Lord Jones is Dead July 23

Lord Jones is Dead

Last year Spotlight reminded audiences of the importance of true journalism in an age where people seemed more concerned with popular opinion than facts. While Tom McCarthy’s film examined this through the dramatic framing of a scandal involving The Catholic Church, directors Austin Andrews and Andrew Holmes take a more comedic approach to their commentary […]

Queen of Spades July 21

Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite

Russian director Svyatoslav Podgayesvskiy takes the urban legend horror trope and gives it a slick but gothic edge in Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite. Four teens recount a scary story of the Queen of Spades, a local urban legend that still gives people the willies. They tell of boy around their age who summoned […]

Bed of the Dead July 20

Fantasia 2016: Bed of the Dead

Inanimate objects have always been fodder for horror and applying the supernatural to them is great way to make us fear the mundane. Haunted cars, dolls and mirrors have been examples of this, and now the Black Fawn Films gang has brought us another household item that strikes fear in the hearts of those seeking […]

TheUnseen July 19

Fantasia 2016: The Unseen

The story of The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells is classic science fiction that has often been adapted for radio, film and stage. Now director Geoff Redknap throws his hat into the ring with The Unseen, a modern take on the tale that focuses on a man, his mistakes and his legacy. Bob Langmore […]

O.J.: Made in America July 19

Talking O.J.: Made in America & Ghostbusters on Cinecast

Being a big fan of the work that the folks at Row Three consistently produce, I was delighted to get the opportunity to be a guest on the site’s long-running podcast, Cinecast. In episode 448, host Andrew James and I share our love for the documentary O.J.: Made in America and briefly touch on the […]

The Secret Life of Pets July 18

The Secret Life of Pets

Since bursting onto the scene with 2010’s Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has slowly established themselves as a worthy competitor to the Pixar throne. While they have struck gold with the Despicable Me/Minions franchises, and The Lorax to a certain extent, the company needed prove that they are more than blue overalls and yellow banana loving […]

Ghostbusters July 17

Ghostbusters

When there is something strange in my neighborhood, I know four women I am going to call. After months of negative online chatter, mainly from a particular group of men who failed to realize that Hollywood stopped catering to their generation long before they were making mortgage payments, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake finally hit theaters […]

Closet Monster July 15

Closet Monster

Sometimes witnessing a tragic event can be just as damaging as actually having a hand in the incident. The lingering impact of trauma fuels Stephen Dunn’s bold and occasionally dark feature length directorial debut Closet Monster. Utilizing coming-of-age tropes to explore the ways in which trauma influences self-loathing, Dunn constructs a film that, despite stumbling […]

PRISONERS July 14

Talking Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners on Can’t Stop the Movies

Hard to believe that we are on the sixth episode of Can’t Stop the Movies’ special retrospective on the works of Denis Villeneuve! I guess time truly does fly when you are having fun. In this episode Andrew Hathaway and I discuss Villeneuve’s English language debut Prisoners. The dark and morally complex drama focuses on […]

James Franco TIFF July 14

TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival adds James Franco, Priyanka Chopra and Ben Richardson to Jury

TIFF® and Instagram today announced the addition of actor, director, and writer James Franco (Every Thing Will Be Fine, 127 Hours) (@jamesfrancotv); actor Priyanka Chopra (Quantico,Baywatch, Bajirao Mastani) (@priyankachopra); and cinematographer Ben Richardson (The Fault in Our Stars, Beasts of the Southern Wild) (@benrichardson) to the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival seven-person jury. They join previously announced […]

Sleeping_Giant July 14

New on DVD & VOD: Sleeping Giant

Summer has always been an important season in coming-of–age films. It is that rare period in our youth where both the days and the possibilities within the world feel endless. The season is also one of discovery and change, the time when the complicated nature of adolescence really sinks in. So it is fitting that […]

Kung Fu Panda 3 July 13

Blu-Ray & DVD: Kung Fu Panda 3

Proving that there is plenty of gas left in its martial arts tank, Kung Fu Panda 3 manages to entertain families at home just like it did in the theaters. Released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the “Awesome Edition” of DreamWorks Animation’s engaging film offers plenty of fun […]

Green Room July 13

New on Blu-ray & DVD: Green Room

A little less than a month ago the film world was rocked by the tragic loss of Anton Yelchin. An actor who was just scratching the surface of his full potential, his death reminded us all how unpredictable and short life can be. Fortunately, Yelchin’s legacy will never be forgotten as left behind a strong […]

Out of Print July 08

Out of Print

Julia Marchese’s debut film Out of Print is a love letter to a cinematic experience that, sadly, many will never get a chance to partake in. In an era where multiplexes have become breeding grounds for those who spend more time looking at their cell phones than the images projected on the screen in front […]

Incendies July 07

Talking Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies on Can’t Stop the Movies

In the fifth episode of Can’t Stop the Movies’ special retrospective on the works of Denis Villeneuve, Andrew Hathaway and I sit down with the director’s 2010 Oscar nominated film Incendies. Adapted from the play Wajdi Mouawad, the film follows the journey of twins, Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), as they travel to […]

IndependenceDay July 05

Say What You Will, Independence Day Did Summer Blockbuster Right

It is funny how time changes perception. Back in the summer of 1996, July 3rd to be exact, the world was partly destroyed by aliens, and mankind banded together, at least in America, to fight for the planet they loved. All the while millions of people sat with popcorn in hand watching the events unfold. […]

The Debt July 04

The Debt

When I was tasked with reviewing film about an international financial deal set in Peru, I was worried that I might not be the man for the job. I’ll admit, movies about big business, banks, and financial stuff often go right over my head. Worse still, and I’m not proud of this, I know very […]

the neon demon July 03

The Neon Demon

Sitting in a posh restaurant, a fashion designer (Alessandro Nivola) declares that “beauty isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” It may seem like a brash statement, at least to amateur photographer Dean (Karl Glusman), but in the world of The Neon Demon there is plenty of truth to his words. Beauty is the ultimate currency, […]

Polytechnique June 30

Talking Denis Villeneuve’s Polytechnique on Can’t Stop the Movies

In the fourth episode of Can’t Stop the Movies’ special retrospective on the works of Denis Villeneuve, Andrew Hathaway and I explore the gender dynamics in the director’s stirring 2009 film Polytechnique. Inspired by the Montreal Massacre of 1989, where female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist, Villeneuve’s dramatization captures the tragic incident […]

PopVr June 28

TIFF Brings Virtual Reality to 2016 Festival with POP VR

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today plans for POP VR at the Festival, a presentation of virtual reality projects that will screen at the 2016 Festival. POP VR is set to captivate audiences and celebrate the intersection of cutting-edge filmmaking innovation and artistic vision. “The Festival has always been committed to providing audiences with […]

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