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Review: ‘Birdman’ is every definition of spectacular Special

‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ delivers the highest standards in all categories to convey the story of a man risking it all to reinvent himself before it’s too late.

Review: ‘Whiplash’ is pitch perfect Special

‘Whiplash’ is about a young man’s unyielding dedication to become one of the world’s greatest jazz drummers — in spite of his teacher’s ruthless direction.

Review: ‘Why Horror?’ retorts “why not?” Special

‘Why Horror’ collects a broad range of answers to a question that has been asked of fans countless times, but perhaps with different intentions.

Review: New on DVD for October 21 Special

This week’s releases include an ‘80s icon who gained and lost a cult following; a misadventure that demonstrates the dangers of “the cloud”; a compilation of film noir classics; and a flawlessly casted biopic.

Review: ‘Refuge’ finds sanctuary in familiar territory Special

‘Refuge’ centres on the suspense-filled lives of a family struggling to survive after a devastating event destroys civilization.

Review: ‘Time Lapse’ doesn’t go back on its promise Special

‘Time Lapse’ is a respectable addition to the sci-fi genre in which the lives of three friends are transformed when they discover a machine that tells the future.

Review: ‘Zombeavers’ delivers on the name and then some Special

‘Zombeavers’ is a laugh riot as the furry little woodland creatures develop a taste for flesh and attack of group of college kids vacationing at the lake. Hilarity ensues.

Review: Shorts After Dark are a mini taste of the fest’s offerings Special

"Shorts After Dark" is the international short film showcase programmed annually by the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

TopFinds: Earth's magnetic field flip; Tower of London sees red

Earth's magnetic field could flip within our lifetime — what does that mean? The Tower of London's moat gets filled with "poppies." Rob Ford's privacy was breached in Toronto. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Review: ‘Housebound’ compels horror fans with absolute quality Special

‘Housebound’ is an exceedingly well-crafted haunted house, horror-comedy from New Zealand packed with twists, turns and laughs.

Review: ‘Watchers of the Sky’ argues action over apathy Special

The documentary, ‘Watchers of the Sky,’ examines the history of genocide and the continued efforts of a few individuals to end the cycle of violence.

Review: ‘The Guest’ settles in for a disquieting night Special

‘The Guest’ is a well-paced thriller concerning a young man whose visit to the home of a fallen comrade appears to coincide with a series of violent crimes.

Review: New on DVD for October 15 Special

This week’s releases include the first seasons of two horror TV series; a complex tale of espionage; a beautiful and surreal animated feature; a preposterous shark tale; and a Christmas classic.

TopFinds: Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize; appeal of micro-homes

A remarkable Nobel Peace Prize win for 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai. Micro-homes may be poised to become a new housing trend. A fisherman discovers a fish with human teeth. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Review: ‘Dracula: Untold’ gives gothic horror an adrenaline shot Special

‘Dracula: Untold’ entirely reimagines the famed vampire’s origin story, updating the tale for an audience raised on spectacle over subtlety.

Review: Alexander’s ‘Very Bad Day’ makes for a good movie Special

‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is more succinct than its title suggests, as well as an excellent source of family-friendly entertainment.

Review: New on DVD for October 7 Special

This week’s releases include a biopic of the man behind many celebrity careers; a period comedy that quips about death and facial hair; the second season of a thrilling TV series; and an animated classic from 1959.

TopFinds: Melting ice alters gravity; Norway best place to age

So much of Antarctica's ice has melted that Earth's gravity has shifted. Norway is named the best place in the world to grow old. A carjacker picks the wrong woman to try and steal from in a viral video. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Review: ‘Gone Girl’ is a simply masterful mystery Special

Director David Fincher’s enthralling adaptation of ‘Gone Girl,’ starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is one of the best films of 2014.

Review: Kevin Smith combines humour and body horror in ‘Tusk’ Special

With his latest post-retirement project, ‘Tusk,’ writer/director Kevin Smith tests the value of ideas conceived when one is high with mixed results.

Review: New on DVD for September 30 Special

This week’s releases include anniversary editions from two distinct genres; a director getting back to his roots; an insightful documentary; an appealing first season; and a franchise’s attempt to turn things around.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #3: Laphroaig 10 year old Special

Medicinal, iodine, peat, smoke, seaweed. These might sound like off-putting combinations, but when crafted as Laphroaig a unique and bold whisky is created.

TopFinds: Inside an infamous Thai zoo; Cyclist cheats death twice

Inside the Thai zoo where a woman killed herself in a crocodile pond. A Russian cyclist is lucky after cheating death twice. A "ghost" is caught on camera in England. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Review: ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ isn’t the most noble quest Special

‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ is a yuppie’s humorous escape from life’s responsibilities in the guise of a research trip to investigate an abstract idea.

Review: ‘The Equalizer’ fails to offset expectations Special

Denzel Washington is ‘The Equalizer,’ a vigilante confined to a tiresome narrative in which he tries to eradicate crime from his Boston neighbourhood.

Review: ‘The Boxtrolls’ is a treasure-trove of uniqueness Special

In the stunning stop-motion animation ‘The Boxtrolls,’ the title characters may look evil, but the real monsters are revealed to be the ambitious and greedy townspeople.

Review: Laugh and cry with the ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Special

‘The Skeleton Twins’ is a dark comedy about estranged siblings who try to repair their relationship on the heels of personal disaster.

Review: New on DVD for September 23 Special

This week’s releases include a royal mess of national proportions; Marvel’s appropriation of the small screen; an over-the-top comedy with wasted sentiment; and every episode of one of TV history’s most outrageous sitcoms.

Review: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ is recognizable with some upgrades Special

‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ features Liam Neeson in a familiar role, but with the support of a more robust script than in previous outings.

Review: ‘Coherence’ balances its budget with quality Special

In ‘Coherence’, all logic is thrown out the window as a comet passing overhead causes a strange things to happen during an already somewhat uncomfortable dinner party.
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