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My Thoughts on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise and team return for a fifth mission, this time against a rogue "anti-IMF" agency. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) discovers proof of the existence of a criminal organization known as The Syndicate, lead by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). However, since CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) successfully campaigned for the IMF to be disbanded, Hunt is left to track down The Syndicate on his own. He is assisted in this mission by his team of Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), as well as British double agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), whose true allegiance remains ambiguous.

Fantasia 2015: Excess Flesh

A woman becomes violently obsessed over her roommate in Excess Flesh. Jill (Bethany Orr) is a somewhat overweight and introverted person, who lives with her anorexic model roommate Jennifer (Mary Loveless). Jill is unemployed and quietly pines for a man named Rob (Wes McGee), while Jennifer parties it up and has constant one night stands. When Jennifer apparently sleeps with Rob at a party, Jill become obsessively jealous and proceeds to chain Jennifer up and torture her in various ways.

Fantasia 2015: Observance

A man is hired to spy on a woman in Observance.  Parker (Lindsay Farris) has been hired by a mysterious employer to stay in an apartment and spy on Tenneal (Stephanie King), the woman across the street. Over the course of the next week, Parker does this job without asking too many questions of his employer. However, as paranoia starts to set in, the toll of this job might become too much for Parker to handle.

Fantasia 2015: Nina Forever

A young woman enters into a love triangle with the ghost of her new beau's dead girlfriend in Nina Forever. Holly (Abigail Hardingham) is a paramedical student and supermarket worker, who decides to pursue a relationship with her co-worker Rob (Cian Barry), despite the emotional baggage of the fact that he is still grieving over his recently deceased girlfriend Nina (Fiona O'Shaughnessy). Things seemingly start off well for Holly and Rob, however as soon as they become intimate, Nina's bloody ghost rises from the bed and tells Holly to stay away from her boyfriend. Holly and Rob proceed to do everything they can to please Nina's spirit, but she just won't go away.

Fantasia 2015: Crumbs

A man traverses across post-apocalyptic Ethiopia looking to board a spaceship in Crumbs. Candy (Daniel Tadesse) is a physical malformed man, who lives with the love of his life Birdy (Selam Tesfaye). A spaceship has been hovering in the sky since the beginning of the big war, which Birdy believes is about to turn on. Candy heads on a quest across the Ethiopian wasteland to find a way for him and Birdy to board the spaceship and leave the planet.

Fantasia 2015: Goodnight Mommy

Two twin brothers are bothered by the apparent changes in their mother in Goodnight Mommy. Elias and Lukas (Elias and Lukas Schwarz) live on their own with their mother (Susanne Wuest). When she comes home heavily bandaged after an operation, the two brothers notice that the behaviour of their mother isn't like it once was, particularly in how she is much more short tempered towards Elias. The boys becomes convinced that this woman is not their real mother and decides to take things into their own hands.

Fantasia 2015: Ava's Possessions

A young woman tries to piece her life back together following a demonic possession in Ava's Possessions. Ava (Louisa Krause) has spent the last 28 days being possessed by a demon. Soon after being exorcised by Father Merrino (John Ventimiglia), Ava begins to realize the level of damage she caused and her lawyer JJ Samson (Dan Fogler) advises that she attend a "spirit possession anonymous" support group or face jail time. Meanwhile, Ava begins to realize that she may have done something really terrible while she was possessed and tries to locate clues to figure out exactly what it was.

Fantasia 2015: The Editor

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This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2014

From the Winnipeg-based film collective Astron-6 (Father’s DayManborg) comes this homage/spoof of Italian giallo horror films.  Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once one of the world’s greatest film editors. However, after losing his fingers in a freak accident, Ciso has been reduced to editing schlocky horror films, all while being distained by his former actress of a wife Josephine Jardin (Paz de la Huerta). When the actors of the film Ciso is editing begin turning up dead, the inspector in charge of the investigation, Peter Porfiry (Matthew Kennedy) automatically suspects Ciso of the murders, while actor Cal Konitz (Conor Sweeney) seems happy at the opportunity at more screen time. As the bodies pile up, Rey Ciso has to rush to clear his name.

