Review: MUSTANG, An Impressive Debut Of A Turkish Woman Filmmaker, Deniz Gamze Ergüven

The school's out for the Summer, but for the 5 luminous protagonist orphan sisters, the indignity of being virgin brides in a 'wife factory' has just begun. After some innocent water splashing horseplay with the boys on the beach, they... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Short Film, Short Review: If You Listen Closely You Can Still Hear Their VOICES

A young newspaper reporter Alonso is sent to investigate police reports of the disappearance of children down a mysterious hole that suddenly appeared in a warehouse. There he bumps into Ramon who describes himself as a "news reporter, journalist, and... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Review: LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS Documents Romance Novel Obsession

So there's this whole entire feature length documentary about the contemporary romance novel, and the women who read them. Make no mistake, they are legion, and they truly eat them up. (Just short of literally!) If the topic sounds unworthy, think... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: DANGEROUS MEN? Enema On Drugs!

Dangerous Men's Iranian born director John S. Rad (Jahangir Salehi Yeganehrad) left only this odd cinematic totem of his existence on earth when he died in 2007, soon after the film's belated (and extremely limited) theatrical release in 2005. While he'd... More »
By J Hurtado   

Review: SPOTLIGHT, A True Story Proves Both Enthralling And Appalling

Consistently gripping, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight tells the true story of an investigation by the Boston Globe newspaper that had far-ranging implications. The film serves as a tribute to the power of the press, as well as a warning sign for... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: ENTERTAINMENT Embraces An Absurdity And Melancholy That Is Extraordinary To Behold

Many would say there are two distinct poles to cinema-going. There are those times when you want something warm and familiar. It's comfort food you can share with your family. Not too sweet or sour, not too heavy. And then... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Short Film, Short Review: Something Lurks Behind That Door In AGRAVOY

A lone figure stalks back and forth in a dilapidated apartment. Through peepholes he watches the woman next door engage with a new male tenant on the same floor. Jealousy boils over and the true nature of their relationship comes... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Review: O DIABO MORA AQUI (THE FOSTERING), An Impressive, If Not Subdued, Debut Horror From Brazil

Three friends - Jorge, Ale and Magu - join their friend, Apolo, at his old farmhouse for the weekend. Old tales tell of a malicious Barão do Mel (Honey Baron) who owned the property during the height of the slave... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Blu-ray Review: SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS From Camera Obscura (Ger)

Camera Obscura is one of the finest cult home video labels that most people have never heard of. Over the last three or four years TwitchFilm has been fortunate to jump on board the Camera Obscura train to see them grow... More »
By J Hurtado   

Short Film, Short Review: The Backwoods Collide In NEVER TEAR US APART

Two young men have driven out to a remote house in the woods. One thinks it is quaint and idyllic. Are these guys lost? Are they at the right cabin? One of them walks up to the window and what... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 Delivers Tense, Bleak Finale

The Hunger Games franchise comes back for one last show in a bleak and tense finale that provides ominous conclusions to the themes it has been building over the previous three films. As a two-part final chapter, Mockingjay bears many... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Blu-ray Review: KWAIDAN, Sensational, Surreal Colors Of An Ancient Japanese World

From the opening moments of 1965's ghostly anthology Kwaidan, the viewer experiences a dissonant display of color and atmosphere matched only by its precisely sparse experimental musical score (courtesy of Takemitsu Toru). Recounting four disparate yet separate classical ghost stories from... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Veers Onto The Formidable MULHOLLAND DRIVE

The beauty of a David Lynch film, particularly in works such as Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway, is that they allow for individual interpretations. Living probable parallel lives, many Lynch characters cry, connive, manipulate, murder, and cheat through their stories.... More »

Review: TRUMBO Hits The Right (Typewriter) Keys

For people who pound away at keyboards for a living, Trumbo is inherently nostalgic, presenting a romantic vision of a life enjoyed by only a few. Slumped in a bathtub to ease his back pains, Dalton Trumbo slaves away, staring... More »
By Peter Martin   

Mar Del Plata 2015 Review: HOW MOST THINGS WORK (COMO FUNCIONAN CASI TODAS LAS COSAS) Blends Social Realism And Indie Quirk In One Of The Year's Finest Debuts

There is a dog in space - Milos the astronaut-dog - manning (dogging?) a probe meant to be bound for Mars but which has gone tragically off course, leaving the world awaiting the sad news that the whole sorry affair... More »
By Todd Brown   

Mar Del Plata 2015 Review: ROAD TO LA PAZ (CAMINO A LA PAZ) Is A Charming, Heartfelt, Deeply Humane Road Movie

Sebastian had no idea how much a wrong phone number could change his life. If he had, he likely would never have answered the phone in the first place. And what a shame that would have been ...When we first... More »
By Todd Brown   

Mar Del Plata 2015 Review: KRYPTONITA Puts A Darkly Satirical Spin On Superhero Conventions

It's just another night as usual for Dr Gonzalez working the graveyard shift in the ER. Another battered young thug left for dead at the hospital doorway, another patient the police make clear they'd prefer not to survive, another in... More »
By Todd Brown   

Review: Isaac Ezban's THE SIMILARS Pays Homage To An Era Of Fear And Paranoia

In an isolated bus station five hours outside of Mexico City a lone man is getting impatient waiting for the next bus to arrive to take him to his wife who is in labor. The bus is well late due... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Review: EVAN'S CRIME, Small But Weighty

Shot in Baton Rogue on a small budget in a short amount of time, the somber new film Evan's Crime is a palpable passion project, the kind of movie that is pushed hard into existence by the sheer will of... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Blu-ray Review: SOME KIND OF HATE Puts A Novel Twist On Slashers

With a healthy festival run that included appearances at the Stanley Film Festival, Fantasia, and FrightFest, along with a limited theatrical run in September, Adam Egypt Mortimer's debut feature Some Kind of Hate has a lot to be proud of.... More »
By J Hurtado   
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