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Blood in the Snow 2017: ‘Kill Order’

By: Trevor Chartrand Kill Order is essentially a Crank film without the charisma or charm.  It tries hard to be pulse-pounding and slick, but this punch-a-minute action flick is all fist and no fury.  Given the film’s structure, it’s not surprising to learn writer/director James Mark has a lot of stunt department work on his resume, including action-driven films like Jumper and Pacific Rim.  Kill Order favours style over substance, desperately stringing a series of…

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Toronto After Dark 2017: ‘Sixty Minutes to Midnight’

Filmmakers seem eager to work with Robert Nolan – I don’t blame them.  Nolan is, undoubtably, one of the best character actors working in the industry.  He’s respected because of his ability to morph into a role, and because of how professional he is.  I’ve seen him play an embarrassing parent, an insane clown, a teacher on the brink of destruction, and I’ve even seen him pull disgusting “things” out of his body.  He can…

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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage will be known as “that movie where the Punisher fights alongside monk Spider-Man”.  By that, I mean Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Jon Bernthal (Netflix’s Daredevil and The Punisher) have starring roles in Brendan Muldowney’s action/drama about a monastery’s dangerous mission.

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Bushwick

Lucy (Brittany Snow) emerges from a subway ride like any other ordinary day to find that her Brooklyn neighbourhood, Bushwick, is under attack – soldiers are tackling, bombing and shooting the civilians.  People are fighting back, fighting each other, and even looting.  While caught up in the mess, Lucy is saved by an imposing-looking custodian named Stupe (Dave Bautista).  The two make plans to travel to the military extraction point, navigating the chaos and bloodshed as best…

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Wind River

By: Nick Ferwerda Set in the snowy mountains of Wyoming on an indian reservation in the town of Wind River, Taylor Sheridan’s dark and thrilling crime drama – also titled Wind River – follows Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a wildlife protection officer, a local gametracker, and a man who had two children with someone from the reservation.  They split soon after their eldest daughter was killed in a murder that would, most likely, never be solved.

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Run Away With Me

It’s a bleak future that Eren Özkural’s Run Away With Me presents.  Abraham (Kye Loren) is released from prison to a familiar yet dystopian existence.  With no real way to integrate back into society, he finds work from a mysterious and blatantly untrustworthy man (Bill Hutchens), and also meets a peculiarly familiar woman (Rosie MacPherson) along the way who brings his spotted past into a collision with his present, and humanity’s future.

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Baywatch

I’ve been patient and forgiving with filmmaker Seth Gordon (who began his career with 2007’s acclaimed arcade doc The King of Kong) because I can see he’s slowly amounting to be a dependable director.  Despite the abysmal and mean comedy Identity Thief, he’s usually able to drum up a lot of laughs with small casts (Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses, TV’s The Goldbergs).  I suppose he’s been itching to branch out, but Baywatch was the wrong way…