Eli Glasner takes a quick look at three new films: Picture Day with rising star Tatiana Maslany, the audaciously entertaining Fast and Furious 6 and a nature-themed cartoon for the kids called Epic.
In a final outing with the wolf pack, the joke's on us, says Eli Glasner. The Hangover Part 3 is a strangely serious and laugh-free sequel in the popular, offensive and raunchy series.
Li Bingbing is the latest comely Chinese face joining a major Hollywood movie, in this case, a fourth Transformers. With Hollywood eager to tap into China's massive movie audience, it's now de rigueur to score a popular Chinese actress for tentpole blockbusters. But Chinese fans want more than gimmicky roles for their homegrown stars and nonsensical versions screened in China alone.
If you're seeking the weather, the news or a pic of what your buddy had for lunch, there are apps for that. What about an original, Hollywood-calibre ghost story from a producer of The Ring and Mulholland Drive? Now, there's an app for that, too. Haunting Melissa ventures into the burgeoning realm of digital storytelling as a traditional ghost story with a modern twist -- namely a tale that unfolds through an iOS app.
Future Star Wars director J.J. Abrams beams back into the world of Star Trek with the sequel Into Darkness. The new journey offers a mix of the fun and the familiar, anchored by the warm relationships of the classic characters.
The bullying drama Blackbird made waves upon its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Exploring bullies, teen killers and a young man caught in a cycle of fear and isolation, Jason Buxton has made a powerful, surprising film, says Eli Glasner.
When Hollywood sends gritty miners to alien planets or blue collar oil-rig workers into space, it doesn't bother Julie Payette. "It's when the laws of physics are completely broken... then I'm a bit of a critic," laughed the Canadian astronaut, who is in Toronto to watch and discuss the film Apollo 13 at TIFF Lightbox.
From a clean-cut Superman to a dark and brooding Batman, it seems that each generation gets a cinematic superhero reflecting the era. Now that a pompous billionaire playboy-turned-saviour is busting box office records in Iron Man 3, Eli Glasner ponders what this says about us today.
A new generation of Russian filmmakers turned up at Toronto's Hot Docs festival this year. They grew up in the years of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and they focus on the personal stories of a society in flux -- from the protestors on the streets of Moscow to the down and not-quite-outs of Kiev.
What do you do after saving the world? That's the question posed in Iron Man 3, the newest superhero instalment following the blockbuster crossover The Avengers. Eli Glasner takes a look at the new film and the power boost it gets from a caustic new director.
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- 2013 (72)
- 3 for FRIDAY: Fast and Furious 6, Epic and Picture Day
- FILM REVIEW: The Hangover Part 3
- Blake Shelton, Toby Keith boost benefits for Oklahoma
- Pushing Chinese stars beyond gimmicky roles
- Horror tale Haunting Melissa targets app audiences
- FILM REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness
- Ricky Gervais resurrects David Brent for YouTube Comedy Week
- FILM REVIEW: Blackbird
- Yo dawg! Original Idol judge Randy jumps ship
- Lip-sync battle: Fallon vs. Krasinski
- The return of Harmony Korine
- Michael Bublé gives surprise gig in NY subway
- Hot Docs: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, High Five: An Adoption Saga
- Snoop Lion's Reincarnated wins over a skeptic
- At Coachella with Divine Fits' Dan Boeckner
- Can hip hop be a sustainable career for Canadian rappers?
- FILM REVIEW: Oblivion
- FILM REVIEW: My Awkward Sexual Adventure
- Buzz-worthy trailer for Man of Steel
- Hunger Games fans get a taste of Catching Fire
- FILM REVIEW: Emperor
- FILM REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Canadian bands provide the warmth as CMW ends
- Jim Carrey skewers gun lobby with Cold Dead Hand
- Canadian Music Week: The unpretentious, the unenchanting and the unforgettable
- FILM REVIEW: The Croods
- Jay Leno's job on the line as late night TV wars resume
- Sam Roberts, Sarah Slean in NY Sandy fundraiser
- Justin Timberlake returns too late, the thrill is gone
- Selena Gomez's misstep on the Bieber file
- Canada's Stella Sisters sing a birthday tribute to the Man in Black
- Oscar swag the ultimate consolation prize
- Oscar predictions: the shoo-ins and the should-have-beens
- Authors bare all for PEN Canada
- Anoushka Shankar and the One Billion Rising campaign
- Beyoncé's Life Is But a Dream a curated peek behind the curtain
- Drake gets wild in the street over Grammy win
- 25 billion songs downloaded on iTunes, and counting
- CBC Music's Searchlight seeks best new artist
- 6 bone-crushing football films
- FILM REVIEW: Warm Bodies
- Justin Timberlake's musical comeback
- Argo moves to the fore in Oscar best picture race
- FILM REVIEW: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
- FILM REVIEW: Knife Fight
- FILM REVIEW: Parker
- Kroll Show parodies Degrassi with "Wheels, Ontario"
- FILM REVIEW: The Last Stand
- FILM REVIEW: Gangster Squad
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