Review: LATE PHASES Aims To Be More Than A Werewolf Movie

A friend of mine is fond of applying the phrase "a wolf in sheep's clothing" to genre films. The theory goes that a good genre flick should have a tried and true "A" genre suit of sheep's clothing, and a... More »
  

Review: V/H/S VIRAL Delivers Another Mixed Bag Of Horror

V/H/S brought us stories from Ti West, Adam Wingard, Glen McQuaid, and Joe Swanberg, among others. V/H/S 2 gave us far superior films from Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez, Jason Eisener, Simon Barrett, and Adam... More »
  

Five Flavours 2014 Review: Handsomely Shot 2030 Sinks Under The Weight Of Its Own Ambitions

Second time Vietnamese helmer Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh makes a come back on the international festival circuit with 2030 (Nuoc), a film that conspicuously defies easy categorization by melding elements of a romantic triangle drama, murder mystery, and eco-conscious sci-fi thriller. Originally... More »
  

SAIFF 2014 Review: X - PAST IS PRESENT Is A Look At Love Through 11 Pairs Of Eyes

We've all done it.We've all sat in the ruins of a destroyed relationship and wondered where exactly we went wrong. We've all become flush at the prospect of a new romance and felt our hearts flutter at the endless possibilities... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Third I 2014 Review: MEET THE PATELS Mixes Modern Love And Timeworn Tradition

Ravi Patel is an actor. He's one of those guys. You know, that guy. The guy who plays a doctor or a lawyer on TV, typical Indian American jobs. He's not setting the world on fire, but he makes a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: BUTTER ON THE LATCH, A Fascinating And Truly Original Work Of Art

One of the most fascinating and fully-formed talents to emerge this year is director, actress, and performance artist Josephine Decker, who now has two accomplished features under her belt. The first, Butter on the Latch, had its world premiere at... More »
  

Review: ROSEWATER, A Disappointing Passion Project By Jon Stewart

It's safe to say that for the last several decades Jon Stewart has been one of the most powerful voices in comedy. Since taking over The Daily Show, his show has been a beacon for popular American political satire, showing... More »
  

Review: BAD TURN WORSE, A Crackling Small Town Thriller

The feature debut from directorial siblings Simon and Zeke Hawkins is a tense and earthy film noir that wears its pulp influences proudly on its sleeve as it weaves a tale of love, betrayal and escape through the underbelly of... More »
  

Review: FOXCATCHER, A Rewarding Look Into A Cold And Strange World

John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the heirs to the vast Du Pont fortune, had it all, it seemed. Wealthy almost beyond measure, he studied and wrote on ornithology and was an avid philatelist, having paid a record (at the... More »
  

St. Louis 2014 Review: THE MAKINGS OF YOU Makes A Noteworthy Debut

Whenever Hollywood comes to St. Louis, Missouri (my hometown) the filmmakers are inevitably bowled over by the architecture, the vibe, and the sheer possibilities the city has to offer in terms of diverse filming locations. In the past few decades,... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: Kurosawa's SEVENTH CODE, More Complex And Thrilling Than It First Appears

Those expecting another genre bending, bone-chilling spectacle from J-horror master helmer Kurosawa Kiyoshi may be a little disappointed with his low-budget, brisk, slow-moving 2013 feature Seventh Code. Without explaining anything, Kurosawa throws the viewer into a story that at... More »
  

Book Review: Shawn Levy's DE NIRO: A LIFE Opens Up The Life And Films Of Robert De Niro

For me, a good writer makes you want to re-watch movies you've seen a dozen times. That's what Shawn Levy does with De Niro: A Life (Crown Archetype, 2014, 600 pages), a new biography that digs respectfully into the actor's... More »
  

Review: FROM INSIDE Rides A Depressing Train Of Thought

(For those who thought Snowpiercer wasn't somber enough...) Cee, a young pregnant woman, sits on a giant train which drives through a post-apocalyptic landscape. Nobody knows if the train's destination still exists, or even if there are tracks beyond the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: HANGAR 10 Is A Found Footage Dud

I got a little excited when I heard that the producers of Creep and Severance (two good films) were involved in a new film from IFC about aliens, Hangar 10. However, that's where my interest ended. Upon watching the film, I can say... More »
  

Review: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Looks Into A Fascinating Relationship

James Marsh's eye for documentary storytelling is a welcome aspect to this biopic about one of the most recognizable scientists to have ever lived. Stephen Hawking is perhaps known more widely for his physical struggles, synthesized voice, and pop culture... More »
  

Review: DIE FIGHTING, An Energetic, Meta Martial Arts Flick

Die Fighting, the latest from martial arts maestros Z Team, also marks the full-length directorial debut of Wushu specialist and choreographer Fabien Garcia, after making the short films Duel, Fantasy Story, and Brothers Forever. It's a nice bit of undemanding... More »
  

Review: HORNS, Sloppy, Rushed, And Undeveloped

"Are you horny?" asks Juno Temple of Daniel Radcliffe in one of the more tranquil moments in this goofy yet sincere adaptation of Joe Hill's (by all accounts) quite good novel, Horns. Two lovers, Iggy and Merrin, lay like Yin... More »
  

Review: THE ABCS OF DEATH 2, Delightfully Weird And Wonderful

It is common knowledge that sequels rarely, if ever, either improve upon or best their original. Which makes the latest addition to the short horror film anthology The ABC's of Death 2 a truly rare, if not totally unexpected, surprise.... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Review: NIGHTCRAWLER, A Modern Masterpiece About Media And Obsession

Soon after seeing this film, I just kind of blurted out what this film meant to me when talking to fellow critics. It may be premature to declare it as such, but what the hell: Nightcrawler is my Network. Sidney... More »
  

Book Review: APPROACHING THE END Brings Us To A New Understanding Of Apocalyptic Cinema

We are living in a cinematic world. It seems that every day that passes it becomes more and more apparent that our experience of the world, how we see it and build our opinions based on it, is being strongly... More »
  
 
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