Archive for August, 2015


The Missing Girl tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he’s hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn’t missing and the discovery that it’s never too late for late bloomers.

Bleak Street plunges us deep into the darkest shadows of Mexico City, where the everyday struggles of three families tragically converge.

The 2009 deaths of fraternal wrestlers La Parkita and Espectrito Jr. made headlines all over Mexico. These miniluchadores — little people who function as mascots for their hulking counterparts — were drugged by two women in a Cuauhtémoc hotel. The women only meant to knock out the brothers and take their money, but the doses were misjudged, and the robbery turned into murder.

Partially inspired by Paul Bowles’s story “A Distant Episode”, ‘The Sky Trembles…’ charts a mysterious transformation from observational making-of to inventive adaptation, shot against a staggering Moroccan landscape.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

Omar Khadr: child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? The 28-year-old Canadian has been a polarizing figure since he was 15.

After spending nearly half his life behind bars, including a decade at Guantanamo, Khadr is suddenly released. Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with Khadr during his first few days of freedom in Edmonton, where he was released on bail on May 7, 2015.

This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the center of one of the first U.S. war crimes trial since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s. Khadr is the only juvenile ever tried for war crimes. Guantanamo’s Child gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera, for the first time. Based in part on Michelle Shephard’s authoritative book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary takes us from his childhood traveling between a Canadian suburb and Peshawar at the height of the jihad against the Soviets, to Afghanistan and the homes of Al Qaeda’s elite, into the notorious U.S. prisons at Bagram and Guantanamo Bay and back again to Canada.

Finally, his story, in his own words.

After an international auto theft sting, a dimwitted detective Do-chul is treated to a night club where he meets Sun-jin Group third-in-line, Tae-oh, whose rude behavior rubs Do-cul the wrong way. Convinced Tae-oh is a drug addict, Do-chul tries to investigate, but is stopped by his boss. Meanwhile, Tae-oh runs into Mr. Bae –a truck driver that helped Do-chul with his auto theft case- and his 9-year old son, protesting to get his overdue wages. After being humiliated and beaten for Tae-oh’s amusement, Bae is hospitalized but his son finds Do-chul’s business card and calls for help. Do-chul feels responsible and so decides to get Tae-oh, no matter what it takes and no matter how much Tae-oh tries to sabotage him.

Shane is a smart, popular Anishnabe teenager who dreams of leaving his northern Ontario reserve to go to live in the city with his secret boyfriend David, and go to University. When his sister Destiny takes her own life, Shane’s world falls apart. His mother Jackie shuts herself inside the house and loses her job, leaving Shane to take care of her. Before long, Shane discovers that without any income, the only way to pay for the reconstruction of their collapsing roof is to sacrifice the money saved for his education. Now, Shane has one month to find ten thousand dollars or be forced to choose between his family home, and the future he’s been dreaming of.

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A dishonest businessman asks rich layabout Craig Blake (Jeff Bridges) to help him buy a gym, which will be demolished for a development project in Alabama. But after spending time with weightlifter Joe Santo (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and gym worker Mary Tate Farnsworth (Sally Field), Craig wants out of the deal. The property negotiations turn ugly, causing a brawl at the gym and a spectacle at a big bodybuilding meet, as Craig learns that it’s not easy to turn your back on fair-weather friends.

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Left alone after a family tragedy and afraid of being insti­tu­tion­al­ized, Eugene (Dylan Harman) takes inspiration from his favourite children’s book — where the hero sets out in search of the end of the rainbow — and heads out into the wide world by himself.

While Eugene encounters a string of friendly eccentrics on his travels — including a hermit (Nicholas Campbell) who teaches him the ancient art of divining, and a faded punk rocker (Julian Richings) who goes to comic lengths to teach Eugene how to pick up girls — not everyone he meets is quite so pleasant. An avuncular middle-aged man who rescues Eugene from a rainstorm and takes him home to meet his daughter, who also has Down Syndrome, turns out to be far from wholesome, and there soon prove to be even worse characters out there. But no matter the situation, Eugene is saved and protected by his disarming openness, his resilience, and his determination both to reach his destination and to prove that he’s capable of caring for himself.

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers acquaints us with the personal side of such a mission, focusing on five Muslim policewomen from Dhaka, Bangladesh who are part of a unit sent to maintain peace in the wake of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Their training is inadequate, to say the least. Adding to the volatile situation are the local perceptions that the UN has overstayed its welcome, and that foreign troops are responsible for the cholera epidemic that has been killing Haitians by the thousands since the earthquake.

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