Furious 7_6 April 18

Talking Furious 7 on The LAMBcast

Never one to pass up on the opportunity to talk all things Fast and Furious, I return to The LAMBcast podcast to weigh in on Furious 7. Once again it is a lengthy episode – which seems to be the case whenever I am on – but that is too be expected considering the supersized […]

Rain Man April 16

Autism in Film: Bringing Back the Human Element

A few weeks ago my wife brought it to my attention that April is Autism Awareness Month. As a person who is married to an individual who works closely with students both on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental disabilities, I am ashamed to admit that I did not know the month had […]

Nicola Costantino The Artefacta 2 April 15

10 Films to See at Hot Docs 2015

The sun is shining and spirits are high which can only signify that Hot Docs 2015 is near. Running from April 23 to May 3, the Hot Docs festival is getting ready to unleash another year of captivating and entertaining films. Showcasing over 200 documentaries, it can be a daunting task deciding which films to […]

Ringo1 April 12

Shorts Spotlight: Ringo

In Yaara Sumeruk’s delightfully twisted dark comedy Ringo, adapted from a play by Chris Davis, the worlds of fantasy and reality collide in rather unexpected ways. The film follows a lonely middle-aged mother (Michelle Sims) as she hires Ringo (Chris Davis), a male prostitute, for an evening of intimate fun. To help get the woman […]

Force Majeure1 April 09

Östlund Retrospective: Force Majeure

This week TIFF will be hosting In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, a travelling retrospective on the Force Majeure director’s canon of films. Playing from April 9 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the series will be highlighting Östlund’s rich and diverse works of which includes two of his award-winning short […]

Play_1 April 08

Östlund Retrospective: Play

This week TIFF will be hosting In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, a travelling retrospective on the Force Majeure director’s canon of films. Playing from April 9 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the series will be highlighting Östlund’s rich and diverse works of which includes two of his award-winning short […]

The Guitar Mongoloid April 08

Östlund Retrospective: The Guitar Mongoloid

This week TIFF will be hosting In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, a travelling retrospective on the Force Majeure director’s canon of films. Playing from April 9 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the series will be highlighting Östlund’s rich and diverse works of which includes two of his award-winning short […]

Incident by a Bank April 08

Östlund Retrospective: Incident by a Bank

This week TIFF will be hosting In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, a travelling retrospective on the Force Majeure director’s canon of films. Playing from April 9 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the series will be highlighting Östlund’s rich and diverse works of which includes two of his award-winning short […]

Involuntary April 07

Östlund Retrospective: Involuntary

This week TIFF will be hosting In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, a travelling retrospective on the Force Majeure director’s canon of films. Playing from April 9 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the series will be highlighting Östlund’s rich and diverse works of which includes two of his award-winning short […]

Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 April 07

Östlund Retrospective: Autobiographical Scene Number 6882

This week TIFF will be hosting In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, a travelling retrospective on the Force Majeure director’s canon of films. Playing from April 9 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the series will be highlighting Östlund’s rich and diverse works of which includes two of his award-winning short […]

Get Hard April 06

Get Hard

Will Ferrell usually needs a partner to make his comedy work, however, not all of his previous partners have made for great comedies. Thankfully he found Kevin Hart. Get Hard has a really weak premise that basically hinges on the idea that rich white men assume all black men have been to prison. James King […]

Furious7 April 05

Furious 7

For a franchise that has an uncanny ability to embrace change on the fly, Furious 7 is rather conflicted as to the path it should take. Similar to the cars weaving in and out of Los Angeles traffic, while trying to evade an army drone no less, the film attempts to travel down several different […]

Lady Valor 2 April 04

HRWFF 2015: Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Christopher Beck retired from the United States Navy in 2011 after 20 years of service. During his time as a Navy SEAL, Beck was involved in the first Gulf War as well as tours of duty in Bosnia, Serbia and Afghanistan. Not only was Beck present for the fall of Saddam Hussein, he was also […]

wild-tales April 02

Wild Tales

Written and directed by Damian Szifron, Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) is a film that definitely lives up to its namesake. Set in Argentina, the film is an anthology that revolves around six very different stories which all share themes of violence. It explores how people can either benefit from or succumb to acts of vengeance. […]

Burden of Peace 1 April 01

HRWFF 2015: Burden of Peace

Burden of Peace opens with a grainy televised clip of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt speaking to the Guatemalan people. He is preaching for the need to be ruthless when dealing with communist enemies. The image is followed with a couple of soldiers in Ríos Montt’s army remarking that the concept of “human rights” is […]

Cinéfranco - Geronimo March 31

Women Shine at Cinéfranco 2015

Now or Never Cinéfranco 2015, English Canada’s largest celebration of international Francophone cinema, finds a new home at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto from Friday, April 10, 2015 to Sunday, April 19, 2015. In its 18th year, Cinéfranco once again explores the diverse cinemas of the Francophone diaspora, the riches of Francophone cultures […]

3 Idiots 1 March 30

Blind Spot: 3 Idiots

There is something pleasantly deceptive about the way Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots unfolds. Upon first glance the film appears to be nothing more than a Bollywood version of a traditional American teen comedy. Complete with its own Ferris Bueller style rebel, Ranchoddas “Rancho” Shamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan), to disrupt the balance of the world by […]

Possum2 March 28

Shorts Spotlight: Possum

A couple attempting to move on after a miscarriage serves as the basis for Eleanor Wilson’s captivating drama Possum. On Halloween weekend, Ben (Migs Govea) and Alex (played by Wilson) decide to get away from the city for a few days. Their quiet getaway is far from relaxing though, as an encounter with a dead […]

Home_1 March 26

Home

Oh (Jim Parsons) is part of an alien race, known as the Boov, who have been on the run from their arch enemy, the technologically advanced Gorg, for as long the Boov can remember. Lead by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), the best of their species at running away from trouble, the Boov are proud of […]

White God March 25

White God

If there such a thing as an art-house blockbuster then one cannot help but think that Kornél Mundruczó’s White God has the makings to fit such a designation. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes last year, the film takes a simple premise and weaves it into a ferociously engrossing tale that is […]

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