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Film Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

The book contains the history of Magizoology and describes 85 magical species found around the world. To get into the spirit of Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts (not shown in the film), provides the Foreword and explains the purpose of the special edition of this book (the Comic Relief charity). At the end, he tells the reader, “…The amusing creatures described hereafter are fictional and cannot hurt you.” He repeats the Hogwarts motto: “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus”, Latin for “Never tickle a sleeping dragon”.

Film Review: QUAND ON A 17 ANS (BEING 17) (France 2016) ****

Directed by Téchiné with a script he wrote in collaboration with Céline Sciamma, the film follows the romantic and sexual awakening of two seventeen year old boys as their initial animosity, expressed in violence, morphs into love. For the not-so French literate, Being 17 borrows its title from the second half-line of the first verse of Roman, (1870) by Arthur Rimbaud: On n’est pas sérieux quand on a dix-sept ans.

Film Review: AN EYE FOR AN EYE (Documentary)

Israeli filmmaker Ilan Ziv’s (SIX DAYS IN JUNE) documentary tells the story of death row inmate Mark Stroman and the friendship he forges with one of his surviving victims Rais Bhuiyan, who set about to save Stroman from death row as part of his Muslim faith beliefs.

Film Review: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal

The protagonist of the piece is a successful Los Angeles arts gallery owner and designer by the name of Susan (Amy Adams). Susan often has sleepless nights and could thus be classified as a nocturnal animal. Her ex-husband Tony (Jake Gyllenhaal) has recently completed a book titled NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, about three redneck thugs who prey on a family after carjacking them. Tony sends Susan a copy of his manuscript to read as a privileged reader.

Movie Review: TENGU: BIRDMAN OF THE MOUNTAINS (2016)

Tengu: Birdman of the Mountains,  is a film that will delight you with its symbology, its imagery and it’s excellent fight sequences, but it goes far beyond that. This film represents of genre-hybrid that should be welcomed into cinema with open arms. It is highly commendable thing to be able to successfully blend genres together, and this film is able to do that. With effortless ease a viewer can watch this film and find something in it to enjoy even if they are not conventionally a viewer of action.

Movie Review: THE TRAP (2016)

Subtle and steamy, with mounting tension in every scene, The Trap is a suspense film, turned mystery film, turned action film. Cleverly designed with red-herrings and hidden details, there must be a special nod of appreciation to the film’s editor.

Movie Review: MOTEL MOTEL (2016)

This film makes nods to several well established cult classics, such as Pulp Fiction to name one of many. The unreliable narrator, the highly subjective non-lateral plot and the avant-garde supernatural air, make the film a cultural cinematic work of art. Think Wes Anderson, if Wes Anderson was dark and perturbed and less whimsical.

 

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Film Review: BLEED FOR THIS (USA 2014) ***1/2

As the title of the film suggests, the success of a boxer depends also on how well he can receive hard punishment in the ring. For real-life Rhode Island boxer Vinnie Paz, the biggest hit he was dealt with was not in the ring, but in life, getting into a car accident that left him almost paralysed.

Film Review: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (USA 2016)

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig’s debut feature. It is a coming-of-age story of a very awkward high-school junior, Nadine (played by Oscar Nominee Hailee Steinfeld from TRUE GRIT) who cannot get along with anyone including her own family – except for her father who dies early in the film and one best friend that she loses. Nadine mopes about the entire film till she finally grows up. For a film about such a loser, Craig’s film is surprisingly edge, funny and feel-good, though her script can be quite manipulative at times. But manipulative in a good way, one could also argue.

Film Review: ALMOST CHRISTMAS (USA 2016)

The premise is the patriarch praying for his family to get along. If they can honour that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. And somewhat of a miracle that a film with this well-worn plot would turn out any good.

