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    6.10.2015 ·

    David Schatzky

    This is a real "indie" movie: a small story about people interacting with each other as they do in real life. It's very funny and moving. Lily Tomlin is superb as a feisty, provocative mother and grandmother. If she were a kid, she'd be sent to her room after washing her mouth out with soap. But she's all guts, heart and hurt while being sometimes truly insensitive. Her grand-daughter is a child of now, facing the kinds of challenges young women with neglectful mothers and absent fathers have to deal with. And her mother is a very successful but out of touch-with-her-own feelings woman who even her own mother is afraid of. There are some wonderful moments in this film. Not for blockbuster action movie fans. But if you love and appreciate human foibles, irony, wit, humour and feeling, you'll enjoy this. A kind of grandmother/granddaughter road movie, where there's no violence but lots of real-life human-scale action. It's a movie where writing and acting shine!

    8/10david.s@ - 31 reviews
    5.10.2015 - age: 50+

    2.10.2015 ·

    Name T.B.A.

    The prayer at the end of the movie is worth seeing the movie again, I will buy the DVD when it is released.

    9/10re23@ - first review
    30.9.2015 - age: 50+

    30.9.2015 ·

    Paul LeMay

    A film that dares to exposit the shallow, vacuous nature of our modern North American culture, festooned as it is within this film at least, by scenes of soulless commercial strips and eating toxic glyphosate-laden fast food that we dare to allow to be sold as food safe for human consumption. And behind this backdrop, it's the story of a shy writer upon whom fame and a reputation for genius are thrust for daring to write a 1,000 page tome that exposes the hollow, lonely, disconnected innards of American life. How many films dare to do that? Little pretense here folks. Only truths aired far too little.

    8/10phl222@ - 33 reviews
    25.9.2015 - age: 50+

    29.9.2015 ·

    Heather Whitney

    Robert DeNiro's acting is first-class, similar to that of Spencer Tracy which is the biggest compliment imaginable. His on-screen chemistry with all of the other characters, both major and minor, was a treat to watch. This was an entertaining script with something for everyone, old, young, digital, analog and otherwise. Wonderful to see Linda Lavin and Rene Russo! Loved the gaggle of geeky guys in the office with their hoodies and t-shirts.

    9/10hajwhitney@ - 61 reviews
    26.9.2015 - age: 50+

    25.9.2015 ·

    Name T.B.A.

    Actors and story are fantastic! A skillful story about real life and how God works when we seek Him. Prayer is needed by everyone and this teaches you how to pray.

    10/10sybil.quillin@ - first review
    22.9.2015 - age: 50+

    23.9.2015 ·

    Vanda Pietrantonio

    This movie has many life lessons about marriages that fall apart and how one picks oneself up after. We learn about the Indian culture and about love. Both Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley are good in their roles and have chemistry on the screen. Using driving lessons as a metaphor for life is very clever. It is a gentle film about two people who learn much from each other. Also we get to see some of New York which is always a bonus.

