Glitch. TV Series. 2015. Australia. What if the dead came back and they weren’t zombies? In 2004, The Revenants mystically brought thousands of people back to life in small town France. They tried to integrate with their families, but seemed to find more in common with each other. It was a strange, but compelling film that failed to connect with…

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The Accountant

The Accountant. 2016. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. With Ben Affleck, John Bernthal, J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick. This genre-blended crime thriller pushes into superhero territory by telling the origin story of an autistic/Asperger’s mathematical savant who is forced to develop an unbreakable code of honour, passable social skills, jiujitsuesque close combat skills and an Olympic level marksmanship ability. As such it has…

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Brooklyn. 2015. Directed by John Crowley. With Saorise Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson. In Ireland, Eilis has an ailing mother, a widowed sister, and part time work for the cruel manager of the general store. In America, thanks to her sister’s savings and the charity of an American Irish priest, Eilis will find a room, and work and the chance to make…

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The Girl on The Train

The Girl on the Train. 2016. Directed by Tate Taylor. With Emily Blunt. Based on the book by Paula Hawkins, the film is a tight, focused thriller. In one hand it holds great sorrow, in the other a great evil. The great sorrow is that Rachel (Emily Blunt) has lost all hope of ever gaining what she desires. Her (apparent) infertility…

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Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant, 2015. Directed by Andrew Cividino. With Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino 15 year old Adam (Jackson Martin) is stuck in a remote, lazy stretch of cottage country, gazing out across the hard water of Lake Superior at the enigmatic profile of The Sleeping Giant, a massive island whose shape suggests its name. Adam is an observer, slumbering…

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016. Directed by Taika Waititi. Featuring Sam Neill, Julian Dennisson. 13 year old Ricky Baker, a self styled urban gangster, is a real bad egg. It looks like he’ll get a chance at love and a family when foster care places him in a remote farmhouse with “Aunty” Bella–even if “Uncle” Hec seems disinterested. But when tragedy strikes…

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Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man, 2016. Directed by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert. Featuring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe. Paul Dano is a castaway ready to end his life when the corpse of Daniel Radcliffe washes onto his beach. His hopes of a rescue are dashed when he realizes the body is dead, but the body’s curious, persistent emission of gas is unignorable. It is also enough…

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Where to Invade Next

Where to Invade Next, 2016. Directed by Michael Moore. Beginning with a lament for traditional war and what it has failed to win its greatest student and practitioner (the United States), Michael Moore imagines a new type of deployment. He will travel to various lands, study and steal successful ideas, and bring them back to the US, so they can be…

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Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad, 2015. Directed by David Ayer. There’s candy and there’s sour candy. This movie is sour candy. Set in the aftermath of Batman vs. Superman, the powers that be are forced to wonder what might happen if the next “Superman” who drops by is actually a bad guy. I mean, when your “friends” have proved this dangerous who needs enemies,…

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Inside Man

An interesting heist movie that turns on corruption and distrust. When an armed robber (Clive Owen) and his team move in to a bank and take the staff and customers hostage, they promise to kill anyone who gives them trouble. Someone does and they show mercy, suggesting there’s something different about this gang. They also show extreme confidence and cleverness…

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