Russell Crowe

The Water Diviner Review

Nothing is subtle in Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, in which a bereaved father travels halfway across the world to bring his deceased sons home after World War I, but it's not without its entertainment value.

Home Entertainment Review: Noah

Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) – The most remarkable aspect of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is simply the fact that it exists. It’s not supposed to be possible for an idiosyncratic director to get a massive blockbuster budget to make a challenging and thought-provoking movie no matter how many battle scenes are wrapped around the ideas. More […]

Noah Review

Definitely not a straight-faced biblical epic, the first 90 minutes or so of Darren Aronofsky's Noah is a highly entertaining fantasy epic with scope and grandeur. The remaining 40 minutes is exactly the same kind of sour and dour film Aronofsky has made throughout his career thus far. It's okay overall, but wildly uneven.

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.

Red Obsession Review

Red Obsession can’t really be described as anything more than a functional documentary. Not to say that it isn’t a well informed or researched look into how wine has become one of the hottest monetary commodities in the world, but it’s really only interesting enough for viewers to retain small facts and tidbits of knowledge if they aren’t keenly in love with talking about everything related to the world’s most sought after alcoholic beverage.

Man of Steel Review

Although it might be still somewhat of an unsubtle disappointment, Man of Steel offers enough action and promise for the future, particularly from Henry Cavill in the lead and even from Zack Snyder in the director's seat. Still, someone needs to tell Christopher Nolan (and by extension actual hired writer David S. Goyer) to stop putting his very specific and far too serious spin on DC titles.

The New Old: Guns, Drugs, and Tobacco

This week for the archival DVD and Blu-Ray column we dive into the 3-D Blu-Ray release of Tony Scott's Top Gun, Michael Mann's The Insider, the forgotten about horror flick Schizo, and head over to the TV side of things for The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour, the second season of the Being Human reboot, and The Best of WCW Monday Nitro, Volume 2.

Broken City Review

Marred by a pretty lacking script, Broken City isn't so much awful as it is wholly predictable and almost instantly forgettable.

Les Miserables Review

Some excellent performances, great music, and fast pacing make Les Misérables worth seeing, despite director Tom Hooper directing with an unsteady hand.

First Man of Steel Image

It’s a spider-man! It’s an iron man! No, it’s a super man! Earlier today Warner Bros. released the first image of Superman from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel slated for a 2013 release. The image shows Henry Cavill as the titular 'Man of Steel' showing off the squareness of his jaw in a suit that replaces the vintage spandex look with the recycled basketball one people seem to really like these days.

Robin Hood Review

It seems that every twenty years or so, Hollywood decides it wants to take on the English folk hero Robin Hood. From the Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn era, to the Connery/Hepburn duo of Robin and Marian and more recently the dubious-yet-classic Kevin Costner outing, Robin Hood is no stranger to the big screen. I’m […]

Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

The first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood has hit the web.  The film stars Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. Scott’s film looks like a more realistic and rather brutal adaptation of the Robin Hood legend.  Kevin Costner must be spinning in his grave. Robin Hood is due in […]