A daring, but dazzlingly realized reworking of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a successful risk that might not be suitable for the youngest of children, but is certainly one of the better and more soulful effects driven blockbusters of the year.
A fitting and charming animated retelling of one of author Theodor Geisel’s most beloved children’s books, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch won’t unseat the 1966 television special as the best take on the material, but it will sure wash out the aftertaste of the Ron Howard/Jim Carrey live action version that rubbed many the wrong way.
Avengers: Infinity War is a huge payoff for a film franchise that spans 10 years, 18 films, and dozens of characters. And for those of us who waited through all the end-credit scenes of every Marvel film, trying to learn everything we could about this universe of superheroes, Infinity War is a very satisfying ride, bringing together a lot of storytelling that’s been developed movie by movie, year over year.
Are you ready for some magic? Doctor Strange arrives on Blu-ray next week, and The GATE is thrilled to have three copies to give away to fans of Marvel’s latest hero.
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Alan Turing is one of the geniuses who helped bring an end to the Second World War, thanks to his efforts with early computer science that were used to decrypt Nazi communication, but his life was a mix of troubles and triumphs, to say the least. During an era when society was fanatically homophobic almost universally around the world, as a gay man–even one serving great science–Turing was ultimately given radical treatment as a punishment for his sexuality just a few short years after he helped serve his country.
The Toronto International Film Festival did not slow down much this year after the first busy weekend, which was kind of a surprise. For as long as I’ve been going to TIFF, the first four days of the festival have always been blockbuster, while the week after kind of fizzles away. This year though, TIFF has kept the pace going, and it’s kept me busy late into the week.
The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood played host to the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, bringing together a star-studded group of stars, filmmakers, and special guests to honour the best of film from the last year.
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On September 6, director Bill Condon and the cast of The Fifth Estate–including Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten–walked the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall for the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Two days of the Toronto International Film Festival are already in the bag, and it feels like it has just flown by in a strange caffeine-fueled haze. I’ve been preparing for TIFF for the last month, but between becoming a dad at the end of July, and just generally having too much to do, I never did end up feeling all that prepared for the film festival this year, but it has been exciting all the same as it whizzed by my head.