Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Rocky I & II Rating 8.8/10 Running time: 119 mins. Classification: PG Release Date: USA - December 3, 1976; June 15, 1979 Country: USA IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Released a few months prior to "Star Wars," the first "Rocky" helped launch the era of the Blockbuster,...

The Night Before Rating 6.5/10 Running time: 101 mins. Classification:R Release Date: USA - Nov. 20,2015 Country:USA IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes You've got to give Seth Rogen, and his collaborators, credit.  Love or hate his films, he's been cranking out a remarkably consistent oeuvre of pot-filled,...

Spotlight Rating 8.8/10 Running time: 128 mins. Classification:R Release Date: USA - Nov. 6,2015 Country:USA IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Harkening back to classic investigative cinema like "All The President's Men," "Spotlight" is the most masterfully realized depiction of daily life at a newspaper since "The Wire"...

Room Rating 8/10 Running time: 118 mins. Classification:R Release Date: USA - Nov. 25,2015 Country:Canada IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes A somber meditation on isolation, "Room" shares some parallels with the surreal 2009 Greek film "Dogtooth," with its insular redefinition of the world that its characters inhabit.  Based on...

SPECTRE Rating 7.2/10 Running time: 148 mins. Classification: PG-13 Release Date: USA - Nov. 6,2015 Country:UK/USA IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes The 24th film in the official James Bond canon, "SPECTRE" arrives after the massive success of "Skyfall" in 2012.  The first Bond film to take...

Finally, after a few weeks off to reflect on the dozens of films we took in at VIFF, we present the highlights, and a few misses, from this year's festival.  Some of these films will disappear into...

Amy Rating 9.6/10 Running time: 128 mins. Classification: R Release Date: USA Video - Dec.1,2015 Country:UK/USA IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Recently released in the UK and Ireland on home video, and VOD, and coming in December to the U.S. and Canada, "Amy" is a powerful new documentary from BAFTA-winning director Asif...

London Road Rating 6.7/10 Running time: 91 mins. Classification: Unrated Release Date: UK - June 12, 2015 Country:UK IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Leave it to the Brits.  What Aardman did to family animation with its brilliant film "Creature Comforts," "London Road" does to documentaries,...

House on the Edge of the Park Rating 7.2/10 Running time: 91 mins. Classification: Unrated Release Date: Italy - November 6, 1980 Country:Italy IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes In honor of Halloween this year, I decided to get as far away as possible from the sterile,...

Tales of Halloween Rating 7.1/10 Running time: 92 mins. Classification: R Release Date: USA - October 16, 2015 Country:USA IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes The last few years has seen a mini-resurgence of anthology Horror projects, with mixed results.  Not dissimilar to horror omnibuses in literature, there are always...