Archive for January, 2011

Ben Foster and Jason Statham in a scene from The MechanicHit men make very interesting characters. They range from the calculating genius looking for the next challenge to the blood thirsty killer whose borderline psychotic. Inevitably, they adopt a partner – either an apprentice or undeserving target – and have to avoid being killed by their employers. The Mechanic does not deviate from this standard, but sadly fails to deliver on the elements that make these films entertaining. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: a re-release of an acclaimed, inspiring classic; a computer-animated video game tie-in; a ghost story driven by love and loyalty; the final chapter in a thrilling trilogy; the second instalment of a music sensation; a French-Canadian lycan period piece; the reunion of a retired group of special agents; and an impressive display of skill in a dance competition. (more…)

Lubna Azabal in a scene from IncendiesPremiered at the Venice Film Festival; winner of The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival; and Canada’s official entry for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Picture category. Incendies is racking up quite the resume and becoming the nation’s must-see movie of the year. Upon viewing, it becomes obvious Denis Villeneuve’s latest picture is worthy of all these accolades and more. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a U.S. Marshall that plays by his own rules; a lonely man who realizes real relationships are more important than his imaginary one; a heist movie in the spirit of Heat; and a mockumentary about a teenager’s rite of passage. (more…)

Jay Chou and Seth Rogen in The Green HornetThe Green Hornet made its debut in 1936 on a radio show in Detroit. Since then, the crime-fighting vigilantes have had numerous makeovers and been featured in film serials, a television show and comic books. The latest adaptation is an awesome feature film that lives up to any and all expectations for humour, cool gadgets and fight sequences. I can’t attest to whether it’s faithful to the versions in any of the other mediums, but I can say without a doubt that this movie can, and does, stand alone. (more…)

Kevin James and Vince Vaughn in The DilemmaHow do you tell your best friend his or her spouse is cheating on them? That’s the question at the heart of The Dilemma – once he finally decides revealing the truth is the only legitimate option. Of course, his approach to the matter is not sane or the choices of an average “real” person, which is why it’s fiction and not based on real events. Nonetheless, Vince Vaughn is the perfect choice to play this crazy romantic. (more…)

A scene from The Way BackDirector Peter Weir is somewhat of an expert when it comes to telling stories of great courage, epic struggles and human nature. Therefore, he is the perfect choice to tell this harrowing tale of survival through some of the harshest climates the Earth has to offer. Though the movie’s key figures are clearly defined by their share of the narrative and the star power behind them, it’s the way the story is told that endears us to each of them. (more…)