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Splice Review

There is a moment near the end of Splice when you see the creature in all its frightening glory, this odd hybrid with just enough human to have won your empathy for the majority of the film, and it is about to exact its revenge for mistreatment, when you finally understand what Mary Shelley was […]

Robin Hood Review

It seems that every twenty years or so, Hollywood decides it wants to take on the English folk hero Robin Hood. From the Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn era, to the Connery/Hepburn duo of Robin and Marian and more recently the dubious-yet-classic Kevin Costner outing, Robin Hood is no stranger to the big screen. I’m […]

Inception Final Trailer

Warner Bros. has released the third and final trailer for their upcoming film Inception.  The film is directed by dork favourite Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Canada’s own Ellen Page. Although the film has been in production for quite some time, the amount […]

Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn Review

Celebrities have their picture taken on an almost constant basis. Often by fans, sometimes by professionals, but only occasionally by certain photographers who have a knack for showing a side of the celebrity that is never seen on camera, often they can capture the loneliness that comes from lack of anonymity. For rock stars in […]

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields Review

The Magnetic Fields are an eclectic but fairly obscure American indie rock band that has been recording for nearly twenty years. While not a household name, they have a fairly devoted following, and many musicians, such as Peter Gabriel, count leader Stephin Merritt as one of the great contemporary American songwriters. In Strange Powers: Stephin […]

Blank City Review

New York City has seen its share of artistic revolutions, though any kind of positive revolution might have seemed impossible in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The city was crippled by massive debt with no help from the federal government, and whole neighbourhoods were urban war zones as countless buildings were left abandoned or […]

The Peddler Review

Before the days of iPods, televisions, and even radio or mass print publications, humans entertained themselves and each other by telling stories. In small groups around campfires, communities would tell each other the stories of their past and present. Fastforward to the 21st century, and Argentinean filmmaker Daniel Burmeister seems to have resurrescted this spirit. […]

Iron Man 2 Review

How can a movie be obnoxious and charming at the same time? I don’t know. But somehow Iron Man 2 manages to be both an over the top summer blockbuster and a gleefully charismatic and funny film. With the origin story out of the way, Jon Favreau’s sequel can move into new territory. The film […]

David Wants to Fly Review

Every filmmaker dreams of meeting their favourite director. So when aspiring filmmaker David Sieveking had the opportunity, he begins his film David Wants to Fly with a trip to the United States to hear David Lynch speak about his passion for Transcendental Meditation, a movement founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—who also inspired, among others, […]

The People vs. George Lucas Review

It’s appropriate that I am writing this review on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day—May the Fourth be with you…! *groan* Before I talk about The People vs. George Lucas, let me first qualify my review with a short preamble about my relationship with Mr. Lucas. May 18th, 1999. It’s raining, it’s cold […]

The Parking Lot Movie Review

It has been my long-held belief that everyone in North America should work at least one minimum wage job in their life, for a minimum of six months. Not just to understand how impossible it is to live on minimum wage, but also to understand how we treat people who provide us with necessary services, […]

Disco and Atomic War Review

As part of the former USSR, Estonia was geographically closer to (supposedly) democratic Finland than the communist powers in Moscow. When Finland began to broadcast television, they showed not only their own programs, but American ones as well. The north coastal Estonian city of Tallinn was only 80 km from Helsinki, and as much as […]

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Review

Rush is probably the strangest anomaly in rock music. They have sold the third most number of albums worldwide of any band (after The Rolling Stones and The Beatles), but have never had a number one single. Their fans are arguably the most devoted in the world, and yet (until recently), Rush has been panned […]

A Nightmare on Elm Street Review

Alan Jones joins us for a guest spot review of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Alan is president of the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Students Union (CINSSU). This review and many others can be read on the official CINSSU blog. Walking into the new Platinum Dunes horror remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street […]

Jonah Hex Trailer Shoots Online

The first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Jonah Hex has appeared online. Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, the film is a supernatural Western starring Josh Brolin as the titular anti-hero out for revenge. The film has something for everyone: it co-stars acting powerhouses John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender, […]

Free Screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop

Anyone familiar with the street art movement knows the name Banksy. Though no one knows the true identity of the illusive urban artist, his distinctive graffiti art can be seen in cities all over the world. If you’re a fan of Banksy’s work or street art in general, the new documentary Exit Through the Gift […]

The Losers Review

Right from the get-go, The Losers makes damn sure to tell the audience that they’re watching a really cool movie. The movie has it all: shaky hand-held camera work, freeze frames, jump cuts and the requisite “group walking towards the camera in slow motion” scene—reassuring the audience that they are indeed watching an awesome film. […]

Toronto Underground Cinema
set to Open

Anyone who has walked down Spadina Avenue near Queen Street has probably noticed that mysterious Golden Classics sign. I knew that there had once been a movie theatre at 186 Spadina Avenue, I just didn’t know if the space still existed. The 700+ seat cinema, first known as the Golden Harvest and later as the […]