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'The Mind's Eye': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line A retro-styled little action/horror flick whose key selling point is outrageous FX. Venue Toronto International Film Festival, Midnight Madness Cast Graham Skipper, John Speredakos, Lauren Ashley Carter, Noah Segan, Larry Fessenden, Matt Mercer, Michael Locicero Director-Screenwriter Joe Begos An evil scientist tries to rob psychokinetic mutants ...

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‘Poached’: Film Review

Courtesy of Doc Life Films The Bottom Line Slightly underdone investigative journalism.  Opens Sept. 18 (Ignite Channel) Director Timothy Wheeler Birds of a feather pursue their passions in this odd-duck doc about avian conservation. British birders are renowned ornithological enthusiasts – the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) boasts more than a million members, a tremendous level ...

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'Trapped': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line More Twin Peaks than Everest, this TV serial thriller shows some promisingly quirky Icelandic touches. Venue Toronto Film Festival (Primetime) Cast Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdottir, Ingvar Sigurðsson Director Baltasar Kormákur Everest director Baltasar Kormákur moves into small-screen Nordic Noir territory with this deep-frozen murder mystery set in a snowbound coastal ...

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'Mr. Right': TIFF Review

The Bottom Line Smarm and charm walk hand-in-hand in violent rom-com. Venue Toronto International Film Festival, Gala Presentations Cast Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, Katie Nehra, RZA Director Paco Cabezas Anna Kendrick rebounds from a bad relationship to fall for Sam Rockwell’s eccentric assassin. If you cringe at the scene, early on, in ...

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'Beast': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Boulevard Film The Bottom Line This underpowered, Philippines-set boxing drama is no thriller in Manila. Venue Toronto Film Festival (Discovery) Cast Chad McKinney, Garret Dillahunt, Angeli Bayani, Will Jaymes Directors Tom McKeith, Sam McKeith A crooked boxer fights back against his own tormented conscience in this debut feature from Australian writer-director duo Sam and Tom McKeith. A young ...

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