Author: Toronto Film Scene

The Gambler: the greatest modern gambling movie

Professor and gambler Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is facing a very heavy debt with a number of people he shouldn’t be in debt to. Reckless and seeming like he’d prefer his debt be paid with his life, Jim sets up a series of loans that it looks like he’ll never be able to pay off. His very wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) has had enough of his behaviour, and one of the loan sharks wants Jim to convince a star basketball player in his class to throw a game. The only thing Jim seems to have going for him is...

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Great casino films on Netflix

Looking for the perfect Netflix movie that manages to combine glamour, danger and plenty of drama? Then check out some of these top casino movies on the streaming service that prove that the mini-genre is as endlessly fascinating and exciting as a good game of online slots! Casino Leave it up to Martin Scorsese to deliver a movie that truly defines the casino movie genre. The 1995 film Casino sizzles with brooding gangland violence and gaudy Las Vegas glamour as Robert De Niro’s character attempts to take over the gaming tables of Sin City. But it’s Sharon Stone’s award-winning...

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What To Make Of Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll

As we’ve written about before, Universal is working toward developing its famous monsters into a so-called “shared universe” to mimic the design of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a bold and tremendously exciting concept, and the monsters represent unique properties ripe for modern adaptation. Those monsters, or at least the headlining ones, appear to be Dracula, Frakenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and Van Helsing’s numerous fiendish opponents. There will reportedly be franchises based on all of these characters, with 2017’s The Mummy remake leading things off (though there’s some debate over whether or not Dracula Untold truly launched...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Exotica

A few years prior to Atom Egoyan’s arguably best known film The Sweet Hereafter, he found great box office success with Exotica. The film follows a number of characters who all wind up being connected through a strip club called Exotica. Marketed as an erotic thriller, the film performed so strongly in its limited release, that it was quickly given a wide release, managing to play in Toronto for 25 weeks. Not only a financial success, Exotica gathered high praise from critics across North America. Considered by some to be Egoyan’s box office breakthrough, the film may not be the first...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Prom Night

It’s not easy to find a film for Essential Canadian Cinema that fits into the category of guilty pleasure. There tends to be a more serious attitude when it comes to Canadian film and most of them are quite good. A guilty pleasure film needs to be a little bit bad at least, but there’s one genre of film that has almost always had a hushed appreciation, and that’s horror. In the ’80s, if you said you loved horror films, people probably assumed you also had a Satanic altar in your basement, and it wasn’t something you generally shouted to...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: When Jews Were Funny

Well known Canadian director Alan Zweig turns his attention to the world of comedy, but not just any kind of funny. He’s interested in Jewish comedy and comedians. That’s not what he wants people to know about his film, When Jews Were Funny. Zweig wanted to look at the history of Jewish people, which would explore their sense of humour. The film is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, and Toronto Film Scene wanted to see how well it would or wouldn’t fit into the category of Essential Canadian Cinema. Writers Aren Bergstrom and Katie O’Connor discussed the film and whether it’s...

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DVD releases: April 26, 2016

April 19, 2016 Releases Judging by some of the weather we’ve gotten this month in Toronto, it’s not really strange to be picking up the holiday horror hit Krampus. Who says that Christmas only comes once a year! Not everybody wants to experience winter once more yet, so there are lots of other options showing up in this weeks DVD and Blu-ray releases. For some laughs, you can always go with Schitt’s Creek: Season 2 or Ride Along 2. If you’re in the mood for something a little more moving, you can’t go wrong with Son of Saul or...

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