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A warrior who follows his singular task to its end, forsaking future and fulfilling his pledge with absolute abandon. Absent any context this might well be a hero’s credo; one that most people would deem admirable and worthy of commendation. Christian Forteski, the central character in “The Horseman” has many of the qualities that are reserved for a larger than life archetypal hero. He possesses a strong sense of purpose, unwavering loyalty and a devotion to his goal that makes failure seem a most unlikely outcome.

Cherished Hong Kong filmmakers Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, and Johnnie To struggle to pool their creative resources in the 2007 heist-gone-awry thriller "Triangle," a feat which is, if nothing else, ambitious. Considering the quality of talent operating behind the camera, you'd expect this sort of movie to pop and sizzle on-screen, regardless of how complicated or contrived its script may be.

Premiering at the Toronto film festival September 14th, "Leslie, My Name is Evil" tells the story of Perry, a conservative engineer, who is chosen as a juror for the Manson girl's trial. He falls in love with Leslie, a former beauty queen and death cult member, when he first sees her and through the trial is confronted by the darker elements of society.

Paddy Considine is one of the better actors that you’ve not heard enough about. “The Bourne Ultimatum”, “Cinderella Man”, “Hot Fuzz” and the fantastic “In America” are all places where you can sample his work. He has a presence that commands the screen without blotting out the other characters, the story, or the situation. Considine disappears into characters without losing his own unique persona and charisma; because of this he subsequently becomes a victim of his own double-edged talent. Even after some big films his name still rings few bells outside of the UK.

This week we take on the twist-tastic "A Perfect Getaway", a film that has the crew split every which way imaginable.

K.C. Bascombe's stylish 2008 action/thriller "Hide" is a great place for anyone to witness flagrant, unabashed Tarantino worship in full swing. The DVD cover even proudly proclaims this fact as if it were a good thing, not realizing that Tarantino has already tackled a similar "Bonnie & Clyde"-esque scenario with Oliver Stone's gloriously over-the-top 1994 epic "Natural Born Killers." Wearing influences so loudly on one's sleeve is never a good thing, especially if you don't have the skill or the talent to replicate the work of your idols.

Well, as I'm sure you've heard by now, Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" passed away today after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home.

Based on reactions I'm witnessing on the various social networks I frequent, responses are decidedly lacking in nuance. Either people are acting as if a close personal relative has died, praising Jackson and ignoring his transgressions, or they're making crass jokes and focusing only on the bad things he's done. It seems to be that way with most things in life these days, and it's a shame.