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Archive for December, 2012

Silver Bear award winner ‘Barbara’ arrives at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

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The winner of the Silver Bear for best direction at the 2102 Venice Film Festival and Germany’s entrant for the best foreign language film Oscar this year, Christian Petzold’s Barbara starts an exclusive run at the Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto and select theaters across Canada on Friday Dec 28. The story of a disgraced nurse in early 1980’s East Germany features another very strong performance from the emerging powerhouse that is Nina Hoss. A relative unknown to the majority of North American audiences, Petzold’s muse (she has starred in 5 of his productions) may finally breakthrough with this strong and intimate portrayal of a woman forced to make a life altering decision and decide between following her head or her heart.

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Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Mark Waschke and Rainer Bock

Written and Directed by Christian Petzold

After being removed from a prestigious medical post in East Berlin and reassigned to an underfunded (more…)

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‘The Central Park Five’ look to clear their names at the bloor cinema (Review)

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Back in 1989 a horrendous attack in New York’s Iconic Central Park shocked New Yorkers and captivated people worldwide. The attack and the following investigation involving corruption, deceit and intrigue has become the stuff of legend. Documentarian master Ken Burns teams up with his daughter and son in-law to tell the story of the 5 teenagers convicted and jailed for the crime, and their journey to redemption, in “The Central Park 5”. Starting Christmas Day, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto begins an exclusive theatrical run of the film with additional screenings over the next 2 ½ weeks.

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Written and Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon

The film examines the infamous 1989 Central Park Jogger case, where a young white woman was raped and brutally (more…)


Will ‘Les Misérables’ steal the Christmas box office? (Review)

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Les Misérables (2012)

Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen

Based on the Original Stage Musical: Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables

Screenplay by William Nicholson, Herbert Kretzmer Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Directed by Tom Hooper

The director of 2010’s multiple award winning “The King’s Speech”, Tom Hooper, is back with his latest Oscar baiting offering, an adaptation of the award winning and long running play based the Victor Hugo  book “Les Misérables”. The production is a huge undertaking and has assembled a high profile cast under Hooper’s guiding hands to bring the tale to the screen. But is Hooper ready to helm a film that is well beyond the scope and scale anything he has ever done?

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story full of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice (more…)


Judd Apatow proclaims that “This Is 40” (Review)

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This Is 40 (2012)

Starring Paul RuddLeslie Mann, Megan Fox, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Chris O’Dowd, Jason SegelMelissa McCarthy, Graham Parker, Lena Dunham, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Charlyne Yi, Lisa Darr with John Lithgow and Albert Brooks

Written and Directed by Judd Apatow

With This is 40, Judd Apatow’s latest directorial effort, we delve back in to the world that he created years ago with “Knocked Up”, this time focusing on the lives of Pete and Debbie instead of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigel’s Ben and Allison. In fact Rogen and Heigl are completely missing from the entire film this time around. The real question is can Apatow craft a successful follow up to “Knocked Up” by going a completely different direction with it?

Five years after “Knocked Up” introduced us to Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann), we are re-introduced to the couple approaching a milestone

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Are the “Simpsons” still relevant with the “15th Season DVD”

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Simpsons Season 15 DVD Review

With the voices of Dan CastellanetaJulie Kavner, Nancy CartwrightYeardley SmithHarry Shearer and Hank Azaria

Created by Matt Groening

The longest running primetime show in American television history, the Simpsons, is world renowned and beloved. They also produce some of the most influential and feature packed DVD sets on the market place. New to DVD from Fox Home Entertainment comes the 15th season of the series. So how does season 15 stack up with their already impressive library?

In Season 15 the show welcomes guest voice performances from Jerry Lewis, Jennifer Garner, and Oscar De La Hoya in this season’s hilarious (more…)


Is “Ice Age: Continental Drift” worth the trip? (Review)

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Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-Ray

Starring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki MinajWanda Sykes, Drake, Aziz Ansari, Nick Frost and Peter Dinklage

Written by Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs and Lori Forte

Directed by Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier

New to Blu-Ray and DVD this week from Blue Sky Studios and Fox Home Entertainment is the latest chapter in the now decade spanning series of Ice Age films, Ice Age: Continental Drift. What started out as one of the solo Scrat short adventures, entitled Scrat’s Continental Crack-up, now been expanded into a new adventure for the entire Ice Age gang and they are bringing along a slew of new characters to join them. But has the series run its course with the fourth installment of the franchise?

In Ice Age: Continental Drift Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn (more…)


New ‘Willow’ blu-ray, due in stores in March 2013, has a trailer hit the web

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of the new Blu-Ray transfer of Lucasfilm and Ron Howard‘s fantasy epic “Willow“earlier this week, Fox Home Entertainment today released a new trailer online for the project. The fully restored and remastered version (more…)