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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Retreat' Piles On The Twists, But Doesn't Deliver The Thrills

    Writer/director Carl Tibbetts certainly didn't spare himself any narrative hurdles for his debut feature "Retreat." In fact, one could argue that it's nothing but narrative hurdles. The single setting film tosses together a psychological thriller, marital discord, sexual tension, an airborne virus a...

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Attack The Block' Is The Real Deal Bruv, Believe

    We're just over seven months into 2011, and we've already seen a staggering number of alien-oriented films, and for the most part, they haven't been friendly. In "Battle: Los Angeles" a ragged military crew squared off against the space invaders, while in the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens" Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford will use old-timey western know-how to fight off the creatures from beyond. But there is another interesting trend developing even among this this little niche of films: kids are frequently the ones being called upon to save the day. In J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" best friends and junior high classmates outwit their parents and the mi...

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'The King Of Devil's Island' A Chilly & Compelling Nordic Drama

    Stop if you've heard this before: an overbearing headmaster gets his comeuppance from his students after he pushes them too far, causing a violent uprising and revolt to take place. In literature and in films, variations on this theme have cropped up time and again usually with the same types of characters and signifiers, with the story and pacing playing out to the beat of a very familiar drum. And while on paper, Marius Holst's "The King Of Devil's Island" may seem like a trip down an already well-worn path, the film is a refreshing surprise that offers up a character-driven take on the genre that throws familiar notions of how this kind of...

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    Cillian Murphy Thriller ‘Retreat’ Will Make World Premiere At The Fantasia Film Festival

    Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Will Open The Festival Before Its August Theatrical ReleaseWell, it's the middle of summer right now in Montreal which means the terraces are filled with folks making the most of the warm weather for their cinq a sept and festival season is in full swing, and one of the big...

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