    7/10vanda.pietrantonio@ - 94 reviews
    22.9.2015 - age: 50+

    22.9.2015 ·

    Adam Foidart

    I still consider “The Last Airbender” to be one of the worst films I’ve ever seen both because of a personal attachment to the television series and because I’m a human being with eyes and ears. Nevertheless, I’m happy to see M. Night Shyamalan get back on track with the horror comedy “The Visit”. I think it’s a smart and original horror film that is quite effective. If the trailers interest you, I say check it out. If you’re not convinced yet, or you don’t know what this movie is about, allow me to entice you into a trip to the theatre. Young Rebecca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) are travelling to meet their grandparents Pop Pop John (Peter Mc Robbie) and Nana Doris (Deanna Dunagan) while their mother is off on a vacation with her new boyfriend. Neither has ever met their grandparents, as their mother (Kathryn Hahn) left home at a young age and on bad terms. As the days pass by, they become increasingly uneasy upon witnessing the uncomfortable behavior of the elderly couple, even as everyone around them keeps insisting that old people, sometimes they just act weird. I think if you boil any effective horror film down, they’re essentially about a single, primal fear. The fear of the dark, of being alone, of water, etc. “The Visit” is a fear that I think lends itself very well to a horror comedy, the fear of old people. Now I can hear you chuckling or thinking that it’s pretty insensitive to write something like this, but I think I’m just being honest. Have you ever been to an old folks’ home, one where the residents are starting to struggle with dementia? It weirds you out to see human beings act unusually. This film reminded me of seeing my elderly grandmother before she passed away, how I felt bad for her because she would pick at imaginary garden plants… but it also made me uneasy and if you step back at the situation, it could easily be played for comedy effectively. I think there’s an image of an old face being something to be fearful of that’s simply ingrained in our minds and experience with kind grandparents have allow us to move past that, but think about old people in stories. The old woman disguise in “Snow White”, any image of a witch or warlock, the shriveled frame of a mummy… they’re old people and they’re something to be afraid of. “The Visit” is a horror comedy. I’m not talking about something like “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” or “Slither” where people are killed or murdered in a comedic way. The humor here is a mix or awkward humor and persistent nervous laughter. Nana will say something really off-putting and creepy and then just stop. She’ll stare intensely and then say “oh, I’m just joking” and you’ll laugh because hey! She was just playing with her grandchildren… but was she really? Was she just trying to make it seem like everything was all right? Don’t think that I’m interpreting some peculiar sights or events as being intentionally funny when they’re not supposed to be either. It’s very obvious that we’re supposed to laugh at the sight of a prepubescent Tyler acting as a wigger wannabe gangster by busting out rhymes to impress the “ladies” on YouTube. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horror comedy that handled its laughs quite the way this one did and originality is something to seek out. You might not know that “The Visit” is shot in a found-footage style, but that is not a deterrent here. The premise is that these kids are travelling to see their grandparents and because Rebecca aspires to be a documentarian, she’s shooting interviews with Nana and Pop Pop, looking around the house to re-create family memories and going through the footage to edit it into a coherent story. She and Tyler both have cameras, meaning we can get multiple angles on certain situations and there are scenes where the camera is put down in a strategic point to catch the action in a way that is very effective. Because of the way the characters are developed, I bought the framework completely. I actually think this is one of the better examples of how to properly use this camera technique, particularly when you consider that every kid nowadays is looking to capture that YouTube fame. There’s some nice subtlety present throughout, like the way that we learn about the children’s relationship with their family and how this trip is both exciting because they’re meeting people they never met, but it’s also being therapeutic in a way. The characters are actually well developed because there’s not a focus on a high body count, but I know what you really want to hear about. You want to know if the picture is scary right? I’ll admit that I get scared pretty easily, but there’s a difference between being scared, and being startled. This movie is not about jump scares. The few that there are, they’re well earned and I thought they made sense considering the method of filming. Maybe it’s because sometimes, old people freak me out. I was able to both laugh at some of the strange behavior and start turning it over in the back of my brain until it started becoming truly bizarre. Nana seems to be cooking every time you see her, maybe it’s nothing but to me, it started looking like compulsive behavior. Then, as we learn more about what exactly is going on when the lights go down in this isolated house in the middle of the country, I got to be really frightened. In a way I’m glad that none of my friends were “brave” enough to join me. I did not have a spare stick of deodorant handy I was sweating a lot during the last third of the film, particularly as some big and very chilling revelations come up. I think the ending drags a little, and even then that’s somewhat excusable because of the documentary-like format the story is being presented in. I also feel like some choices, like having big titles come up and say “Monday morning” were unnecessary and didn’t really help the story or the pacing. Small details really. I think this horror flick is original, it’s got good atmosphere and genuine scares, and it uses tried-and-true techniques well. It’s also got some very strong performances. Highlights for me are the grandparents, Peter McRobbie and Deanna Dunagan. They play the roles just right. They display a mix of being warm and inviting, at times funny, at times scary and plain awkward in a chilling way. I think that if you look at how many different masks they wear and how they’re able to put themselves in situations that are somewhat embarrassing (old age you know, it ain’t pretty) it took a lot of guts to go with this role, and go all the way with it. Well, there you have it. A director that hit some rough patches in his career has come back with a good movie. I was genuinely frightened during “The Visit”. I didn’t quite scream in terror, but I did laugh out loud a lot and I was caught off-guard by more than one or two scares, elevating it above your generic chillers. I say check it out and take a little bit of time to really think about what you just saw and I believe you’ll agree with my positive review. (Theatrical version on the big screen, September 17, 2015)

