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What Lies Under the Skin?

by Robert Barlow

There’s a moment about halfway through Under The Skin when a character literally pinches himself to make sure he isn’t dreaming, as a beautiful and mysterious woman, played by Scarlett Johansson, tries to seduce him. This reaction is appropriate not only for that particular character, but for the audience as well. This film feels like one of those dreams from which you wake, and are convinced was not a dream at all.

Broadbent Delivers in Le Week-End

By Matt Passantino

One of the great character actors, Jim Broadbent, delivers one of his finest performances in Le Week-End. Broadbent, an Oscar winner for his supporting role in Iris, rarely gets an opportunity to headline a film as he does with Le Week-End. His performance feels so natural and effortless; it is a great reminder of how good of an actor Broadbent is, whether in a supporting or leading role.

Tucking in to The Lunchbox

By Danielle Sanderson

I honestly believe that I could not have spent my Thursday night in any better way than going to see The Lunchbox.

It was an incredible movie with amazing acting and directing. It takes place in Mumbai and tells a heartwarming love story of two people who meet because of India’s complex lunchbox delivery system.

Behind the Music

By Rachel Henderson and Janelle Thomas

Brass horns and the clash of melody and hip-hop beats set the stage as the jazz and funk-infused film Brothers Hypnotic plays the audience into another world.

The Raid: Lights, Camera, Action! Action! Action!

By Robert Barlow

There’s always a film or two playing during the Toronto International Film Festival that creates such a buzz that no matter what other film you are waiting in line for, people just can’t stop talking about it. In 2011, one such film was director Gareth Evans’ The Raid, which ended up winning the People’s Choice Award for best Midnight Madness film at that year’s festival.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

By Matt Passantino

Walking into Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, I knew Elaine Stritch by name only. In terms of her work, I really did not know much outside of her recurring role as Alec Baldwin’s mother on 30 Rock. That is the reason I went to the film – to learn about a legend in the entertainment business. The documentary, which clocks in at a breezy 80 minutes, covers a wide range of material and really spotlights the outspoken comedian and Broadway star.

Another Earth: Another You and Me

By Robert Barlow

Are we alone in the universe? That is a question we have been asking since we first looked up into the night sky and saw millions of bright lights sparkling down on us.

With their film Another Earth, co-writer and director Mike Cahill, and co-writer and star Brit Marling take that question to the next level by wondering if there exists a parallel universe in which “duplicates” of ourselves lead lives as we do – with a few small differences.

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