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Upon returning from his service in war-torn Afghanistan, US Marine Nelson Sanchez (co-writer Victor Almanzar) is reminded of his past when a wayward friend alerts him of an incoming threat.  A thug by the name of Nicky Quinn (Mike Carlsen) has been mulling over the death of his brother ever since Nelson – in desperate measures – killed him point blank.  Quinn’s buddies stake out Nelson’s hometown and all the exits are blocked – the…

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A Better Man

A Better Man seems to have a concise albeit well-filmed production.  It’s structured around a few confrontational chats and therapy sessions, along with a brief tour of pivotal locations mattering to filmmaker Attiya Khan and ex-lover Steve.  The truth is A Better Man has been 20-plus-years in the making.

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Awakening the Zodiac

Will you find Awakening the Zodiac thrilling?  Does the thought of rummaging through a mundane mystery excite you?  How about if you’re rewarded with a looney final act that contradicts the film’s creeping atmosphere?  This isn’t a good sell because you already know the disheartening answers.

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Wylie Writes @ The 2017 Canadian Sport Film Festival

The Canadian Sport Film Festival sprints to Toronto for its ninth year.  This weekend (Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11), audiences will be able to watch a diverse selection of feature films, documentaries, and short films about athletic subjects and themes. Wylie Writes’ Shannon Page received a sneak peek of the festival by watching the Emmy-award winning opening night selection Keepers of the Game, along with a haunting doc titled Hillsborough.

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Beauty and the Beast

Passive-aggressive movie goers could easily lump Disney’s live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast with the studio’s recent catalogue of modern facelifts (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book).  After all, it’s a current trend that’s obviously working for them.  According to a recent Collider article, there are 13 remakes/retellings either currently in the shop or enduring early stages of production.

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Graduation

Graduation is a drama held together by actor Adrian Titieni.  Even when the audience feels the minutes painstakingly tick in this very long film, Titieni finds a way to reward our patience.