Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

A vibrant and quick animated feature, Kung Fu Panda 3 solidifies the roly-poly hero as the jewel in the crown of DreamWorks Animation. This 2016 picture is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

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Silent Retreat (2016)

Ace Jordan directs Silent Retreat, a 2016 horror film from a story by Heather Smith and Taryn Stenberg. A fairly standard, trope-oriented picture, this is a bit of a slow-burner with character development that doesn’t quite pay off.

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I Am Wrath (2016)

John Travolta and his immovable face takes on a role designed for Nicolas Cage in the 2016 thriller I Am Wrath. Directed by Chuck Russell from a screenplay by Yvan Gauthier and Paul Sloan, this is a fairly standard actioner for the straight-to-video market.

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Chaplinmania: The Rounders (1914)

In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]

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She Wolf Rising (2016)

Written and directed by Marc Leland, She Wolf Rising is a bizarre and jumbled movie that can’t quite find its purpose. The 2016 film features low-priced effects, corny acting and a plot that disjointedly laces its way from a werewolf-based yarn to a slasher feature to a cornball romance to some kind of buddy comedy.

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Valley of Love (2015)

Guillaume Nicloux writes and directs the considerate Valley of Love, which kind of has one foot in Maurice Pialat’s 1980 film Loulou and the other in a spectral inversion of reality. It positions its two glorious stars – Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu – nearly as themselves and dumps them in Death Valley. Check out […]

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Chaplinmania: Recreation (1914)

In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]

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Seagalmania: Code of Honor (2016)

Michael Winnick writes, produces and directs Code of Honor, another 2016 film that stars Steven Seagal. This picture came out either before or after Sniper: Special Ops and confirms that the once-ponytailed action star is right smack dab in the middle of his goatee and sniper rifle stage. In fairness, the facial hair made its […]

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The Boy (2016)

While William Brent Bell’s The Boy lays an interesting foundation, the 2016 film’s descent into formula is its undoing. The screenplay by Stacey Menear has some chops, at least in terms of laying a foundation, but there’s very little to the production that defies convention.

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The Veil (2016)

Drained of colour and suffused with a moody score, Phil Joanou’s The Veil doesn’t have the gumption to live up to the punch of its premise. This 2016 horror picture is written by Robert Ben Garant and was planned as a found footage feature. Changes were made and Joanou’s finished project reflects a certain inconclusiveness.

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