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Review: RIO, I LOVE YOU, A Pretty But Unsatisfying Travel Package

Film franchises aren’t just for the multiplexes anymore, or for movies featuring the likes of Batman, Superman, and the Fast and the Furious road racing crew. The arthouse has them too, and one of the highest-profile ones is the “Cities... More »
  

Okinawa 2016 Review: SPARK, Netflix Plants Their Flag In Japan

Much like they already have in the States, Netflix has been ramping up its local productions in Japan following their launch their last September. Though not their first original Japanese series, Spark (or Hibana), which is based on a popular... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: WE ARE THE FLESH, Lucifer Rising

The budding filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter, a 26-year old from Mexico, emerged with his feature debut at International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year, finished only a couple of days before landing in Netherlands. It wasn't his first visit to... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

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   
  

WE ARE THE FLESH Interview: Emiliano Rocha Minter Discusses His Corporeal And Twisted Debut

Budding Mexican filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter shot a bit twisted, albeit daringly corporeal, feature debut We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la Carne) at the age of 26. Minter showed a promise in his shorts efforts, a promised that did not... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

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   
  

Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See MBA PARTNERS

Jang Tae-yoo, director of the hugely popular Korean drama series My Love From The Star, has teamed up with Chinese stars Aaron Kwok, Yao Chen, Li Chen, Tiffany Tang, Hao Lei and Wang Yibo for a new film about love... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

XLrator Media Picks Up Isaac Ezban's THE SIMILARS For U.S.

Isaac Ezban's love letter to sci-fi films and television shows influenced by the post-war and cold-war eras, The Similars, has been picked up by XLrator Media for U.S. distribution. On the rainy night of October 2, 1968, eight characters waiting... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Now On Blu-Ray: WHAT?, FELICITY, THAT'S SEXPLOITATION, & KUNG FU TRAILERS OF FURY From Severin Films

Severin Films has been very busy over the last several months delivering one stunner after another. In an effort to catch up on the deluge of quality releases, we're offering our opinions in a gallery of their most recent Blu-ray... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

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   
  

Review: PALI ROAD, An Intriguing Thriller That Doesn't Quite Go The Distance

Pali Road, the romantic mystery thriller directed by Jonathan Lim, derives its title from an actual road on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where the film is set. This road is said to be haunted, with many mysterious and unexplainable... More »
  

Nagai Go's Android Hero Returns In CUTIE HONEY: TEARS

Last on the big screen with Neon Genesis Evangelion director Anno Hideaki's live action adaptation in 2004, Nagai Go's hugely popular manga hero Cutie Honey returns with a new adaptation from director Asai Takeshi titled Cutie Honey: Tears. The story... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: SING STREET Tunes Into 1980s Pop Music

“Any guy who says he started playing guitar for any other reason than meeting girls is lying.” That's not an exact quote, but it's the gist of what some rock star once said. I was thinking it was either John... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

STRIKE A POSE: Watch The Trailer For Madonna Dancer Documentary

Directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaans hit something of a gold mine with the subject matter for their documentary Strike A Pose. The Dutch duo gained access to all of the surviving dancers who backed up Madonna nightly on her... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: SACRIFICE Treads Familiar Ground

Bodies of mutilated women, children in peril, distraught mothers and mysterious sects are ripe fodder for horror films, and are tropes that writer and directors return to frequently. As such, with this ground being tred frequently, it's hard to come... More »
  

Moody, Atmospheric Trailer For Ivan Sen's Outback Crime Thriller GOLDSTONE

Australia's Ivan Sen made quite a splash around the world with his 2013 crime thriller Mystery Road - an artfully executed tale of aboriginal detective Jay Swan working on the fringes of 'civilized' society - and he reunites that team... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sadako And Kayako Invite You To Enjoy A Tasty Snack While Turning Off Your Phone

Full marks to the marketing team handling upcoming J-horror ghost versus ghost team up film Sadako vs Kayako - in which the villainous apparitions from the Ring and Grudge franchises go head to head. They've got an inherently goofy premise... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

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   
  

Interview: SON OF SAUL Production Designer László Rajk Talks About Recreating Auschwitz And Working With Béla Tarr

One of the discoveries of the last year was László Nemes' feature debut Son of Saul (read Jason Gorber's review), an immersive Holocaust drama chronicling the daily proceedings of Sonderkommando. Nemes brought home more than 45 awards to Budapest, including... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

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   
  
 
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