Film Review: ARRIVAL (USA 2016) ****

The Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve has never failed to impress. From his early French Canadian films UN 32 AOUT SUR TERRE and MAELSTROM to his English Hollywood films SICARIO, PRISONERS and ENEMY, Villenueve has transcended different genres though his films share one common trait. There is the human angst mixed into a thriller/mystery story. The same can be said in his latest, most ambitious and biggest production to date – ARRIVAL. The ARRIVAL here could refer ever to the first contact of the aliens or the birth of the baby girl to the film’s protagonist, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams).

Film Review: TROLLS (USA 2016) ***

The TROLLS are colourful figurine-sized doll characters who are known to be happy all the time. They sing, dance and hug constantly. But the happiness is now under threat as creatures known as Bergens have discovered the trolls and eating them up. They do so in order to be happy as Bergens do not know how to dance or sing or be happy. The name Bergens is likely derived from the coastal city of Bergen in Norway, the only country in the world known for trolls.

Film Review: DOCTOR STRANGE (USA 2016) ***

It also helps that the film is directed by a horror film director Scott Derrickson rather than an action director. Derrickson directed the two SINISTER films, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE including the Hollywood version of DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the latter of which contained a lot of dead-pan humour, repeated in DOCTOR STRANGE. Those who have watched Benedict Cumberbatch in real-life know that this actor is prefect for deadpan straight face comedy.

