Toronto 2015 Review: COLLECTIVE INVENTION Asks The Right Questions, But Has None Of The Answers

Wrapping a raft of social issues plaguing modern Korean society into a simple allegory, Collective Invention, a quirky new comedy-drama with dashes of the same humor found in Bong Joon-ho's work, is a succinct but relatively straightforward affair. The setting... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Review: SICARIO, A Marvelous, Stunning Hybrid

In white writing on a black screen, we're taught that Sicario was the name given to Hebrew Zealots (the name means "dagger men") who fought to expel the Romans in Judea. Now the name is used in Mexico to refer... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Toronto 2015 Review: EQUALS, A Romantic LOGAN'S RUN For Millennials

In the future envisioned in Equals, it is as if Jony Ive ended debates on industrial design and all we are left with is Apple monoculture. Everything is white and smooth surfaced. The architecture is soothingly clean concrete. The film opens with... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: Sono's WHISPERING STAR Is A Hushed-Tone Oddity, Even By Sono's Standards

In a career positively littered with oddball entries, Sono Sion's The Whispering Star may very well prove to be the most oddball, the most niche entry in the director's lengthy canon. And, surprisingly, this is because he chooses the path... More »
By Todd Brown   

Review: Johnnie To's OFFICE, Too Much Like Real Work

In a wild change of pace, Hong Kong director Johnnie To delivers an all-singing, occasionally-dancing adaptation of Sylvia Chang's successful stage play, Design for Living. While the script has undergone numerous changes along the way, and boasts brand new musical numbers... More »
By James Marsh   

Toronto 2015 Review: THE ENDLESS RIVER, A Gorgeously Rendered But Emotionally Distant Portrait Of Loss

South African festival darling Oliver Hermanus continues his remarkable run of international acclaim with his third effort, The Endless River. Selected in competition in Venice before coming here to Toronto Hermanus delivers a thematically challenging and gorgeously rendered yet emotionally... More »
By Todd Brown   

Toronto 2015 Review: In LEGEND, Double The Tom Hardy Is Double The Fun

From his star-making role in Bronson to his box office busting turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy has quickly established himself as one of both the most bankable and most well respected actors working today. So what could... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Toronto 2015 Review: Broken Loyalties Breed Betrayal And Violence In THE ARDENNES

A man crashes into water and hauls himself to the side, heavy breathing puffing through his nylon mask as he throws himself into the waiting car. "Just drive," he wheezes to the waiting driving. "There was nothing I could do."... More »
By Todd Brown   

Toronto 2015 Review: RIVER, Man On The Run, But Not A Typical Chase Thriller

As children, we are often taught that, when someone is in trouble, we should try to help, or if someone is being bullied, we should intervene. But sometimes, there can be unforeseen consequences that would endanger ourselves. Jamie M. Dagg's first... More »

Toronto 2015 Review: THE DEVIL'S CANDY Is A Sweetly Horrifying Confection

It was back in 2009 that Australian writer-director Sean Byrne burst on to the scene with his debut feature film, The Loved Ones, igniting a firestorm of positive praise that seemed poised to light the world on fire for this... More »
By Todd Brown   

Blu-ray Review: THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW Makes Its HD Debut From 88 Films UK

88 Films returns to the fore with our new review of their recent Blu-ray release of Antonio Bido's middle-of-the-road giallo, The Bloodstained Shadow. Bido was not as prolific a director as many during the heyday of this uniquely Italian genre boom.... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   

Toronto 2015 Review: MY BIG NIGHT, Splendidly Controlled Chaos

Alex de la Iglesia is a filmmaker who delights at putting mayhem up on the screen, be it clowns with machetes fighting in the Spanish Civil War or the painted living-statues on La Puerta Del Sol knocking off a bank... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: HIGH RISE Throws A Lot Of Stuff Off The Ledge

In an audience empathy test, killing the dog is perhaps the most capital of movie-crimes. Here it is gleefully committed in the opening minutes, as a bellwether for the casually curious to beware. Several other canine-murders are peppered throughout the film,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: REMEMBER, A Darkly Humorous Nazi Hunt

It's been a while since one can be super excited about a new Atom Egoyan film. His last two, Devil's Knot, a film about the West Memphis Three case and Captive, a chilly thriller about a child sex ring,... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Toronto 2015 Review: INTO THE FOREST, A Masterful Portrait Of The Family Bond

What will we all do when the lights turn off? Wait impatiently for them to come back on, trying to maintain a normal existence and the planned future? Begin raiding other people's homes? Go off in search of some semblance... More »

Toronto 2015 Review: BANG GANG, Teen Sex Without The Histrionics

There is something refreshing about teenage drama cum neo-Bechdel test, Bang Gang. The film seems to be on a conscious mission to smash any and all notions of how these films are done. From John Hughes' The Breakfast Club with... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: LEN AND COMPANY, A Confident Hanging-Out Movie

All men, when they reach a certain age, have a desire to become a hermit - to one degree or another. Maybe it is due to genetic wiring, maybe social conventions. Most ignore it, either lacking the means, or the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: EVOLUTION, Surreal And Chilling Mystery

I'm a great believer in minimalism, particularly when it comes to body horror in film. Used carefully and deliberately, a few choice scenes can have far more weight in a story and a far more effective impact on the... More »

Toronto 2015 Review: BLACK MASS, A Work Of Power And Impact

The real life rise and fall of James "Whitey" Bulger already seems the stuff of cinema. He's the gangster who grabbed South Boston by the throat, leading his Winter Hill mob to gain control over much of the city.... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Toronto 2015 Review: HARDCORE's Visceral Action Will Squeeze Your Balls Off

In some number of years from now when Virtual Reality is finally really here and we're all immersed in first person narratives, we'll look back at Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore and ask, "Were we all really so impressed by this film?"... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
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