Total Recall

I’d rather forget – ★★ The summer silly season draws to an close with a re-imaging (roll eyes or insert air quotes) of the 90s Verhoeven cult classic Total Recall. At the helm this time is Die Hard 4.0 director Len Wiseman who delivers a good-looking, if ultimately unnecessary, film. Colin Farrell steps into Arnie’s muscle suit for the role of Hauser with Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel talking over from Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin. Through his exhaustive... Read More

Grabbers

Contains guards but thankfully not The Guard – ★★★½ Set on the fictional island of Erin off the coast of Donegal, Grabbers is an excellently executed addition to the sci-fi/horror/B-movie canon. Read More  Read More

The Imposter

This documentary was originally reviewed after screening at Canada’s Hot Docs 2012. Impossible, improbable, imposter – ★★★★★ The Imposter is one of those films that is best enjoyed the less you know about it going in. If you’ve managed to escape the story of 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay’s missing persons case, then do your best not to google things. In a story that you wouldn’t believe if it were fiction, “Barclay” who went missing from his home... Read More

The Bourne Legacy

The bastard son of Jason Bourne – ★★★★ Hey remember 2002? Everyone was getting sick of Jimmy Bond and we needed an antidote. This came in the form of Doug Liman’s refreshing take on the Robert Ludlum series of Jason Bourne books. A radical change in pace from Matt Damon and the addition of Paul Greengrass for two sequels led to the decade’s defining action films which went on to reshape MGM’s latter Bond films. Read More  Read More

Take This Waltz

If you want a lover, I’ll do anything you ask me to – ★★ Canadian film-maker Sarah Polley’s latest film is the long-awaited follow up to Away from Her, the critically acclaimed “Alzheimer’s drama” which saw lead actress Julie Christie lose out to Marion Cotillard’s portrayal Édith Piaf in the 2008 Academy Awards. Take This Waltz deals with Michelle Williams’ Margot, a Toronto-based writer (aren’t they all) who... Read More

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry was the opening film of the 2012 Hot Docs festival, screening at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema on Thursday April 26th. Check out all our Hot Docs coverage here. Chinese whispers - ★★★½ For a Chinese artist to be named in Time’s people of the year list is quite remarkable but to call Ai Weiwei (pronounced “I way-way”) simply an “artist” is to do a real disservice to everything else he stands for. Weiwei came to international... Read More

Undefeated

This review was originally published in March 2012 during the film’s North American theatrical run. Glory of the gridiron – ★★★★½ Cynics, please stop reading. Undefeated is not for you. Read More  Read More