Movie Review: Lucy

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Lucy is an important case study and perhaps also a lesson to filmmakers. In essence it is a story about drug-trafficing, but beyond this, it is not afraid to pursue artisticly independent visuals and intruiging themes. The audience may find some of its content lacks the appeal they had hoped for, but nothing ever feels […]


Transformers 4 is less than meets the eye

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor. 165 minutes. PG-13. As a long time fan of this franchise, I really wanted Transformers: Age of Extinction to be a good movie. I loved Transformers as a kid, and I really still do like the franchise now, as they have produced a number […]


Edge of Tomorrow unable to match its contemporaries (Movie Review)

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow. Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. 113 minutes. PG-13.  There is no shortage of films depicting human struggles against monstrous odds and equally monstrous antagonists, so it seems that this particular brand of film would benefit from new developments. Unfortunately, despite some alterations of content, Edge of Tomorrow does not make […]


The Grand Seduction: capturing the natural allure of Newfoundland and its people

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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The Grand Seduction. Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Glesson, Liane Balaban. 113 min. PG-13. From the opening credits, everything about The Grand Seduction will make you fall in love. Don McKellar’s latest film is a re-imagining of the Québécois comedy Seducing Dr. Lewis, trading the sights and sounds of rural Quebec for those of Tickle Cove, […]


Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past successfully bridges both past and future.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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X-Men: Days of Future Past. Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman. 131 minutes. PG-13.  The X-men movies have always been a bit of a hit or miss franchise. Sometimes you get absolutely joyful movies like the second X-Men film, or X-Men: First Class, then other times you get absolute train wrecks like X-Men 3. […]


Movie Review: Godzilla–The king of the monsters retakes the throne

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Godzilla. Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston. 123 minutes. PG-13.  There is a scene in Godzilla where the titular character rises up from between two buildings, shows himself fully for the first time, and screams a roar of defiance so loud that my chair shook, bringing to mind iconic scenes from other monster movies, […]


Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel a noteworthy addition to contemporary cinema

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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The Grand Budapest Hotel. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton. 99 minutes. 14A. Rigorous attention to detail is vital in ensuring the cohesive operation of a film’s many elements. Such attention is pivotal to why The Grand Budapest Hotel shines the way it does. Though advertised as a comedy, the film steers clear of its […]


The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A worthy instalment in the series

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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The Amazing Spider Man 2. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan. 2 hr 22 min. PG-13. As Spider-Man is a favourite hero of mine, I went into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with high expectations. Fortunately, for the most part these expectations were met, as its stellar acting and action made this an […]


Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier: Part Spy Thriller, Part Super Hero Action Flick, All Golden

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford. 2 hr 16 min. PG. The first Captain America was simply average; though it had solid characters and good performances, its cheesy action and zero risk plot prevented it from standing out among its contemporizes. Captain America 2, is a darker, […]


300: Rise of an Empire makes a strong case for stylized film

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Rating: 4/5 300: Rise of an Empire. Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Heady. 102 min. 18A. 300: Rise of an Empire is a self-aware and tremendously bold cinematic work. The film’s artistic philosophy provides no shortage of compelling content for the film-goer to ponder and discuss. The plot of 300: Rise of an Empire has a wide […]