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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'

September 26th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'
It’s fest time in the great north and Canadian correspondent (and my film expert father!) Michael Coleman will be tackling the good, the bad and the snowed from Vancouver International Film Fest 2014 all for your movie pleasure – take it away Dad!

While the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more details!) does not have the name or the red carpet glitz of a Toronto or Cannes event it is one of, if not the, biggest and most attended fest in North America. Over 500 screenings, 341 films from 75 countries, over 16 ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Reign Of Fire'

September 26th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Reign of Fire
With the lackluster new film "The Equalizer" hitting theaters this weekend, it felt like the right time to show the mundane movie powers that be that action work can still possess awesome acting…welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s movie has both popcorn fun and cool character depth all under the roof of the fantasy genre. It also introduced audiences to some of the most amazing actors of our generation while re-invigorating those already familiar. All this and dragons – oh, yeah! We’re talking about Matthew McConaughey channeling inner crazy man in the 2002 flick…"Reign of Fire!"...
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Review: 'The Equalizer' A Fluffy Film That's Forgettable

September 25th, 2014 12:59pm EDT
Review: 'The Equalizer' A Fluffy Film That's Forgettable
For the sake of this review, I’m going to put aside my strong sentimental feelings for the highly underrated TV series upon which this movie is loosely based. And I’ll forget that it was a hard man in an unusual shell by the name of Edward Woodward that singlehandedly took a simple and somewhat familiar premise and elevated it to deep dark heights that lingered. But sadly even in the absence of such unforgettable beginnings, the new movie version of "The Equalizer" still manages to come out being just…okay. The cookie cutter mix of music video action sequences, clichéd bad guys and Denze...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins...'

September 19th, 2014 1:20pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins...
The absence of a new superhero movie got you down? We’re ready to put a little spring in your comic book step with a little past cool crusader action yarn…welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today we’re checking out what could be one of the most underrated and little known crime fighter flicks that flew sadly flew under the radar. Featuring a cop who dies only to be reborn, is named after a bedpan company and then trained by a sassy Korean martial arts master, this one is a true hidden gem. It’s has all the character, action and hanging from the statue of liberty spectacle one could ask ...
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Review: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' A Bold Experiment That Ultimately Fails

September 19th, 2014 10:56am EDT
Review: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' A Bold Experiment That Ultimately F
Mixing comedy with horror is nothing new. Some of the all time great genre classics have either successfully meshed the two aspects brilliantly or made it so one truly enhances the other. In the case of the new Kevin Smith outing titled ‘Tusk’, one would think knowing the past hilarity the filmmaker has so handsomely delivered that horror would only strengthen his movie credibility. But it’s the absence of neither a smooth pairing nor any singular subject boost that plagues an innovative film that that could have been a real winner – it’s a bold and original experiment that ultimately fa...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Men At Work'

September 12th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Men
Nothing beats the fall bad movie blues better then a colorful comedy, so this week we’re doing the nasty by wading through the garbage to find a diamond in the roughage... welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This time out we’re diving headfirst into a lesser known comedy featuring work by two brothers who have chemistry down to a science. And in this outing the two strip away the glitz and glamour and get down and dirty as two uninspired sanitation engineers – garbage men to the layman. Before the Ducks got a coach and long before someone was ‘winning,’ Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen w...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Love Potion #9'

September 5th, 2014 1:10pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Love Potion #9'
With Oscar season just around the corner, a myriad of great films and more importantly knockout performances hopefully are on the way. So we thought we’d take some time this week to celebrate some stellar early acting work long lost but not gone of an Oscar winner – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s flick is a funny tribute to the regular guy and gal and what a little chemical help can do to enhance a personality of those more socially challenged. Love, chemistry and an experiment gone wrong - all in the name of comedy. Need some help in your love life? How about some..."Love ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Principal'

August 29th, 2014 12:45pm EDT
Principal
Since demand for good movies at the end of summer is tough, we felt it was time to fight fire with fire with our own hard hitting selection to end the season off right – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s blast from the past puts a notorious funnyman in the hard guy hot seat and pits him against a school of baddies looking to protect their turf and rep. When hard luck high needs someone to clean up the hallways who do you call? Who else..."The Principal."

Rick Latimer is a drunk and it’s not hard to understand why. He’s works as an uninspired job as a high school teacher, sha...
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'If I Stay' Squanders a Chance to Explore the Place Between Life and Death

August 25th, 2014 11:20am EDT
'If I Stay' Squanders a Chance to Explore the Place Between Life
R.J. Cutler’s teen drama If I Stay has the pretentiousness you’d expect from a movie about people from Portland, Oregon. That’s because it embodies the holier-than-thou Portland attitude frequently skewered on the hilarious show Portlandia. Since If I Stay shares this arrogant mindset, it’s hard to watch it without laughing, especially when the lead character grapples with insignificant problems instead of serious ones.

Mia Hall (Chlöe Grace Moretz) is a talented cellist caught between worlds. She doesn’t fit in with her peers, but she doesn’t identify with her family either. Things chang...
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‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is Another Fun Outing, But Lacks Creativity

August 23rd, 2014 5:42am EDT
‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is Another Fun Outing, But Lacks
If you’ve seen 2005's Sin City, there’s not much that will surprise you about its sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Aside from using 3D and telling two new stories not found in Frank Miller’s pulp comic series, Robert Rodriguez covers almost exactly the same ground he did in his previous movie. There are more subtle differences between A Dame to Kill For and its predecessor, although they’re not positive ones.

A Dame to Kill For’s strongest segment is its opening “Just Another Saturday Night,” because it perfectly captures the comic’s brutal sarcastic tone. This funny tale featuring Mic...
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