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Halifax Black Film Festival to debut with Maya Angelou doc

The inaugural Halifax Black Film Festival will launch with a gala screening of the feature-length documentary Maya Angelou and Still I Rise on Mar. 4. Halifax is the third black film festival opened by the Fabienne Colas Foundation in Canada. In 2005, the foundation created the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which became Canada’s largest black […]
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Movie Review: ‘The Other Guys’

The buddy cop movie has been produced to great success many times, with the Lethal Weapon series being a prime example. There is a template that most follow and a short list of scenarios that show up in each. Writer/director Adam McKay was the man behind the widely popular Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy […]
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Movie Review: ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Nicolas Cage is best known for his tortured looks and serious demeanour (excluding more recent pictures) and Jay Baruchel is well known for his deadpan deliveries in dark comedies. But in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, both actors appear to have decided to just have fun in the Disney live-action fantasy. Dave (Baruchel) is just an average […]
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Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me’

The purpose of a trailer is to highlight the main selling point of a movie, hopefully without revealing too much of the plot. Those of you that have seen the trailer for Despicable Me probably recall a little girl screaming, “It’s so fluffy!” or asking, “Does this count as annoying?” You should note the star […]
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Movie Review: ‘Love Ranch’

While the story of the first legal brothel in Nevada already sounds like an intriguing tale, Love Ranch is somewhat unnecessarily made more enticing by a fictional love triangle that ends in murder. Grace and Charlie Bontempo (Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci) are a husband/wife team who own and run one of Nevada’s first legalized […]
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Movie Review: ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’

Despite what you might hear about the latest video game adaptation from Disney, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, it is actually quite good. Packed with awe-inspiring action sequences that dizzy the audience, the film’s not inconsiderable talent draws you in to a story that is genuinely laughable, while its roguish charm and obvious […]
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Movie Review: ‘The Back-up Plan’

The Back-up Plan is one of the year’s first genuinely witty romantic comedies. After years of dating, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) has decided waiting for the Mr. Right is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. That same day, Zoe meets […]