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Review: This week’s three releases couldn’t be more different Special

This week’s releases include a comedy that illustrates the absurdity of stereotypes; an action-thriller that keeps a slow and even pace; and an honest and amusing look at a middle-aged couple who used to be cool.

Review: ‘Ted 2’ hasn’t grown up as much as it thinks, which isn’t all bad Special

‘Ted 2’ isn’t entirely successful in integrating a more serious plot into its inherently silly storyline, but it doesn’t let that compromise its ability to deliver an expected style of comedy.

Review: Orange Is The New Black hits its junior year

Season three of 'Orange Is The New Black' paints a painfully raw portrait of people’s overwhelming desire for meaning and a sense of community.

Review: Two comedies at opposite ends of their runs out this week Special

This week’s releases include a not-so-scary double feature that shows the darker side of ‘80s horror movies; and a couple of TV series at the start and end of their runs.

Review: ‘Deli Man’ is full of flavour and heart Special

‘Deli Man’ is a documentary that demonstrates the distinctiveness of the delicatessen, as well as the devotion of those who eat at and run them.

Review: ‘Inside Out’ has all the feels Special

‘Inside Out’ is Pixar’s entertaining interpretation of what makes us us, literally humanizing our emotions and building a vibrant world inside our minds.

Review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ is year’s best movie contender Special

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ is an outstanding drama about three friends who cope with a friend’s illness through filmmaking and understanding.

Review: ‘Jurassic World’ forgot to cultivate its entire realm Special

‘Jurassic World’ does its job in offering awe-inspiring displays of extinct creatures reborn, but it lacks a competent story to tie it all together and suffers from unavoidable comparisons to the original.

Review: A lot of slashing and side-splitting going on this week in DVD Special

This week’s releases include a gripping portrayal of a global pandemic; a couple of classic slasher sequels; an engrossing time travel adventure; and two pairs of TV’s most memorable roommates.

Review: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ expands on the artist’s legacy Special

‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ is an in-depth documentary that is interested in more than just the famous artist who was recruited to design the creature in ‘Alien.’

Review: ‘Sunshine Superman’ soars to great documentary heights Special

‘Sunshine Superman’ is an excitement-filled documentary about the “crazy” man who pioneered BASE jumping in the ‘70s by leaping off a cliff at Yosemite National Park.

Review: ‘Patch Town’ turns a childhood amusement into a sinister plot Special

‘Patch Town’ notably answers the unasked questions: where did Cabbage Patch Kids come from and what happened to them when we grew up?

Review: Nothing secret about ‘Spy’s witty humour Special

‘Spy’ exceeds expectations and delivers a hilarious comedy that transcends baser humour for a witty, entertaining experience.

Review: Filmmakers get resourceful in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a conventional underdog story told well; an innovative and striking sci-fi movie; a ground-breaking TV series; and a gender-bending love story.

Review: ‘Big Muddy’ is mired by a single flaw Special

‘Big Muddy’ is an unconventional crime drama that drops its femme fatale in Wild West of gambling, ranching and payback.

Review: ‘I Am Big Bird’ is a delightful record of the character and man Special

‘I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story’ is a charming documentary that recounts the life of the man who’s portrayed the famous Muppet for nearly 50 years.

Review: Milla Jovovich is a ‘Survivor’ for making it to the end Special

‘Survivor’ is a middling action thriller that squanders its opportunity to be better by failing to showcase the talents of its leading actress.

Review: It’s ‘Spring’ and all manner of love is in the air Special

‘Spring’ is a romantic creature feature in which a man desperately tries to win the heart of his vacation fling who is a bit more concerned about her fluctuating flesh.

Review: New on DVD for May 19 Special

This week’s releases include the all-encompassing collection of an HBO sensation; an Oscar hopeful that sparked some controversy; an exceptional Russian drama; and an animated musical with a familiar soundtrack.

Review: ‘Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play’ cleverly brightens the darkness Special

‘Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play’ is a little light on ‘The Simpsons’ content, but still a very inventive and entertaining adaptation of the beloved TV show.

Review: Period TV and offbeat comedies comprise this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include complete series of classic TV shows; an Oscar-winning performance; fresh perspectives on contrary lifestyles; and several offbeat comedies.

Review: ‘Phoenix’ is a compelling mystery and uneasy love story Special

‘Phoenix’ takes a dual meaning when a woman is reincarnated after a disfiguring incident and finds her estranged husband employed at a nightclub of the same name.

Review: ‘Maggie’ is the civilized approach to a zombie picture Special

‘Maggie’ is one of the most realistic and relatable film representations of a zombie/viral outbreak told through the relationship of a father and his infected daughter.

Review: A double edition of New on DVD for May 5 Special

This week’s releases include the original ‘Mad Max’; his bear-y adorable antithesis; complete sets of some of TV’s best; and a couple of Oscar nominees showcasing their merit.

Review: The Inateck HB4009 'Magic Hub' is one unique USB expansion

Most USB hubs have a very simple purpose. They allow you to add more USB ports to your computer by connecting a dongle to one of the existing ports. The Inateck HB4009 has some rather different functionality though including clipboard and mouse sharing.

Review: Hot Docs’ ‘World Showcase’ provides new takes on war & violence Special

War and the effects of violence is of particular interest in this year’s Hot Docs “World Showcase” program, ranging from historical accounts to stories related to recent to headlines to a worldwide concern.

Google Maps shows an Android peeing on an Apple logo in Pakistan

An image of an Android urinating on an Apple logo has been spotted on Google Maps. Clearly visible on the company's renowned mapping service, it is joined by a message nearby that pokes fun at Google's content review policies.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Special Presentations' demands your attention Special

Hot Docs’ “Special Presentation” section features several stories from which we can learn and highlights some issues we can still change.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Show me the Funny' showcases stand-up & sketch comedy Special

Documentaries have a reputation of being serious, but Hot Docs’ “Show me the Funny” program demonstrates they can have a humorous side too.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Screen on Screen' puts movies at the forefront Special

Film is a medium that can often be self-reflexive, analysing itself and its players. These types of documentaries are slotted into Hot Docs’ “Screen on Screen” program.
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