TIFF Kids Talk Film: ANINA, An Animated film about Palindromes and Empathy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. A highly stylized animated feature from Uruguay which examines childhood conflict called ANINA.  The eponymous little girl with the palindrome name has an evocative imagination that... More »
  

Imagine 2014 Review: THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA Is A Cute And Clever Hybrid

(When Charles Manson met the Carpet-Bag-Monster...) Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a documentary? It's... The Creep Behind the Camera! One of the World Premieres at this year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, The Creep Behind the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

DVD Review: Don't Send Your Kids To CAMP DREAD

Eric Roberts plays Julian Barrett, director of a fictional 80s horror trilogy "Summer Camp". Barrett is hoping to reignite his career by rebooting the franchise as a reality television show. He auditions at-risk young adults, who, for various reasons, are... More »
  

Review: PATAGONIA OF DREAMS Gets The Period Right, But The Looks Wrong

Chilean cinema has been the talk of the town in film festivals lately. That's notably the case since Sebastián Silva managed to make not one, but two films with Michael Cera, as well as the selection of Pablo Lorrain (director of... More »
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: THE HOUSE OF MAGIC Review

Twitch's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFFKids film festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema.  Willem (Age 11) and Miranda (Age 9) kick off these video micro-reviews with the French/Belgian animated 3D CGI film The... More »
  

Review: Blame It On RIO 2

If kids entertainment in the 90's taught us anything, it's that recycling is an essential aspect of environmentalism. So I suppose we should be applauding Blue Sky Studios in their success at recycling so impressively many of that era's tropes... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: DRAFT DAY Fumbles, Repeatedly

A lethargic version of Moneyball that has been licked clean by the official approval of the National Football League, Ivan Reitman's Draft Day is a kitten desperately pretending to be a lion. The film plays like a 109-minute commercial, advertising... More »
  

Review: THE RAILWAY MAN, Confused And Emotionless

Japan's involvement and subsequent denial in its atrocities of World War II has always been a difficult point to convey. The Railway Man, which is based on the incredible true account of soldier Eric Lomax, attempts to tell this story... More »
  

Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Brings A Cosmopolitan Maturity To The Ailing Vampire Genre

Detroit is the new Transylvania in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully detached vampire reverie Only Lovers Left Alive. The film manages to build significantly upon and outdo Neil Jordan's recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent... More »
  

Review: OCULUS, Mirror, Mirror, Dark And Twisted

Of all the things remarkable about Oculus, and there are many, it's that this is a slow burn film with a deliciously creepy mood, yet at the same time it remains exhilarating throughout. The fact that a "creepy mirror" film... More »
  

Review: JOE Paints A Searing Portrait Of Rural Torment

Nicolas Cage has enjoyed a varied career, to say the least. From big budget blockbusters to notable indies, many would call his decision making curious, if not downright bizarre. In a lot of ways, this echoes the directing choices of... More »
  

Review: CUBAN FURY Shakes Some Good Moves, But Falls A Bit Flat

Romantic comedies have hit a bit of a slump in recent years, at least ones from big Hollywood and UK studios. The same patterns, cliched images, characters, and formulas have become predictable and dull. And in many ways, Cuban Fury... More »
  

Review: I WISH I KNEW Is Jia Zhangke's Wonderful Ode To Shanghai

Shanghai's emergence as the commercial and financial center of mainland China has obviously got a lot to do with the whole country's gradual and enormously impressive transformation, but in order to comprehend what really happened over the course of years... More »
  

Hong Kong 2014 Review: THAT DEMON WITHIN Has Problems Throughout

Hong Kong's reigning champion of pyrotechnic mayhem continues to move outside of his comfort zone with the psychological crime drama That Demon Within, but the results fail to hit the mark as poor plotting, loose direction and an increasingly preposterous... More »
  

Dallas 2014 Review: WORDS AND PICTURES, A Rivalry In Search Of A Romance

In my youth, a cigarette company advertised their product with the tagline, "What do you want, good grammar or good taste?" It was a false analogy, of course -- the correct answer is, "Why can't I have both?" -- yet... More »
  

Review: For Gina Carano, Fighting Bad Guys Is IN THE BLOOD

Survivors have scars. Losers have funerals. That is an example of the sage advice that Ava's father, an outlaw in his own right -- played with the neck straining vigor that only Stephen Lang can deliver -- gave her as he... More »
  

Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Gives A Frustratingly Accurate Portrait Of Our Image Of Donald Rumsfeld

A snow globe shaking back and forth, little white flecks - snowflakes - swirl and obfuscate whatever is in the globe. Oh my, what a loaded image. It is one of the chief ones Errol Morris employs in The Unknown... More »
  

Review: NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME II Brings The Pain...

The day after I reviewed Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac Volume 1, as spoiler-free as possible, I ran back to the cinema for the premiere of Nymphomaniac Volume 2, and this leaves me in a rather uncomfortable spot for reviewing it.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: GOODBYE WORLD Waves Farewell In Fantastically Entertaining Fashion

Man has always been fascinated with the end of the world, but filmmakers seem extra intrigued recently, with World War Z, It's A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling the... More »
  

Review: ALAN PARTRIDGE Keeps The Stakes Low And The Comedy Hilarious

The highly anticipated big screen debut of Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge arrives in Alan Partridge a blissfully straightforward and outrageously hilarious comedy that finds the titular character caught up in a hostage situation at the local radio station in Norfolk... More »
  
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