Category: REVIEWS

  • STREAMING REVIEW: Tangled mess Pinocchio pales in comparison to original

    STREAMING REVIEW: Tangled mess Pinocchio pales in comparison to original

    When Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis combine, moviegoers are normally in for a magnificent treat. From Oscar-winning Forrest Gump to Cast Away and The Polar Express, news of their collaborations always bring joy. So much so that much was made of their announcement to reunite following this Pinocchio remake. However, one really does wish […]

  • STREAMING REVIEW: Orphan prequel a bloody, B-movie delight

    STREAMING REVIEW: Orphan prequel a bloody, B-movie delight

    The original Orphan had a twist that’s been hailed as one of the best in modern horror history. Then along came prequel First Kill, a movie no one knew they wanted. What I expected to be a procedural cash-grab from Paramount+ ended up as a razor-sharp horror entry boasting a twist that may well surpass […]

  • THEATRICAL REVIEW: Idris Elba battles a ferocious lion in enthralling Beast

    THEATRICAL REVIEW: Idris Elba battles a ferocious lion in enthralling Beast

    August is typically seen as a dumping ground for new releases. Films put near the start of school semester are almost guaranteed to fail, and Beast is no exception. Making only $11-million in its opening weekend, Beast is far from ferocious, and yet it may well end up one of the most underrated movies of […]

  • STREAMING REVIEW: No Exit a competent single-locale thriller

    STREAMING REVIEW: No Exit a competent single-locale thriller

    Every once in a while, you really just need a movie that will succeed at just one thing: Entertaining you. No Exit may not be one critics will rave about for years to come, but the Disney+/Hulu thriller also delivers the goods. Nothing more, nothing less. When a young woman seeks refuge in a highway […]

  • STREAMING REVIEW: Charli XCX doc highlights pandemic loneliness

    STREAMING REVIEW: Charli XCX doc highlights pandemic loneliness

    All of us have been feeling the pressures and anxieties of being stuck inside lately, and if nothing else, musician Charli XCX’s documentary explores this well. Not being a fan of her music, I may not be the target demographic for this. But Charli XCX: Alone Together does an adequate job of capturing the difficulties […]

  • VOD REVIEW: Wharf Rats a raucous, hilarious send-up of Maritime stereotypes

    VOD REVIEW: Wharf Rats a raucous, hilarious send-up of Maritime stereotypes

    This review originally premiered during FIN in 2020, and has been repurposed and republished for the film’s VOD release There’s something so intensely charming about director Jason Arsenault’s debut, Wharf Rats, that part of the hilarity is the fact foul-mouthed content like this will make you smile so wide. With Wharf Rats, we all see […]

  • VOD REVIEW: Pitch-perfect Sharlto Copley excels as Unabomber

    VOD REVIEW: Pitch-perfect Sharlto Copley excels as Unabomber

    Ted K is a searing, terrifying exploration into the early days and radicalization of The Unabomber. Based on the incredible true case that kept America in fear for weeks, Ted Kaczynski’s life in Lincoln, Montana is put under a microscope. As he lives in the wilderness, feeding off the land and relying on his own […]

  • VOD REVIEW: President a deep exploration of corrupt politics

    VOD REVIEW: President a deep exploration of corrupt politics

    A documentary with considerable weight, President explores the intricacies of politics in Zimbabwe. In particular, it looks at the 2018 presidential election there, and the results that come from going against a corrupt government. Camilla Nielsson’s documentary is immensely difficult to watch. There’s something about seeing injustice that just burns a fire in the belly. […]

  • VOD REVIEW: National Champions gets sidelined by subplots

    VOD REVIEW: National Champions gets sidelined by subplots

    There’s been an intense recent debate around free labour, unpaid internships and the like. So it makes sense that discussing compensation for collegial athletes be a part of the conversation. National Champions follows a star quarterback who – dismayed with the wealth distribution in college sports – boycotts the championship game until equal pay and […]

  • VOD REVIEW: Streamline a taut coming-of-age drama

    VOD REVIEW: Streamline a taut coming-of-age drama

    Writer-director Tyson Wade Johnston isn’t reinventing the wheel with Streamline, but it’s one hell of a ride. Ben is on the cusp of the Olympics. The 15-year-old is an elite swimmer at the top of his game. But as he enters the defining time of his life, the return of his ex-convict father threatens everything. […]