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'Uncle John': Film Review

Courtesy of FilmBuff The Bottom Line Less would have been more. Opens Sept. 18 (FilmBuff) Cast John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenny Lyng, Ronnie Gene Blevins Director Steven Piet John Ashton plays the title role in Steven Piet’s debut feature interweaving thriller and romantic comedy plotlines. You get two movies in one with Steven Piet's combination ...

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'Some Kind of Hate': Film Review

Benji Bakshi The Bottom Line Not even as good as the "Carrie" remake. Opens Sept. 18 (RLJ Entertainment) Cast Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell, Michael Polish Director Adam Egypt Mortimer A bullied teen gets help from a vengeful spirit in Adam Egypt Mortimer’s horror film. Bullied teenagers are a time-honored staple in horror movies, with Carrie perhaps being the ...

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'Full Contact': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto Film Festival The Bottom Line A fascinating arthouse item that asks more questions than it answers. Venue Toronto Film Festival Cast Gregoire Colin, Lizzie Brochere, Slimane Dazi Writer-Director David Verbeek ‘Beau Travail’ actor Gregoire Colin plays a drone pilot in the Nevada desert in this psychologial drama from Dutch auteur David Verbeek. A French drone pilot in Nevada starts to ...

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‘The Promised Land’ (‘Hui Dao Bei Ai De Mei Yi Tian’): TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line A slight but playful character study about China’s evolving youth and growing rural-urban divide. Venue Toronto International Film Festival (Platform) Cast Wang Jiajia, Zhang Yi, Wang Zhiwen Director-screenwriter He Ping Director He Ping (‘Warriors of Heaven and Earth’) offers up a contemporary two-hander set between Beijing and the countryside. Scaling things ...

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'The Throne' ('Sado'): Film Review

Courtesy of Showbox Mediaplex The Bottom Line A master class in technique and social critique. Opens Sep. 16 (South Korea) Director Lee Joon-ik Cast Song Kang-ho, Yoo Ah-in, Moon Geun-young   Lee Joon-ik’s period drama, South Korea’s submission for the Oscars next year, is based on an 18th century monarch’s killing of his son. "Freshly anointed South Korea’s flag-bearer in the race for the ...

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