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Pitch Perfect 2 Review

Pitch Perfect 2 is an entertaining film in the tradition of other unnecessary comedy sequels. A shadow of its predecessor that reaches for emotional payoffs that are unearned and cheap laughs that are still funny.

The Last Five Years Review

The Last Five Years may have been made for twentysomethings, but it's a well crafted, well acted musical with a good story that anyone can get in to.

Cake Review

There's a good reason why Jennifer Aniston didn't get an Oscar nomination this year. It's because Cake is almost unwatchably terrible.

TIFF 2014: Cake Review

Cake Special Presentations A great, but not exactly against type turn from Jennifer Aniston can’t salvage this slovenly, misshapen dramedy about an angrily depressed pill popping woman with chronic pain and a wealth of repressed feelings. Claire (Aniston) has separated from her husband and lost her child following a tragic accident. She goes through her […]

TIFF 2014: The Last Five Years Review

The Last Five Years Special Presentations One of the festival’s biggest surprises is Richard LaGravanese’s sparsely staged, but lushly orchestrated and perfectly acted adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s tightly constructed off-Broadway musical. Jumping back and forth through time between ages 23 to 28 for a pair of young lovers – budding novelist Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) […]

Home Entertainment Review: Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg, 2014) – Prolific low budget writer/director Joe Swanberg comes straight to VOD (with a limited theatrical for our neighbors to the south) with Happy Christmas, a slight yet effective piece of mumble core that feels a lot more intimate then it has any business being on a passing glance. Jeff and […]

Drinking Buddies Review

Although perhaps a little bit more commercially minded than his cheaply produced, almost verite, largely improvised mumblecore dramas, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies takes the same unforced and loose approach as the writer/director/editor/actor’s other creative endeavours and crafts a gentle, sweetly realized look at love and friendship.

This Week in DVD: 1/8/13

As we dig out from piles of new releases from before and after the holiday season, we take looks at the home video releases for Looper, Frankenweenie, Cosmopolis, Dredd, Pitch Perfect, Compliance, The Words, Hit and Run, and season one of Anger Management