Kurt Halfyard
Toronto, Canada

Scientist by day, cinema aficionado by night. Film festival addict and family man. Kurt has been writing for Twitch since pretty much the inception of the site and can often be found in rep-houses around Toronto taking his kids to films that are rather inappropriate for their age.

The Many Faces Of Helena Bonham Carter

This week Sarah Gavron's Suffragette premieres, a drama about some of the heroines of the early women's rights movements. With a subject like that it is no surprise it has a veritable crème de la crème of actresses starring in... More »
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The Many Faces Of Tom Hanks

There is a new cold war thriller in cinemas called Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg (one of his finest works even, according to Christopher Bourne), written by a team including the Coen brothers, and starring Tom Hanks. And... More »
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Review: BEASTS OF NO NATION, Bold And Beautiful For A Harrowing Subject

A big screen movie made by streaming media behemoth Netflix, for click and view streaming, Cary Fukunaga's beautifully brutal war story, Beasts of No Nation feels too large and too difficult a watch to warrant a casual click on a... More »
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VOD Review: THE INHABITANTS, Colder Than A Witch's Teat

An old Carriage House in New England is the setting and principle character in the Rasmussen Brothers' latest indie haunting, The Inhabitants. Michael and Shawn Rasmussen wrote the oft-maligned (yet beautifully rendered) final John Carpenter picture, The Ward, in 2010 and... More »
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HAIL, CAESAR! Trailer: The Coens Are Back With Movie Studio Shenanigans

"We have your movie star. Gather $100,000 and await instructions. Who are we? The Future."While the Coen Brothers actually have a film dropping in the cinema this month, as they have writing credit on Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, it... More »
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The Many Faces Of Kate Winslet

There is another Steve Jobs film in theaters, this time with another team of famous people attached. The baffling popularity of its subject within three movie studios provoked the ire of Dustin Chang, as voiced in his review, but one... More »
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Trailer For TRIPLE 9 Has Lots Of Nasty Cops And Robbers

This little slice of nastiness from John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road), a director who knows his way around balancing bleak and heart, looks to be pushing the police action boundaries of Sicario and Training Day as far as it... More »
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The Many Faces Of Matt Damon

This week Ridley Scott's The Martian lands in cinemas, and for a change in his resumeé it shows smart people surviving in space, instead of dumb people dying. Jason Gorber praised the film in his review for being both sophisticated... More »
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THE REVENANT: DiCaprio Vs. Bears, Hypothermia, Gravity, Premature Burial And Tom Hardy In New Trailer

There is no shortage of snow-caked, visceral imagery on display in the second trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's survival Western, The Revenant. This trailer offers a lot more Tom Hardy, who plays the villain of the piece, and a fair bit... More »
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Toronto 2015 Wrap: All Our Reviews & Top TIFF Picks

Well TIFF is all wrapped up for another year and what a festival it was. We'll have a few more reviews rolling out over the coming days but already we've outdone ourselves. Here's a comprehensive list of everything written up... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: BEASTS OF NO NATION Spills Blood On A Large Canvas

A big screen movie made by streaming media behemoth Netflix, for click and view streaming, Cary Fukunaga's beautifully brutal war story, Beasts of No Nation feels too large and too difficult a watch to warrant a casual click on a... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: ANOMALISA Considers The Human Condition With No Strings Attached

When the philosopher says, "Hell is other people," he perhaps means that in trying to figure ourselves out, we are beholden to our reflections and interactions with other people. Or maybe he is talking about the modern customer service experience. In... More »
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Toronto 2015 Interview: Robert Eggers And Anya Taylor-Joy Talk THE WITCH And Puritan Excess

At any moment in human history, no matter how civilized we may think we are, dark woods have a long reach for scaring us. The Witch viscerally demonstrates how easily fear and superstitions take over in early 17th century New England... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: SHERPA Scales A Different Side of Everest

On May 29th,1953, Nepalese guide Tenzing Norgay brought New Zealand philanthropist mountaineer Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest. The very idea of crawling to the top of the highest mountain on earth, with its punishing temperatures and near... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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Toronto 2015 Review: HIGH RISE Throws A Lot Of Stuff Off The Ledge

As audience empathy tests go, killing the dog is perhaps the most capital of movie-crimes. Here it is gleefully committed in the opening minutes; a bellwether for the casually curious to beware. Several other canine-murders are peppered throughout the film, each... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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The Many Faces Of Idris Elba

For the last few weeks, one of the most discussed actors was Idris Elba, and not because of a new film coming out. Instead, we got a typical Internet lynchmob running after someone who made a James Bond-related comment which... More »
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