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  • Toronto Film Review: 'The Editor'

    Devoted fans of the Italian giallo genre -- those hybrid murder-mystery/horror mellers that flourished from the mid-'60s to the mid-'80s -- will get a hoot out of the precision with which "The Editor" satirizes their clumsier conventions. Unfortunately, no one else is likely to get the joke. Winnipeg collective Astron-6's prior features "Manborg" and "Father's Day" were equally insular homages-cum-spoofs, but had the virtue of sending up more widely familiar exploitation idioms. Less laugh-out-loud funny than those predecessors even for those in the know, this overlong homage will delight serious horror geeks at appropriate festivals, but in commercial terms won't do much to raise the talented group's profile.
  • Film review: 'Keyhole' spins 1930s gangster plot with Homer's 'Odyssey'

    Film review: 'Keyhole' spins 1930s gangster plot with Homer's 'Odyssey'
    For a variety of cultural, financial and governmental reasons, Canadian filmmakers produce films that tend to be conventional — even bland. There are two great exceptions to this. The obvious one is David Cronenberg: Even those who hate “The...

    Jessica Biel, Nazis top SXSW midnight movies lineup

    Genre favorites Ti West and Don Coscarelli are among the filmmakers whose work will be featured in the midnight and short films lineup at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival, which gets underway next month.

    Berlin Film Festival: With 'Iron Sky,' Nazis land on moon

    One of the most talked-about movies at this year’s Berlin Film Festival has turned out to be “Iron Sky,” a quirky sci-fi parody with aspirations to political satire.

    “Beware the Batman” offers new take on the Dark Knight

    With a popular, long-running character such as Batman, it's always possible to reinvent and reinterpret him in various ways — from a campy crusader to a grim protector; from a straight-up hero to a conflicted, nuanced avenger; and everything in...