TIFF17: The Cured

Those previously infected by an infectious virus are viewed as outcasts to society in The Cured. Ireland is in the process of recovering from the outbreak of the Maze Virus, which effectively turned the infected into violent zombies. A cure for the virus was found, with 75% of the infected returning to their pre-infected state, […]

TIFF17: Stronger

A man struggles to recover following the loss of his legs in Stronger. Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) attends the 2013 Boston Marathon to support his on and off girlfriend Erin Hurley (Tatiana Maslany). However, a terrorist’s bomb goes off right beside Jeff and he ends up getting both of his legs amputated. Since his testimony to the […]

TIFF17: The Ritual

Four friends lost in the woods are chased by a mythical creature in The Ritual. Six months after the tragic murder of their fried Robert (Paul Reid), Luke (Rafe Spall), Hodge (Robert James-Collier), Phil (Arsher Ali), and Dom (Sam Troughton) go on a hiking trip in the Swedish highlands. After Dom injures his knee in […]

TIFF17: PROTOTYPE

Toronto-based experimental filmmaker Blake Williams makes his feature debut with PROTOTYPE. Through the use of 3D imagery, footage of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane is turned into a sci-fi landscape. The thing that attracted me to Blake Williams’ PROTOTYPE is the film’s description as a 3D experimental film with sci-fi imagery. However, the film turns out to be […]

TIFF17: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

A heart surgeon must make a horrible choice in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a cardiac surgeon living a seemingly happy life with his wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and two children. Steven develops a paternal relationship with Martin (Barry Keoghan), a 16 year old boy, whose father died on Steven’s operating table […]

TIFF17: Bodied

A nerdy white college kid becomes a sensation in the world of battle rapping in Bodied. As research for a thesis paper, Adam (Calum Worthy) attends a rap battle hosted by the Killerfornia Battle League, accompanied by his less-than-impressed girlfriend Maya (Rory Uphold). Afterwards in the parking lot, Adam finds himself placed in an impromptu […]

Review: IT

Stephen King’s novel receives new adaptation in IT. In the summer of 1988, the small town of Derry is experiencing an epidemic of missing children cases. One of these missing children was Georgie ( Jackson Robert Scott), the younger brother of Bill (Jaeden Lieberher). Together with the “Losers Club” of Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Ben (Jeremy Ray […]

Review: Logan Lucky

Two brothers plan a robbery during a NASCAR race in Logan Lucky. Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is a down on his luck man, who was fired from his mining job and is constantly at odds with his ex-wife Bobbie Jo Chapman (Katie Holmes), who has custody of their daughter Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie). With the help of his […]

Blindspot: Canada 150: Roadkill

This month I watched 1989’s Roadkill, which is one of the earliest films from “Toronto New Wave” director Bruce McDonald. After rock band Children of Paradise disappear while on tour, promoter Roy Seth (Gerry Quigley) sends intern Ramona (Valerie Buhagiar) to track them down in Sudbury. However, Ramona soon loses track of the band and has to […]

Lost Episode Fest 2017: 68 Kill

An apparently simple robbery leads to murder and a kidnapping in 68 Kill. Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) is deeply in love with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord), despite the fact that she is a bit on the crazy side and regularly visits a sugar daddy named Ken (David Maldonado). When Liza finds out that Ken […]