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Geek Hard Podcast: Episode 279

On this episode we review The Martian. We also talk with Donna Davies director of Fanarchy documentary and with programmer Christian Burgess from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

The Martian Review

The Martian is easily one of director Ridley Scott's best efforts in years, and that's saying something.

The Zero Theorem Review

Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem is a sprawling, thoughtful mess of a movie that tosses a cavalcade of ideas (both visual and philosophical) at the audience with almost reckless abandon.

The Monuments Men Review

While it has some enjoyable moments, a complete lack of character development and an unsure storyline make George Clooney's latest directorial effort, the all star World War II period piece The Monuments Men, a bit of a ponderous disappointment.

Elysium Review

Just as illogical and bearing an intensely preachy, somewhat botched political message this Neil Blomkamp's previous outing District 9 suffered from, Elysium might just be slightly better since it doesn't hinge on a gimmick it can abandon as soon as possible once the filmmaker decides he just wants to start blowing things up and stop making any sense.

Behind the Candelabra Review

Steven Soderbergh's Liberace bio-pic Behind the Candelabra - debuting tomorrow on HBO with a simulcast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Inside Out festival at 9pm - is a tasteful and fascinating look at a kitschy entertainment icon, with excellent leading performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

Promised Land Review

Despite a solid set up, great performances, and a surprisingly unsentimental script from actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski, the Midwest set drama Promised Land comes up short thanks to a pretty dire final third.

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The New Old: Sowing Season

This week, our archival DVD column looks at various stages of growing up with looks at Good Will Hunting, High Fidelity, and Adventures in Babysitting, and a look at the volatile nature of change in The Proposition.

Contagion Review

Director Steven Soderbergh takes on a deadly viral outbreak in his latest film, Contagion, with the same episodic story structure that he employed when he took on the war on drugs in Traffic. What this means is that Contagion is a very well made and often fascinating film that feels longer than it really is and it forgets about most of its characters at fairly inopportune times. The two films could really play side by side as a double bill of Soderbergh procedurals. They have almost the exact same strengths and the exact same faults.