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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 1 – The Hot List

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The 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival will go down in history as the year of the actor. With the absence of breakout films like last years mighty duo, GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, critics and audiences dug deeper and ended up focusing on the actors. And I mean the actors, much more so than the usual festival stars, the directors. Several mainstream actors in search of a makeover of sorts, including Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Evans and Bill Murray appeared in smaller, grittier, character driven fare. The results were decidedly mixed. As in …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SCRIBBLER

THE SCRIBBLER movie poster | ©2014 Xlerator Media

Rating: R Stars: Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Kunal Nayyar, Ashlynn Yennie, Eliza Dushku, Billy Campbell Writer: Dan Schaffer Director: John Suits Distributor: Xlerator Media Release Date: September 19, 2014 THE SCRIBBLER can’t be accused of having too few ideas. In fact, the movie, written by Dan Schaffer and directed by John Suits, has plots that crisscross so much that they tend to cancel one another out, even though it looks as though the effect is meant to be cumulative. The primary and most intriguing notion here is that Suki (Katie Cassidy), already …Read On »

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

CAPTAIN AMERICAN THE WINTER SOLDIER | © 2014 Disney Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINDER SOLDIER – You gotta hand it to the folks at Disney. When they take something under their wing, they really know how to make a franchise out of it and do it well. Gives us all hope that they do the same thing …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler Writer: Ned Benson Director: Ned Benson Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: September 12, 2014 There are in fact three different versions of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM, the 123-minute edition being released Friday, September 12, and HER and HIM, two other cuts that incorporate portions of THEM. Together, HER and HIM run a total of 210 minutes; these will be released in New York and Los Angeles on October 10. All three ELEANOR RIGBY films deal with …Read On »

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Movie Review: AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR

AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR movie poster | ©2014 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickard, Michael Massee, Tara Buck Writer: Nicholas McCarthy Director: Nicholas McCarthy Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: September 12, 2014 (theatrical), September 8, 2014 (VOD) Nicholas McCarthy, writer/director of AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, clearly knows his scares. Whether it’s the slam of a drawer or the appearance of a shape in the mirror, he demonstrates a gift for doing whatever it is at just the right moment for just the right duration to make even pretty horror-hardened viewers jump. The result is a movie that generates intense dread, even though its plot …Read On »

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DRAFT DAY Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

DRAFT DAY | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: DRAFT DAY – Just in time for the start of the regular season of the NFL, you’d think a story about the NFL draft would be about as boring as paint drying. How interesting could watching a bunch of guys drafting sports athletes be beyond just looking …Read On »

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Movie Review: INNOCENCE

INNOCENCE movie poster | ©2014 Scion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly, Graham Phillips, Linus Roache Writers: Tristine Skyler and Jane Mendelsohn, based on her novel Director: Hilary Brougher Distributor: Scion Pictures Release Date: September 5, 2014 “Adequate” is probably not a designation most filmmakers seek, but it seems the best word to describe INNOCENCE. Based on Jane Mendelsohn’s 2001 YA novel, with a screenplay by Tristine Skyler and Mendelsohn, INNOCENCE sails serenely along as though no one had ever before made a movie about sinister doings at a high-end high school. This attitude of, well, innocence serves INNOCENCE moderately well for the most part. …Read On »

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Movie Review: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

AS ABOVE SO BELOW movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar, Cosme Castro Writers: John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle Director: John Erick Dowdle Distributor: Universal Release Date: August 29, 2014 One has to hand it to AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. Not only is it the first horror movie to make such extensive use of the real catacombs below the city of Paris, but it’s not often that you hear a character in a stressful situation – in any genre – ask, “Is this before or after Copernicus?” Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), the protagonist in AS ABOVE, …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE NOVEMBER MAN

THE NOVEMBER MAN poster | ©2014 Relativity

Rating: R Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic, Lazar Ristovski, Caterina Scorsone, Will Patton Writers: Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek, based on the book THERE ARE NO SPIES by Bill Granger Director: Roger Donaldson Distributor: Relativity Release Date: August 27, 2014 If a film centers on a former secret agent who was the best ever and is famed among his peers for knowing every trick in the book, casting Pierce Brosnan pretty much guarantees that the audience will immediately give credence to this part of the set-up. In THE NOVEMBER MAN, Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, …Read On »

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THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 | © 2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 – I’m not sure why so many people lambasted the sequel to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (which was the reboot of the trilogy, which was the reboot of the original movies back in the day). Yeah, it tries a little too hard to …Read On »

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