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Synecdoche, New York

    Written & directed by Charlie Kaufman Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Diane Weist, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis and Tom Noonan Synecdoche, New York is the latest film written by genius screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman. However, thanks to Spike Jonze (who collaborated with Kaufman on Adaptation and […]

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Written by Kevin Smith Directed by Kevin Smith Starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson The main goal of a movie like Zack and Miri Make A Porno is to make you laugh. In that regard, the film is a wonderful success. If the second goal is to contain some heart […]

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Rachel Getting Married

Written by Jenny Lumet Directed by Jonathan Demme Starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Debra Winger, Tunde Adebimpe and Mather Zickel Rachel Getting Married is one of my favourite films of the year. It’s a completely original, unique experience I’ll never forget and one that I’ll always treasure. First off there’s the plot which […]

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Sugar

Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Starring Algenis Perez Soto Sugar is the story of a Dominican teenager working towards his goal of becoming a professional pitcher in Major League Baseball. Miguel Santos, or “Sugar”, is eventually recruited to the US minor leagues, and we get to […]

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Religulous

Written by Bill Maher Directed by Larry Charles Starring Bill Maher “Religion is detrimental to the progress of mankind”. This is the thesis Bill Maher uses to introduce his film, Religulous, directed by Larry Charles (Borat). I wish it wasn’t so simple, but if you agree with his statement, this is your movie, if you […]

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Blindness

Written by Don McKellar Directed by Fernando Meirelles Starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga & Danny Glover In Fernando Meirelles’s latest film, a city is struck by an epidemic of blindness. Those afflicted with the “white sickness”, named such because it is a white blindness as opposed to the traditional darkness, […]

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Ballast

Written & Directed by Lance Hammer Starring Micheal J. Smith, JimMyron Ross & Tarra Riggs Ballast is the story of how the suicide of one man effects his twin brother, ex-wife and son. The film begins with an exquisite shot of a young black male running in a field as a massive flock of birds […]

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Il Divo

Written & Directed by Paulo Sorrentino Starring Tony Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti and Giulio Bosetti Il Divo is the story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti’s last couple years in office. He served as such from 72-73, 76-79, and 89-92. This film is so rich in politics and information, that one would assume […]

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Momma’s Man

Written & Directed by Azazel Jacobs Starring Mike Boren, Flo Jacobs & Ken Jacobs Momma’s Man is the story of middle aged man, Mike, who abandons his wife and baby in California, to return to the apartment he grew up in with his parents in New York. His parents are pleasantly surprised to see their […]

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Burn After Reading

Here is yet another great movie to be added to the Coen’s already overwhelmingly impressive filmography. Like how The Big Lebowski came right after Fargo, Burn After Reading follows the Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men, and it provides the reminder that the Coens can do the serious thriller thing, and impress everyone, but still […]

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Hamlet 2

Written by Andrew Fleming & Pam Brady Directed by Andrew Fleming Starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette Hamlet 2 is the last hurrah of summer comedies, and as such, it’s a bit underwhelming. The laughs are infrequent, and not exactly rumpus inducing. However, thanks to an above average start as well as […]

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Boy A

Written by Mark O’Rowe Directed by John Crowley Starring Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans and Katie Lyons Boy A is a heartbreaking drama about a child criminal (Andrew Garfield), who, after 14 years, is released back into society to start again. In the opening scene, we are introduced to the two main characters, the […]

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Pineapple Express

Written by Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen Directed by David Gordon Green Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco & Danny McBride The latest Apatow production is Pineapple Express, a stoner action comedy starring Freaks & Geeks alumni Seth Rogen and James Franco. For those who don’t know what Freaks & Geeks is, find out and watch […]

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My Winnipeg

Written & Directed by Guy Maddin Starring Ann Savage, Amy Stewart, Brendan Cade, Wesley Cade Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg is a surreal mix of fact and fantasy in the form of a documentary. It follows writer/director Maddin’s bizarre decision to reenact his childhood in Winnipeg, a place he claims to have never left. He states […]

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Tropic Thunder

Written by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen Directed by Ben Stiller Starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Jay Burachel, Brandon T. Jackson and Tom Cruise Tropic Thunder is the latest blockbuster comedy from Ben Stiller. Packed with stars, the movie follows a group of prima donna actors filming a […]

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The Dark Knight

Written by Christopher & Jonathan Nolan Directed by Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Micheal Caine & Morgan Freeman OK. The wait is over, and I need to get this out of the way right now…The Dark Knight is not perfect. Oh, oops, sorry, actually it is. All […]

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro Written by Guillermo Del Toro Starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones Four years after the original, Hellboy is back, and although there wasn’t a lot of demand for a sequel, it proves to be a welcome addition to the list of summer 2008 blockbusters. This time around, “Red” has […]

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Wall-E

Written by: Andrew Stanton Directed by: Andrew Stanton Starring: Ben Burtt, Fred Willard, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Garlin Pixar has one again delivered a classic, which really, is not a surprise. This, however, does not mean Wall-E isn’t surprising. The film pushes the boundaries of Western mainstream animation with an admirable amount of gusto. What we […]

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