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The Top 25 Films of 2013! (Examiner)

Originally Published at EXAMINER

1- her (2)Going through the list of best films of the year for 2013 proved to be tougher than first imagined as though there was a lot of films that are deservedly worth maligning and ignoring all together, the films that were good were really good! The following list is the top 25 ranked in order for the year 2013, with a little blurb about each film.

NOTE: This list could only be full of films that were watched by myself in 2013, of course. Notable exceptions of films that were not seen include Gravity, American Hustle, Blue is the Warmest Color, Broken Circle Breakdown, Captain Phillips and Before Midnight. Also some films like Much Ado About Nothing were on my list from 2012. (more…)

TIFF takes us through the ‘Century of Chinese Cinema’

tiff_logoStarting this weekend, and running through Aug 11th, the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be overrun by some of the greatest films and film luminaries that Chinese film has to offer. Dubbed ‘A Century ofChinese Cinema’, the extensive program features classic films and special events all focused around the history of Chinese film and its impact globally.

The Century of Chinese Cinema Series

The Golden Age program focuses on the films from 1930’s Shanghai and features TIFF Curator Noah Cowan hosting a night with the classic “Spring in a Small Town” and other classic films like “Crossroads” and “The Big Road”. A New China covers the period from the very late 40’s to the early 60’s and is highlighted by “The Love Eterne” and “The Winter”.

en, Gangsters and Ghosts: The Evolution of Chinese Genre Cinema  (more…)

Hot Docs 2013: 5 Films that need your attention

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Hot Docs 2013: 5 Films that need your attention

With Hot Docs in full swing starting today after last night’s gala premiere of “The Manor”, here’s a quick checklist of 5 films that should not be missed. With the over 100 films playing this year this is far from a comprehensive list of the best films overall, but these are some definite winners.

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Director Alex Winter’s documentary about the rise and fall of Napster is a very funny and informative dissection of the rise and fall of Sean Fanning and Sean Parker’s (more…)


‘The Walking Dead’s’ 5 most anticipated characters yet to appear on TV

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With this Sunday’s (Mar 3) episode bringing back uber fan favorite Morgan Jones (Lennie James) and the appearance of comic book favorite Tyresse (Chad L. Coleman), even if he’s working with David Morrissey’s Governor for now, the influx of new characters has been on the rise for this season’s “The Walking Dead”. Even Axel (Lew Temple), with his short stay, was another character who managed to work his way in from the original comic book once the prison came into play. But the comic book just recently went past 100 issues (107 as of this article) and the group is in a much different place. (more…)


TIFF Next Wave 2013: mini reviews

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TIFF Next Wave Film Festival starts Feb 15 with the ‘Battle of the Scores’ music program on Feb 15. The Film Festival kicks off the film portion on Feb 16, and here are some mini reviews of 4 of the films highlighting the festival this year.

For more information on all of the films in the Next Wave Film Festival check out TIFF’s online schedule. But for now lets get on with the films.


The ‘Next Wave’ of film and filmmakers take over TIFF Feb 15-17 2013

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This Family Day weekend, Feb 15-17, theTIFF Bell Lightbox launches its 2nd edition of the Next Wave Film Festival. The festival serves to empower youth and deepen their appreciation of film by empowering them to program their own festival through representatives from their own peer group. The festival kicks off with the “Battle of the Scores”, a unique battle of the bands style competition where high school indie bands perform live scores to youth made film trailers in front of a live audience. Of course this is a film festival so there is also a full schedule of movies to check out on Sat Feb 16 and Sun Feb 17.

TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival Preview

View slideshow: TIFF Next Wave Films

The film schedule is highlighted by 3 special premium selections, some premieres, a work in progress and a marathon of films (more…)


Cineplex’s Great Digital Film Festival runs through Feb 7

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Cineplex’s Great Digital Film Festival Preview

Starting Feb 1, 2013 select Cineplex theaters across Canada will participate in the fourth annual ‘Great Digital Film Festival’. The festival runs from Feb 1 through Feb7 and is dedicated to bringing classic films back to the big screen, and often in digital format for the first time. This year the festival is also serving as the nationwide debut for last year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival Favorite Cockneys vs Zombies.

All films are only $6 per screening with discount pricing for purchasing multiple tickets with extra Scene points for members of Cineplex’s Scene loyalty program. In the GTA the theaters participating will be the Scotiabank Theaters downtown (more…)