Archive for August, 2011

This week’s releases include: a blood-spattered massacre; a modern day film noir; a law-breaking legacy; an historical kangaroo court; the first appearance of Pai Mei; a tale about a dangerous friendship; an unsuccessful assassination; a little known comedy; the never-ending troubles of a motorcycle club; the second instalment of another vampire and werewolf tale; a traditional horror picture; and a moving drama about a pseudo-father/son relationship. (more…)

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Fan Expo logoFour days of cosplay, gaming, autograph signings, Q&As, workshops and shopping have come to a close. Fan Expo 2011 occupied two levels of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with an added day and much improved logistics from the fiasco that was last year’s event. (more…)

Paul Rudd in Our Idiot BrotherWe all know someone like the lead character in Our Idiot Brother: generous, kind and, consequently, indescribably gullible. We worry they’ll be taken advantage of or that the unforgiving, competitive world will eat them alive. But you also can’t help but to adore them for being so hones and having all these qualities. That’s the relationship director Jesse Peretz builds between the audience and Ned. (more…)

This week’s releases include: an eccentric solution for depression; a little told war story; another season of rumours; a clever assassin plays both sides; the story of a non-educated delinquent; a candid look at moviemaking; a reunion of after the conclusion of a television series; a series of innovative gunfights; a horror story in the woods; a first-person perspective adventure; and an ‘80s love story. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a demonstration of the survival of the fittest; the true story of daring journalists; a cop that doesn’t play by the rules; a future that must confront its violent past; the defeat of a terrorist hijacking; a sequel to a contemporized Grimm fairy tale; an overdramatic love story; the anthropomorphising of a Labrador retriever; a teenager’s date with his dream woman; a couple of Muppets adventures; a unique take on the vampire; and an explosive story of revenge. (more…)

Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari in a scene in 30 Minutes or LessThe baser comedies, or those that try to appeal to the lowest common denominator, usually run the risk of being offensive; they overdo it with the bathroom humour and/or include one too many blatant jokes about sex.  But 30 Minutes or Less finds a happy median that is funny in the simplest terms without crossing the line. (more…)

Viola Davis in a scene from The HelpMississippi has been the setting for a number of films about the civil rights era. It was home to families rooted there by the generations before them, as well as a strong Ku Klux Klan presence. The state also enforced a strict book of laws governing the lives of all the coloured people in the area and the white people with whom they interacted. But black people were tired of being treated as second-class citizens, or even less than human, and some of them were ready to force change. (more…)