Archive for September, 2010

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from BuriedA lot of people remember the season five finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that Quentin Tarantino directed in 2005: CSI Nick Stokes was buried somewhere in the desert while the rest of the team desperately tried to rescue him before he ran out of air. It was a couple of the most gripping hours television had ever seen. But what if you eliminated the action outside the box, narrowing focus to just the victim – would it still be thrilling? Buried‘s answer to this question is affirmative.

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This week’s releases are about circumstances: trapped with no sign of help; a product of one’s environment; a slave with desires for love and freedom; a cop who may have chosen the wrong career path; dreamers waiting for their big break; and a romantic hoping to extend his perfect moment. (more…)

All-star female cast of You AgainMost people dread their high school reunions. It usually means going back to a reviled institution to face people you didn’t necessarily like to begin with and, if things haven’t worked out as you’d hoped, smiling politely while your former classmates gloat about how great their lives have turned out and making an excuse to exit before the spotlight is turned on you. (Or at least that’s what other movies have led me to believe.) But what if your high school reunion came to you? To worsen the nightmare, your high school rival is becoming a part of your family.

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A Photoshopped meeting in CatfishHorror stories appear on the nightly news; friends share amusing tales of face-to-face encounters; and websites boast high success rates for “real” connections. The Internet is both a welcoming and frightening place when it comes to meeting people and building relationships; but it’s also become a standard means to do these things. The problem is: there’s no way to know who is at the other keyboard without meeting them in person – and that can be an intimidating proposal whether you suspect the other person is being dishonest or not.

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Scene from A Film UnfinishedDigging through the artifacts of formerly important sites can uncover treasures, clues to the past or terrifying truths. In the case of Nazi storage rooms, all of these things are likely to be true simultaneously. A Film Unfinished emerged from the discovery of numerous films recorded, but never completed, for the purpose of forming propaganda materials during World War II.

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This week’s releases centre on violence and fear: a Holocaust-era drama; a test of power and control; a getaway after a fatal accident; and a gladiator who takes on challenges outside the arena. (more…)

This week’s home entertainment releases are appropriate for the whole family: a tale about potential reincarnation and paternal affection; a love story cemented in the past and present; an animated 3D adventure; and a whole season of laugh-worthy “Bazingas.”

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