Author: Andrew Parker

Spring Awakening: interview with Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, and Nadia Hilker

Filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have jokes. Lots of jokes. Anyone that has ever seen one of their always fun post-screening Q&As – locally in Toronto following the debut of Resolution at Toronto After Dark a few years ago or following their world premiere of Spring (officially opening this Friday, May 15, 2015) at TIFF last year – would know that. They have an irreverence to them that makes sitting down with them and keeping a straight face sometimes difficult. They’re a joy to be around, and one hopes that joy never fades from them. It’s that same...

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Review: Good Kill

Ex-fighter pilot Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) had previously served his country with multiple tours of duty during wartime, but now finds himself struggling to transition to his new job as a drone pilot stationed just outside of Reno, Nevada. Although Thomas still flies violent and dangerous missions thousands of miles away, he’s nowhere near the cockpit of the craft he’s piloting. While the job offers for certain benefits – no chance of getting shot out of the sky, the ability to go home to his family every night – the drawbacks are almost as many. When Egan’s unit is...

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Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

In an inhospitable post-apocalyptic future, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy, taking the reigns from Mel Gibson thirty years after the character’s last on-screen appearance) wanders a lawless, desolate land still haunted by the memory of his deceased family. He’s captured and placed into servitude/torture by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), a hulking, one man cult-of-personality who rules over his desert kingdom and zealot followers with an iron fist and a masked face. Joe finds his rule threatened from within, however, as his most trusted right-hand-woman Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) betrays him in a search for the homeland she was kidnapped from....

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Review: Adult Beginners

After his Google Glass styled tech start-up goes belly up on the night of its expensive, high profile launch, dejected entrepreneur Jake (Nick Kroll) has to get out of New York City as fast as possible for his own sanity and to further avoid embarrassment. He decamps, relatively unannounced, to his New Rochelle childhood home, now occupied by his high school guidance counsellor sister, Justine (Rose Byrne), and his contractor brother-in-law, Danny (Bobby Cannavale). Despite the married couple having troubles of their own – Justine is pregnant, Danny might be unfaithful and is unwilling to grow up – the...

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Review: Hot Pursuit

Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a disgraced, by the numbers beat cop now working as a desk jockey who has gotten a second chance at redemption. Through some well placed, obvious, and illogical script contrivances, Cooper is assigned to help protect Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) on a cross country trip to a trial where Daniella’s husband will give testimony against a ruthless cartel kingpin. Following an attempted hit, everyone has been killed except for Cooper and Daniella (and has left Cooper an unlikely suspect in the murders), leading to a comedic fight for survival as the uppity Cooper and the...

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Review: Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police

In the early 1980s, few bands burned brighter and flamed out more quickly than The Police. Guitarist Andy Summers, drummer Stewart Copeland, and lead singer and bassist Sting would create some of the most recognizable tunes of one of rock’s greatest decades. Blending punk, reggae, soul, and world music influences, The Police sounded unlike any other band at the time, quickly becoming mainstream darlings in the UK and eventually in the rest of the world. But just as the band was getting popular, they went on an indefinite hiatus-slash-breakup at the height of their fame for reasons that go...

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Review: Far from the Madding Crowd Review

In the late 1800s in the English countryside, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Milligan) has been bequeathed a large farmstead and its workforce by her late uncle. Having previously lasted the earlier years of her life relatively on her own as a homesteader, Bathsheba certainly understands how a farm should operate, but she finds herself in need of a shepherd that could properly attend to her sheep. Enter Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a former neighbour of Bathsheba’s and a gently rebuffed former suitor who has fallen on hard times. Bathsheba and Gabriel form a friendship and sometimes rocky business relationship as...

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