Toronto 2014 Review: THE DEAD LANDS, An Epic Yet Intimate Action Journey

As is often the case with a classical heroic journey, what you get out of the quest is often what you bring to it. With some humility and patience, you'll be rewarded; wanting rewards without putting in the work... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE CONNECTION Misses Its Mark

The Connection (titled La French in its native county) has the makings of a great film, which is what makes the final product such a disapointment. Drawing upon the same case that was the basis for the William Friedkin... More »
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E03, ROBOT OF SHERWOOD (Or, The Doctor Meets Robin Hood)

Throwing the Doctor and some well-known figure from history or legend together for an episode is hardly a new trick for Doctor Who, although it is somewhat unusual to see our hero so nonplussed by the whole thing.As the title... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Jason Reitman Weaves An Ambitious, Enjoyable Tapestry In MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

Jason Reitman is having an identity crisis. As one of the most prolific voices in his generation of filmmakers, Reitman has been a model of consistency, pumping out smart and snarky dramedies every two years from Thank You For Smoking... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: BIG GAME, Big Fun That Feels Totally Fresh

It's such a delight to see a film that plays by its own rules, fulfilling the premise that it sets up, and delivering right through to the conclusion. This is especially true for Midnight movies, as often you get... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Stylish And Well Performed, SCARLET INNOCENCE Surprises And Delights

Adapted from a Korean folk tale and starting off as a softly lensed romantic melodrama, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Scarlet Innocence, the latest work from noted visual stylist Yim Pil-sung, must be primed for a local audience. Yet... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Roskam's THE DROP Is A Top Notch Crimer And Fitting Goodbye For Gandolfini

Michael Roskam burst onto the scene three years ago with his Belgian bovine crime drama Bullhead. The film thrilled audiences from Berlin to Fantastic Fest and went on to score a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. We've been... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: NIGHTCRAWLER Out Networks NETWORK

Soon after seeing this film, I just kind of blurted out what this film meant to me when talking to fellow critics - it may be premature to declare it as such, but what the hell: Nightcrawler is my... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE LITTLE DEATH, Kinky, Tragic, Hilarious

Josh Lawson is a charming and cheeky fellow. His goofiness on screen and well-mannered presence has permeated execrable dross from Australia and made it watchable. His painful turn as Doug, the loser partner in Showtime's black comedy series House of... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE PRICE WE PAY, One Of The Most Compelling Docs Of The Year

It's not often that something as dry as tax theory can result in an engrossing night at the movies, but credit Harold Crooks and his team for providing an exceptional articulation about the vagaries of "off shoring" in an... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Will Age Gracefully

The eponymous image of Clouds of Sils Maria features a heavenly mist snaking its way through mountain peaks like a river, the rocks frozen in time, immutable, the clouds in perpetual motion.It is shown as shot for Olivier Assayas in 2014,... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Cluelessly Earnest

The patron saint of smashing entitlement into smithereens, Louis C.K., has a great bit about being Caucasian. The gist of it is that he can hop in a time machine and go back in history, and there will be a... More »
  

Review: It's Baudrillard Revisited In Czech Anti-Rom DELIGHT

Czech director Jitka Rudolfová rejoins the ranks of emerging filmmakers worth following. Her feature debut, a sort of generational observation piece called Dreamers, focuses on a group of friends in their 30's who decide to change their aimless lives. Delight... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Sono's TOKYO TRIBE Is The Best Musical Of The New Decade

Disclaimer: I don't like hip hop. In fact, most of the time I can't stand it. This movie is a hip hop musical. I love this movie.Right now Tokyo Tribe is my choice for the best movie of 2014. Fascinating... More »
  

Review: NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY With (Soul) Power

"I pitched every game in the Major Leagues under the influence of drugs," reveals Dock Ellis, the late baseball player who in 1970 threw a "no-no" (no-hitter) for the Pittsburgh Pirates while he was high on LSD. This is the... More »
  

Review: RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO Delivers Grand Thrills

Satoh Takeru's wandering samurai returns in a sequel that improves considerably on the enjoyable first feature while setting the scene for the soon to follow finale. The first film's strength was its high production value and visually exciting action scenes... More »
  

Review: WETLANDS, Not For The Faint Of Heart Nor Weak Of Stomach

When a film begins with a teenage girl deliberately smearing her genitals all over an especially disgusting public toilet seat, you pretty much have an idea what you're in for. Wetlands, director David Wnendt's sophomore feature after the award winning... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Venice 2014 Review: HILL OF FREEDOM Proves A Pleasant But Slight Slice From Hong Sangsoo

It's easy to accuse Hong Sangsoo of doing the same thing over and over again as each of his films revisit the same themes with similar characters, situations and locations. Such a reading can easily miss the point of his... More »
  

Venice 2014 Review: Mortality And Desire Mingle And Dance in REVIVRE

Returning for his 102nd feature, the indefatigable Im Kwon-taek continues his move away from period and cultural fare with the melancholic Revivre, pairing up once again with the equally venerable screen legend Ahn Sung-ki. Somberly shot and deliberately paced, Im's... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Miike's OVER YOUR DEAD BODY Fuses Both Sides Of The Maverick Director Into A Stunning Whole

Through his early years Japanese cult auteur Miike Takashi built himself a very well earned reputation as a sort of patron saint of the id, the feverish imaginings of his subconscious spilling out in wild and unpredictable gusts of blood,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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