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Code Unknown, Michael Haneke’s masterpiece of miscommunication, concludes with the unsubtitled shot of a mute child signing, his half-minute gesticulations an evidently articulate evocation of a meaning to which the great majority of the audience, of course, will have no access. It’s the ideal bookend, together with the charades-centric opening scene, for a film fixated not only with the limits of language, but with the cinema’s capacity to transcend them too. That’s ….

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 7.41.39 PM
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Madame Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska) suffers from depression. At least, we’re kinda pretty maybe sure about that. The 1856 novel (also named Madame Bovary) on which the film is based never really specifies, instead putting emphasis on her boredom with the daily life of a housewife, covertly implying what a psychological reading of the text might eventually uncover. After marrying small-town doctor …

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Beyond the Reach (Lionsgate) stars Michael Douglas as cocky financier Horton Madec, who spends his spare time big-game hunting. He hires local guide Ben (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse) to take him into the Mojave Desert in search of bighorn sheep. Though Ben initially puts up with Madec’s condescending remarks and arrogance, things turn bad …

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Spirited Away (Disney), directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke), is a Japanese animated film about a young girl, Chihiro, who takes an unusual adventure. Chihiro and her parents are moving, but her father takes a wrong turn and wind up in what appears to be an abandoned theme park. Chihiro decides to explore and soon is trapped in an odd palace inhabited by weird-looking creatures. Turns out the palace is the resting place of 80 million spirits and is …

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Down, But Not Out is a Polish documentary film by Miguel Gaudencio, starring Monika Agustowics, Alicja Cichewics, Agnieszka Cytarzynska, Anna Pazdur-czarnowska and Przemyslaw Rydynski. A boxing team comprising of guys and girls arrive at a hostel in Poland, and register for a tournament. In the semi-finals the guys compete first, however they lose. When it’s the time for womens team to compete, the opponent retires …

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Of all the properties from which Hollywood seems hellbent on milking sequels, Jurassic Park is certainly one of the strangest. A landmark in big screen entertainment, the dinosaurs created by ILM in Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 blockbuster were as bone-chillingly terrifying as they were breathtakingly beautiful, completely believable beings that occupied the same space as the characters onscreen. But Jurassic Park was far more than just a movie where people …

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 8.59.47 AM
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Dino fans grab your safari hats we’re going back to the park where it all began. When it was only spun through the rumour mill that Jurassic Park was getting a modern update, I was uncompromisingly delighted at the thought. It’s been twenty-two years since the first events took place, and fourteen years since the last film hit the big screens. Saving grace for all those sceptics is that Spielberg is an executive producer, he did have involvement with the project and he …

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Li Wen at East Lake feels like two films in one. It begins in a clear, straightforward manner, presenting like a documentary as it examines East Lake, located in the city of Wuhan in China. Once large and expansive, the lake has, over time, become slowly filled in in favour of apartment complexes, an amusement park, and soon, if the proposal passes, an airport. The first part of the film is an almost-silent showcasing of the lake, rollercoaster, and amusement …

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The Wolfpack grabs your attention right out of the gate. Its premise is the type that leaves you scratching your head in confusion and looking on in wonder. How could you have an apartment in New York City and never venture outside? What could scare a father so much that he would…

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 7.58.58 PM
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There are endless stories to be found in any neighborhood if you sit around and listen to the conversations for a while. In her first dramatic narrative film, Porch Stories, Sarah Goodman transitions easily from documentary filmmaking to verite narrative filmmaking, crafting a universe from a Toronto neighborhood in a state of flux as it becomes ….

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