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Review: American Ultra

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.

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Interview: Andrew Cheney and Kara Kilmer of the faith-based adventure film, Beyond the Mask

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.

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Interview: Adam Brooks, co-writer, co-director and star of Astron 6's The Editor

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.

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Review: 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.

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Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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.

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Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg Preview: What is it, who's coming, and why should you go?

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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Review: The Gift

Posted by Tony Hinds | Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 7:27am

The creative potential on display in Joel Edgerton's The Gift is remarkably refreshing. The actor-turned-director, who also wrote the screenplay, has composed a skillful and assured directorial debut. It's a sly contemporary suspense-thriller, without the mindless sex and violence that plagues the genre. We could use a few more of these. Edgerton is unquestionably a filmmaker to keep an eye on in the future.

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Review: Tig

Posted by Tony Hinds | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 11:44pm

In 2012, Tig Notaro performed one of the most talked about stand-up comedy sets of all time, opening with the announcement that she had been diagnosed with cancer. This diagnosis came soon after the death of Notaro's mother, a one-two punch that could easily derail any happy life. Tig, a new documentary from Netflix, transcends these heartbreaking developments to evoke genuine inspiration. It's a deeply impacting and uplifting film, which earns every tender, emotional moment.

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Just For Laughs Interview: Comedian Mike Wilmot in The Nasty Show

Posted by Tony Hinds | Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 7:54pm

Comedian Mike Wilmot has one of those faces that can't help but make you smile. Many Canadians will know Wilmot best from his appearance on CTV's Corner Gas as Brent's big city cousin, Carl. Wilmot has also popped up on such cult comedy favorites as The Jon Dore Television Program, and the criminally underrated Dave Foley/David Steinberg movie, The Wrong Guy.

He also has the distinguished honor of winning two Canadian Comedy Awards, one for his stand-up and a second for his performance in the indie film, It's All Gone Pete Tong, another cult classic.

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Review: Maggie

Posted by Tony Hinds | Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 4:58pm

"I promised your mother that I would protect you."

It's jarring to hear Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) deliver that line long after his daughter has been bitten by a zombie. Many of us were raised on stories that depict Arnold as the ultimate action hero, saving the day, if not the entire world, over and over again.

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