Review: JASON BOURNE (2016)

JASON BOURNE is an action movie without the smirking eagerness of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise and an espionage movie without the jolting charm of the Bond pictures. It is well-crafted from a technical standpoint, with director Paul Greengrass and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd keeping things in a constant state of motion. And it doesn’t […]

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Review: STAR TREK BEYOND (2016)

Justin Lin’s STAR TREK BEYOND is a breeze, a fixture of popcorn entertainment that actually delivers. This is the third flick in the STAR TREK reboot series that began in 2009 and the 13th outing in the film franchise overall. It’s often so lightweight that it feels like it could float. The screenplay by Simon […]

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Review: THE CONJURING 2 (2016)

James Wan directs THE CONJURING 2, a sequel to 2013’s THE CONJURING. This 2016 horror outing features a by-committee screenplay and is based on the so-called Enfield poltergeist, a paranormal case from Britain in the late 1970s. Wan does well to generate the flavour of the era, although some of the cues are a little […]

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Review: HEADSHOT (2016)

Iko Uwais continues his ass-kicking ways in the frantic HEADSHOT, a 2016 Indonesian actioner directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto. This picture, which was written by Tjahjanto, is fluid, organic and cruel in all the best ways. It carries a familiar plot, but there are surprising layers as the protagonist kicks, punches, stabs, shoots, […]

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Review: BEFORE I WAKE (2016)

Mike Flanagan continues to strand his interest in family horror with BEFORE I WAKE, a picture that has some good ideas but labours under cumbersome execution. The screenplay is by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who collaborated on 2016’s OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL and 2013’s OCULUS. As with those pictures, BEFORE I WAKE contends with a […]

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Review: FIST FIGHT (2017)

Let’s get this out of the way: FIST FIGHT is way better than it has any business being. In an age where many major studio comedies push past the two-hour mark and are embellished with torrents of riffing and redundant side characters, this Richie Keen movie gets to the point. It has structure. It tells […]

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Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

KONG: SKULL ISLAND is a franchise movie designed to prop up yet another expanded universe. It’s the second film in Legendary’s so-called MonsterVerse, with the 2014 GODZILLA reboot the first entry. This 2017 picture is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and features a screenplay by committee, with the 1933 original serving as distant, distant inspiration. It […]

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Review: RINGS (2017)

F. Javier Gutiérrez’s RINGS is the third entry in the American variety of THE RING series, which began in 2002 with a jaunt by Gore Verbinski. That film was based on RING from 1998, a characteristic J-horror flick directed by Hideo Nakata and based on a novel by Kôji Suzuki. Gutiérrez’s RINGS is a great deal […]

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A Fresh Start

Dear Reader(s), It has been over nine years (!!) since I registered Canadian Cinephile and began my journey here. In that time, I’ve written thousands of film reviews. I don’t think it’s any secret to my two or three readers that things have slowed down as of late. There are several reasons for this. For […]

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