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Movie Review: One for the Money

One for the MoneyGenre: Action/ComedyDirector: Julie Anne RobinsonStars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’MaraRate: **Based on Janet Evanovich’s popular Stephanie Plum novels, One for the Money casts Katherine Heigl as an unemployed Jersey girl who desperately takes a job as a bounty hunter, which soon...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 5:37 AM

Spartacus returns with more blood, sex and action

Spartacus fans are gearing up for the show’s return to television and with it, all the controversial blood, sex and action that has made the series so provocatively popular.“For some reason these things are still really taboo in our society,” said returning star Lucy Lawless (also known for her...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4:07 AM

Movie Review: Haywire

HaywireGenre: ActionDirector: Steven SoderberghStars: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregorRage: ****Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh reunites with The Limey writer Lem Dobbs to create Haywire — what will surely go down as one of 2012’s best action films (and yes, I know it’s only January). The Ocean’s Eleven...

Friday, January 20, 2012, 3:46 AM

Voldemort’s ‘accessible modern Shakespeare’

Lord Voldemort has made his own movie. Or at least his alter-ego Ralph Fiennes has.After two decades starring in some of Hollywood’s most celebrated films, the lauded thespian behind Harry Potter’s nemesis has turned out his directorial debut with a contemporary, challenging adaptation of...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 3:33 AM

Movie Review: Red Light Revolution

Red Light RevolutionGenre: Comedy/ForeignDirector: Sam VoutasStars: Jun Zhao, Vivid Wang, Xiduo Jiang Rate: ***In this lighthearted Chinese comedy, a hapless entrepreneur has a streak of bad luck until he opens a sex toy shop in a conservative neighbourhood and discovers the repressed patrons are...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:08 AM

Cast of Less Than Kind come together after sudden death of actor Maury Chaykin

Overcoming the loss of your lead actor can be detrimental to a television series.For Less than Kind — who suddenly lost the prolific, irreplaceable Maury Chaykin in July — demise surely seemed imminent.“We thought about (calling it quits) but I think we just absorbed the shock of it,” said head...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 3:47 AM

McAvoy’s magic voice

Having lent his voice to the upcoming movie Arthur Christmas, James McAvoy has some insight on the key ingredient for making cinematic holiday classics.“That key ingredient is the threat that Christmas might not happen,” said the X-Men: First Class star recently in a phone interview.“It’s an...

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 2:33 AM

Movie Review: Arthur Christmas

Genre: Comedy/Drama Director: Sarah SmithStars: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie***Arthur Christmas not only answers the mystery of how Santa Claus delivers billions of presents in one night but it shows how the now high-tech computer-operated system is flawed.When one girl doesn’t get her gift, Santa’s...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 2:58 AM

Hoping to Enlighten viewers

It’s ironic but the personal meltdown that accompanied the cancellation of Mike White’s last series, Cracking Up, led the writer and actor to his latest acclaimed TV show.“I had TV experiences that have been really painful in that you kill yourself and then they bury the show,” said the School of...

Monday, November 21, 2011, 2:47 AM

Paradis reflects on love and loss

She may be a huge star in her native France but in North America, Vanessa Paradis is better known as Johnny Depp’s partner and mother of his children.Perhaps that will all change on Friday, however, as the hit singer-turned-actress begins gaining attention for her delicate role in Quebecois...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12:21 AM

Movie Review: In Time

In TimeGenre: ActionDirector: Andrew NiccolStars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda SeyfriedRate: * 1/2He may be able to sing and dance but Justin Timberlake is no movie star and In Time is proof of that. A sci-fi thriller that stalls in the opening minutes, In Time attempts to posit a future where time is...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 3:14 AM

Movie Review: Puss in Boots

Puss in BootsGenre: Animation/ComedyDirector: Chris MillerStars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Rate: *** 1/2A spin-off of the Shrek series, Puss in Boots returns Antonio Banderas to the character he was born to voice. An outlaw cat with Latin attitude, Puss seeks out riches in magic beans that grow...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 3:06 AM

Movie Review: The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live InGenre: DramaDirector: Pedro AlmodovarStars: Antonio Banderas, Elena AnayaRate: *** 1/2Pedro Almodovar films may not be for everyone but The Skin I Live In will surely turn a few moviegoers off. In the gender-bending thriller, Antonio Banderas wonderfully plays a geneticist testing...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:40 AM

In the skin of genius filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar

It’s been 21 years since Antonio Banderas worked with Pedro Almodóvar — the Spanish filmmaker that turned him into an on-screen star.Now he’s returned to the auteur for the provocative thriller The Skin I Live In and Banderas has barely noticed a change.“(Pedro) was pretty mature actually in the ’...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 1:58 AM

Movie Review: The Thing

Genre: HorrorDirector: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton***Classic sci-fi thriller The Thing gets its first makeover in nearly 30 years in this updated prequel about a replicating alien killing off stranded scientists in remote Antarctica.While the film...

Friday, October 14, 2011, 2:29 AM

Movie Review: Trespass

Genre: ThrillerDirector: Joel SchumacherStars: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman*1⁄2Trespass is supposed to be a taut, intense hostage thriller in which a diamond broker (Nicolas Cage) and his family are held captive in their own home for jewels.Instead, this stumbling, clichéd dud is about as subtle,...

Friday, October 7, 2011, 2:16 AM

Movie Review: French Immersion

Genre: ComedyDirector: Kevin TierneyStars: Gavin Crawford, Fred Ewanuick **The film explores a clash of cultures in a small Quebec village that thrives on its language school to keep the community afloat.If that sounds like a pitch for a new CBC-funded sitcom, it’s not far off.In fact, it may have...

Friday, October 7, 2011, 2:03 AM

Movie Review: Poetry

PoetryGenre: DramaDirector: Lee Chang-dongStars: Jeong-hie YunRate: ****A lengthy Korean drama about a sexagenarian coping with a delinquent grandson and her own health crisis through a long-lost desire to write, Poetry displays filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s proficiency for capturing the heartbreaking...

Friday, September 30, 2011, 2:18 AM

Movie Review: Breakaway

Genre: ComedyDirector: Rob LiebermanStars: Vinay Virmani, Rob Lowe***A harmless story about a young Indo-Canadian striving against his immigrant family’s ideals to become a pro hockey player, Breakaway is an impressive first feature for writer and star Vinay Virmani.Not only does he land a likeable...

Friday, September 30, 2011, 1:40 AM

Comedian Russell Peters dares to dream with Breakaway

Russell Peters may have mastered the comedy stage by selling out concerts (including Madison Square Gardens) around the globe but conquering Hollywood has taken a bit longer.“The challenge for me has been getting the right roles,” explained the Toronto native recently. “I’ve been offered a ton of (...

Monday, September 26, 2011, 1:15 AM