Critical Eye: Dallas Buyers Club Review

It’s appropriate that most of the attention surrounding Dallas Buyers Club is about Matthew McConaughey’s dramatic weight loss to play the role of Ron Woodroof. The film is centered on the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and how the HIV virus didn’t just change the way patients saw themselves, but also the way society at [...]

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Hype Manager: Captain Phillips Review

If you’ve seen the trailers for Captain Phillips, you have a pretty strong idea of what it’s about: Tom Hanks is the captain of a large freighter ship that gets hijacked by Somali pirates. He gets kidnapped, the US Navy gets involved, and if you can remember back to 2009 when this real-life story went down, [...]

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Critical Eye: 12 Years a Slave Review

Moviemaking has always had a dialogue with real-life tragedy. You could argue there’s something inherently “cinematic” about horrors like the Holocaust or 9/11, because most people wouldn’t think something so horrible could happen anywhere aside from in the movies. It’s all the more to director Steve McQueen’s credit then, that 12 Years a Slave never [...]

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Sci-Fi Nerd: Gravity Review

If you’re reading this review before Gravity’s October 4 release date, chances are I don’t need to tell you anything about the film. George Clooney, space, breathtaking effects and Sandra Bullock floating into the void, the gravity of her situation a stark contrast to the zero-gravity of space; you know all that and you’ve seen [...]

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September Movie Musings

Is 2013 going to go down as the greatest year in the history of film? No, no it will not, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few gems along the way as we approach what has become reserved as ‘the award season’ of new releases. Of the films I’ve seen this year I [...]

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TIFF 2013: My Festival Preview

Every year, smack-dab in the middle of Toronto’s hazy, humid summer, the idea of buying tickets to September’s Toronto International Film Festival strikes me like a lightning bolt hitting a tall, lone pine in the Muskokan wilderness. Okay maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I love attending TIFF and I almost always realize, in a [...]

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