TOP 100 Movies from the year 2005

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#1 Good Night and Good Luck
2005
dir. George Clooney
starring
David Strathairn
Jeff Daniels
#2 movie reviewsTHE CONSTANT GARDENER
2005
dir. Fernando Meirelles
Stars:
Ralph Fiennes
Rachel Weisz
#3 ConstantineThe 40 Year Old Virgin
2005
dir. by Judd Apatow
starring
Steve Carell
#4 movie reviewsWALK THE LINE
2005
dir. James Mangold
Stars:
Joaquin Phoenix
Reese Witherspoon
#5 MOVIE POSTERMUNICH
1983
dir. Steven Spielberg
Stars:
Eric Bana
Daniel Craig
#6 Batman BeginsBatman Begins
2005
dir. by Christopher Nolan
starring
Christian Bale
Liam Neeson
Katie Holmes
7 CapoteCapote
2005
dir. by Bennett Miller
starring
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Catherine Keener
#8 FULLMETAL ALCHEMISTFullmetal Alchemist
2005
dir. Seiji Mizushima
Voices by
Romi Pak
Rie Kugimiya
#9 movie reviewsMARCH OF THE PENGUINS
2005
dir. Luc Jacquet
Stars:
Charles Berling
Morgan Freeman
#10 movie reviewsREVOLVER
2005
dir. Guy Ritchie
Stars:
Jason Statham
Ray Liotta
#11 movie reviewsLORDS OF DOGTOWN
2005
dir. Catherine Hardwicke
Stars:
Emile Hirsch
Victor Rasuk
#12 Pride and PrejudicePride & Prejudice
2005
dir. Joe Wright
Starring
Keira Knightley
Judi Dench
#13 Kiss Kiss Bang BangKiss Kiss Bang Bang
2005
dir. by Shane Black
starring
Robert Downey Jr.
Val Kilmer
#14 movie reviewsNORTH COUNTRY
2005
dir. Niki Caro
Stars:
Charlize Theron
Thomas Curtis
#15 movie reviewsLORD OF WAR
2005
dir. Andrew Niccol
Stars:
Nicolas Cage
Bridget Moynahan
#16 movie reviewsJUNEBUG
2005
dir. Phil Morrison
Stars:
Embeth Davidtz
David Kuhn
#17 MATCH POINTMatch Point
2005
dir. Woody Allen
Cast
Jonathan Reyes Meyers
Scarlett Johansson
#18 A HISTORY OF VIOLENCEA History of Violence
2005
dir. David Cronenberg
Starring
Viggo Mortenson
Maria Bello
#19 movie reviewsJARHEAD
2005
dir. Sam Mendes
Stars:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Scott MacDonald
#20 movie reviewsKINKY BOOTS
2005
dir. Julian Jarrold
Stars:
Joel Edgerton
Chiwetel Ejiofor
#21 MOVIE POSTERMADAGASCAR
2005
dir. Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Stars:
Ben Stiller
Jada Pinkett Smith
#22 SerenitySerenity
2005
dir. Josh Whedon
starring
Nathon Fillion
Gina Torres
#23 movie reviewsMRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
2005
dir. Stephen Frears
Stars:
Judi Dench
Bob Hoskins
#24 movie reviewsMEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
2005
dir. Rob Marshall
Stars:
Suzuka Ohgo
Michelle Yeoh
#25 ConstantineSin City
2005
dir. by Robert Rodriguez
Frank Miller
starring
Mickey Rourke
Bruce Willis
#26 The Squid and the Whale
2005
dir. by Noah Baumbach
starring
Jeff Daniels
Laura Linney
#27 movie reviewsSYRIANA
2005
dir. Stephen Gaghan
