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  • '12 Years A Slave' Review: An Effective, Jarring Piece Of Art [TIFF]

    Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free northern man who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s, 12 Years a Slave doesn't shy away from the horrific aspects of a slave trade that existed for hundred of years, sweeping up more than 12 million souls. Familial separation, abuse, torture, the…
  • TIFF Review: 'Gravity' Soars Above The Rest

    Director Alfonso Cuarón is finally back, and he's showing us truly amazing things. Gravity is a technical marvel, an optical treat of the highest order. However, it can also lay claim to being one hell of a narrative, combining genius-level visuals with a taut script; the end result coming together as something really special. On the…
  • TIFF Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Doesn't Manage To Rise Above Soap Opera Level

    The Fifth Estate is an extremely strange movie. That's fitting, perhaps, given the central focus of the film: Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Star Benedict Cumberbatch is his normal awesome presence, but the story itself should have been redacted. As a story attempting to encapsulate massive cultural questions regarding government secrecy, privacy rights, dictators, and the misuse…
  • The 15 Reasons 'Brave' Doesn't Feel Like A "Pixar" Film

    This weekend saw the release of Pixar's latest film, Brave, a movie that easily won the weekend, garnering an overall "A" CinemaScore from appreciative audiences. Still, at only 74 percent on RottenTomatoes (Pixar's second worst), and a 7 out of 10 from Germain Lussier, it is clear there is a bit of room for dissent.…
  • The 15 Big Ideas In Prometheus

    Prometheus is going to be a controversial film. As a prequel to Alien, and a "summer" movie, it has a certain suspense / horror / sci-fi pedigree that generally belies serious conversation. There's no particular reason Prometheus should have "big" themes running through it, any more than Battleship or MIB 3 would, except for the…