Published Mar 22, 2013It's been a busy week for Toronto's concertgoers with CMW in town, but through all the hustle and bustle, we wanted to make sure you hadn't missed out on what's happening on the big screen. Below is a list of just a few of this week's film highlights; for full reviews on these and much more, make sure you check out our Recently Reviewed section.
First on this week's roundup is Paul Weitz's Admission (pictured) starring Tina Fey (30 Rock, SNL) and Paul Rudd (This Is 40, Prince Avalanche) as a Princeton admissions officer and a rural tech school principal respectively. But as Fey goes on the hunt to get admission numbers up while also fighting for a promotion, she may have also inadvertently stumbled upon the son she gave up for adoption back in her own college days.
Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen takes on a new set of North Korean villains in his action thriller as Mike Manning (Gerard Butler), an ex-member of Presidential security who must fight terrorist forces and rescue the kidnapped Commander-in-Chief. Though a lot of connections can be drawn between Fuqua's latest work and the Die Hard franchise, is Mike Manning actually the next John McClane? Read our review to see.
From Up on Poppy Hill is Goro Miyazaki's most recent release. It's a trip into an animated world where Umi (Sarah Bolger), a teen running the family boarding house, and Shun, a tenant, develop feelings for each other only to find out that they may actually have the same dad. The film looks at themes of understanding history and your own personal past while also rejecting modernization, though whether it would have been better off shot in live-action is still up for debate.
The word "virtuous" comes to mind with Sudz Sutherland's Home Again. The film moves between and the stories of Marva (Tatyana Ali), Dunston (Lyriq Bent), and Everton (Stephan James), three people who have just been deported back to Jamaica and are struggling to get used to life in their new environments. While strained at times, the film attempts "to convey something from an honest and honourable place."
Last up is J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's genre masher, The History of Future Folk. The film is about aliens who have come to Earth and are trying to assimilate into Earthly society, and focuses on the marital woes between Bill, played by Nils D'Aulaire (an alien), and his wife Holly, played by Julie Ann Emery (a human). The story, in effect, is a sci-fi comic love story with elements of a musical, but can so many elements work in harmony or did Mitchell and Walker spread themselves a little too thin?
To read the full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.