Latest Movie Releases: Week of October 5
Posted by Tony Hinds | Tuesday, September 29, 2015 @ 9:57am
The films of Roy Andersson are not for everyone, in the same manner that the films of another Anderson, Wes, are also not for all tastes. Is there a connection between these two filmmakers? No, not really. Well, perhaps. Let's see. Their visual styles are both immaculately composed and dryly funny. There are few filmmakers as visually arresting as these two, but they bear little else in common. One did not influence the other. I merely mention the names as a point of visual reference.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 6:09pm
As cold and uninviting as its subject, Black Mass is a competently made and star-studded look at the true life and crimes of legendary Boston mobster, James "Whitey" Bulger. The admittedly chilling source material somehow never manages to deliver any chills. Contemporary audiences have seen too many faceless characters shot to death in films to be shocked by sudden bursts of violence or even copious amounts of blood. We've seen this all before. Black Mass brings nothing new to the gangster movie table, save for the specific minutia of Bulger's case, which is less compelling than your average Sopranos episode.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 6:38pm
Feminist art fans take note. A vault is about to open, filled with the most subversively unique and beautifully hilarious gems. For the first time, a curated collection of the work of performance artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan will be available on Sept. 26. as part of the WNDX Festival of Moving Image's 10th anniversary.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 12:19pm
After a one night stand with a call girl (Imogen Poots), a famous theater director (Owen Wilson) makes her an enticing offer: $30 thousand to quit turning tricks. The call girl is also an aspiring actress and quickly transforms this opportunity into a potential Broadway career. Unfortunately, the execution of this plan (and the accompanying film) is more miss than hit.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 5:34pm
A small-town stoner named Mike (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) learns he's actually a lethally trained sleeper-agent after his CIA handlers decide to terminate his contract (and life.) Suddenly on the run with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart, Twilight) the couple fight to stay alive while employing killer talents that Mike didn't even know he had. American Ultra may be a new spin on an old premise. It's also a stellar, entertaining action movie.
Posted by Mark McLeod | Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 8:44pm
Faith-based films have been around since the beginning of motion pictures, and for a long part of filmmaking history, stood alongside other Hollywood genres as both critical and box office successes. Films like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments still captivate audiences to this day. It seems that somewhere along the line, however, the genre stopped working on the big screen, and through the 80s and 90s, the go-to creative outlet targeting Christian audiences in North America was television. It wasn't until the massive success of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ in 2004 -- which also included accompanying Bible studies and other materials -- that filmmakers realized there was still a market for this films.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 7:13am
Every now and then, a small independent film manages to break through the cracks in the towering wall of entertainment available to our fickle culture. Like some little engine that could, it attracts critical praise and audience attention through its sheer brilliance, and without some huge marketing campaign. I hope this is the case for Astron 6's The Editor.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @ 12:15am
Depressed film editor Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) is stuck working on a rather trashy Italian crime thriller, a film far beneath his talents. While Ciso's professional life crumbles, his personal life follows suit. His wife (Paz De La Huerta; Enter The Void) is rapidly losing respect for him. It isn't long before the film's cast and crew start dying and The Editor himself becomes the prime suspect in their murders.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 7:01am
Decades before the fall of the Iron Curtain, two spies face off in a bombed out section of East Berlin. The first spy, Solo (Henry Cavill,Man of Steel, Immortals) is an American CIA agent. The second, Illya (Armie Hammer; The Lone Ranger, The Social Network) is a Russian KGB agent. They're on separate missions to track down a German auto mechanic, Gaby (Alicia Vikander following up her near-perfect turn as Ava from Ex Machina) whose family is involved in a nuclear arms skirmish. And they hate each other. They all hate each other.
Posted by Showbiz Monkeys | Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 1:33pm
Interstellar Rodeo -- a music festival started by Canadian indie label Six Shooter Records in Edmonton, Alberta in 2012 -- has come to Winnipeg for the first time in 2015, setting up shop at the Forks from Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16. This prairie town loves its summer festivals, with the Fringe, Folk, and Jazz festivals already big highlights for fans of the arts, and the currently-running multicultural extravaganza Folklorama bringing along with it food, culture, and performing arts every August.
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