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The Dirties

By: Addison Wylie What do I say about The Dirties?  A film that shook me up and has hung around with me days after I’ve seen it. Matt Johnson’s courageous and ambitious feature film debut is a tough film to recommend to a wide audience because of its timely, controversial material handled with a sense of humour.  You definitely have to be in a specific mood for its darker approach to school shootings and the…

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Now You See Me

By: Addison Wylie Suitably enough, Now You See Me knows how to handle an audience that’s skeptical to its tricks.  But the production has to admit, when you pitch “bank robbing magicians”, it’s hard for audiences not to hide an eye roll. Director Louis Leterrier, however, pulls off a movie that knows how to disarm movie goers of cynicism and delight us with boxes full of double crosses and twists.  Unlock one of the hidden…

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Europa Report

By: Addison Wylie Europa Report made my head throb from boredom and ache from excessive visual irritations.  But before all that negativity, Sebastián Cordero’s found footage sci-fi opened my mind with its art direction and effects. Europa Report’s most impressive strength is its ability to make the audience feel as if we’re in that same spaceship as the featured crew members heading to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.  Cordero has used subtleties to blend numerous…

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Red Obsession

By: Addison Wylie It’s neat to watch a subject take on an evolution people didn’t see coming.  In Red Obsession’s case, that subject is wine – and it’s progression isn’t pleasing everybody. Documentary filmmakers David Roach and Warwick Ross capture a timeline that shows how wine went from something that was considered an art, to a product that is more of a business decision than anything. The price of wine keeps on climbing to a…

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Peeples

By: Addison Wylie It’s more than likely Peeples has a script that was generated from ideas thought by a living being and then written with human hands.  But, try convincing yourself of that as you watch Tina Gordon Chism’s comedy.  It’s impossible. The screenplay – written by Chism – is more of a systematic sitcom template structured like an edition of Mad Libs.  Audiences can see each set-up, misunderstanding, and the results the mishaps create…

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The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience

By: Addison Wylie I’m divided on the latest re-release of The Wizard of Oz.  I’m not dramatically “on the fence”.  I would lean towards a hearty recommendation in an instant.  But, it has me feeling many different things. On one hand, I’m very grateful this film is getting another run in select theatres.  As someone who has never seen The Wizard of Oz (I know, I know…), I’m pleased myself and other newbies get a…

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The World’s End

By: Addison Wylie The World’s End, the last outing in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, yet again pairs the filmmaker up with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to tell a tale of everyday men in monstrous peril. This time, Pegg and Frost play former friends who had a falling out between their teenage years and adulthood.  Gary King (played by Pegg) hasn’t given up living the high life of booze and babes.  Meanwhile,…

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Parker

By: Addison Wylie If you told me Parker was directed by someone who has directed more than one movie, I’d be fairly skeptical. If you told me that Parker was directed by an Oscar winner, I would seriously question the accuracy behind that statement about a film that plays its cards as vapidly as possible. But, regrettably, it’s a fact. The latest action caper featuring Jason Statham is not only directed by someone who has…

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The Guilt Trip

By: Addison Wylie If The Guilt Trip does anything right from beginning to end, it’s the casting.  Not only do Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand play off one another well, but they make a very convincing mother-son team. It’s easy to believe Rogen as an embarrassed hard worker who tries to separate himself from his overbearing mother, and Streisand takes hold of that smothering role with great effect.  She’s irritating at times, but that just…

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TIFF 2013: How I Live A Confused Life

By: Addison Wylie Kevin MacDonald’s adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s novel How I Live Now is a bit of a struggle for movie goers trying to figure out what type of movie this is.  Mostly because How I Live Now has two sets of confusion working for and against it. MacDonald begins his film on an aggressive note to mirror the personality of our lead, Daisy (played by Saoirse Ronan).  While it fulfils its goal, the rebellious…