Charlotte – Toronto 2021

Charlotte may be a beautifully animated film but given the setting before and during the Holocaust, this film is emotionally intense. Please stay through the end of the credits. Charlotte Salomon (Keira Knightley in English, Marion Cotillard in French) is a German-Jewish artist with the unfortunate luck of growing up during World War II. Referred to as Lotte by her father and step-mother, she grew up in Berlin with dreams of being an artist. Against…

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Flag Day Stretches Two Decades In Under 2 Hours

Flag Day is a mess of a film and even if it might mean well, it suffers like most biopics by stretching out too many years over time. The film stretches some two decades of time. It starts out at the end before going back to the beginning. There’s a lot of screaming, drugs, and lying. There’s an old saying: you can choose your friends but can’t choose your family. I feel bad for both…

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Wrath of Man Reunites Guy Ritchie & Jason Statham

Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham reunite for the Los Angeles-set Wrath of Man, an English language remake of French thriller Le convoyeur. Listen, the film is certainly not going to win any Oscars but it was just so great to be back inside a dark movie theater for a press screening. Only the big screen is going to be able to do this sort of action film any justice with regards to the sound mix.…

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Arrives on 4K

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the sequel to Guy Ritchie’s hit 2009 blockbuster Sherlock Holmes, arrives on 4K Ultra HD. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles in the 2011 sequel.  Noomi Rapace joins the cast as Madame Simza Heron.  Meanwhile, Rachel McAdams makes a cameo appearance as Irene Adler. Synopsis Around the globe, headlines break the news: a scandal takes down an Indian cotton tycoon; a Chinese opium trader dies of…

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Sherlock Holmes Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

Guy Ritchie’s reimagining of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, makes its arrival on 4K Ultra HD. Sherlock Holmes picked up two Oscar nominations for Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer). Synopsis Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has made his reputation finding the truth at the heart of the most complex mysteries. With the aid of Dr. John Watson (Jude Law), his trusted ally,…

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Vice: Give Christian Bale The Oscar Right Now

For his role as Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, actor Christian Bale is on the way to another Oscar for Best Actor in Adam McKay’s newest film. While the current administrations’s activities make us long for the days of the Bush Administration, Vice reminds us that maybe this should not be the case.  Roughly two hours, this film is a study of Cheney’s lust for power.  When he gets the call from George W.…

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TIFF 2018: White Boy Rick

Taking place during Detroit in the 1980s, White Boy Rick tells the story it wants but only to an extent. The biggest thing that I felt could have been explored better were the unjust treatments towards Rick Wershe, Jr. (Richie Merritt).  This is someone who became the youngest person to ever serve as an FBI informant.  The fact that the FBI turned their backs on a deal is wildly upsetting.  It isn’t unfair to say…

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Atomic Blonde: What if James Bond were a Kick-Ass Female?

Atomic Blonde is a Cold War version of James Bond if Agent 007 were a kick-ass female. Based on the Oni Press graphic novel series, The Coldest City, David Leitch directs from a screenplay written by Kurt Johnstad.  The action-thriller stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones. MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is sent to Berlin at the end of the Cold War in 1989 to…

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Their Finest: Mixing Comedy and War In Crowd-Pleaser

Their Finest mixes both comedy and drama in this behind the scenes making of a propaganda war film and does so in a way that makes the film feel authentic to the time period. Directed by An Education‘s Lone Scherfig from a screenplay written by Gaby Chiappe, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jake Lacy, Rachael Stirling, with Richard E. Grant and Bill Nighy.  Chiappe’s script was based…

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