Author: Andrew Parker

Review: Cut Bank

In the fair town of Cut Bank where we lay our scene (and the coldest place in America when winter hits), a local grease monkey (Liam Hemsworth), in over his head as an actor and truly showing how little charisma he has) seeks to leave small town life behind with his girlfiend (Teresa Palmer). One day while frolicking in a field and taking some pictures, the couple witnesses the murder of a acerbic postal clerk (Bruce Dern). The local lawman (John Malkovich) suspects something fishy, and he’s absolutely correct. It’s hard to really talk about why Cut Bank fails...

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CFF 2015 Review: The Cocksure Lads Movie

An English band on the verge of stardom head to Toronto to start their North American tour. Before they’ve even left the airport in Toronto, the band has a huge disagreement and breaks up. The band members separate and spend the day in the city, taking in the sights and getting into plenty of odd situations. They start to understand what it means to be a band, but it may be too late for the group to get together before their first performance. There are few things worse than a misguided musical comedy, but the tone deaf stylings of The Cocksure...

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Review: Tracers

The teen oriented actioner Tracers assumes that its viewers are too young to remember Point Break, too mainstream to have ever heard of District B-13, and that no one at all (sadly) saw Premium Rush. If one were to put all three films into a blender, they would get Taylor Lautner’s most recent stab at leading man status. It sounds like a recipe for disaster or a sub-par rip-off, but lo and behold, it’s actually far more fun and entertaining than it seems on a surface level. Lautner stars as Cam, a down on his luck NYC bike messenger...

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Review: Cinderella

Following the suspect Disney updating of Alice in Wonderland and the Sleeping Beauty mythos with Maleficent, it’s almost a breath of fresh air that Kenneth Branagh’s live action take on the animated fable Cinderella is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s not exactly ambitious or revisionist, but it’s gorgeously and dutifully mounted, well acted, and just interesting enough to warrant its own existence. In short, if you wanted another Cinderella tale, you got another Cinderella tale. If you’ve seen the 1950 animated version from Disney, you already know the story of this one almost word-for-word with the...

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Review: Chappie

Let’s not mince words: Chappie, the latest from District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp, is an atrocious, borderline unwatchable mess. There isn’t a single redeemable thing about it. How bad is it? I needed a full day away from thinking about every insipid, unoriginal, ludicrous, fraudulent, audience insulting moment of it to calm down. If I didn’t, this would have been 500 words of incoherent profanity. To stoop to that level is to essentially become the same film Blomkamp has produced. Its awfulness is rage inducing to an alarming degree, and yet it’s so bafflingly mounted that much...

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Stealing scenes: interview with Adrian Martinez, star of Focus

If character actor Adrian Martinez was actually a thief in real life and not just playing one in the movie Focus (in theatres everywhere this Friday), he’d definitely find the honour among his fellow grifters. Charming and boasting a boisterous laugh, he’s the exact opposite of the more taciturn and drily witted character he plays in his latest big screen outing. Martinez plays Farhad, one of the chief accomplices of confidants of Nicky (played by Will Smith), a master con artist who starts training a potentially gifted young upstart named Jess (Margot Robbie). With some help from Farhad and...

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Review: Focus

If you’ve seen any con artist film, you’ve probably got a good idea what you’re getting into with Glen Ficarra and John Requa’s Focus. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become friends, love will get you hurt, nothing is ever what it seems, and everyone is lying. Despite a close adherence to that formula, it’s still a compulsively entertaining movie that’s flashy, funny, well acted, intriguingly written, and easy to engage with. If it were a cocktail, it would come with a paper umbrella and you wouldn’t regret drinking it. Will Smith (in his biggest display of raw charisma in years) plays Nicky, the...

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