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External Review: Snowtime!

During the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have an epic snowball war. Most of the kids in the town decide to rally behind Luke, leaving Piers, his dog Cleo and brainiac friend Frankie to fend for themselves. However, the odds are evened when new girl Sophie and her hothead sister Lucy join forces with Piers and Frankie to defend their heavily elaborate fort.

Read full review at Toronto Film Scene

External Review: Star Men

Donald Lynden-Bell, Roger Griffin, Neville Woolf and Wal Sargent are four British astronomers who have known each other since they all began working at the California Institute of Technology in 1960. The four are considered superstars of astronomy, with all of them being active during the most productive period of the field. On the 50th anniversary of their friendship, these astronomers get together for a nostalgic road trip through the southwestern United States.

Read full review at Toronto Film Scene

My Thoughts on 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.

Sign the Petition to #SavetheHumber

While I stated in last night's community meeting recap that I am not really the activist type, I am also not going to sit back and allow a local cinema that I love to be destroyed by condo developers. As such, I have officially launched the #SaveTheHumber campaign, where I'm going to encourage film lovers everywhere to prevent an addition to Toronto's vast cinema graveyard.

Death of a Cinema? A Recap of the Community Meeting at the Humber Cinema

It was an incredibly emotional night as I attended a "pre-application" community meeting at the Humber Cinema. The purpose of the meeting was for a condo developer to make their pitch for a new development on the site of the cinema and field questions, comments and concerns from the people in attendance.

My Thoughts on Hail, Caesar!

The Coen Brothers play homage to classic Hollywood in the kidnapping comedy Hail, Caesar!. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is the head of production at Capital Pictures, who is supervising the production of multiple motion pictures, the highest profile of which being the biblical epic Hail, Caesar! A Story of The Christ. When the film's star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped on set, Mannix has to add dealing with the kidnappers to his list of problems to worry about on a very stressful day.

External Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is one of the five warrior daughters of Mr. Bennet (Charles Dance), trained in the Shaolin arts to combat the zombies plaguing the land. Elizabeth has an uneasy relationship with Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), whom she views as an unjustly prejudiced individual. However, with the danger of a full on zombie apocalypse on the horizon, Elizabeth and Darcy must put aside their personal pride and social prejudices to rid the country of the zombie menace and find true love with each other.

Read full review at Toronto Film Scene

Hot Docs Doc Soup: The Fear of 13

A death row prisoner tells his story in The Fear of 13. After spending 23 years on death row, convicted murderer Nick Yarris decides to drop all appeals and ask to be executed. Through one highly performative monologue, Yarris tells his story and why he ultimately reached this final decision.

My Two Cents on the Plan to Replace the Humber Cinema with Condos

Here I am again, posting about the fate of a cinema that I have loved so much. The resurrection of the Humber Cinema has been a very rough ride, particularly involving the very nasty feud over the management of the theatre. Despite all of that, the Humber has flourished over the last five years or so, with me becoming a semi-regular patron of the cinema. However, it appears that the days of the Humber Cinema are once again numbered. BlogTO is reporting that condo developer Plazacorp has announced its intentions to build a 14 storey condo tower at the site of the theatre. This proposal will be discussed a community meeting at the cinema on Monday, February 8 from 6:30-8:30pm.

Frame of Mind: Donnie Darko

I've been meaning for a while to follow the lead of other film blogs and begin a column all about examining a single frame from a film. It is a no brainer that I would make the topic of my first such column my favourite film Donnie Darko. There are many stills from Donnie Darko that have become synonymous with the film, particularly the shot in the movie theatre that has become the "main" image of the film. However, it would be no fun to focus on any of the familiar images, so there will be no guys in bunny suits in this post.

My Thoughts on 45 Years

A woman rethinks her relationship with her husband in 45 Years. Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and  Tom Courtenay) are a couple a few days away from their 45th wedding anniversary. Geoff receives the news from that the body of his ex-girlfriend Katya has been found in the Swiss Alps, more than fifty years after her death. In the aftermath of the news, Kate begins to realize that Geoff has been holding a candle for Katya all these years, which causes Kate to rethink her marriage to Geoff.

Indie Horror Spotlight: JeruZalem

A group of American tourists are trapped in the city of Jerusalem during the start of the apocalypse in JeruZalem. Sarah (Danielle Jadelyn) travels with her friend Rachel (Yael Grobglas) to go for a vacation in Tel Aviv. On the way, they come across young anthropologist Kevin (Yon Tumarkin), who invites the two to join him in Jerusalem. However, as Yom Kippur starts, a biblical nightmare descends upon the city.

My Thoughts on Anomalisa

A lonely self-help author finds a connection with an anomaly of a woman in Anomalisa. Self help author Michael Stone (David Thewlis) has traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to promote his latest book at a hotel customer service convention. However, Michael is an incredibly lonely man, who perceives everyone (Tom Noonan) as exactly the same. However, Michael comes across a shy girl named Lisa Hesselman (Jennifer Jason Leigh), whom he feels an inexplicable connection to.

My Thoughts on Bridge of Spies

An American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in Bridge of Spies. At the height of the Cold War, a man named Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is arrested on the charge of spying for the Russians. Even though it's pretty obvious that Abel is guilty, insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited to ensure that Abel receives a fair defense. When American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) is subsequently captured by the Russians, Donovan is recruited by the CIA to travel to East Berlin and negotiate a trade between the two dueling sides.

My Thoughts on the 2016 Canadian Screen Award Nominees

Earlier this week, the nominations were announced for the 2016 edition of the Canadian Screen Awards. Celebrating its fourth annual edition this year, the Canadian Screen Awards celebrate the best of film, television, and digital media in Canada.  My coverage is going to focus primarily on the film categories, so I will begin by providing my thoughts on the various nominees.

Blindspot 2016: Classic Horror: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

It is time for me to begin a new round of the Blindspot series, with this year's theme being classic horror. I start my journey off in the silent era and the 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring "The Man of a Thousand Faces" Lon Chaney. Underneath the Paris Opera House lives a heavily disfigured man named Erik (Chaney), who is known by most as The Phantom. Erik becomes obsessed with young opera singer Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) and warns her to stay away from her love  Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry).