s television drama that starred Edward Woodward.  Never has the Equalizer been quite this violent neithe...

Introducing Algonquin – May 8. Princess Cinema – Canada Film Days

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I first saw Jonathan Hayes' film, Algonquin at the 2013 Montreal film festival.  It was the poster that drew me in; an amazing depiction of its lead actor, Mark Rendall, expressionless while his hair transforms into f...

4th International Online Film Critics’ Poll Awards

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  IOFCP WINNERS (reposted from press release) The International Online Film Critics' Poll is proud to announce its winners for the 4th biannual awards for excellence in film. Founded in 2007, the IOFCP is t...

Polanski Speaks

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“Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” (2011) arrives at the 2013 Toronto Jewish Film Festival toting along its own sorted baggage including a grumbling, although not unfair, review from The Hollywood Reporter. More damaging...

In Print: 14 Ways to Celebrate National Canadian Film Day That Are So Cool I Can’t Believe I Wrote Them.

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April 29th, 2014 marks the first National Canadian Film Day.  How are you going to celebrate? Here are a few ideas to help you to navigate yourself around the cross-Canada events. 1/Check the National Canadian...

In Print: NOAH: Aronofsky’s Fantastical Tale

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NOAH (rating 3)- Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler)   Aronofsky makes a fantastical story even more fantastical.  This very loose rendition of the infamous bible story where a man name ...

Godzilla – capsule review

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GODZILLA (3.5) Gareth Edwards whose 2010 film MONSTERS was a low-budget alien-attack film where all the special effects were reportedly done on his lap-top directs this cautiously anticipated Godzilla reboot.  This is...

A Video Interview with Director Ingrid Veninger

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Director James Stewart on the making of FOXED!

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Maleficent not Magnificent

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ALGONQUIN – by Jonathan Hayes.

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I will be joining Producer David Miller at the Princess Cinemas in Kitchener-Waterloo on May 8th.  It's the final day of Canadian Film Days which run from May 1 - 8, 2014. ALGONQUIN premiered at the 2013 Montre...

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Cinderella – Charming

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Cinderella is, in a word, charming.  That's good because after a brief foray into action films (with more to come), it seems actor/director Kenneth Branagh is reinstating a passion for deeply familiar, classical sto...

In Print: Can Gore-Happy Horror Fans and Toe-Tapping Musical Fans Come Together?

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   Stage Fright is not the first horror-slasher-musical film to come out - it's just the most recent. Sadly, it's not one of the best. I am both a horror fan and an unapologetic musical fan and the idea of these two w...