NY Asian 2014 Review: GOLDEN CHICKENSSS, In Which the Third Time Isn't Entirely the Charm

The 2002 comedy Golden Chicken and its 2003 sequel Golden Chicken 2, starring Hong Kong's queen of comedy Sandra Ng, were love letters both to Ng herself, who was given perhaps the greatest showcase committed to film of her formidable... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: PROPAGANDA Is Ultimately Universal

FIDOCS is one of the most important film festivals in Chile, as it's maybe one of the finest venues for documentaries from Chile and the world to be featured and seen in one week. Propaganda is a difficult film, due... More »
  

Review: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Is The Film Michael Bay Was Born To Make

Like the film I'm talking about, this is going to take a bit to get through. My advice for both film and review: Sit back, and enjoy the ride.Transformers: Age of Extinction is, if one wants to rank such things, the... More »
  

Review: NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN, A Haunting Primer On The Nature Of Faith

Faith is a funny thing. Anyone can have it. You don't have to be smart. You can be utterly brilliant. Mature. Immature. It really doesn't matter. The point is that if you have it, it's yours. It literally belongs to... More »
  

Review: SNOWPIERCER, A Singular And Breathtaking Cinematic Experience

Cinema is a medium of motion and if anyone understands this, it appears to be Bong Joon-ho, whose visionary new work is a demented and stunning thrillride. In his first production outside his native South Korea, Bong has delivered his... More »
  

Review: BEGIN AGAIN Reinvents The Movie Musical With A Little Bit Of Street Magic

I know magic when I see it, when I feel it, when I hear it. John Carney's marvelously understated, dexterously graceful Begin Again contains at least three sequences that are absolutely, unexpectedly magical. Frankly, after a single viewing, I'm not... More »
  

Review: HELLION, The Devastating Sounds Of A Family Falling Apart

Dark, brooding, and testy, Jacob is a typical 13-year-old boy. He dreams of motocross racing. He looks after his younger brother. And he ignores his alcoholic father, who is prone to outbursts of anger as he struggles to raise his... More »
  

Review: SIDDHARTH, A Beautifully Tragic Portrait Of India

It is every parent's worst nightmare: You entrust your child to the care of another and when the allotted time for their return arrives, they simply do not. They're just gone and you're left not knowing where or how or... More »
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Review: BELOVED SISTERS Breaks With Its Own Illusion

It's curious that the poster of Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters shows a man, namely the poet Friedrich Schiller, in the foreground while putting the two women who the movie actually focuses on into the background. This alignment is quite misleading... More »
  

Review: YVES SAINT LAURENT Is Saved by Lead Performance

There are two biopics out this year on Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic French women's fashion designer. Considering his importance in French fashion culture, this is probably not surprising (at least that there might be more than one film about... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: LAKE LOS ANGELES, Of Loneliness And Limbo In America

Director Mike Ott wraps up his trilogy of films set in the Antelope Valley of Southern California with this, his beguiling fourth feature, Lake Los Angeles. Getting a lot of mileage out of a simple, near fairy tale like story,... More »
  

Review: JERSEY BOYS, Oh, What a Mess...

I probably went into Jersey Boys with expectations that were too high. That's not to say I expected some grand musical masterpiece, delicately crafted and impeccably told. No, I just wanted a decent popcorn flick about a couple of wise guys... More »
  

Review: Joanna Hogg's EXHIBITION Is An Exceptional 'Scenes From A Marriage'

A three-story modern house is just as much a character in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition as a married artist couple (played by non actors Viv Albertine, of the punk rock band Slits, and artist Liam Gillick) who inhibit it. Equipped with floor... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: Cross-Cultural Mystery MAN FROM RENO Both Delivers And Disappoints

Touted as a thriller leading up to its world premiere last Sunday at the LA Film Fest, Dave Boyle's fifth feature is, in many ways both refreshing and frustrating, far less a typical pulse pounding number, and more a good... More »
  

Review: COHERENCE May Be A Bit Too Clever For Its Own Good

An approaching comet, a cracked cell phone, and a dinner party are the building blocks upon which Coherence is constructed. Very soon, however, Schr√∂dinger's cat, intermittent power outages, and fractured personalities are poured into the mix, followed by a sweet,... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: CUT BANK Balances Expertly On A Razor's Edge Between Thrills And Laughs

It's no easy task to write a crime thriller script that is both tense and comedic. But even when a writer is able to pull it off on the page, an even more difficult task awaits a director to... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: JOSSY'S Playfully Parodies Power Rangers

If you're a regular reader here at Twitch then you are probably aware of one of Japan's fastest rising directors: Fukuda Yuichi. Already a household name in his native country thanks to several TV shows, Fukuda broke out on the... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: UNCERTAIN TERMS, Between Romance And Delusion

We are walking down a serene wooded path. With our back to us is a redheaded girl, her hair in a long, tight braid, her shoulders slumped forward. She's walking through the woods as if she's pondering her very existence;... More »
  

Review: MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN, An Angry, Raw and Chilling Protest Against State Censorship in Iran

Manuscripts Don't Burn, a searingly angry, chilling, and despairing work by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, is a visceral reminder that the ability to express oneself freely, whether in journalistic or creative endeavors, is never something to be taken for granted... More »
  

Review: HELI, Important And Unforgettable, Yet Still Taking The Easy Way Out

In Mexico there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Amat Escalante's third feature Heli. Yes, Steven Spielberg loved it at Cannes and Danny Boyle praised it at the Guanajuato Film Festival, but there's a large group of Mexican critics... More »
  
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