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Hot Docs 2016 Review: HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE Beautifully Mixes Craft And Emotion

The famous Serenity Prayer of american theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is as follows:  "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Jay... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Seattle Int'l Film Fest Announces Massive 2016 Lineup

The Seattle Internattional Film Fest is just about the biggest film fest around with a whopping 421 films across te 25-day fest from May 19-June 21. The festival is so big they can't even list all of the movie in... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Mass Panic On The TRAIN TO BUSAN! Check Out The Teaser For The KING OF PIGS Director's Live Action Debut!

Korea's Yeon Sang-ho burst on to the world cinema scene back in 2011 with his Director's Fortnight selected animated feature King Of Pigs. And Yeon turned heads not just for the fact that he was directing animation in Korea -... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Frontières@Cannes: Announces Goes To Cannes Work-In-Progress Line-up

As the Frontières Global Domination Tour of 2016 carries on, having already conquered Brussels once again, market director Lindsay Peters and her team are preparing to invade Cannes in a couple weeks. Frontières recently announced a new partnership with the... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Imagine 2016 Review: THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT Hits All Its Beats

(In short: it's like a sad Captain America versus a sad Joker, and it's great!) This year's winner of the audience award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam came from an unexpected direction: Italy. While that country has a rich... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine 2016 Review: I AM A HERO Is Awesome, Gory, And Fun

(Or: how you can do things right by doing nothing wrong, and adding some brains...) It's hard to think of a more tired horror sub-genre than the zombie flick. Due to the popularity of George Romero's Night of the Living... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

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 »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

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 »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: THE LONER Journeys Through A Neon Dreamscape

sounds intriguing on paper: a former child soldier from Iran drifts through L.A.'s seedy underbelly and becomes entangled in a web of crime, violence, and drugs. Heavily influenced by films like Drive and David Lynch's oeuvre -- one of... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

Imagine 2016 Review: Oshii Mamoru Takes NOWHERE GIRL To His Familiar Places

(The movie which can be summed up as "Stay awake, stay awake, stay awake, WHOA!!!) One cannot help but wonder what would happen if Japanese director Oshii Mamuro would ever decide to make a straightforward action film. Whether he is... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

GoEast 2016 Review: In Polish Anthology NEW WORLD, An Immigrant's Life Is A Dilemma-Ridden Conundrum

The year 2015 was a pretty turbulent and tough one for the Old Continent. It seems that Europe landed under the sign of nomad. The socio-ethnographic locomotion of the magnitude displayed in previous years and hastily ham-fisted decisions sprung from... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Tribeca 2016 Interview: Janicza Bravo Talks HARD WORLD FOR SMALL THINGS, As Her Big World Gets Bigger With VR

It is rare to encounter an artist at the beginning of their career and know, innately, that you are in the presence of a master of their form. Janicza Bravo is one such artist, and after five distinct short films,... More »
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: ICAROS: A VISION Creates A Palpable Sense Of Place

Icaros: A Vision is about a white, American woman who -- confronted with a terminal illness -- embarks on a trip for a seemingly indefinite stay at a Shamanistic resort in the jungles of Peru. With a synopsis like this,... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: KICKS, Announcing An Exciting New Talent

Kicks, a film about a hapless teenager who finds himself launched into the Bay Area's violent underbelly after being jumped for his new sneakers, bristles with immediacy, excitement and urgency. It's a remarkably assured, confident movie for a debut feature... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

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 »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Cannes 2016: First Teaser Posters For RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 By Anurag Kashyap

Four years ago Anurag Kashyap took the Cannes Film Festival by storm with his Director's Fortnight entry, Gangs of Wasseypur. That five and a half hour epic went on to cement Kashyap's position as the preeminent Indian filmmaking talent of... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

LA Happenings: RAW Film Festival Gets Fresh With Shorts

From late night restaurants to bookstores and galleries hidden within parks, train stations and other public spaces, Pop-up culture seems to be both a remedy for and proponent of our digital age. It would only be a matter of time... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Tribeca 2016: VR Round-Up

Pretty much every film festival these days has a Virtual Reality component and it's always interesting to see how festivals handle the emerging platform differently. Sundance's New Frontier is on the forefront of VR exhibition but even that stalwart has... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY, A Witty Tale Of Best Friends (And Frenemies) On The Road

One of the key ingredients for a successful film is a good title. And one thing that makes for a good title is one that is perfectly descriptive of the movie within.   Jeff Grace's witty, diverting feature debut Folk... More »
  

New Trailer for THE HANDMAIDEN: Secrets and Lies

Three weeks before its world premiere at Cannes, and a week after the first teaser was posted, there's a new, longer trailer for Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden. While there aren't english subtitles, there is more information to be gleaned as... More »
  
 
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