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Films in Brief: 2/16/14

Since all three of this week's major releases all press screened at the same night and time during the week, here now are our reviews of the smart and funny remake of About Last Night and the astoundingly and laughably awful Winter's Tale. Also, an explanation as to why we don't have new reviews for Endless Love or Gloria, we double back on last week's never press screened Vampire Academy, we a look at Pussy Riot: A Punk Rock Prayer, which was the only new film at the Bloor this week, a special sneak at The Bloor tonight, family day offerings at The Bloor and the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and a look ahead to a Lightbox retrospective of some of Jean-Luc Godard's favourite Hollywood films starting on Thursday.

Unsung Anniversaries #2: Blank Check

For our second installment of Unsung Anniversaries we take a look back on the 20th anniversary of the decidedly less than rad Home Alone knock-off Blank Check and just how a movie like this ends up getting made in the first place.

Unsung Anniversaries #1: Miracle

In the first entry of our new weekly series looking at films celebrating anniversaries this week that might otherwise go unnoticed, our film editor explains a bit about the series and takes a look at 2004's US hockey drama Miracle just in time for this year's Winter Olympics.

Films in Brief: 1/31/14

Since mainstream new releases seem to have us singing the blues, here are a few neat classical and nostalgic options, with Cineplex continuing their annual Great Digital Film Festival and the TIFF Bell Lightbox showcasing the works of Paul Verhoeven and the unsung, pioneering African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.

This Week at The Bloor: 1/24/14

Another solid week at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema brings a look at an offbeat Icelandic museum in The Final Member, the rise of one of basketball's most recent superstars in Linsanity, a screening of one of the best rock concert films of all time (Stop Making Sense), and a very special tribute and fundraiser for recently passed documentary icon Peter Wintonick.

Godar(t): The Works of Jean-Luc Godard at TIFF

The TIFF Bell Lightbox kicks off the first of a nearly year long, two part look at the works of famed filmmaker and writer Jean-Luc Godard this Thursday, one of the most passionate and fascinating figures in cinema history.

The Rare Case of Cocksucker Blues

This weekend, a free retrospective of films by American photographer Robert Frank at the TIFF Bell Lightbox brings a screening of one of the rarest and most controversial rock and roll documentaries of all time: the 1972 look into the touring life of The Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues, a film so rare it might not be seen on the big screen (legally) in the city every again.

True Detective Episode 1.1 Recap

Our Film Editor jumps over to the TV side for several weeks to start our weekly recaps of the new (and very much worth watching) HBO series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. What went down this week and what do we think of the first episode and where it's headed? Check it out! (Warning: Spoilers)

TFCA Announces 2013 Film Award Winners

The Toronto Film Critics Association have announced Inside Llewyn Davis as their pick for best film of the year and announced their three finalists for Best Canadian Feature to be announced in January, Here's a look at all of the winner's from this year's voting.

The Dork Shelf Guide to Holiday Shopping: Day 2

Happy Cyber Monday! Or, Happy Whatever Day You Happen to Be Reading This On! Welcome to day two of the Dork Shelf Guide to Holiday Shopping, with more great ideas for the dorky dudes and ladydudes in your lives. Stay tuned for further holly, jolly gift options, or check out our previous entry in the […]

The Dork Shelf Guide to Holday Shopping: Day 1

For the first day of our holiday gift guide, we look at some movies, games, books, and random nerdy and dorky ephemera for your loved ones and friends! New Movies: The Wolverine – Unleashed Extended Edition (3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Download Combo Pack) While The Wolverine was just fine and dandy in its original […]

The Dork Shelf Guide to Rendezvous With Madness 2013

Dork Shelf looks at seven films from this year's line-up at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, a blend of fictional films, documentaries, and more, devoted to breaking down stigmas that surround mental illness and strengthening the dialogue around them.