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2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival Live Updates

Posted by Showbiz Monkeys | Thursday, July 9, 2015 @ 1:23am

See ShowbizMonkeys.com's interviews, photos, videos, and highlights live from #WFF2015, plus some of our favourite posts from around social media.

We welcome you to follow us on Twitter (@showbizmonkeys), Instagram (instagram.com/showbizmonkeys), Periscope (@showbizmonkeys), and Facebook (facebook.com/showbizmonkeys) -- or simply check out all the coverage below! And if you're at Bird's Hill Park for the weekend, we want to hear from you. Leave comments on this page about who you're most looking forward to seeing or your favourite festival moments as they happen, and be sure to tag us if you're posting on social media so we can include you in our coverage.

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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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Review: Manglehorn

Posted by Tony Hinds | Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 12:31am

When we first meet Manglehorn (Al Pacino) he's rescuing a baby from inside a locked car. The concerned mother waves her arms, pleading for her baby to be freed. Before doing so, he deems it necessary to criticize the cleanliness of the car as the mother stands by helplessly. This is a man whose life brings him no joy. No matter where he looks, he sees only problems.

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Review: Minions

Posted by Scotty Specter | Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 9:11am

For a script that is mostly gibberish I was amazed at how entertaining the minions were. It came as no surprise that minion mischief not only warmed the hearts of children but also adults alike. The animation is excellent, with rich bright colors, detailed backgrounds and imaginative visuals.

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Just for Laughs Interview: Ronny Chieng in The Ethnic Show

Posted by Tony Hinds | Wednesday, July 8, 2015 @ 9:08pm

Comedian Ronny Chieng jokingly describes himself as "down to earth," despite having won international comedy awards and sold out shows all over the world. He's opened for legends like Dave Chappelle and Bull Burr, and performed at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival twice in the past.

This year, Chieng joins fellow comics Rachid Badouri, Frank Spadone, Ahmed Ahmed, Dan Naturman, Gina Yashere, and their host, Alonzo Bodden, for The Ethnic Show.

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2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival Preview: This year's must-see acts, an interview with Artistic Director Chris Frayer, & video highlights from 2014

Posted by Showbiz Monkeys | Tuesday, July 7, 2015 @ 7:28am

The Winnipeg Folk Festival has been going strong on the Canadian prairies for over four decades. Music, community, environment, food, fun -- these are all integral parts of what makes the Winnipeg Folk Festival so special year after year. There are travellers from across Canada and the U.S. midwest; families with babies and grandmas and everyone in between; hippies and hipsters; Americana fans, Canadiana fans, hip-hop fans, indie rock fans, bluegrass fans, EDM fans, and of course folk music fans; and then there are the crazy campers, but that's a piece for another day.

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Review: Self/Less

Posted by Tony Hinds | Tuesday, July 7, 2015 @ 7:10am

Welcome to B-movie territory. Self/Less is silly, brainless and paint-by-numbers in an endearing fashion. It's ideal lazy Sunday afternoon fare. The type of film you'd be happy to find playing on cable on a rainy day. If this were the golden 70's, Self/Less could very well have opened with the words: "Presented by Roger Corman."

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Review: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Posted by Tony Hinds | Monday, July 6, 2015 @ 12:29am

A Spike Lee Joint. I always smile when those words grace a film's opening. It's not a credit we can always expect as Lee occasionally chooses the more drab, "a Spike Lee film," when embarking on potential money makers. Some for better, such as Inside Man, and some for worse, such as his regrettable remake of Chan-Wook Park's Oldboy. I was pleased and excited to learn his newest, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is an official Spike Lee joint.

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