    8/10adamwatchesmovies@ - 392 reviews
    18.9.2015 - age: 26-35

    19.9.2015 ·

    Olivia Chow

    This was probably, for me, Johnny Depp's most memorable/best performance. Don't get me wrong, it's not because I liked it, its 'cuz I was so damn scared by the realism he brought to his character. You know that window of fantasy that allows you to distance yourself from the movie and be like, "oh, that was bloody but entertaining - lets now go eat pizza"? Yeah no, not here. Here, they literally show you, A to Z, the 5000 ways of dying if you tattle tale on your mobster boss. It was far too real to the point of being gruesome (i. e., killing 101, no special effects and laser beams) which made it pretty damn uncomfortable to watch. I would recommend you watch it, nonetheless, but it left me sorta (ok, Very) petrified.

    8/10ochow@ - 47 reviews
    19.9.2015 - age: 26-35

    12.9.2015 ·

    Paul Berner

    An exhilarating adventure movie, beautifully photographed with very interesting commentary. Scary at times considering what these guys are going through. Watch it on a big screen... Do NOT wait till it comes out on DVD.

    9/10paulberner@ - 62 reviews
    8.9.2015 - age: 50+

    4.9.2015 ·

    Name T.B.A.

    Visually stunning, good acting, actually thrilling true alpine adventure. Left on a mountain climbing high.

    9/10paulajoyp@ - first review
    4.9.2015 - age: 50+

    2.9.2015 ·

    Stanko Pecek

    The movie is brutal and way over the top. Good for Owen to branch out of his comedy routine but I don't think this role was a good fit for him. The movie didn't seem realistic and it plays heavily on shock value. It is non stop action and extremely intense if you like that.

    6/10brezovcan@ - 65 reviews
    1.9.2015 - age: 36-49

    1.9.2015 ·

    Michael Tawton

    I saw Jesse Eisenberg in 'American Ultra' earlier this week and loved it. On that basis I went to 'End of the Tour' last night and was bored shirtless. His stiff and nervous performance left me feeling uncomfortable and the pretentious, pseudo intellectual dialogue, stilted and false. Clever juggling of release dates to take advantage of AU's success is a lame way to sell tickets.

    4/10michaelprops@ - 84 reviews
    29.8.2015 - age: 50+

    29.8.2015 ·

    Nancy Afif

    We and the people in the theatre laughed so hard at this movie. It was a real surprise for me. So funny and unpredictable. I havent heard that this is a reboot of an old movie before. But I am so happy I got to see it.

    10/10palomaarts@ - 59 reviews
    23.8.2015 - age: 36-49

    28.8.2015 ·

    Patrick Sullivan

    Super entertaining flick. Tom Cruise doing what he does best, action hero with just enough depth to keep it interesting. Finally we get a really good car chase scene as well. When was the last time we had one of those? Ronin? The Bourne films? The only takeaway is that the original Mission Impossible show had all team members contributing equally so that it all came together perfectly each time. This film is very much an Ethan Hunt show with small supporting contributions from other members. I think it would be better if it were more like Ocean's Eleven with lots of moving parts. Also, the original series had flawless execution by the characters. In this movie, the MIF members make mistakes and goof quite often. Is it because modern audiences don't like being talked down to? They prefer fallible characters in order to identify with them more? I'll have to give this a think-over. Alec Baldwin is good fun as the CIA head and modern-day bureaucrat. The female lead, Rebecca Ferguson, steals every scene she's in. It's almost like they wanted Scarlett Johansson in that role as a Black Widow-type character. I'm not sure why the screenwriters thought adding a couple scenes of a congressional oversight committee would be fun. And the well-documented escapades of Tom Cruise doing or not doing his own stunts is starting to help take viewers out of the action scenes a bit when they are happening. The opening sequence, my stepfather and I just kept discussing if he really did this or not. That's not supposed to happen while watching a film. Lots of good laughs and fun sequences. The last two Mission Impossible entries have both been fantastic. Look forward to more.

