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Archive for April, 2013

‘Wrong’ rolls into the Lightbox from ‘Rubber’ director Quentin Dupieux


wrong movie film posterStarting an exclusive run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this weekend, infamous director and musician Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr Oizo, the director of the movie about a car tire on a killing spree ‘Rubber’, is back with his newest absurdist comedy ‘Wrong’. With Rubber being an extremely divisive film, and Dupieux’s penchant for the bizarre, Wrong is sure to not just be simple a story of a man trying to find his lost dog, but among the other distractions and flights of fancy from Dupieux it also is simply that story. But will the director’s latest opus be worthy of a trip down to the Lightbox for the experience?


Starring Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, William Fichtner, Steve Little and Regan Burns

Written and Directed by Quentin Dupieux

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Terrence Malick returns and takes us ‘To The Wonder’


to_the_wonder_quadStarting at the Varsity Cineplex Odeon this week is the latest from prolific and polarizing filmmaker Terrence Malick, To The Wonder. After decades where Malick was silent and not producing film his recent efforts have come in bunches with To The Wonder and Tree of Life only a year apart and Malick currently working on 3 projects all due by end of year 2014. To The Wonder has Malick pondering love and faith, and the loss of both of them.

To The Wonder

Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem

Written and Directed by Terrence Malick

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‘Oblivion’ feels very familiar, but looks stunning

oblivion-movie-directed by Joseph Kosinski



Starring: Tom CruiseAndrea RiseboroughOlga Kurylenko, Zoe BellMelissa Leo andMorgan Freeman

Written by Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt

Directed by Joseph Kosinski

New in theaters this week is the new Science Fiction action/thriller from the director ofTron: Legacy starring Tom Cruise, Oblivion. The first of many apocalyptic earth films to be unleashed in theaters this year, this summer’s After Earth and fall’s Snowpiercer still to come; Oblivion is a beautiful looking epic that despite a small cast is very grand in scale. The question is will the film be original enough to outshine its competition?

2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth with his partner Victoria (Riseborough) (more…)

Toronto Jewish Film Festival: Mini Reviews



Starting April 11th on screens across Toronto is the 21 edition of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF). The prestigious festival has been bringing the best and most diverse of Jewish cinema to the city for more than 2 decades and this year’s crop looks to do the same with gripping documentaries and inventive horror films marking the reviews over the next pages.

For more information about the festival, additional films playing and showtime/ticket (more…)

‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ falls short of the mark


place_beyond_the_pinesBlue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance returns, with his lead actor from Valentine Ryan Gosling in tow, to brings us his vision of an epic crime saga that spans a generation with the much hyped film that debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, The Place Beyond the Pines. Also bringing along Bradley Cooper and rising star Dane DeHaan this time around, director Cianfrance is attempting a much larger in scope and scale story with Place Beyond the Pines, but will the film have more intention and purpose behind the script, or be more about observation and character like Blue Valentine?

The Place Beyond the Pines

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood and Harris Yulin

Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder

Directed by Derek Cianfrance


‘Tormented 3D’ marks a return to form for Takashi Shimizu



Back in 2002, in the middle of the boom of the Japanese Horror (J-Horror for short) craze in North America that arrived after the release of “The Ring” remake, director Takashi Shimizureleased his blockbuster smash Ju-on: The Grudge. For a while Shimizu was on top of the genre with the Ju-on sequel and the American remakes that he directed himself. But ever since the lackluster results of the Grudge 2 American sequel, Shimizu has failed to recapture the acclaim he once had in North American with a string of disappointing films that have not connected with audiences. New to Blu-ray from Well Go USA Entertainment, Tormented aims to mark a return to form for Shimizu and re-establish his name as a leader in the genre.

Tormented 3D Blu-ray Review

Starring: Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Shibuya, Tamaki Ogawa, Teruyuki Kagawa and Nao Ohmori

Written by Sôtarô Hayashi, Daisuke Hosaka and Takashi Shimizu

Directed by Takashi Shimizu

Daigo (Shibuya) doesn’t speak anymore, not since he killed that rabbit on the playground at school. (more…)

‘Hit N’ Strum’ is a swing and a miss

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New in Toronto theaters this week, at the Cineplex Yonge & Dundas Cinemas, is the directorial debut from veteran Hollywood stuntman Kirk Caouette, Hit N’ Strum. The film, also written and starring Caouette, takes place on his native Canadian streets of Vancouver and features music expressly written and performed by Cauoette himself. After a successful run in Vancouver, Hit N’ Strum makes it Toronto theatrical debut looking to charm TO viewers as well.

Hit N’ Strum

Starring: Michelle Harrison, Kirk Caouette and Paul McGillion

Written and directed by Kirk Caouette

Worlds collide when Stephanie (Harrison) takes a wrong turn and runs down Mike (Caouette), a scruffy homeless street busker in Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside. As Mike gets to his feet, Stephanie panics and speeds away from the scene. (more…)