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Review: Elle

This was previously reviewed as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage. PLOT: A middle-aged divorcee ( Isabelle Huppert ) is sexually assaulted, and struggles with conflicting feelings regarding the rape while trying to move on with her life. REVIEW: Apparently, Paul Verhoeven ’s ELLE was written to be his comeback to English-language film-making, with the reaction dire...
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11.09.2016
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Review: Loving

LOVING was originally reviewed as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage. PLOT: The true story of Richard ( Joel Edgerton ) and Mildred ( Ruth Negga ) Loving, who fought for over a decade to have their marriage deemed legal in opposition to Virginiaís law prohibiting interracial marriage. REVIEW: Itís a pretty amazing achievement that director Jeff Nichols has released not...
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10.31.2016
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Review: Deepwater Horizon

This title was previously reviewed at TIFF 2016. PLOT: The true story of the Deepwater Horizon, the mobile drilling unit that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the BP Oil Spill. REVIEW: While the BP Oil Spill may not seem a natural topic for a $100 million plus disaster movie designed to play to a broad audience, Peter Berg ’s DEEPWATER HORIZON is...
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09.30.2016
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TIFF Wrap-up and Top 10!

I can't believe it but TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is already over for another year! This marked my eighth time attending what I think is the world's best film festival, and the lineup was impressive as ever. Acquisitions were more modest than usual, but bear in mind most of the big titles came to the fest with distribution deals already worked out. A bunch of major Oscar...
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09.23.2016
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Review: The Magnificent Seven

This review originally ran as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage PLOT: A gunslinger ( Denzel Washington ) is recruited by a young widow ( Haley Bennett ) to save her town from a sadistic tycoon ( Peter Sarsgaard ). In order to take on his hired guns, they recruit an additional six men, including a hard-living poker player ( Chris Pratt ), a Civil War vet ( Ethan Hawke ) and more....
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09.23.2016
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TV Review: Black Mirror: San Junipero & Nosedive (TIFF 2016)

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: ‘Black Mirror’ is one of my favorite shows, so when I...
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09.22.2016
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Review: The Edge of Seventeen (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: A rebellious teen ( Hailee Steinfeld ) finds her life thrown into disarray after her brother ( Blake Jenner ) starts dating her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson). REVIEW: The last few years have been slim pickings for good teen coming-of-age fare on the big screen, with only the occasional surprise like EASY A or THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER coming along to...
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09.22.2016
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Review: Sing (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: Buster Moon ( Matthew McConaughey ), a koala bear/theatrical impresario, attempts to save his run-down theater by staging a singing competition featuring a Porcupine punk singer ( Scarlett Johansson ), a domestic pig ( Reese Witherspoon ) with a dozen kids, a tough-guy mouse ( Seth MacFarlane ), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly) and a thuggish gorilla ( Taron Egerton ) with a...
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09.21.2016
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Review: Lion (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: Twenty-five years after being separated from his family, a young man ( Dev Patel ) raised by loving adoptive parents ( Nicole Kidman & David Wenham ) in Australia uses Google Earth to find his natural family, who he vaguely remembers living in a remote part of India. REVIEW: If The Weinstein Company knows anything, it’s how to score Oscars, and their latest...
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09.20.2016
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Review: Their Finest (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: During the London Blitz, a young woman ( Gemma Arterton ) takes a job as a script writer for women’s dialogue in morale-boosting films. When an idea of hers gets turned into a massive technicolor production, she finds herself on location with a sexist screen-writer ( Sam Claflin ) and an over-the-hill former leading man ( Bill Nighy ) desperate to save his flagging...
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09.20.2016
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We interview The Magnificent Seven's Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt & more!

This Friday, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, Antoine Fuqua ’s big-budget remake of the 1960 Yul Brynner / Steve McQueen classic (which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa ’s THE SEVEN SAMURAI) hits theaters. I was lucky enough to see it at TIFF (read my review ) and overall I thought it was a total blast. Lucky me, I also get to sit down with the awesome cast! First up...
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09.19.2016
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Review: Dog Eat Dog (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: Three criminals ( Nicolas Cage , Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) are hired to kidnap a gangsterís baby. REVIEW: In his introduction to DOG EAT DOG, TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes admitted that it was not a natural pick for the programme. Coming from a respected veteran filmmaker like Paul Schrader , DOG EAT DOG, which earlier played Cannes,...
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09.19.2016
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