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TV & Video Review: ‘The Ghost Writer’

When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start – not the least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Outer Limits’ (Seasons 1 to 5)

“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.” The first five seasons of the critically-acclaimed and most original series, The Outer Limits, has hit DVD. Like the classic 1960’s series of the same name, each episode is an imaginative exploration of humanity’s greatest hopes and darkest fears. It often […]

TV & Video Reviews: ‘The Warlords’

Chinese legends are some of the best subjects of storytelling because they are intriguing and, like a Shakespearean tale, often end in tragedy. General Pang Qingyun (Jet Li) is the sole survivor of a bloody battle that saw him lose all the men he commanded during the Qing Dynasty. However, he finds a new lease […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Runaways’ (Blu-ray)

It’s unfortunate the days of all-girl rock bands appears to have gone the way of vinyl records: out of style. But, for a cool rocker chick to admire, no young woman needed to go further than Joan Jett with her tough attitude, targeted determination and rocking tunes. With The Runaways, Jett was one of the […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Hung’ (Season One) (Blu-ray)

Thomas Jane’s actor’s resume includes roles as a vigilante (The Punisher), gumshoe detective (Give ’em Hell, Malone), town sheriff (The Tripper), shark wrangler (Deep Blue Sea) and futuristic gunslinger (Mutant Chronicles), but last year he added the ultimately masculine male gigolo to his list of pretend occupations. Ray Drecker (Jane) is a down-on-his-luck high school […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Greenberg’ (DVD)

Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale was a smart and touching look at a family struggling to deal with separation and change in the 1980s. Greenberg is about one man’s efforts to reacquaint himself into a world he left about a decade earlier. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), single, fortyish and at a crossroads in […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Chloe’ (DVD)

Chloe is sexy, mysterious and thrilling; but the conclusion is a disappointment. When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (DVD)

The Swedish film industry is truly beginning to make waves; last year’s critical smash was Let the Right One In and this year they’ve gotten an early start with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Facing prison time for slander, discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by a reclusive industrialist for one last […]

TV & Video Review: ‘True Blood’ (Season Two) (Blu-ray)

True Blood‘s first season was a huge hit for HBO and having ended on a cliff-hanger, fans were chomping at the bit to see what would happen next. Season two introduced some new characters and presented some intense and exciting challenges for those audiences already loved. For Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), life is more dangerous […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Young Victoria’ (Blu-ray)

At a time when women maintained little control over their own lives or that of the men around them, Victoria (Emily Blunt) in her youthful stubbornness refused to relinquish either. In 1837, Victoria’s uncle King William (Jim Broadbent) died and she was crowned the queen of England at 18. As everyone anticipated the coronation, they […]

TV & Video: ‘Sherlock Holmes’

One would not have thought Guy Ritchie was the man to take on a classical narrative such as Sherlock Holmes, but he proves to be the exact director for the project; he breathes a sense of life and danger into the characters that has not existed in any other adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s […]
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Leah McLaren’s life turns into TV

'The Globe and Mail' columnist turned screenwriter and producer talks about her first TV project, 'Abroad,' a movie she describes as an ode to her 20's

TV & Video Review: ‘Miss Congeniality’ and ‘Miss Congeniality 2’ (Double Feature) (Blu-ray)

Sandra Bullock never thought she’d win an Oscar because she’s had a career of mainstream crowd-pleasers (and a few bombs) ranging from romantic and somewhat physical comedies to thrillers and action flicks. She’s never pigeon-holed herself, which is commendable. Miss Congeniality was a charming hit that spawned the sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Whip It’ (Blu-ray)

There is an entire culture around women’s roller derby that most people are unaware of; they will be no better informed after watching Whip It. On the other hand, it is a good chick flick about finding one’s place in the world. Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is a small town teen looking for her own […]

TV & Video Review: ‘2012’ (DVD)

Near escapes is what this movie is made of, but the film itself is not going to subtract from your life expectancy as long as you know to expect a cool look with minimal story. Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) is a published writer with a failed marriage and two pre-teen kids. Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel […]