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‘Creed II’ Film Review

With his military crew cut, and Soviet jib, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) could be described as one of Rocky’s more outrageous villains. Humongous, steroid fuel-injected and oiled Siberian machine accentuated with a very “royal-esque” Soviet trophy wife (Brigette Nielsen). As a blast from the past, Creed II’s connection to Rocky IV was less about the ...

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Film Review

The second chapter in the new Wizarding World franchise takes an eerie yet puzzling turn for the worst as an unnecessary table-setter for future films. Character actions and the plot attempt to mimic the the deep and defined plot structure of past Harry Potter films, but it turns into head scratcher after head scratcher. For a ...

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Film Review

Six years ago, Walt Disney Animated Studios debuted its 50th feature film: Wreck-It Ralph. The film encompassed everything that brought Disney to the forefront of animation, from its superb animation to its hilarity and its core, a pair of beautifully fleshed out video game characters. A sequel almost seemed inevitable but alas, nothing was announced. ...

‘Green Book’ Film Review

When you hear the name Peter Farrelly, images of quirky comedies like Dumb and Dumber or There’s Something About Mary come to mind.  However, this year Farrelly took a turn for the better with Green Book (2018), a film based off of the true story of the friendship of Frank Anthony Vallelonga, otherwise known as ...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film Review

Bohemian Rhapsody manages to be a fun celebration of Queen and Freddie Mercury’s life, one which is entirely superficial, for they were playing it safe rather than trying to be as bold or brazen as its larger-than-life subject. At its centre, Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek manages to capture all the glamour of Freddie Mercury. The ...

‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Film Review

The November 1st release date for this movie tells all. Once again, as soon as Halloween passes, Christmas takes a stranglehold of the market for the following couple of months. Walking into an Indigo Book store (or, for you purists out there, a Chapters), the decorations were festive, and the music of Michael Bublé has ...

‘Outlaw King’ Film Review

Historical films are a dime a dozen in this day and age of filmmaking but with Netflix’s Outlaw King, there is something unique to it. The film, directed by David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), actually held its premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it drew a mixed response. Following this, ...

‘Halloween (2018)’ Film Review

For years, the Halloween franchise has been regarded as a broken home. While John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic is still hailed as being a milestone feature for the horror genre, its subsequent sequels, helmed by various others, soured the franchise to the point where it looked as if it was put down for good. Out ...

‘The Hate U Give’ Film Review

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E – The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everyone. “When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me. One was the usual birds and bees...The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.” This film starts off with a scene of the latter – where a black ...

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Film Review

Bad Times at the El Royale is about a group of individuals, each hiding something under a veil of deception, who meet at the titular Hotel. A singer, a Priest, a Southern criminal and a vacuum salesman are among the sketchy individuals who gravitate to the El Royale. In a story taking place on both ...

‘Banana Split’ Film Review | LAFF 2018

The biggest benefit film festival season has is that most are able to showcase smaller films that would unfortunately otherwise go unnoticed to the bigger film community. It is a chance for indie films to get their moment in the limelight and hopefully secure distribution. Case in point, we have Hannah Marks’ newest film Banana ...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

There are times when a film comes along that surprises me, not just in content but by presentation. How it plays with form in an attempt to craft something unique in an industry that makes billions from giving audiences what is expected of them. I am immediately skeptical of the thing when credits role, but ...

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