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Archive for June, 2013

‘Lore’ takes her journey through the TIFF Bell Lightbox



Starting an exclusive run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this week is the much anticipated follow up to the 2004 film “Somersault” from Australian director Cate Shortland, “Lore”. The gritty and unnerving tale has the children of Nazi Germany set to have face and deal with the influx of allied troops that are swarming into their now crumbling country. The story is grim and dense, but features a heck of a lead performance.


Starring: Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, André Frid, Mika Seidel, Kai Malina, Nick Holaschke and Ursina Lardi

Written by Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee

Directed by Cate Shortland

The year is 1945. After their SS Nazi parents are taken into Allied custody, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. (more…)

Bite into the juicy details of the ‘True Blood Season Five’ Blu-ray

true-blood-season-five-blu-rayNew on Blu-ray from HBO Home Entertainment is the latest season from HBO’s smash hit supernatural series “True Blood” with the release of Season Five. The show has garnered fans and acclaim with its very adult and racy take on the world of Vampires, Werewolves, Shapeshifters, Witches and other supernatural phenomenon, but also takes hints and inspiration from other shows and movies to mix into its blend. But is this season worth your purchase money?

True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray Review

Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Evans, Carrie Preston, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristen Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Joe Manganiello, Michael McMillan, Janina Gavankar, Denis O’Hare with Scott Foley, Valentina Cervi, Tina Majorino and Christopher Meloni

Created by Alan Ball

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Inside Out Film Festival Mini Reviews



Starting this weekend and running through June 2nd is the 23rd edition of the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto. Toronto’s LGBT film festival has grown to become one of the biggest and most attended film festivals in a city jammed packed with them. The festival this year features a diverse blend of narrative and documentary for audiences to enjoy, all hosted in the TIFF Bell Lightbox, many will cause discussion and debate while others strain to merely entertain. (more…)

‘Pawn’ outmaneuvers itself and falls flat on Blu-ray



New to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment is the star studded film directorial debut from the cinematographer/director of photography of the “Saw” franchise David A. Armstrong, Pawn. The crime thriller also reunites Forest Whitaker briefly with his “Shield” co-star Michael Chiklis, with Chiklis this time firmly on the opposite of the law and sporting a less than impressive cockney accent.

Starring Sean Faris, Michael Chiklis, Martin Csokas, Stephen Lang, Common, Nikki Reed, Max Beesley, Jessica Szohr with Forest Whitaker and Ray Liotta

Written by Jay Anthony White

Directed by David A. Armstrong

At an all-night diner, a cop (Whitaker) walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next – and what happened just before – will change everything you think you know. Inside the diner the former patrons are now  (more…)

‘A Haunted House’ manages to scare up no laughs

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New on Blu-ray from VVS films is the latest spoof film from Marlon WayansA Haunted House. The film marks Marlon’s first solo foray into the spoof film world without any of the rest of the infamous Wayans clan involved. Also responsible for the script, with writing partner Alvarez, the success, or failure, of the project lies solely with Marlon this time around. So will Marlon be able to do it on his own?

A Haunted House

Starring; Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene ForteDavid Koechner, Affion Crockett, Alanna Ubach, Nick Swardson, Andrew Daly, J.B. Smoove and Cedric the Entertainer

Written by Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez

Directed by Michael Tiddes

A send up of the “Paranormal Activity” movies, “The Devil Inside” and other ‘found footage’ movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Wayans) (more…)