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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence deliver record-breaking MLK weekend with “Bad Boys For Life”

posted Tuesday, January 21, 2020

by: in Art, Celebrity, Film

As  the “Fresh Prince,” Will Smith, so famously sang in 1997 on his hit album Big Willie Style: “Welcome to Miami – Bienvenidos a Miami!” Yes, the warm city of Miami, Florida, is the natural setting for Sony Pictures’ third installment of the long-running “Bad Boys” franchise as it’s been home to the films’ main […]

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“Underwater” underperforms despite thrilling production and sci-fi homages

posted Tuesday, January 14, 2020

by: in Art, Celebrity, Entertaining, Film

We’re still only in the first half of January so it’s slim pickings at the cinema when it comes to brand new releases but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed with some of the exciting movie magic “Underwater” exudes.  This new female-lead sci-fi/horror release may be heavily inspired by movies like “Alien,” “The […]

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“The Grudge” croaks as the first (and potentially worst) movie of 2020

posted Monday, January 6, 2020

by: in Entertaining, Film

Here we are at the beginning of another year (my fourth year writing The Popcorn Periodical for The BUZZ online), and as we move into a new decade of exciting movie magic, I would like to express how grateful I am to still be reviewing films! Thank you all for reading and sharing your thoughts and […]

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Christmas Watchlist 2019: The twelve most buzz-worthy holiday movies, TV shows & specials!

posted Thursday, November 28, 2019

by: in Art, Celebrity, Entertaining, Events, Film, Television

Season’s Greetings! It’s officially “the most wonderful time of the year!” From gingerbread houses and eggnog to holiday parties and gift exchanges, everywhere you turn this season it’s filled with Christmas-themed winter fun! But after retiring home from the hustle and bustle, who doesn’t want to snuggle up on the couch in their favourite onesie […]

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“Zombieland: Double Tap” is the Halloween movie we’ve been waiting for!

posted Friday, October 18, 2019

by: in Art, Entertaining, Film

A decade after Zombieland became a horror cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. The “Double Tap” in the title is a clever pun referring to “liking” or […]

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Flash Nightclub: A community staple by a community leader!

posted Monday, October 7, 2019

by: in Clubs, Dance, Entertaining, Queer, Toronto

Flash Nightclub is one of Church Street’s most popular venues, and while it mostly delivers a sultry male-only ambiance, Flash is home to an array of eclectic events including the long-running “FML Mondays Industry Night,” produced by MoJo Toronto – the event company I run with my life and business partner, Monty Tayara. Going on […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based, Indigenous Trans actress Kiley May on her first major movie role in “IT: Chapter Two”

posted Friday, September 20, 2019

by: in Art, Celebrity, Entertaining, Film, Queer, Toronto, Trans

Perched atop the worldwide box office sits Pennywise the Killer Clown, a horror genre phenomenon and star of the biggest horror movie franchise of all time – cue maniacal clown laugh! With a 3-hour running time and a controversial opening scene, It: Chapter Two received mixed reviews upon its opening, but despite IT’s shortcomings, this cinematic funhouse […]

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“IT: Chapter 2” is a visceral sequel that floats to exciting new heights with prominent LGBT representation

posted Saturday, September 14, 2019

by: in Uncategorized

The Fall movie season is here and it’s by far one of the most anticipated! Especially in Toronto, where the beginning of September marks the start of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Hoards of celebrities and movie insiders descend on the city to premiere movies and attend galas, but while stars like Joaquin Phoenix […]

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Queer Representation at TIFF – on now until Sept 15. 2019 (Toronto)

posted Friday, September 6, 2019

by: in Uncategorized

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is finally here and this year’s program is chalk-full of festival firsts and anticipated titles – the 2019 schedule features 333 films from 80+ countries across the globe! “2019 marks the first year as Co-Heads of TIFF,” says Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and Executive Director Joana Vicente in the […]

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“Scary Stories” is this summer’s monster mash smash

posted Thursday, August 15, 2019

by: in Art, Books, Celebrity, Entertaining, Film, Toronto

Who among us doesn’t love a good summer scare? And there are so many classic horror stories that either take place in or are released during the summer season, but up until “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” debuted last weekend, the horror genre in 2019 has seen one too many lacklustre sequels and […]

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