Stars:
Kayvan Novak
George Clooney
#28 Kingdom of HeavenKingdom of Heaven
2005
dir. by Ridley Scott
starring
Orlando Bloom
Liam Neeson
#29 MOVIECACHE (HIDDEN)
2005
dir. Michael Haneke
Cast:
Daniel Auteuil
Juliette Binoche
#30 movie reviewsTHE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
2005
dir. Scott Derrickson
Stars:
Laura Linney
Tom Wilkinson
#31 THE ISLANDThe Island
2005
dir. Michael Bay
starring
Ewan McGregor
Scarlett Johansson
Steve Buscemi
#32 movie posterHOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER
2005
dir. Georgina Riedel
#33 movie reviewsINTO THE BLUE
2005
dir. John Stockwell
Stars:
Paul Walker
Jessica Alba
#34 CAVITECavite
2005
dir. Neill Dela Llana
Ian Gamazon
Cast
Ian Gamazon
Edwin Lagda
#35 Breakfast on Pluto
2005
dir. Neil Jordan
Starring
Cillian Murphy
Liam Neeson
#36 movie reviewsHAVOC
2005
dir. Barbara Kopple
Stars:
Anne Hathaway
Bijou Phillips
#37 movie reviewsNANNY MCPHEE
2005
dir. Kirk Jones
Stars:
Emma Thompson
Colin Firth
#38 THE BROTHERS GRIMMThe Brothers Grimm
2005
dir. Terry Gilliam
Cast
Matt Damon
Heath Ledger
#39 Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005
dir. Tim Burton
Starring
Johnny Depp
Freddie Highmore
#40 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
2005
dir. David Lee Fisher
Starring
Judson Pearce Morgan
Daamen J. Krall
#41 MOVIE POSTERCHICKEN LITTLE
2005
dir. Mark Dindal
Starring:
Zach Braff
Steve Zahn
#42 movie reviewsCOACH CARTER
2005
dir. Thomas Carter
Stars:
Samuel L. Jackson
Rob Brown
#43 ConstantineConstantine
2005
dir. by Francis Lawrence
starring
Keanu Reeves
Rachel Weisz
#44 movie reviewsFLIGHTPLAN
2005
dir. Robert Schwentke
Stars:
Jodie Foster
Peter Sarsgaard
#45 CHAOSChaos
2005
dir. Tony Giglio
starring
Jason Statham
Ryan Phillippe
Wesley Snipes
#46 FEASTFeast
2005
dir. John Gulager
Starring
Balthazar Getty
Henry Rollins
#47 FIERCE PEOPLEFierce People
2005
dir. Griffin Dunne
Cast
Diane Lane
Donald Sutherland
#48 movie reviewsFOUR BROTHERS
2005
dir. John Singleton
Stars:
Mark Wahlberg
Tyrese Gibson
#49 HARD CANDYHard Candy
2005
dir. David Slade
Starring
Patrick Wilson
Ellen Page
#50 HiTCHHitch
2005
dir. Andy Tennant
starring
Will Smith
Kevin James
Eva Mendes
#51 movie reviewsTHE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
2005
dir. Garth Jennings
#52 King KongKing Kong
2005
dir. by Peter Jackson
starring
Jack Black
Naomi Watts
Adrian Brody
#53 movie reviewsMR. AND MRS. SMITH
2005
dir. Doug Liman
Stars:
Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie
#54 movie reviewsTHE NEW WORLD
2005
dir. Terrence Malick
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Q’orianka Kilcher
#55 movie reviewsCHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION
THE WITCH
AND THE WARDROBE

