Movies


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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Special Events
X-Men: Days of Future Past
LIVE Red Carpet Premiere

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 10th, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on May 23rd. In the mean time, Yahoo is sharing exclusive access to the red carpet global premiere live in New York City! Click the above image Fans can also interact with the hosts via Twitter using #XMenLive. Big thanks to Yahoo for letting us share this goodness.

Enjoy!


Upcoming Special Events
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Red Carpet Global Premiere

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 9th, 2014

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is just around the corner! On May 23rd, the movie will be released – however, Yahoo is being a sport and is sharing exclusive access to the red carpet global premiere on Saturday May 10th (this weekend). Check out this awesome behind-the-scenes “X-Men X-Perience” as the live stream from Yahoo will show red carpet arrivals at the premiere in New York City.

The festivities begin at 7PM ET (4PM PT). Fans can also interact with the hosts via Twitter using #XMenLive. It should be a pretty cool do! In the mean time, you can check out Yahoo Movies Q&A with Hugh Jackman here.

Those with a mobile device can utilize Yahoo’s Screen App. You can also watch the premiere here, on Toronto Thumbs, tomorrow night.


Reviews
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Blu-ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 27th, 2014

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When it was announced that The Hobbit was going to be a two-part film, many people wondered why. Then, Peter Jackson and company indicated that they would have to stretch this to three films – causing something of an uproar. I spoke to many people that couldn’t figure out how the story could possibly be stretched into a trilogy – and most of them cited the short length of the novel, indicating that Peter Jackson was merely out to milk his cash cow. There are also many people who, possibly against their own judgement, “braved” the second movie and cried foul because of the fact that it was very different than the novel. While I can’t argue that PJ will make tons of cashola from this franchise, and while the film was not at all like the novel, I honestly believe that this film series is absolutely fantastic, and (get ready) better than the novel. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a great sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and the Blu-ray treatment is absolutely fantastic.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Knight Rusty (Ritter Rost)

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 8th, 2014

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This German film, directed by Thomas Bodenstein, is about a self-absorbed robot from Scrapland named Rusty who is made entirely out of old parts. In fact, almost everything in Scrapland is made out of old, re-purposed junk. Rusty is not the biggest or the most shiny knight in the Kingdom of Scrapland, but he definitely has dreams; dreams that he’s willing to risk everything for – including his best friend’s prized possession.

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