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Splice Review


Excellent
Sleek and scary, this bio-thriller has plenty of yuckiness to keep genre fans happy, but it layers in all kinds of interesting themes and character details to lift it far above most of these films. And the terrific cast helps as well.

Clive and Elsa (Brody and Polley) are biochemists working for a monolithic pharmaceutical corporation, splicing together animal DNA to find proteins that can treat diseases. When their latest experiment successfully produces Fred and Ginger, a pair of living creatures in a new blob-like species, the company boss (Maicanescu) tells them to now focus on finding something that will make money.

But Elsa continues in secret to create a human hybrid, despite Clive's moral hesitation. Keeping a project like this secret isn't easy, but containing it proves to be the real challenge.

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Black Christmas (2006) Review


Excellent
On a yearly basis, Hollywood tries to profit from the holidays. This year, Tinsletown released The Santa Clause 3, Unaccompanied Minors, Deck the Halls, The Nativity Story, and The Holiday for the seasonal viewing pleasures of families everywhere...

Then -- on Christmas Day -- came Black Christmas, a holiday film for people who were bored as Santa battled Jack Frost and yawned as Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem on a donkey. For audiences like us, there could be nothing more joyous than watching annoying sorority chicks getting diced to pieces on Christmas break by an inbred psychopath.

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Cyberworld Review


Extraordinary
The critique of an IMAX film defies many of the standards against which traditional films are judged, if only because no IMAX picture to date has attempted anything like real storytelling (aside from maybe Wings of Courage, but that's another story). Nevertheless, these are films and it is our responsibility to give them our earnest criticism.

CyberWorld, brought to us in large part by the good people at Intel, is a lush visual trip in the spirit of The Mind's Eye and Beyond the Mind's Eye. In fact, some of the content appears to have been lifted directly out of these films.

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Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning Review


Good
The final leg of the Ginger Snaps series takes us back in time 150 years, where the presumed progenitors of Ginger and Brigitte are found in the Canadian frontier. Oddly, they still sound like valley girls. Anyway, there's a werewolf bite, Ginger gets snappy again, and, well, you know the drill as the body count rises. A mega-prequel is an interesting way to finish things off, but the film is too brooding and comparatively actionless to merit much interest.

Blood & Donuts Review


OK
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.

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed Review


OK
Not nearly as much fun as the original Ginger Snaps, this sequel has Ginger's siter Brigitte (Emily Perkins) on the run from a similar fate at the hands of the local werewolf (and turning into one herself).

Brigitte shoots up with wolvesbane to ward off "the curse," but eventually she's apprehended and thrown into rehab, suspected of being a junkie. They take away the wolvesbane, and all hell breaks loose. Before long, she's escaped with the aid of a mousy resident named Ghost (Tatiana Maslany), as they try to outrun the werewolf on their tail.

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Nothing Review


Excellent
What do you have when everything is gone? Well, nothing of course. Nothing explores nothing with hysterical results. And nothing could be funnier. Er, couldn't be.

Canadian Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher) brings his perverse sense of humor and advanced ability at working with green screens to this quirky flick, a balls-out comedy with an absurd high concept: Two lovable losers (David Hewlett and Andrew Miller), through no fault of their own, find themselves about to be beseiged by IRS agents and the police (for crimes they didn't commit). In a supreme act of silliness, they wish for their troubles to stop. And so they do. Literally. Everything outside their rundown apartment vanishes. Everything! Even the ground and sky disappear, replaced by an endless sea of white in which their home strangely perches.

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Steven Hoban Movies

Splice Movie Review

Splice Movie Review

Sleek and scary, this bio-thriller has plenty of yuckiness to keep genre fans happy, but...

Black Christmas (2006) Movie Review

Black Christmas (2006) Movie Review

On a yearly basis, Hollywood tries to profit from the holidays. This year, Tinsletown released...

Cyberworld Movie Review

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