2005
dir. Andrew Adamson
#56 THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADAThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
2005
dir. Tommy Lee Jones
#57 TIDELANDTideland
2005
dir. Terry Gilliam
Starring
Jodelle Ferland
Brendan Fletcher
#58 V FOR VENDETTAV for Vendetta
2005
dir. James McTeigue
starring
Natalie Portman
Hugo Weaving
#59 War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds
2005
dir. Steven Spielberg
starring
Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Tim Robbins
#60 movie reviewsHARSH TIMES
2005
dir. David Ayer
Stars:
hristian Bale
Freddy Rodriguez
#61 CHASING GHOSTSChasing Ghosts
2005
dir. Kyle Dean Jackson
starring
Michael Madsen
Meat Loaf
Gary Busey
#62 The Weather ManThe Weather Man
2005
dir. by Gore Verbinski
starring
Nicolas Cage
Michael Caine
#63 movie reviewsHOODWINKED
2005
dir. Cory Edwards
Todd Edwards
Stars:
Anne Hathaway
#64 ISOLATIONIsolation
2005
dir. Billy O’Brien
Starring
Ruth Negga
John L
65 The JacketThe Jacket
2005
dir. John Maybury
starring
Adrien Brody
Keira Knightley
#66 movie reviewsHOSTAGE
2005
dir. Florent-Emilio Siri
Stars:
Bruce Willis
Kevin Pollak
#67 MOVIE POSTERBAD NEWS BEARS
2005
dir. Richard Linklater
Stars:
Billy Bob Thornton
Greg Kinnear
#68 MOVIE POSTERWHITE NOISE
2005
dir. Geoffrey Sax
Starring:
Michael Keaton
Deborah Kara Unger
#69 Winter Passing
2005
dir. Adam Rapp
Starring
Zooey Deschanel
Darrell Larson
#70 movie reviewsZATHURA: A SPACE ADVENTURE
2005
dir. Jon Favreau
Stars:
Jonah Bobo
Josh Hutcherson
#71 movie reviewsAN UNFINISHED LIFE
2005
dir. Lasse Hallstrom
Stars:
Robert Redford
Jennifer Lopez
#72 movie reviewsXXX: STATE OF THE UNION
2005
dir. Lee Tamahori
Stars:
Samuel L. Jackson
Ice Cube
#73 movie reviewsJUST LIKE HEAVEN
2005
dir. Mark Waters
Stars:
Reese Witherspoon
Mark Ruffalo
#74 movie reviewsTHE RING TWO
2005
dir. Hideo Nakata
Stars:
Naomi Watts
Simon Baker
#75 movie posterJUST FRIENDS
2005
dir. Roger Kumble
Starring:
Ryan Reynolds
Amy Smart
#76 movie reviewsHOSTEL
2005
dir. Eli Roth
Stars:
Jay Hernandez
Derek Richardson
#77 movie posterRENT
2005
dir. Chris Columbus
Starring:
Anthony Rapp
Adam Pascal
#78 movie reviewsDARK WATER
2005
dir. Walter Salles
Stars:
Jennifer Connelly
John C. Reilly
#79 movie reviewsTHE AMITYVILLE HORROR
2005
dir. Andrew Douglas
Stars:
Ryan Reynolds
Melissa George
#80 Red Eye
2005
dir. Wes Craven
Starring
Cillian Murphy
Rachel McAdams
#81 THE AURAThe Aura
2005
dir. Fabián Bielinsky
Starring
Ricardo Darín
Dolores Fonzi
#82 MOVIE POSTERGAME 6
2005
dir. Michael Hoffman
Stars:
Michael Keaton
Robert Downey Jr.
#83 movie reviewsHOUSE OF WAX
2005
dir. Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars:
Elisha Cuthbert
Chad Michael Murray
#84 THE PROPOSITIONThe Proposition
2005
dir. by John Hillcoat
starring
Guy Pierce
Ray Winstone
#85 movie reviewsSAHARA
2005
dir. Breck Eisner
Stars:
Matthew McConaughey
Steve Zahn
#86 SAW IISaw II
2005
dir. Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring
Tobin Bell
Shawnee Smith
#87 movie reviewsBE COOL
2005
dir. F. Gary Gray
Stars:
John Travolta
Uma Thurman
#88 movie posterTHE LONGEST YARD
2005
dir. Peter Segal
Stars:
Adam Sandler
Burt Reynolds
#89 SHOOTING DOGSShooting Dogs
2005
dir. Michael Caton-Jones
Starring
John Hurt
Hugh Dancy
#90 movie reviewsTHE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS
2005
dir. Ken Kwapis
Stars:
Amber Tamblyn
#91 movie reviewsDOMINO
2005
dir. Tony Scott
Stars:
Keira Knightley
Mickey Rourke
#92 movie reviewsSKY HIGH
2005
dir. Mike Mitchell
Stars:
Michael Angarano
Kurt Russell
#93 PURITANPuritan
2005
dir. Hadi Hajaig
Starring
Nick Moran
Georgina RylanceStreep
#94 The Puffy ChairThe Puffy Chair
2005
dir. Jay Duplass
Starring:
Mark Duplass
Kathryn Aselton
#95 movie reviewsTHE DECENT
2005
dir. Neil Marshall
Stars:
Shauna Macdonald
Natalie Mendoza
#96 movie reviewsELIZABTHTOWN
2005
dir. Cameron Crowe
Stars:
Orlando Bloom
Kirsten Dunst
#97 movie reviewsDOOM
2005
dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars:
Karl Urban
Deobia Oparei
#98 Land of the DeadLand of the Dead
2005
dir. George A Romero
starring
Simon Baker
Dennis Hooper
#99 movie reviewsTHE PACIFIER
2005
dir. Adam Shankman
Stars:
Vin Diesel
Brittany Snow
#100 movie reviewsLIE WITH ME
2005
dir. Clement Virgo
Stars:
Lauren Lee Smith
Eric Balfour

