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Film Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Posted by Nicole Y. / December 20, 2013



Have you ever wondered how the magic of Mary Poppins started? Any fan of the musical created almost 50 years ago is interested in knowing how the story came to be! The film premiered on December 12 and was officially released in theaters on December 20.

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Watch the masterful short film "Next Floor" online via the Phi Centre website

Posted by David / December 16, 2013

Next FloorIt's no surprise, even just a few reviews in, that I'm a Phi Centre fan. Simple reason being: I've seen a bunch of stuff there that I would never have seen in Montreal otherwise. It's the movie nerd in me's little art-house, these days--and most often our only real limited-release option in town--so it's hard not to gush (though you'll note I didn't think much of Spike Lee's Oldboy, though I was happy they held an advanced screening).

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Film Review: Azul Y No Tan Rosa (Blue and Not So Pink)

Posted by Nicole Y. / December 12, 2013



The expression "I'm feeling blue" usually implies a feeling of sadness. This Venezuelan movie shows the hardship of living as a homosexual. It played at Image+nation on December 8, 2013 and won the Award for Best Feature.

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Film Review: The New Oldboy, "A Spike Lee Film"

Posted by David / December 6, 2013

oldboySitting through an advanced screening of Spike Lee's Oldboy at the much beloved Phi Centre with my friend Laura, I'll admit I wondered what all the fuss was about when the guy behind us rushed out with a snappy, sotto voce "f****** American b*******." True, by that time, my eyes were a little achy from rolling, and I was living right on the edge of boredom. I was also convincing myself I relished Josh Brolin's caveman-esque relationship with the Internet and his iPhone, and trying like hell to ignore all the little plot holes and continuity issues. It was bad, but, still, I wondered what the guy had expected--and from the director who brought us She Hate Me, no less--or if he was a glutton for disappointment, that most guilty of cult-fandom pleasures.

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Posted by David / November 28, 2013

Smiley faceA tidy 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, I had yet to see a picture or series really about American slavery till last Saturday. That's a shameful realization, especially for anyone who's people were at some point born into it.

Some have tried, of course, but Roots was watered down to the point of a mostly meaninglessness show of face-saving hindsight, and Django Unchained was mostly a sordidly tasteless, self-congratulatory marriage of Boss Nigger and Last of the Mohicans. Spielberg's Lincoln and Amistad, on the other hand, mostly missed the point with their particular brand of white-collar heroism; I even thought the latter was OK, but mostly in comparison to how much Django had the white and black halves of me gagging. In fact, most relevant pictures I can think of were about the war that revolved around slavery, or the folks glad enough to grow a conscience at its periphery, or merely alluded to it as a broader context--sometimes just as the setting for a romance, i.e., Cold Mountain. Slavery still mostly loomed hauntingly blurred in the background--a matter largely submerged, or ornamental, and surely not focused on.

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Fim Review: "Our Man In Tehran" tells the true story behind "Argo"

Posted by Greg / November 18, 2013

Smiley faceOur Man In Tehran is Argo sans Hollywood; a retelling of the story that carried Ben Affleck to Oscar-winning glory in 2012. Some might argue that it's also a redressing of the factual injustices perpetrated along the way. More than either of these, however, Our Man In Tehran is a modest tribute to the eponymous individual in question - ambassador Ken Taylor - and the extraordinary part he played in helping six Americans get back home.

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