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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Movie Review)

PLOT: Small-town father-and-son coroners (Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch) perform an emergency, late-night autopsy on the corpse of a young woman whose biology makes no sense. REVIEW: Of all the films I’ve seen at TIFF this year (nearly twenty as writing this), André Ovredal’s THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE is the most frustrating. For a full half of the ninety minute running...
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12.20.2016
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Arrival (Movie Review)

This review was originally run as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage. PLOT: After mysterious alien ships appear around the globe, a linguist ( Amy Adams ) is recruited by an army colonel ( Forest Whitaker ) in order to help communicate with the visitors and learn their intentions. REVIEW: ARRIVAL is a major departure for director Denis Villeneuve . While already...
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11.11.2016
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TV Review: Black Mirror: San Junipero & Nosedive

This Black Mirror review was previously run as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage. PLOT: In this sampling of episodes from the third season of ‘Black Mirror’, a young woman ( Mackenzie Davis ) makes an unexpected connection, while an insecure office worker ( Bryce Dallas Howard ) struggles with her place in a society that values social media likes above all else. REVIEW:...
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10.21.2016
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Nocturnal Animals (TIFF Review)

PLOT: An unhappy art gallery owner ( Amy Adams ) finds herself obsessed by the manuscript of a novel by her ex-husband ( Jake Gyllenhaal ) which tells the story of a man (also Gyllenhaal) seeking revenge on the gang of thugs who violently attacked his family. REVIEW: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a particularly daring sophomore film for director Tom Ford (A SINGLE MAN) who’s...
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09.13.2016
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The Belko Experiment (TIFF Review)

PLOT: The corporate drones of a mysterious corporation find themselves in lock-down mode and forced into a kill-or-be-killed scenario. REVIEW: If you work in an office-setting, your mind is gonna go strange places as you watch THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. Directed by WOLF CREEK’s Greg McLean and written by none-other than James Gunn, this gallows-humor satire is like ‘The Office’...
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09.12.2016
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A Monster Calls (TIFF Review)

PLOT: A young boy (Lewis MacDougall) who’s struggling to come to terms with his dying mother’s ( Felicity Jones ) illness is befriended by a monstrous, storytelling tree demon (voiced by Liam Neeson ). REVIEW: A couple of TIFF’s ago, director J.A Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE) came to town with what proved to be one of the more underrated films of the last few years, THE...
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09.10.2016
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The Final Girls (TIFF Review 2015)

PLOT: A group of teens find themselves sucked into a cheesy eighties slasher flick, where they must do battle with a Jason-style killer so they can return home. REVIEW: THE FINAL GIRLS is like the LAST ACTION HERO of horror movies, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Like that often underrated Arnie flick, here a group of ultra-canny kids who’ve grown up on a diet of...
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09.23.2015
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Southbound (TIFF Review 2015)

PLOT: Desperate travelers on a long-stretch of abandoned highway are forced to come face-to-face with their most primal fears. REVIEW: Anthology movies – by their very nature – are almost always uneven. At their best, such as the VHS series, the talent assembled is strong enough that even if a segment comes up short, there's enough energy and flair behind the...
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09.17.2015
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The Girl in the Photographs (TIFF Review 2015)

PLOT: A celebrity photographer (Kal Penn) and his vacuous posse descend on a small town when the amateur photographic work of a vicious serial killer attracts his attention. REVIEW: Being that THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS bears the name of the late Wes Craven as an executive producer, I wish I could tell you that the last film to have the maestro's seal of approval was...
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09.16.2015
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New teaser for Portal to Hell starring Roddy Piper!

  "Rowdy" Roddy Piper may be gone, but he's clearly not forgotten. The wrestler-actor-all around great man passed away a few weeks ago, but there have been so many considerate tributes and odes to the dude ( including our own ) that I'm sure he'd be happy to know how truly missed he is. And then he'd gather us all up in his arms and bodyslam us. And those of you headed to TIFF...
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08.13.2015
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NSFW trailer for Polish horror flick Demon debuts

Thanks to IndieWire, our first intro to the Polish horror pic DEMON comes via a brutally NSFW trailer. The flick, from director Marcin Wrona (MY FLESH & BLOOD), will make its world premiere at TIFF, highlighting the Vanguard Section of the acclaimed festival. Cop a peek at the nastiness below! "A young man is a stranger visiting the hometown of his future wife. As a...
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08.12.2015
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Latest clip from Kevin Smith's Tusk discusses the Cana-do's and Cana-don'ts

Hello there fellow facial hair aficionados! On tap for ya we have the latest clip from Kevin Smith's TUSK, which will be hitting theaters this Friday, September 19, from A24. This new clip shows star Justin Long going through Canadian customs where he learns the “Cana-do’s and Cana-don’ts" of visiting the Great White North. Smith's TUSK is......
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09.16.2014
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