 

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Film Review: TROLLS (USA 2016) ***

The new Dreamworks animation released by 20th Century Fox, TROLLS is a happy enough 3D computer-animated musical buddy comedy film based on the dolls of the same name created by Dane Thomas Dam way back in 1959.

Film Review: DOCTOR STRANGE (USA 2016) ***

The Marvel superhero DOCTOR STRANGE gets his first debut on the big screen complete with 3D. Though the character has appeared in a TV movie and animated film before, he is given a fresh treatment which is a good thing considering that there are already too many super hero action movies each year.

HACKSAW RIDGE (USA/Australia 2016) ***** Top 10

After about a decade absence from the director’s chair (his last film was the misunderstood APOCALYPTO in 2006), the director of BRAVEHEART and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST returns in top form as if redeem in himself of all the bad press he had garnered since he said and did some foolish things. It’s another situation in this 21st century social media era where the outside events of the director “tarnish” the actual film itself. Think “Birth of the Nation”. Two films that should potentially receive multiple Oscar nominations. But will they? And should they?

Film Review: THE DAVID DANCE

The film tackles quite a few issues. At the film start, David listens and calls a rival radio show in which an Anita Byrant type woman, June Hendley (Jordan Baker) makes her stance against homosexuals. She is against gay marriage, gay sex and almost everything gay just like the original Byrant. An easy target no doubt, David through his show gets the better of her. David then meets his new technician Chris (Guy Adkins) who pines for him.

Film Review: THE VIOLIN TEACHER (Brazil 2016) ***

THE VIOLIN TEACHER, which opens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, serves both as an art house film and a crowd pleaser. From the film’s very first frame, the audience sees the protagonist, a talented but tortured soul named Laerte (Lazaro Ramos) unable to fulfil his promise during an important violin audition for the famous São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra.

Movie Review: TENGU: BIRDMAN OF THE MOUNTAINS (2016)

This poetic fantasy action film, hailing from the United Kingdom and coming to us from director Samuel Smith, is a study in genre splicing. Tengu: Birdman of the Mountains has the poetic elements of a romance, the luxurious visuals of a fantasy, the tension and suspense of a thriller, and the fight scenes of a high-concept action film. Told through the eyes of a child, our hero watches as his highly skilled father, endowed with supernatural natural strength from his Chi, fights off terrifying bird-like villains from this family’s mountain home. Packed with stunning fight sequences that highlight the filmmakers’ excellent technical skills, this piece is a must-see for anyone who enjoys action.

Movie Review: BARROW (2016)

The crime mystery science-fiction short Barrow, coming to us from Australia courtesy director Wade Savage, is a powerful, efficient, masterful piece of cinema. It makes nods to a wide variety of genre motifs including mystery, crime, science fiction and horror, among others, and integrates them seamlessly. The story is rich and engaging, following the story of a young forensic scientist on her quest to understand the mystery forces that saved her life during a brutal and horrifying attack on her family years before.

Movie Review: BLACKWELL SUMMERS MYSTERY (2016)

Blackwell Summers Mystery, a 12 minute American short from director Emily Dell, focuses on Grace Blackwell and Raven Summers, two sexy detectives with their own private investigation company in the heart of the 1970s. Smart, cunning and sexy, both ladies use their strengths and skills to take down the villain while leaving space for the audience to laugh the whole time.

Movie Review: MOTEL MOTEL (2016)

Rich in symbology and complex layering, Motel Motel this crime mystery film by Belgian director Ellen J. Babeliowsky. It follows our hero, Hjalmar, finds himself sharing an old motel room with an unpleasant partner- a severed human ear. This ear disturbs him, erodes him, and ultimately drives him to act by reaching the motel’s owner to change his room. Curiously, no one believes his story- that his room is occupied by a human ear.

Film Review: INFERNO (Da Vinci Code 3!)

In a few years time, you can argue, no one will even remember Ron Howard’s INFERNO, based on Dan Brown’s 2013 novel of the same name. It will open around the world, make a little money for the studios and talent, and then it will just disappear.

 

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Movie Review: BARROW (2016)
This film is wonderfully balanced cinematographically, beautifully rendering scenes of dazzling brilliance without having the darker scenes feel out of place. The story is clean, precise and engaging, with thoughtful attention to detail. The character development is logical, well designed and tempered with flawed heroes, tragic backstories and strong performances.

Movie Review: TENGU: BIRDMAN OF THE MOUNTAINS (2016)

Tengu: Birdman of the Mountains,  is a film that will delight you with its symbology, its imagery and it’s excellent fight sequences, but it goes far beyond that. This film represents of genre-hybrid that should be welcomed into cinema with open arms. It is highly commendable thing to be able to successfully blend genres together, and this film is able to do that. With effortless ease a viewer can watch this film and find something in it to enjoy even if they are not conventionally a viewer of action.

Movie Review: THE TRAP (2016)

Subtle and steamy, with mounting tension in every scene, The Trap is a suspense film, turned mystery film, turned action film. Cleverly designed with red-herrings and hidden details, there must be a special nod of appreciation to the film’s editor.

