Review: Return to… Return to Nuke ‘Em High AKA. Vol 2

From Troma Entertainment comes the conclusion of the two part re-imagining of the original 1986 film with Return to… Return to Nuke ‘Em High AKA. Vol 2. Picking up directly where the first volume leaves off, Tromaville High School students Chrissy Goldberg (Asta Paredes) and Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) become privy to a plan by the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate […]

Review: In the Fade

A grief-stricken woman seeks justice for the death of her family in In the Fade. Katja Sekerci (Diane Kruger) is a woman living in Hamburg, married to Turkish ex-con Nuri (Numan Acar). Katja’s world falls apart when a bomb blast kills Nuri and their 5 year old son Rocco. Dealing with prejudice about her husband’s drug […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

A repressed young woman uncovers her family’s dark secrets in The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. In 1930s rural Quebec, a young woman (Marine Johnson) and her brother (Antoine L’Écuyer) are raised alone by their authoritarian father (Jean-François Casabonne). After their father hangs himself one night, the two siblings are left to […]

Streaming Review: The Polka King

A popular polka musician gets rich through a Ponzi scheme in The Polka King. Jan Lewan (Jack Black) is a Polish immigrant, who has become one of the most popular polka players in Pennsylvania. Jan is married to former beauty queen Marla (Jenny Slate) and is best friends with his band’s clarinetist Mickey (Jason Schwartzman). In order to […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Unarmed Verses

A girl living in a community housing project learns to develop her own voice in Unarmed Verses. Francine Valentine is a teenage girl living with her father and grandmother in a community housing project in the north of Toronto, which is in the midst of a “revitalization” plan. Francine participates in a songwriting program put on […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Allure

An emotionally unstable woman develops an unlikely connection in Allure. Laura Drake (Evan Rachel Wood) is a woman who struggles to find a connection in her life. Working as a house cleaner for her father William (Denis O’Hare), Laura begins working at the house of Nancy (Maxim Roy) and becomes infatuated with Nancy’s 16 year old […]

Review: All the Money in the World

An oil tycoon refuses to pay the ransom for his kidnapped grandson in All the Money in the World. John Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) is an incredibly successful oil tycoon, who made billions drilling and shipping oil from the Saudi desert. In 1973, Getty’s 16 year old grandson John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) is kidnapped […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This review was originally published as part of my coverage for Hot Docs 2017 The indigenous contributions to music history are revealed in Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. In 1907, the first recording of native music was made, since it was believed that the culture of the First Nation’s community would disappear. However, as […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Les Affamés

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017 A group tries to survive a zombie outbreak in a remote Quebec village in Les Affamés. A flesh-eating plague has broken out in Quebec and a small batch of survivors try to make to safety. These include Bonin (Marc-André Grondin), who is always cracking […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Adventures in Public School

A home schooled teenager enrolls into public school for the first time in Adventures in Public School. For most of his life, Liam (Daniel Doheny) has been home schooled by his enthusiastic mother Claire (Judy Greer). However, when Liam enters the local high school for his final exam, he is immediately infatuated with one-legged girl […]