    9/10patrick.sullivan@ - 39 reviews
    19.8.2015 - age: 36-49

    26.8.2015 ·

    Yvan Pilon

    First off this is no low budget affair; the action scenes are crisp and the cinematography is eye catching. I had never seen nor heard about the original series (except perhaps as a vague pop reference) My intuition tells me that Henry Cavill hits it dead on, right down to the speech pattern. Good chemistry between the leads. Only downfall was the unremarkable plot line/story.

    7/10rubix@ - 91 reviews
    24.8.2015 - age: 36-49

    25.8.2015 ·

    Kenn Ross

    In some ways it's hard to believe that this film is by the same fella who made the brilliant The Squid and the Whale. Frances Ha was good and quirky and While We're Young was not bad though had a terrible Hollywood ending. I think there is two thirds of a good movie in Mistress America. Some parts were full of forced 'zaniness' (the last part at the house in the country was terrible) In his recent films Baumbach is trying to do Woody Allen and even Woody Allen can't do himself justice these days. (The 'cool' music, the 'mordant' observations... these induced some eye-rolling on my part.) The director ought to take a bit more time between films and get back to some quality work. Maybe the whole auteur thing has gone to his head.

    6/10kennzer@ - 39 reviews
    25.8.2015 - age: 36-49

    21.8.2015 ·

    Joann Roskoski

    Enough jaw dropping cliff hangers to keep you on the edge of your seat. Nice to see Kurt Russell back in action, even without a black eye patch. Even knowing stunts in skyscrapers were computer generated. They were still cool. Nice tribute to Paul Walker at end. Clearly he'll be missed by the Fast and Furious team.

    8/10jroskosk@ - first review
    20.8.2015 - age: 50+

    19.8.2015 ·

    Trevor Babey

    This movie is a first rate example of how to take a TV series and adapt it to the movies. They didn't try and modernize it, it take place in the 60's. They didn't put in the high tech and one chase scene after another as is in most of the James Bond movies. I hope this does well at the box office as I would love to see more of these films made. I am sure I have never given a film a "10" rating and very few a "9". best film I have seen this year.

    9/10a7a68909@ - 52 reviews
    15.8.2015 - age: 50+

    18.8.2015 ·

    Howard Wittenberg

    I was expecting something of the same type of excitement I remember from the tv show so many years ago. I was so very disappointed. The movie was slow, boring, a dumb story with lousy acting. There was nothing to cause me to increase my rating. A complete disappointment.

    3/10howardw2112@ - 53 reviews
    14.8.2015 - age: 50+

    15.8.2015 ·

    Lietha Wards

    Terrible. The team just did not work for me. There was no depth of relationship between the four. Sue was the worst. She always looked so depressed, never smiled, and wth was with her hair? It stuck out all over the place, messy, and in one scene there were three inches of brown roots, then blonde white in the next. (Just goes to show how bored I was if I was noticing hair) Now considering the amount of time they spent devoted to the four key actors, you'd think the script would have had some sort of dynamics between them--but nothing, nadda. Then a five minute fight at the end that had NO meaning. I kept waiting, and hoping that something would spark in the movie, but it never did and I'm a big fan of Marvel. It takes a lot to disappoint me, but this managed.

    2/10lwards@ - 56 reviews
    9.8.2015 - age: 36-49

    11.8.2015 ·

    Lynn Jan

    This was a good movie and I enjoyed it. I suggest people don't read ANY reviews about it, other than if people liked it or not. Otherwise, even reading a line or two of what the movie is about, gives it away. The same courtesy should apply when you see it and talk about it with others. Simply state if you liked it. I recommend seeing it and am happy to have seen it before everyone gives away the story.

    7/10mslynnypooh@ - 67 reviews
    9.8.2015 - age: 50+

    10.8.2015 ·

    Pietro Antoni De Vita

    Having read Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert as an undergraduate is certainly a big bonus for this present Gemma Bovery. One must keep in mind that Madame Bovary is the quintessential supreme French novel of the 19th Century and perhaps of any French literary period. The story is well known, inside and out and it caused a scandal in its day with its then themes of female liberation. The light film becomes a comedic version of the Bovary story, beautifully smart and witty as its great source material. Enjoy the film as it is a smart one, but don't go expecting ludicrous action and ridiculous situations "à l'Américaine."

    7/10pad.operaphile@ - 2450 reviews
    6.8.2015 - age: 36-49