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 […]

The Gunman March 24

The Gunman

Directed by Pierre Morel, The Gunman is an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman about a former assassin, Jim Terrier (Sean Penn), whose past sins finally catch up with him. In 2006 Terrier worked as a soldier, unbeknownst to his girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca), and was instrumental in the killing of a minister […]

Schnabel-Basquiat March 23

The Auteurs: Julian Schnabel

Initially gaining fame as an artist, Julian Schnabel transitioned his creative passions into films that explored individuals dealing with the trials and tribulations of life. While Schnabel only has a handful of films under his belt, and an overall approach to filmmaking that differs from his peers, he has quickly emerged as one of cinema’s […]

sceneitmar201511 March 22

I Have Scene It Before

It is time to test your film knowledge again with the latest edition of I Have Scene It Before. Last month 18 of the 21 films were identified. The films that proved challenging were: 1998’s Wild Things (#2), 2009’s An Education (#5), and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (#8). Here is this month’s selection of […]

To Venner March 18

Shorts Spotlight: To Venner

Set in a dystopian landscape, Paw Charlie Ravn’s To Venner (Two Friends) is an intriguing and chilling exploration of the most primal aspects of man. The film follows Albert and Jonas, best friends and orphans, as they navigate through a world void of women and children. What caused the death of the women is never […]

HotDocs15-Live From New York! March 17

Hot Docs Unveils Stellar 2015 Line Up

TIG Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 22nd edition, April 23–May 3, at a press conference this morning at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. From 2,724 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 210 titles from 45 countries in 12 screening programs. “This year’s Festival […]

’71 March 16

‘71

Private Gary Hooks (Jack O’Connell) is stuck in a nightmare that he cannot wake up from. Assigned to crowd control duties during an uprising in Northern Ireland, in the early days of “The Troubles” no less, Hooks finds himself separated from his team when an unruly mob forces the soldiers into a hasty retreat. Stranded […]

loitering with intent1 March 13

Loitering with Intent

The plight of the struggling artist in New York is a frequently traveled trope in the realm of cinema. At this point, the narrative practically writes itself. Individuals believe they have the talent to make it big, but must slum it in demeaning jobs – seriously, there are far worst jobs than being a waiter […]

In the Realm of the Senses March 12

In the Realm of the Senses

One of the benefits of having a movie like 50 Shades of Grey dominate the box office is that it gets people talking about a subject that has been on my mind a lot recently: Sex. Thankfully the proprietors of An Online Universe, Australian film critics Sam McCosh and Andrew Buckle, two of the nicest […]

Standstill 1 March 11

Standstill

There is an undeniable sadness that flows throughout Majdi El-Omari’s directorial debut. Similar to prisoners in a chain gang, each of the characters in El-Omari’s film are bound by the events of their pasts. Unable to shake the emotional ghosts that haunt them, they wander through life on a fragile tightrope whose tension is about […]

Music Lessons March 10

Hot Docs Announces 10 More Special Presentations Titles

What Happened, Miss Simone? Today Hot Docs announced 10 documentary features that will screen in this year’s Special Presentations program, joining 17 selections previously announced. Special Presentations features a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers or featuring some star subjects. Musical […]

Fast Five March 09

What the Fast and Furious Series Can Teach Marvel and DC

Ever since Cliff Robertson’s Uncle Ben uttered the icon words “with great power comes great responsibility” in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man, it seems almost every superhero tale that comes to the big screen has tried their hardest to exemplify this mantra. Whether it was Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, or […]

Map to the Stars March 08

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars paints Hollywood as a ghost town in more ways than one. Both the main characters–aging, washed-out actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) and cocky child star Benjie Weiss (Evan Bird) interact with the dead: Benjie’s is a young fan; Havana’s is her mother (Sarah Gadon), a starlet who died young. Other ghosts are metaphorical: […]

American Sniper March 06

The Nominee: Bradley Cooper

I was a big fan of the television show Alias.  Jennifer Garner kicked serious ass as a secret agent and I wasn’t surprised to see her segue into making more movies after the series ended.  What I didn’t expect was the actor who played Will Tippen, her sweet and somewhat nerdy best friend on the […]

Scratch_1 March 05

Shorts Spotlight: Scratch

Coping with recently breaking up with his girlfriend, Eoin (Conor Drum) wants nothing more than for his night shift at the local gas station to go by as quickly as possible. With only regular customer Ger (Stephen Jones), who is addicted to buying scratch cards, to keep him company, Eoin’s night takes an unexpected turn […]

Focus March 03

Focus

“Never drop the con. Die with the lie.” is the mantra of third generation confidence man Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith). Running a small, but skilled crew of pickpockets and con artists, Nicky’s structured life becomes complicated when he meets Jess Barrett (Margo Robbie) while posing as a famous chef at a hotel bar in New […]

John Wick March 02

John Wick

“Oh” Rarely has two letters carried so much comedic weight in the world of action films as they do in John Wick. It is the response that is uttered from seasoned gangsters and young upstarts alike upon hearing that they have angered the Boogeyman. Actually it is worse than that. They have essentially pissed off […]

Vanity February 28

Shorts Spotlight: Vanity

In this sly dark comedy from director Arturo Perez Jr., the audience observes Libby (played by Samantha Jayne who also wrote the script) as she gets ready for a night out on the town. Invited to an event by a guy she is clearly interested in, Libby is a bit perturbed by the fact that […]

Girlhood February 26

Girlhood

Under the clear night sky two all-female football teams square off surround only by the glow of stadiums lights. The players compete with the same grit and intensity as their male counterparts despite not having a single fan to cheer them on. It is an inspired choice by Céline Sciamma to use football, a sport […]

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