Kurt Halfyard
Toronto, Canada

Scientist by day, cinema aficionado by night. Film festival addict and family man. Kurt has been writing for Twitch since pretty much the inception of the site and can often be found in rep-houses around Toronto taking his kids to films that are rather inappropriate for their age.

Hot Docs 2016 Review: TICKLED, A Tale From Which It Is Difficult To Squirm Away

Tickled is a documentary about power when one is the 'tickler'. Tickled is a documentary about the sudden whiplash from silly to terror when one is the 'ticklee'. Tickled is David Farrier's investigative reporting magnum opus, a deeply engaging ride-along... More »
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Hot Docs 2016 Review: BROTHERS Says A Lot About Parents

In Aslaug Holm's gorgeously shot documentary on her own children - make no mistake, this is no home movie, but a rigorous 16mm film production by a veteran filmmaker - a recurring image is laundry hanging out on the line... More »
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The Many Faces Of Luis Guzman

This week, the Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele comedy Keanu premieres, and in one of the supporting parts you can see veteran character actor Luis Guzman. And that settled who we would choose this week. For Luis Guzman is an... More »
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TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review LITTLE DOOR GODS

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) watch... More »
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TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review THE BOY AND THE BEAST

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) watch... More »
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The Many Faces Of Patrick Stewart

This week, Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room premieres wide, and is getting rave reviews (like the one by our Ryland Aldrich). And it stars the great, GREAT Patrick Stewart as the evil leader of a right-wing organization. Which settles who we... More »
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TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review LONG WAY NORTH

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) take... More »
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TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review ODDBALL

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) have... More »
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The Many Faces Of Chris Cooper

Among the fine films opening wide this week in North America is Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, which knocked out Jason Gorber (his words). It sure has a stellar cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. We could have picked... More »
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Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch... More »
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The Many Faces Of Holly Hunter

This week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice barges into cinemas worldwide, and say of the film what you want, it's got a fine collection of actors and actresses in it indeed. Still, once we spotted Holly Hunter in there,... More »
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Hot Docs 2016: Twitch Cherry-Picks Titles From Full Festival Lineup

North America's largest documentary film festival just announced its full line-up and schedule. Hot Docs returns to Toronto in its 23rd year, and as per usual, it features a massive number of titles for lovers of non-fiction cinema: 232 features... More »
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Snappy New Trailer For Shane Black's THE NICE GUYS

Writer/Director Shane Black continues to work his particular magic with the buddy comedy formula (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) to great effect. Pair up Russell Crowe's hired muscle with Ryan Gosling's accident-prone private dick and drop in a period... More »
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The Many Faces Of Mathieu Amalric

This week sees the North American release of Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, a film which, as Ben Croll states in his review, is rife with French film clichés, but still "a wonderful, thoughtfully crafted work". And bookending the story... More »
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The Many Faces Of John Goodman

This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's... More »
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The Many Faces Of Alfred Molina

This week sees the North American premiere of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Tina Fey as a journalist in Afghanistan. In his review, Peter Martin says the film is "difficult to categorize yet... More »
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Review: TRIPLE 9, An Accomplished Potboiler

"The monster has gone digital," warns Woody Harrelson in a fashion that only Mr. Harrelson can. As a bedraggled detective cleaning up the mess of a bank manager whose vault was just not only breached in a daylight heist, but... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This year sees quite a number of titles with Jeremy Irons in them. Premiering this week is Stephen Hopkins' biopic Race, about Jesse Owen's historic Olympic win in Nazi Germany, while Ben Wheatley's High-rise (reviewed here) is currently doing the... More »
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Trailer: Sex Finds A Way In The Future Dystopia of EQUALS

A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ryan Reynolds

Normally I use the quiz for an actor I really really like, so that would exclude Ryan Reynolds. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the guy or anything, he just was never something I particularly looked forward to in... More »
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