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 »
  

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   
  

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   
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: ICAROS: A VISION Creates A Palpable Sense Of Place

Icaros: A Vision is about a white, American woman who -- confronted with a terminal illness -- embarks on a trip for a seemingly indefinite stay at a Shamanistic resort in the jungles of Peru. With a synopsis like this,... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

Review: THE DRIFTLESS AREA, A Metaphysical Marvel

We humans often like to think of ourselves as creatures of habit. It helps to compartmentalize our world, making order out of chaos. As someone who operates quite often from his head, habits are important. Writing movie reviews, attempting to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: KICKS, Announcing An Exciting New Talent

Kicks, a film about a hapless teenager who finds himself launched into the Bay Area's violent underbelly after being jumped for his new sneakers, bristles with immediacy, excitement and urgency. It's a remarkably assured, confident movie for a debut feature... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review LITTLE DOOR GODS

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) watch... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Okinawa 2016 Review: Miike's TERRA FORMARS Is A Sloppy, Silly Bug Hunt

Miike Takashi’s live-action adaptation of Yu Sasuga’s popular manga series is a star-studded affair but stretches a wafer thin plot to breaking point. The high concept sci-fi adventure quickly descends into a repetitive series of violent scuffles and bizarre mutations... More »
By James Marsh   
  

LA Asian Pacific 2016: THE UNBIDDEN, Ambitious And Unnerving Frights

A woman sleeps alone at night. Her bed sheets begin to move, awakening her. Is she imagining things? Or is she under attack by a supernatural creature? Quentin Lee's ambitiously unnerving The Unbidden refuses to play by the rules for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY, A Witty Tale Of Best Friends (And Frenemies) On The Road

One of the key ingredients for a successful film is a good title. And one thing that makes for a good title is one that is perfectly descriptive of the movie within.   Jeff Grace's witty, diverting feature debut Folk... More »
  

Review: MEN AND CHICKEN, The Ones We Love

Anders Thomas Jensen has reunited with long-time collaborator Mads Mikkelsen for Men And Chicken, an utterly strange, absurdist film that revels in Dr. Moreau-type conventions and the awkwardness of long-lost family, as well as the family that can seem more like... More »
  

Tribeca 2016 Review: HOLIDAYS Celebrates Fun Genre Filmmaking Any Day Of The Year

Any good horror anthology usually starts with a solid linking concept. It could be a wraparound or theme or even just the whole alphabet. In Holidays, the concept was pretty obvious. It's also pretty genius. Get a bunch of talented... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Dallas 2016 Review: SPAGHETTIMAN, How Superheroes Get Paid

Who else but an indie filmmaker would look at a bowl of spaghetti and a paper bag and think, 'I can make a superhero movie out of that!' A fun, imaginative, daringly low-budget affair, Spaghettiman is propelled by enthusiasm and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, A Snappy, Witty Beatdown

When it comes to the major comic book tentpoles that are being shuffled out with increasing regularity, some viewers have grown a little tired of the city-destroying carnage that has marked many of their climaxes. Marvel, one of the biggest... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: In FAN, Shah Rukh Khan Desperately Seeks Himself

The Bollywood film industry is a notoriously incestual beast. Film culture is so much a part of the Indian psyche that films are referenced and cross-referenced across all forms of communication from the visual and performing arts to political discourse... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Dallas 2016 Review: DAYLIGHT'S END, An Action-Packed Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

One of my favorite films of 2010 was William Kaufman's Sinners & Saints, a low-budget thriller with a great leading man (Johnny Strong) and brilliant action scenes. This year, Kaufman and Strong have teamed up for another movie called Daylight’s... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Blu-ray Review: David Lean's BRIEF ENCOUNTER Is A Sparkling Affair

Made in 1945 immediately prior to his Charles Dickens double-whammy of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, David Lean's Brief Encounter remains a handsome bastion of romance on film - a kind of British Casablanca, albeit on a much smaller scale.... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Review: HOSTILE BORDER, A Reversal Of The Immigrant Experience

Claudia (Veronica Sixtos), 22 yeards old, is a pocha, slang for a Mexican who has left their country (mostly for the U.S.), turned their back on their culture, and can't speak Spanish. Claudia's just fine with living abroad, until she... More »
  

Review: WEDDING DOLL, A Smile That Speaks Volumes

When Hagit smiles, it's unabashed. Her face lights up. Her countenance is contagious. How could you not love a smile like that? Here's the thing: when children smile like that, we're touched. When adults smile like that, we wonder what's... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: 13 CAMERAS Sees Into Your Nightmares

Formally called Slumlord when it played festivals like Fantasia and FrightFest last year, the weird indie film now known as 13 Cameras will be out on VOD and theatrically on play April 15th. It's the directorial debut of Victor Zarcoff; while the film... More »
  
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