Film


Reviews
The Imitation Game
Papa Thumbs Goes to the Movies

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 16th, 2014

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For the record, this film is about a historical figure, and so anything written here will probably be a mild spoiler for those who are unaware of the history of Alan Turing. That being said, I feel that after what I have revealed here, readers will still enjoy the movie a lot. You have been warned.

‎If you are looking for a reason to go to the movie theater this holiday season, you should check out The Imitation Game, the story of Alan Turing. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and ‎Kiera Knightly, the film tells the tale of the Allies’ quest to decipher the mystery behind the Enigma Machine‎, the device used by the Nazis to encrypt and decrypt all of their own communications before and during World War 2. The spotlight shines mainly on Turing’s efforts in this quest (working with the British military), but it also touches on his personal quirks and addresses his horrible treatment by the British government because of his homosexuality.

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Reviews
Nightcrawler

By Sharad Hirjee - November 10th, 2014

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Sometimes we get invited to some interesting press screenings. Sharad’s review might be a bit on the short side – but it’s only because he struggled with not letting too many important details out of the bag. -ed.

A night crawler is a freelance videographer that goes out at night and trolls for accidents and/or crimes, captures them on film, and then sells them the next day to the highest bidder. Nightcrawler was released at the Toronto International Film Festival (with much acclaim) and was one of the hottest tickets and sold out almost immediately.

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Reviews
Oculus
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2014

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Throughout the history of horrors and thrillers, reflections have had their fair share of screen time. Sometimes, reflections reveal a monster or murderer sneaking up behind an unsuspecting character, causing the audience to shout out at the screen. At other times, the lack of a character’s reflection in a mirror hints at their supernatural origin. And who can forget those movies that feature horrible creatures that are summoned through the use of a mirror? Yes, reflections have the capacity to add an extra layer of fright to almost any already tense situation. Oculus (WWE Studios, Blumhouse Productions, and Intrepid Pictures), a 2014 horror film written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, takes a mirror, and places it squarely in the center of a twisted plot. While slow-moving at times, I found that Oculus was a clever film, pushing forth a scary idea and then wrapping around the viewer’s imagination to great effect, making it a somewhat refreshing film from a genre that seems to be filled with boring and tired movies in more recent times.

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Giveaway
Dr. Cabbie
World Premiere Screening

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 26th, 2014

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Click this pic to watch the trailer.

With TIFF around the corner, Toronto (and a bunch of other places) are buzzing with excitement. So how would you like to go check out the world premiere screening of Dr. Cabbie on Sunday, August 31? For those who are unfamiliar with the film, the story is about a newly arrived immigrant doctor who cannot get a job in Canada and is forced to become a taxi driver. Of course, he ends up doing a lot more than just driving a cab. Does this sound like something you might like to see? What if we sweeten the pot and tell you that the cast will be there, along with a special guest? Well, one lucky winner will be able to go with a friend. All you have to do is enter after the jump!

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Reviews
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 18th, 2014

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Batman: Assault on Arkham is an interesting prospect for a number of reasons. First of all, it is based (loosely) on Rocksteady’s Arkham series. Secondly, Batman isn’t really the main character. No, this film follows the misadventures of a band of criminals trying to do a job while attempting to steer clear of “the Bat”. With plenty of action, humour and a few raunchy moments, this adaptation of the “Suicide Squad” (from DC Comics’ “New 52″ series) is a lot of fun to watch. Be warned, though; this DC Universe animated original plays like a Gotham villain’s version of The Hangover – a kid’s movie this a’int.

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Reviews
The LEGO Movie Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 24th, 2014

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I’m sure the phrase “everything is awesome” will be (and is being) used to death to describe this film. While I don’t normally go in for using a single catchphrase to describe a movie, it’s hard not to in the case of The LEGO Movie. When the trailer was released some time ago, I was both excited and afraid; excited at the idea that such a movie could exist – afraid because of the possibility of failure. Smallest Thumbs and I attended the sneak preview earlier this year, and we also played the video game shortly after. To say that we were pleased with both entertainment options is the understatement of the year. The film did have a few moments of technical weirdness (that didn’t take away from the film’s greatness, for the record) – but these have all been fixed on the Blu-ray, making it a must-own movie.

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Upcoming Events
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
The Screenings

By Ricky Lima - June 6th, 2014

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The Toronto Animation Arts Festival (TAAFI) is all about animation, and what’s an animation festival without screenings? Here are some of the exciting screenings happening at TAAFI that I thought were cool. I haven’t seen these yet, so I don’t have a real opinion about them, other than they appealed to me on some level – but I have included the official descriptions.

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