TIFF 2019: Motherless Brooklyn Review
Ben and Daniel spoil Mission: Impossible - Fallout, plus they discuss James Gunn and the latest Aquaman, Shazam, and Iron Fist trailers!
Mission: Impossible - Fallout opens across Canada July 27th but you and a guest can attend an early screening in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary or Ottawa courtesy of Dork Shelf and Paramount Pictures!
Warren Beatty applies all the wrong rules in this odd Howard Hughes story.
Cameron Crowe's ensemble rom com Aloha has all the ingredients that should make audiences love it, but the script feels sloppy, with a beginning that's too messy and an ending that's too clean.
Enter for a chance to win a pair of run-of-engagement passes to see Still Alice in Toronto or Vancouver, courtesy of Dork Shelf and Mongrel Media!
Outside of Julianne Moore's powerhouse performance, there's not much to talk about with the well meaning and mostly decent Alzheimer's drama Still Alice.
We kick off this Home Entertainment round-up with two Martin Scorsese comedies - The King of Comedy and The Wolf of Wall Street - before looking at new releases for Sam Raimi's Darkman, Howard Hawks' El Dorado, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Paul Schrader's remake of Cat People. There's also some B-movie goodness with looks at Alec Baldwin in The Shadow, the 1980s horror flick Night of the Demons, and the made for TV 1973 thriller The Horror at 37,000 Feet
James Toback and Alec Baldwin's take on the Cannes film festival marketplace Seduced and Abandoned is a disarming look at a pair of established Hollywood players with huge egos in an industry that has seen the almighty dollar sign replace star power and authorial intent.
Thanks to an excellent script and a knock-out leading performance from Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine is handily Woody Allen's best film since the early 1990s. Instead of being fun, playful, or genre based, it's emotional, real, and keenly perceptive.
Looking to shake the early winter doldrums? Before you head out or order in a movie out on DVD this week, take a look at our eclectic line-up of reviews including the action of Taken 2 and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, the martial arts mayhem of Swords of Dragons Gate, the drama of Won't Back Down, the visual splendour of Samsara, and the return of Woody Allen in To Rome with Love.
While it looks great, Rise of the Guardians teams up some of your favourite childhood hits in a film that's annoying, chaotic, and terribly written. It's as if Michael Bay decided to up and make a film for the under 10 crowd.
While not one of the more disposable films in the Woody Allen cannon, the filmmaker's latest To Rome With Love only manages to be a mildly amusing mishmash of four separate, mediocre, half-baked stories instead of just one really good one.
Although overstuffed, lazily plotted, and autotuned nearly into oblivion, the big screen adaptation of the jukebox musical Rock of Ages still has a real kind of shaggy dog charm evocative of the 1980s hair metal scene (minus, you know, any sort of crippling addictions, of course).
Wrapping up our look at the cinematic offerings for the month of June, we take a look at some real heavy hitters with Brave, Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Snow White and the Huntsman, Rock of Ages, and Piranha 3DD, which will undoubtedly win the box office crown for the month.