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Firestarter

Firestarter is not only a disappointment, it’s a strange disappointment.  It promises to deliver on multiple levels and, yet, fails at every attempt.  It’s billed as a horror, but it’s not scary.  It’s billed as a thriller, but it doesn’t pull the viewer towards the edge of their seat.  It’s also billed as a family drama and science fiction, which it certainly sports elements of, but neither genre is interesting or exciting in this movie….

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Nitram

Nitram is by no means an easy watch, but I do implore readers to go into the movie knowing very little about it. The movie is outstanding in its own right, but to have limited knowledge of the Australian drama makes it more powerful. I’ll do my best to provide as much interest as possible with this review, but it’s no spoiler to mention Nitram starts as a character study and ends in a real-life…

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Quickening

A young woman is caught between the expectations of her Pakistani family and her growing independence in writer/director Haya Waseem’s haunting coming-of-age drama, Quickening.

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Kicking Blood

Kicking Blood is a really goofy vampire flick, and I’m not sure how much if it is intentional.  I was entertained nonetheless by Blaine Thurier’s film, even if it’s a bit of a buzzkill during the final third.

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Memory

After so many of “the same” Liam Neeson movies, I can see why the actor would be tempted to accept the lead in Martin Campbell’s Memory even though it skates close to the same uninspired style he brands himself with.

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Dual

Dual is a nifty near-future sci-fi that starts with an interesting and obviously satirical premise and elevates it to make comments on the dire state of personal interactivity.  It’s well-trodden territory for this genre, but writer/director Riley Stearns (The Art of Self-Defense) still finds original ways to keep his audience laughing, entertained, and on their toes.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

By: Jeff Ching When I had first heard about a movie centred around Nicolas Cage playing himself and that it was going to be “the most Nicolas Cage movie ever made”, it became the film I was anticipating the most this year.  He’s been my favourite actor since, maybe, grade 8.  Con Air was the first R-rated movie I ever snuck into…and got caught doing so as well.  We tried to pull off the whole, “I…