Art Reviews

The Homesman

It takes a long time to happen and doesn’t last long enough but there are passages in The Homesman when Tommy Lee Jones’ taciturn, acerbic old-man-of-the-West George Briggs and Hilary Swank’s god-fearing spinster Mary Bee Cuddy work in tandem against forces of Man and Nature.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Katniss is back and District 13 has her. If you don’t know what that sentence means, then you’ve been avoiding a worldwide phenomenon. Just to quickly fill you in: Katniss Everdeen is the heroine of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy of fantasy tales, which has sold over 50 million copies in the U.S. alone

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The Theory of Everything

James Marsh, director Anthony McCarten, script based on Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking Starring: Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking), Felicity Jones (Jane Hawking), Charlie Cox (Jonathan Hellyer Jones), Emily Watson (Isobel Hawking),...

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Rosewater

Jon Stewart, director and scriptwriter based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal (Maziar Bahari), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Moloojoon, Bahari’s mother), Kim Bodnia (Rosewater), Haluk Bilginer (Baba “father”...

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Horns

Alexandre Aja, director Keith Bunin, script based on the novel by Joe Hill Starring: Daniel Radcliffe (Ignatius “Ig” Perrish), Max Minghella (Lee Tourneau), Juno Temple (Merrin Williams), Joe Anderson (Terry Perrish), Kelli Garner (Glenna), Heather Graham (Waitress),...

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg, director Bruce Wagner, script Starring: Julianne Moore (Havana Segrand), Mia Wasikowska (Agatha Weiss), John Cusack (Dr. Stafford Weiss), Robert Pattinson (Jerome Fontana), Olivia Williams (Cristina Weiss), Sarah Gadon (Clarice Taggart), Evan Bird...

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Feature: Contemporary Art Fair 2014

Toronto’s art scene is growing up in a hurry. With Art Toronto occupying the Convention Centre last weekend, it’s surprising to see another major art event taking place downtown at the Joey & Toby Tannenbaum Opera Centre at 227 Front Street East. Feature:...

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Laggies

Lynn Shelton, director Andrea Siegel, script Starring: Keira Knightley (Megan), Chloe Grace Moretz (Annika), Sam Rockwell (Craig), Ellie Kemper (Allison), Kaitlyn Dever (Misty), Mark Webber (Anthony), Kristen deLohr Helland (Danielle) Zoomers certainly know about...

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Whiplash

Upsetting the hoary clichés about the gentle mentor who turns young musicians into true artists, Whiplash is a stunning drama about high-stakes competition that feels more like a sports film than a musical one.

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Rudderless

How does a parent deal with the death of a child? Rudderless, the name of William H. Macy’s first directorial effort as well as the band that begins to rise to recognition in the film, is truly about the emotion that fills its lead character, Sam, as he deals with his personal grief. The film features a brilliant performance by Billy Crudup as Sam, a man who has lost his path after his son dies in a campus mass slaying.

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Fury

It’s a surprise to see a tough Second World War battlefield film like Fury pop up in mainstream cinemas, starring Brad Pitt of all people. Zoomers will fondly recall a time when movie theatres regularly showed big budget World War Two films but that era has long since passed.

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