Fantasia 2015: I Am Thor

1980s rock god Jon Mikl Thor attempts a comeback in I Am Thor. Beginning his career as a Canadian bodybuilder in the 1970s, Jon Mikl Thor formed the heavy metal band Thor and released over a dozen albums and appeared in 1980s horror films, such as Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare and Zombie Nightmare. Thor decided to retire from show business in 1987, but decided a decade later to make a comeback. Over the next many years, Thor struggles to regain the level of acclaim he had during his heyday.

Fantasia 2015: Director's Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein

From director Tim Kirk and producer Rodney Ascher (Room 237) comes this fake director's commentary for the 1977 film Terror of Frankenstein. The new special edition of growing cult hit Terror of Frankenstein features a commentary between director Gavin Merrill (Clu Gulager) and screenwriter David Falks (Zack Norman). As they talk about this particular adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, David begins to be flooded by painful memories of a series of murders that happened on set. Over the next two hours, the two try to set the record straight about this behind the scenes nightmare.

Fantasia 2015: Catch Me Daddy

A Pakistani girl and her boyfriend go on the run from thugs hired by her father in Catch Me Daddy. Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) is a hairstylist living with her boyfriend Aaron (Connor McCarron) in a trailer in West Yorkshire. Laila's estranged father wants her to come back home and hires a group of Pakistani goons, including her brother Zaheer (Ali Ahmad), and a pair of caucasion drug-dealers, including Tony (Gary Lewis), to locate Laila and bring her home. When things go horribly wrong, Laila and Aaron try to run off to safety.

Fantasia 2015: Bite

A young women undergoes a horrifying transformation in the body horror film Bite.  Shortly before her wedding to her fiance Jared (Jordan Gray), Casey (Elma Begovic) goes on a bachelorette holiday to Costa Rica with her friends Jill (Annette Wozniak) and Kirsten (Denise Yuen).  While swimming in an off-path spring, Casey gets bitten by something under the water.  After returning home, Casey begins to worry about whether she is ready for her upcoming wedding.  At the same time, her bite becomes infected and she undergoes some increasingly grotesque changes.

My Thoughts on Trainwreck

A woman who does not believe in relationships falls for a sports doctor in Trainwreck. Inspired by the failed marriage of her father Gordon (Colin Quinn), Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) has been perfectly content with having a series of one night stands, without any real need for a monogamous relationship, as opposed to the married lifestyle of her sister Kim (Brie Larson). Amy is assigned by the magazine that she writes for to do a piece on sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) and the two quickly find themselves falling for each other. However, Amy's commitment issues might end up getting in the way of this new union.

Fantasia 2015: The Interior

A young man escapes his terrible life with a trip into the wilderness in The Interior. James (Patrick McFadden) is a man who gets bad news at the doctor, gets fired from his job, and generally hates his life. Wanting to experience something new, James takes a spontaneous camping trip into the woods. However, he finds himself being spied upon by a man in a red jacket, which leads to a growing sense of terror.

Fantasia 2015: The Demolisher

A tormented man becomes a violent vigilante in The Demolisher. Bruce (Ry Barrett) is a repairman, who becomes obsessed with vengeance against those who sent his policewoman wife Samantha (Tianna Nori) into a wheelchair. Wearing riot gear and armed with nightsticks, Bruce heads out onto the streets of Toronto at night and violently beats those who are against the law. However, as Bruce slowly loses control over his sanity, he begins to set his sights on a young woman named Marie (Jessica Vano), who finds herself on the run for her life.

Fantasia 2015: Cub

A cub scout troupe is terrorized while on a camping trip in Cub. Sam (Maurice Luijten) is a troubled 12 year old, who is bullied by the other kids in his cub scout troupe. While on a camping trip in the Belgian forest, Sam is shocked to discover that the local legend of a feral kid named Kai (Gill Eeckelaert) is true.  However, it also appears that someone has been setting up some deadly booby traps in the woods.