Multiplex Madness - Friday Film Review Wrap Up

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Quick critical bites on this weekend's newest flicks. Gerard Butler is the hillbilly saviour in Machine Gun Preacher. Spain's Álex de la Iglesia takes scary clowns to the extreme in The Last Circus. Anna Faris ekes out laughs in the predictable What's Your Number. An Indo-Canadian hockey heartthrob skates into theatres with Breakaway and Bellflower offers muscle cars, Armageddon and angst.

FILM REVIEW: 50/50

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A comedic cocktail that's equal parts anger and absurdity, 50/50 is a comedy about an unusual topic: cancer. Director Jonathan Levine focuses on finding the surreal in sickness with the support of a great cast featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick.

Juno's belated recognition for heavy metal


On Wednesday, Juno Awards organizers announced they have created a category for best metal/hard music album of the year, but it comes 23 years after the Grammys agreed to recognize heavy metal as a distinct genre.

FILM REVIEW: Afghan Luke

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Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg takes on the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan in his new comedy Afghan Luke. But don't expect the gallows humour of M*A*S*H, this movie about a crusading journalist gets lost in its own fog of war.

FILM REVIEW: Moneyball

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In this atypical sports film, director Bennett Miller serves up a smart story about the two men who tried to change the way baseball is played. Brad Pitt works well as the beleaguered GM Billy Beane, but Jonah Hill steals the show as numbers nerd Peter Brand.

Oscar campaign rules reboot


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is changing the rules on Oscar campaigning, cracking down on lavish receptions and use of social media. That could change the strategies used by Hollywood promoters, but the game will still go on.

Charlie vs. Ashton - The new Two and a Half Men

Does the guy best known for Punk'd and marrying Demi Moore have the right mojo to replace Charlie Sheen? Ashton Kutcher's debut on Two and a Half Men was a ratings smash, but it remains to be seen if viewers were won over by his doofus schtick. Meanwhile, Sheen may be headed for movieland.

Birth pains for Edwin Boyd

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Nathan Morlando and his producer and wife, Allison Black, had some unexpected setbacks making their first feature. Which makes the warm TIFF reception for their new film Edwin Boyd and the award for best Canadian first feature, a sweet turn of events.

A Different Kind of Tea Party

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Harvey Weinstein used the opening of his film Butter at the Toronto International Film Festival to have some fun at the expense of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Or is he just manufacturing buzz for the film itself by playing a political card?

Amy Winehouse's last recording released


Details about The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which will help children and youth, were released the same day as the single, Body and Soul, which the late singer performed with Tony Bennett.