October 18, 2014

Toronto After Dark Capsule Review: Housebound


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If these walls could talk...

There must be something in New Zealand's water supply, because the country responsible for such exports as Sir Peter Jackson, Russell Crowe and the Flight of the Conchords has gone and done it again. This time, it's Housebound, the feature debut of writer/director Gerard Johnstone. The quirky horror-comedy has been making the rounds on the festival circuit, scaring up laughs and frightening filmgoers from the South Pacific to the Great White North. And rightly so, as it breathes new life into a well-worn staple of the horror genre, blending haunted house chills and home invasion thrills, with a heaping dose of Kiwi humor to boot.

October 17, 2014

An Uninvited Film Review: The Guest


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Creepy Crawley...

If You're Next made you nostalgic for '80s slasher flicks, then writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard's deliriously off-the-wall followup, The Guest, will surely make you yearn for the action-thrillers of the '80s and '90s. But unlike the current crop of shoot-em-up throwbacks — most notably, The Expendables series — this sly and subversive homage doesn't deal in bombastic set-pieces and marquee names. Rather, it's a twisted and bloody romp through genre territory — one that finds an unlikely lead in Matthew Crawley himself, Dan Stevens.

Hell Hath No Film Review: Fury


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Death or glory...

The brutality of war — and the acts of heroism it inspires — is something that has been explored in cinema time and time again, going back to the early days of Hollywood. Some directors, like Steven Spielberg, have addressed the subject with sincerity and heartfelt emotion, whereas others, like Quentin Tarantino, have elected to put their own darkly humorous spin on history. Then there are films like writer/director David Ayer’s Fury, which take a raw and unflinching look at the inhumanity of wartime conflict, not just out on the battlefield, but inside the minds of those fighting on the front lines.

October 14, 2014

Once Upon a Blu-ray Review: Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition


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A kiss is(n't) just a kiss...

Amongst all of Disney's animated canon, Sleeping Beauty easily ranks as one of its most beloved. It may be surprising, then, to learn that box office response to the film was initially tepid — so tepid in fact that Disney would not attempt another animated fairy tale adaptation for three decades. In the years since its 1959 premiere, however, moviegoers have come to realize just how truly timeless and magical a movie it is. And now, after nearly five years in the vault, the film is once again available, as Disney's latest Diamond Edition Blu-ray release.

October 11, 2014

Major League Blu-ray Review: Million Dollar Arm


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Underdog millionaire...

Everyone loves a good underdog story. But there's something moviegoers love even more, and that's a good sports underdog story. From Cool Runnings to The Blind Side, we can't seem to get enough of them. Why? Because they're like chicken soup for the soul. In that regard, it's hard to top the incredible real-life journey of Dinesh Kumar Patel and Rinku Singh, two young men who overcame humble beginnings in India to secure a shot at big league baseball in America. And they owe it all to one man, sports agent J.B. Bernstein, and his brainchild, the Million Dollar Arm.