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    ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ sacrifices fun for action, with mixed results

    The Avengers clicked with both Marvel fans and general audiences because we loved watching these massive egos clash for the first time. It was the perfect blend of action and attitude, and its mastermind, Joss Whedon, was handed the golden ticket to Marvel’s keystone franchise. The long-awaited sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, shows the strain of trying to be bigger-and-better while still indulging the subtle pleasures of its predecessor. It succeeds, just barely, on the strength of a talented cast and our fondness for these characters. Still, it’s a decidedly somber affair that will turn off casual fans, and it stands as the most impersonal, and arguable weakest installment of Marvel’s vaunted “Phase Two.” More

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    The Definitive Religious Movies: 50-41

    As we are full-on in the Lent season, our definitive list will focus on films about religion or some aspect of it. The #1 qualification to be on this list is to deliberately focus on religion, a religious figure, or have the presence of a religion/faith as an integral plot point. For example, most of […] More

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    ‘In Secret’ a dour, lifeless period piece stranding an overly talented quartet of performers

    In Secret Written and directed by Charlie Stratton USA, 2013 What occurs in the new film In Secret feels less like a natural progression of logical events, instead of something more pre-ordained and unnecessarily fatalistic. The characters existing inside of this turgid tragedy do not act freely, but as if guided by an invisible puppet […] More

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    ‘Oldboy’, Spike Lee’s remake of the South Korean film, releases a new clip

    South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s 2005 film Oldboy is well-regarded amongst the international film community, enough so that many were wary when news was released that Hollywood was looking into remaking the film. Interest in the remake was raised, however, with the official confirmation that Malcolm X and Inside Man helmer Spike Lee would be […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Therese’ a dead-on-arrival debut

    So-called “costume dramas” often deal in subtle yet significant helpings of sexual repression guiding their characters’ every action. The idea of an erotic thriller set in the 1860s is thereby rather an intriguing one – in which each intimate moment carries greater weight and excitement than in most present day scenarios. Émile Zola’s novel “Thérèse Raquin” is no stranger to cinema, its first of many screen adaptations dating back to a 1915 Italian silent film. Television veteran Charlie Stratton makes his feature directorial debut with a new look at the doomed yarn of lust and betrayal. More

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    First Poster for Spike Lee’s Oldboy

    The first poster for Spike Lee’s adaptation of Oldboy remake has arrived as FilmDistrict have released the CinemaCon teaser poster. The minimalist poster is dominated by a series of bloody tally marks which I assume are meant to represent the protagonist’s time in prison. Oldboy is the second instalment of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s fantastic trilogy The Vengeance […] More

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