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Drone technology is here to stay and if we’ve talking about it for a while, we might as well make a film on it. Andrew Niccol, director of Gattaca and writer of The Truman Show, bring us Good Kill. Ethan Hawke plays Major Thomas Egan, a former F-16 pilot who now flies drones from the safety of a small bunker on the outskirts of Las Vegas. With controls reminiscent of video…

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Out of the glamour that can sometimes overwhelm film festivals, there are small films that can be overlooked. Martti Helde’s In The Crosswind (Risttuules) is a unique standout at TIFF this year. On June 14, 1941 thousands of people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were deported by the Soviets to Siberia in a Stalin…

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Jason Jones of The Daily Show interviewed Maziar Bahari in 2009. This was in Iran where Bahari was a Newsweek reporter covering the Iran elections. A few days later Bahari was arrested by the Iranian government for espionage and imprisoned for 118 days. Bahari was interrogated and tortured daily for five months, and ordered to falsely confess so that he could be released…

Film Festival The Drop (dir. Michaël R. Roskam). Image courtesy of TIFF

[REC]4: Apocalypse is a detour from the previous three Spanish [REC] horror films. Though we should count [REC] 3: Genesis out since it wasn’t directed by Jaume Balagueró, who helmed the first two films and now this fourth entry, Apocalypse. The new film, which takes place immediately after the second and is situated on an oil tanker in the middle of the ocean, deviates from…

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I have no idea what this movie is trying to get at and there’s little spirit that I can find in it. It’s frustrating because I’m a fan of Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions. In it, Remy is an old professor who will soon die of cancer. He’s a womanizing, wine loving socialist. The characters in the film are multi-layered and almost every scene is infused with brilliant sarcasm and/or a…

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Over seven years, director Ned Benson followed Jessica Chastain to get ideas for his master work, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013). Originally planned as single feature about a relationship on the rocks after a tragic incident, an epiphany had Benson change his mind. Instead of one film, which would …

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The trailer for Honeymoon establishes the dramatic conceit that a happy newlywed couple goes on their honeymoon, where mysterious events begin to unravel their sense of reality. The trailer’s notable image is when the husband finds his wife eerily pale, naked and motionless in the woods in the middle of the night. The …

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I have never hiked, but I have friends who have done some crazy hikes. I have no survival skills. However, one day in a post partum depression phase after a walk, I decided to run a marathon. I needed to prove something to myself, at least, that I could do something with my life. Checking off the miles on my training schedule had me progressing and pushing my limits. Every long…

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It’s extremely disturbing to realize that there are real life stories of genocide and mass murder that are yet to be uncovered. There are times the world seems so small with social media covering everything, yet it’s so big and confusing in its ignorance of its past that didn’t have that scope of broadcast. Researchers, journalists, archivists, and documentarians help to keep our eyes open to…

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