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Left Behind: The Movie Review


Unbearable
Based on the best-selling novel, Left Behind is the latest in an assembly line of Evangelical thrillers from Cloud Ten Pictures. Considering the success of The Omega Code, there's a surprisingly large audience of zealots who dream of screening films with "spiritual value" nationwide. And apparently, all that hard work is paying off.

Let readers be warned in advance, if you're part of the camp which tries to catch the "so bad it's good" movies filmcritic.com cheerfully slams on a weekly basis (and I mean you, Battlefield Earth), do yourself a favor and avoid Left Behind. Even if your interest is akin to mine, approaching the entire affair as a postmodern joke, your contribution is paving the way for more of this generic, Bible-thumping crap. With this kind of marketing campaign, every dollar counts.

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Left Behind II: Tribulation Force Review


Unbearable
Remember how all the faithful vanished in Left Behind? Well, they're still gone in Left Behind II, which is somehow even worse than the original film, although we are all out of room on the ratings scale to actually go any lower. I doubt of course that this review will sway anyone determined to see the film, but I'll try any way. It's an ultra-low budget affair, filled with cornball dialogue, impossible plot points, and atrocious acting. The story has the Left Behind survivors dealing now with the rise of the Antichrist (Gordon Currie), who's actually the head of the UN, determined to, well, do whatever it is the Antichrist does during the end of the world. Will Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron) stop him? (He is a journalist, after all!) Rest assured, there's at least one more Left Behind movie already in the can and at least 12 books in the series...

The Dark Hours Review


Excellent
Director Paul Fox turns in a creepy and impressive little thriller with this Canadian indie, which grabs you from the start and keeps its energy level going until the finale.

Samantha Goodman (Kate Greenhouse) is a psychiatrist at the local looney bin. But she's harboring a secret: A monster brain tumor that doesn't look so good. Shortly after the revelation she heads out for a weekend with her husband (Gordon Currie) and her sister (Iris Graham) -- an odd trio, and one that just gets stranger as their first evening wears on. Soon Samantha is starting to hallucinate, thanks to that tumor. And so we're left to wonder how much of what transpires is real.

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Left Behind: The Movie Review


Unbearable
Based on the best-selling novel, Left Behind is the latest in an assembly line of Evangelical thrillers from Cloud Ten Pictures. Considering the success of The Omega Code, there's a surprisingly large audience of zealots who dream of screening films with "spiritual value" nationwide. And apparently, all that hard work is paying off.

Let readers be warned in advance, if you're part of the camp which tries to catch the "so bad it's good" movies filmcritic.com cheerfully slams on a weekly basis (and I mean you, Battlefield Earth), do yourself a favor and avoid Left Behind. Even if your interest is akin to mine, approaching the entire affair as a postmodern joke, your contribution is paving the way for more of this generic, bible-thumping crap. With this kind of marketing campaign, every dollar counts.

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waydowntown Review


Weak
"It's sucking my will to live!" quipped Garth of Wayne's World. Now, is that corporate America's fault, or our insistence of living in the closeted environment of our careers instead of acknowledging the outside world? How long could we go through the same corridors, talking to the same exact people, day in and day out, without losing our mental faculties?

Tom (Fabrizio Filippo), Sandra (Marya Delver), Randy (Tobias Godson), and Curt (Gordon Currie) are, possibly due to boredom, in the midst of a bet to see who can survive the longest without leaving the corridors and buildings that connect their downtown area. A month's worth of salary is at stake to prove their stubborn will surpasses their peers. What helps is that most of the area near their office is connected to life's necessities though passages that join one building to the next. Hence, they are able to go home at night, eat food at the mall, and so on without having to actually encounter the great urban outdoors.

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Blood & Donuts Review


Weak
Oh, those darned Canadians! Who would think to put a vampire movie in a donut shop!? 25 years after "going to sleep in a bag," our nightcrawler Boya (Gordon Currie) decides to wake up, whereupon he gets into all kinds of trouble with a local cab driver, two bumbling cops, a bowling alley owner (played by David Cronenberg!), and a waitress at the aforementioned donut shop. How any of this fits together, what it has to do with anything, and why someone thought it would make a good movie is all beyond me, but the few very dry and wry comedic touches make it, well, more fun than having someone suck out your blood.

Waydowntown Review


Good

A tremendously inventive, ironically relevant big-city-office dark comedy, the sardonic but whimsical "waydowntown" is a sign of our times in workaholic Western society. About a quartet of friendly office rivals who all live and work in an interconnected, high-rise office-mall-apartment complex, the movie begins a few weeks into a bet they've made to see who can stay sane the longest without setting foot outside -- and every one of them is about to crack.

Even with a month's salary at stake and the only the mall to provide amenities like food (and more importantly coffee), none of these young drones thought the others would last this long. Arrogant, insolent hipster Tom (Fab Filippo) has been getting through the days by picking on a suicidal nebbish cubicle mate (Don McKellar), flirting with mall shoppers, visiting his car in the parking garage to get stoned and hallucinating (?) an amateur superhero flying around downtown Calgary, where the film takes place.

Professionally ambitious but trod-upon Sandra (Marya Delver) has been assigned to keep an eye on her elderly kleptomaniac boss, which keeps her harried, high-strung and too busy in the mall to get any work done. Randy (Tobias Godson) escapes ennui by inventing animal nicknames for other worker-resident denizens, and Curt (Gordon Currie) is a cad who spends his time trying to get into the pants of an emotionally fragile co-worker.

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