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Film Review: The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Winter, 1843. A young woman is under investigation following the mysterious death of her family’s matriarch. Her recollection of the events sheds new light on the ageless forces behind the tragedy. REVIEW: In today’s world, being attracted to someone of the same sex, although widely accepted, still unfortunately and sadly rubs some people the wrong way. …

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Film Review: #Blue_Whale (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: The story of a girl who, in an attempt to understand the mysterious suicide of her younger sister, embarks on a dangerous game, hoping to stop the curators of the “death group” pushing teenagers to suicide. REVIEW: Technology has literally taken control of modern day lives, but for some, it has also taken control of their …

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Film Review: The Feast (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Filmed in Welsh, the picture follows a young woman serving privileged guests at a dinner party in a remote house in rural Wales. The assembled guests do not realize they are about to eat their last supper. REVIEW: Always be cautious whose house you are entering when starting up a new job. However, perhaps you should …

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Film Review: Hellbender (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A lonely teen discovers her family’s ties to witchcraft. REVIEW: Witchcraft is a mysterious concept. To some, it’s about Halloween stories and costumes. To others, it’s a dangerous curse that can be mistaken for a gift. Discover how twisted this curse can get in “Hellbender” which made its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival.

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Film Review: Hotel Poseidon (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Dave reluctantly pretends to be the manager of Hotel Poseidon, where fungus covers the walls and comments such as “faded glory” and “has seen better times” completely fall short to describe this establishment. He wanders the corridors of his personal Overlook Hotel like a zombie, being a passive spectator to what happens around him – whether …

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Film Review: Brain Freeze (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A fertilizer used in a rich gated community becomes the source of a genetic mutation that transforms its residents into zombies. Can a teenager and his baby sister break free from the quarantined island before turning into grass? REVIEW: Winter has frozen over l’Ile-aux-Paons (Peacock Island), in the middle of a scorching summer with the world …

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Film Review: The Night House (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets REVIEW: David Bruckner is a director who has been gaining momentum over the past decade. Starting with “The Signal”, he has gone on to direct segments in both “V/H/S” and “Southbound” in addition to getting much praise for “The Ritual”. While we anticipate his directorial …

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Film Review: Tin Can (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: As the world faces a deadly plague, a front-lines parasitologist is imprisoned in a life-suspension chamber. To escape she must destroy the last of her kind. REVIEW: How would you react if you woke up inside a metallic pod, barely bigger than your body, tubes running in and out of your face, and at a loss …

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Fantasia 2021 Preview

The prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival is just around the corner, and although the majority of it will still be online (geo-locked to Canadian residents only; sorry), like last year (damn you, Covid!), there will nonetheless be a few special in-person screenings at the festival (usually, Fantasia takes place (mainly) at Concordia University’s facilities, but will be returning to its …

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Film Review: The Stylist (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When loneliness consumes your life, things may get weird for you, and dangerous for others. You’ll discover just what that means in Jill Gevargizian’s “The Stylist”. REVIEW: Claire (Najarra Townsend; 2013’s “Contracted”) is a very reserved hair stylist in a hip-looking salon. She doesn’t seem to have any friends, she doesn’t seem to socialize very much, …

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Film Review: Zombacter: Center City Contagion (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: An underfunded university professor is on track to build the world’s first bio-computer using genetically engineered bacteria when something goes terribly wrong. Now that something is top of the food chain. REVIEW: Zombie movies come and go, but rarely do they become ground-breaking cult or hit films. Independent zombie features get produced by the shovel each …

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Film Review: Spiral (2021)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. REVIEW: The torturous traps inspired by John Kramer are back on the silver screen this week-end. “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” makes its gory return to the “Saw” franchise with Darren Lynn Bousman (director of …

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