Phil Brown

Phil Brown
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Phil Brown is a film critic, comedy writer, and filmmaker who can be found haunting theaters and video stores throughout Toronto.
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The Shape of Water Review: Making A Monster Movie Romance 10

The Shape of Water Review: Making A Monster Movie Romance

Guillermo Del Toro used to save his arty genre movies for his subtitled productions and make pure genre nonsense in Hollywood. That split is over. The Mexican maestro’s latest American production...
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Switch) Review: The Block Justice League 5

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Switch) Review: The Block Justice League

They say Lego games are all the same—and they’re right. TT Games’ juggernaut of a pop culture-hopping franchise found a formula at some point in the PS2 era and essentially haven’t...
Five Of The Finest War Films: Five Movies, Five Wars, Five Perspectives 3

Five Of The Finest War Films: Five Movies, Five Wars, Five Perspectives

War. What is it good for? According to the song, absolutely nothing. However, it has been responsible for decades worth of riveting cinema. The War Film is a genre founded on...
The Disaster Artist (2017): Making A Great Movie Out Of The Worst Movie 4

The Disaster Artist (2017) Review: Making A Great Movie Out Of The Worst Movie

Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is possibly the most watched and discussed independent American film of the 2000s. In our irony-obsessed age, that doesn’t mean it’s good though. Far from it. The...
Coco (2017) Review: A Magical Odyssey of Death and Family 2

Coco (2017) Review: A Magical Odyssey of Death and Family

Coco is a Pixar movie. That means it has a formula. There’s a uniquely colourful world featuring an outcast who enters that world on an adventure in order to learn the...
L.A. Noire Review (Switch) 4

L.A. Noire Review (Switch)

L.A. Noire may not have sold in big numbers when it was released in 2011, but it made a mark. Using what was at the time fairly ground-breaking motion capture technology...
Justice League (2017) Review: An Epic Superfriend Mess 6

Justice League (2017) Review: An Epic Superfriend Mess

After months of rumours and reshoots and directorial replacements and CGI-shaved moustaches, Justice League is finally here. Given that comic book nerds have craved this movie for generations, it’s amazing how...
Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review: An Old Timey Mediocre Murder Mystery 2

Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review: An Old Timey Mediocre Murder Mystery

On a certain level, you can’t help but wonder how yet another production of Murder On The Orient Express even exists in 2017. It’s not as if audiences have been begging...
Disney Buying Fox Might Not Be A Bad Thing

Disney Buying Fox Might Not Be A Bad Thing

Yesterday the movie news cycle was hit by a juggernaut of a reveal. Apparently, behind closed doors, Disney has been negotiating to buy 21st Century Fox. The motivations why are obvious....
Thor Ragnarok Review - Thor Gets Good

Thor Ragnarok Review – Thor Gets Good

Despite the glorious success of the MCU over the last nine years, there has always been one franchise that’s been a bit of a slog. Sure, shove Thor into an Avengers...
Jigsaw Review - Some More Saw Silliness 9

Jigsaw Review – Some More Saw Silliness

14 years ago a plucky Australian director named James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring, and the majesty that was Furious 7) created the graphic dismemberment mystery Saw franchise and seven years ago...
Defending The Saw Franchise

Time to Cut the Chains? Defending The Saw Franchise

After a seven-year gap, a new Saw movie is hitting screens this weekend for Halloween. But it’s not screening for critics in Canada. Fair enough. That was true of the last...