Cannes 2016 Review: THE BFG Showcases Steven Spielberg's Infectious Sense Of Play

Once upon a time Steven Spielberg was the fabulist of our time. Looking at Close Encounters or E.T. or even Jurassic Park and A.I., you could see a sense of wonder and playfulness in his filmmaking, a childlike enthusiasm that... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: PATERSON, Jim Jarmusch's Latest Journey

A driver named Paterson in a town called Paterson played by a man named Driver - the rhyming seems almost too perfect. Yet Jim Jarmuch's latest, a delicate, poetic, often delightful musing on creativity and the art of listening is... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: HOLY HELL, Inside A Cult Without Knowing It

From his perspective, Will Allen loved what he was seeing. A filmmaker from childhood, recent college graduate Allen was ordered to leave his family home after he came out to his mother as gay. In 1985, he fell in with... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: Jeff Nichols' LOVING Is A Minor Key Masterpiece

There may be no more subtle, beautiful and accomplished film this year than Jeff Nichols' Loving. There might also be no film more in need of help being championed, a work surely going to be stampeded in a year where... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Rooftop Films 2016 Review: "This is What We Mean By Short Films," A Wealth of Miniature Gems

Rooftop Films Summer Series 2016 got off to a great start with their opening night presentation, “This is What We Mean By Short Films,” an eclectic and incredibly accomplished selection of shorts, some of which had their New York premieres... More »
  

Review: CHEVALIER, Men In Competition

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE ONES BELOW, Beware The Kindness Of Neighbors

Properly moody, The Ones Below brews up a strong cup of neighborly paranoia. It's a familiar story. Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) live in a lovely flat in a lovely building in a lovely London suburb. Kate... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: ELLE, A Sordid, Provocative Masterwork

Paul Verhoeven is one of the more unique directors in cinema history. As perhaps the most famous Dutch auteur, he's gone from ribald little European films to the biggest of Hollywood bangs, incorporating his unique wit, visual sense and narrative... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, Curiouser And Curiouser

Six years ago, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland caught the early wave of the modern 3D era and became a big financial success, fairly demanding that a sequel would be forthcoming. Now the generally darker sequel has arrived, based on... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Out Now On Blu-ray: A LETTER TO MOMO Looks Neat And Crisp

To say that we're fans of Okiura Hiroyuki is an understatement, to say we wish he'd make more films even more so. While his hands have been all over some of anime's best known classics, and his career includes working... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: Pawan Kumar's U TURN Will Keep You Guessing Until The Last Minute

Indian director Pawan Kumar is one of the most interesting and uncomprimising talents in South Asia today. His last film, Lucia, was the first crowd funded feature to appear from India and its trippy story about the effects of a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: GRADUATION Fails To Engage

Cristian Mungiu's film Four Months, Three Weeks, 2 Days heralded the Romanian New Wave when it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2007. His other features have since played at the festival, and his latest, Graduation, is in competition,... More »
  

Review: Punk Is Alive In THE DAMNED: DON'T YOU WISH THAT WE WERE DEAD

Near the ending of Wes Orshoski’s new documentary The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, guitarist and former bassist Captain Sensible - the wildest/funniest founding member of punk pioneers The Damned -, says that in the late seventies,... More »
  

Cannes 2016 Review: THE NEON DEMON, A Dark, Seductive Symphony

If beauty is fleeting, is there anything more precious than protecting it while it lasts? If all you have going for yourself is the outer shell, to what lengths would you go to in order to keep your specialness? Does... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: THE RED TURTLE Sublimely Tugs Our Strings

Human emotions can be fragile, unpredictable things. However, they can sometimes also be pretty damned predictable. Show someone a kitten and they'll feel an emotional pang. Show a human going through the stages of life from youth to life's logical... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Review: A BIGGER SPLASH Makes A Brazen Dive

"...We got a little lost." Yes, I'll say you did. The former pronouncement comes as two of the four main characters of A Bigger Splash arrive hours late to dinner after an, ahem, exploratory dalliance amid the exotic nearby landscape.... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: KAILI BLUES, The Most Impressive Debut In Years

A country doctor's search for his nephew becomes an unforgettable existential road trip in Kaili Blues, directed by a 26-year old Chinese filmmaker, Bi Gan. It's an ambitious, mesmerizing film that you'd never think it is the work of a first... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: MARGARITA WITH A STRAW, Masterfully Directed And Extremely Clever

Premiering in 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Margarita With A Straw received standing ovations at each of its three sold-out screenings, and it is not hard to understand why.  Dismissing any cliché or heavy handed sentiments, director Shonali... More »
  

Review: NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, A Message To Young Women

A fairly wretched and sloppily assembled sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is too lazy to conjure up anything new for its putative heroes to do. Instead, the focus turns to delivering an oddly mixed message: young women can still be... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: HELL OR HIGH WATER Does Outlaw Justice Darn Right

Bank robbers. Texas Rangers. A sun-drenched landscape. Oil derricks. Tumbleweeds. A loose cannon ex-con. A brother just trying to do the right thing. An aging lawman on the doorstep of retirement. Throw it all in a blender and you're bound... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  
 
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