Movie Review: MOTEL MOTEL (2016)

This film makes nods to several well established cult classics, such as Pulp Fiction to name one of many. The unreliable narrator, the highly subjective non-lateral plot and the avant-garde supernatural air, make the film a cultural cinematic work of art. Think Wes Anderson, if Wes Anderson was dark and perturbed and less whimsical.

Movie Review: THE APOLOGY (2016)

Awkward and uncomfortable, while still engaging and endearing, this film should be commended for its excellent casting. Each character is knowable almost immediately. The performances are strong and incite empathy, even pity, as well as humor for our lead.

Movie Review: WE’LL SEE IF WE DROWN (2016)

Everyone loves an anti-hero, whether you are watching a scripted show, reality TV or even the news, people naturally look for the bad guys. We’ll See If We Drown, a French smash-hit directed by Hugo Becker, is a story about three such delinquents. Mickey, Voltaire and K.O are three twenty-something pseudo criminals up to no good, with plans to rob the Butcher shop that Mickey works at and skip town to go fishing.

Movie Review: BLACKWELL SUMMERS MYSTERY (2016)

Comic, bright and full of flare, this groovy film will leave you craving more. Well done to these maidens of mystery.

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AMERICAN PASTORAL (USA 2016) ***

Ewan McGregor makes his directing debut and stars alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this ambitious adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, about a “perfect” American family that is torn apart by the social and political upheavals of the 1960s. One must give the actor credit for choosing such a dauntless task as a adapting a Roth novel for his directorial debut.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK (USA/China 2016) ***

The plot is nothing spectacular. Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. The story contains a few forgettable plot twists.

THE HANDMAIDEN (South Korea 2016) ***

Park’s film is told in three chapter’s from the points of view of the story’s three characters. The film contains lots of flashbacks, with each flashback containing possibly a different meaning to the story than when the scene first appears. It is tight and clever editing, but too many of these lend to a bit of confusion. A few parts at the end are also confusing like the one in which Fujiwara rows a boat in a misty lake with the two women in it.

TOWER (USA 2016) ****

When father and son order a bottle of SAINT AMOUR in a restaurant, the film starts to bubble as the pair take off on an educational wine tour around the wine regions of France. Surprisingly, the education comes in a different form, as the two discover more about life, women and their relationship towards each other, rather than in the wines they savour.

THE ACCOUNTANT (USA 2016) ***

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant (autistic) with more affinity for numbers than people. His childhood is traced, in flashback till the present. As a child, Christian’s military father believes that difference is perceived as a threat to most people. To protect his son, he forces Christian to better himself in martial-arts.

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Movie Review: DARKNESS FALLS (2016)

Melissa suffers from amnesia. When she slowly regains her memory, the world isn’t what it supposed to be. Darkness Falls is the winner of best Sci-Fi Picture award at OutlantaCon Short Film Festival 2016 and nominated for best Sci-Fi picture at SCI-ON! Film Festival 2016. Darkness Falls is also the winner of Best Cinematography at Roswell Film Festival 2016.

Movie Review: 20:15 (2016)

20:15 is a drama-mystery, sci-fi thriller in which we follow the lives of a mysterious man and a loving couple. Their lives will forever be changed once their two worlds collide.

Movie Review: THE LAST JOURNEY OF THE ENIGMATIC PAUL WR (2016)

The red moon threatens our existence on earth. Our only hope is the enigmatic Paul WR, the most talented astronaut of its generation. But few hours before the start of the great mission, Paul disappears.

Movie Review: UNCANNY VALLEY (2016)

In the slums of the future, VR junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.

Movie Review: RED ROVER (2016)

Two teenagers from a remote religious community travel to town in search of shelter after being told by their Evangelical parents that an asteroid will soon destroy the earth.

Movie Review: A SHADOW OF DARA (2016)

A leader of a rebellion risks everything to find a powerful commander of an alien world who’s been captured by enemies and put into a fabricated reality for the extraction of valuable information.

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