reviews

Worldwide Short Film Festival Preview

Andrew Parker, James Farrington, Phil Brown, and Jenna Hossack take a look at a bunch of programs in this year's 18th annual CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. We take a look at comedy, drama, Christmas, love, families, kids films, surrealism, and many other disparate elements that come together to make this festival one of the city's most endearingly eclectic.

Moonrise Kingdom Review

Director Wes Anderson delivers one of his best felt films to date with the funny, sweet, and deeply personal feeling Moonrise Kingdom.

The New Old: Surrealities

This week's archival home entertainment column takes a look at the equally surreal worlds of professional wrestling (The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions) and the mind of John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich).

This Week in DVD: 5/22/12

A busy week for big titles on video store shelves as we take a look at The Grey, The Secret World of Arrietty, The Woman in Black, This Means War, and Red Tails.

Battleship Review

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This Week in DVD: 5/15/12

This week's a busy one at the video store, as we take a look at Chronicle, Hard Core Logo 2, a BBC remounting of Great Expectations, Rampart, Albert Nobbs, the first season of Hell on Wheels, Wrestlemania XXVIII, and a very brief, curt message about The Devil Inside.

The New Old: Boys, Men, Aliens, and Gremlins

Lots of talk about boys and men this week as Brandon Bastaldo takes a look at the coming of age tale La Haine, Andrew Parker looks at the Quebecois hockey comedy Les Boys II, and Phil Brown looks at Men in Black, About a Boy, and the almost childlike inhibition of Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

This Week in DVD: 5/8/12

This week's DVD column is all over the map as Andrew Parker takes on Underworld: Awakening, the horror remake Mother's Day, and the romantic drama The Vow, while Phil Brown takes a look at the almost unclassifiable Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

TIFF Next Wave Round-up

We take a look at the inaugural TIFF Next Wave teen oriented film festival with an overview and a review of three of the festival's biggest titles. including 17 Girls, Re:Generation Music Project, and the directorial debut of actor Matthew Lillard, Fat Kid Rules the World.

Hot Docs 2012: The Mid-Week Report

As we reach the mid-point of Hot Docs 2012, we take a look at An Affair of the Heart, Canned Dreams, Shut Up and Play the Hits, Soldier/Citizen, Breath, Love Story, and Only the Young.

This Week in DVD: 5/1/12

Following an extremely slow DVD release week last week, this week's columnists Andrew Parker and Zack Kotzer take on a marginally less slow week with looks at Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, Ti West's The Innkeepers, and the unnecessary sequel/reimagining The Wicker Tree.

Hot Docs 2012: Weekend Update

As the first weekend of the 2012 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival draws to a close today, we bring you even more reviews from the front lines of first person filmmaking with looks at The Imposter, Off Label, G-Dog, Shadows of Liberty, The Punk Syndrome, Buzkashi!, Welcome to the Machine, Where Heaven Meets Hell, and My Mate Manchester United.

Hot Docs 2012:
The First Big Day

On the first official day of Hot Docs 2012 following last night's gala, Canadian content dominates our reviews with looks at El Huaso, The Final Member, Legend of a Warrior, Crimes Without Honour, Who Cares?, and Fists of Pride. We also take a look at Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, My Thai Bride, Her Master's Voice, Planet of Snail, Colombianos, Ping Pong, and Laura

Hot Docs 2012 Reviews: Part 4

We break out the big guns for today's Hot Docs 2012 preview with a lot of titles that have gone rush, including Indie Game: The Movie, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Detropia, Finding Truelove, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, and The World Before Her. Also looks at Sexy Baby, Mom and Me, Beware of Mr. Baker, and The Job.

The Five-Year Engagement Review

While it will probably appeal to the most adoring fans of producer Judd Apatow and star Jason Segel, The Five-Year Engagement is a mean spirited, mostly unoriginal comedy that can never decide if it wants to pander to women or to bros, when it's a plot clearly designed to pander to the latter.