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Review: Kate Plays Christine

— by BEV QUESTAD —

While one reviewer states “this movie is artistic suicide,” another thinks it is ground-breaking. Based on the bizarre on-air 1974 suicide of news host Christine Chubbuck, the film follows Kate Lyn Sheil’s preparation for the movie role. She goes through news archives, past film reels of Chubbuck and conducts interviews with those in the field.

Hear the record scratch. Wait. Something is just not quite right. I view a movie clip of “Christine” and I see that gentle, thoughtful Kate, whom I’d just seen prepping for the role, is not in the film. I research online and initially find no mention of the contradiction. But time and curiosity lead me to the “truth.” (CONTINUED)


Review: Generation Found

— by BEV QUESTAD — “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light,” noted Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, Jackie Kennedy’s second husband and father who lost his son. These words are also scripted, decorated and pinned on the wall by a student at Archway Academy, a recovery high […][...]


Top casino-themed films

Film directors often receive accolades for the manner in which they portray various film genres. Given the increased popularity of casino gambling due to online casinos such as gamblinginsider.ca, many films incorporate this theme into their plots. These are some of the top casino-themed films. “Cincinnati Kid” (1965) Based on a true story, this film […][...]


Review: The Anonymous People

— by BEV QUESTAD — There is an adage that if you expose your secrets and bring them to light, they will fade and die. However, if you keep your secrets hidden in the darkness they will grow and multiply. So it is that the one group in America that prided itself on secrecy and […][...]


Review: National Bird

— by RON WILKINSON — Following on the heels of Guy Hibbert’s screenplay for “Eye in the Sky” (directed by Gavin Hood and starring Helen Mirren), this riveting documentary is the best look to date at drone warfare. Many Americans have been led to believe that drone surveillance and missile attacks are precision killings. Although […][...]


The Top 5 Sports Movies of the Past Decade

— by LINDSAY OLSEN — In the world of film entertainment, few genres have the ability to inspire viewers as consistently as sports movies. From hockey to golf, filmmakers have managed to thrill audiences with stories of the resiliency of the human spirit and its ability to triumph over adversity. Below are the top five […][...]


Netflix’s Daredevil defends Affleck’s stint

Marvel has produced a lot of high-grossing superhero films, such as “Iron Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers” and, most recently, “Doctor Strange,” which featured “Sherlock star” Benedict Cumberbatch. Marvel, however, hasn’t been without its hiccups, as it’s had many flops at the box dffice in recent years. One of these movies was “Daredevil,” […][...]


Review: The Innocents

— by RON WILKINSON — Director Anne Fontaine’s narrative fiction bio-pic packs a powerful punch. It is a story of the most unlikely people coming together in the worst of times, and good coming of it. Lou de Laâge plays French medical student Mathilde Beaulieu, serving in a French Red Cross medical outpost in Poland. […][...]


Review: Miss Hokusai

— by BEV QUESTAD — A big “Oh My!” goes to the production company and director of this beautifully rendered animation on the life of the most famous Japanese painter of all time. However, I’ll tell you right now that after watching this film, I spent about four hours on the internet researching Hokusai’s life […][...]