TIFF Review: The Paperboy

Photo credit: Millennium Films

Director: Lee Daniels
Writers: Lee Daniels, Peter Dexter
Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray

In his follow up film to ‘Precious’, director Lee Daniels takes on Peter Dexter’s bestselling novel ‘The Paperboy’. I had a chance to attend the red carpet screening at TIFF where actors Zac Efron and David Oyelowo and director Lee Daniels were in attendance and did a Q&A with the audience after the film.  Continue reading “TIFF Review: The Paperboy”

TIFF Review: Passion

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Writer & Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Paul Anderson, Karoline Herfurth

After a five-year absence, director Brian De Palma returns with an erotic thriller entitled ‘Passion’, a remake of the 2010 French film ‘Love Crime’. ‘Passion’ tells the story of two advertising execs working on a cell phone marketing campaign. Isabelle (Noomi Rapace) develops and ingenious idea only to have it stolen by her mentor and boss Christine (Rachel McAdams). Christine furthers humiliates Isabelle in front of her colleagues pushing her to seek revenge. Continue reading “TIFF Review: Passion”

TIFF Movie Review: ‘End of Watch’

Photo Credit: Open Road Films

End of Watch
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, America Ferrera

Written & directed by: David Ayers

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, ‘End of Watch’ follows two young LAPD officers assigned the streets of South Central LA. Officer Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Officer Zavala (Michael Peña) do the usual routine investigations and street patrols. However, after recovering a cache of weapons and money and later uncovering safe houses belonging to a Mexican drug cartel, they quickly become marked targets. Continue reading “TIFF Movie Review: ‘End of Watch’”