Review: CONCUSSION Strikes A Blow In Spite Of Itself

A more cynical filmgoer would likely say that there's a lot wrong with Concussion. And that opinion would not be incorrect. But that said, a longer look at it under the microscope might just reveal a thing or two.Sometimes an... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE REVENANT, An Admirable, Handsome Failure

It begins, as you might expect, with a sweeping shot that's equal parts glorious and gratuitous. For The Revenant isn't just some run-of-the-mill flick, this is Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's latest flick, a follow up for his much-lauded Birdman.... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: JOY, An Ode To It

It's been a year of joy at the cinema. The emotion has run the gamut of characters bearing the name to varying degrees of metaphor, from Pixar actualization in Inside Out to the walled-in repression of Brie Larson's character in... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE HATEFUL EIGHT Takes Its Show On The Bloody Road

Quentin Tarantino is keeping count. Of his own filmography, that is. He has been for some time. On the poster for 2003's Kill Bill: Vol. 1, he prominently touted it as his 4th film. Seeing, however, that that 4th film was... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: YOUTH... Without Youth

The older one gets, the less anything matters. So goes the observed mentality of the two main characters of Youth. Wealth is evident, opulence is everywhere, yet the souls of these people have only grown increasingly wanting. So wanting that that... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: ANGUISH, Horrifying And Heartbreaking

Sonny Mallhi's directorial debut Anguish opens with Lucinda and her mom driving home. The conversation is strained, as conversations with budding teenagers tend to be. Shockingly, it is a conversation that comes to a tragic and sudden end. We then join... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: SON OF SAUL, A Unique Holocaust Horror Story

Son of Saul has two obvious strikes against it. It's a handheld, close POV movie, usually the sign of filmmakers too austere to pick up a tripod, eschewing good framing in favour of shakycam "grit." Then there's the subject... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, A Blast Of Fun

A few hours ago I saw a new Star Wars film. This wasn't ever something I had planned for. We always knew, back in '80, that there were three untold episodes. The connective tissue was there to tell Annikin's... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: DREAMS REWIRED Reimagines Better Living Through Technology

Directed by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, Dreams Rewired is a fascinating historical reflection of our obsession with connectivity. Appropriating old world technology to draw the parallels to our own, the post-NSA era society where files can be... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: HEART OF A DOG Will Work Its Way Into Yours

Laurie Anderson isn't a filmmaker. But, you'd never know it. Sure, she's made a film or two over the years, but really, she hails from the fine art world, where she's enjoyed considerable success as a performer and musician. Now, Anderson... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE BIG SHORT, Hey Stupid, Watch This Movie

Adam McKay's The Big Short quickly and stridently establishes a superior, condescending tone as it aims to mythologize a few men who were smart enough to recognize that a huge downturn in the housing mortgage market was looming in the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE TIGER, A Gory, Gorgeous Battle To The Death

Following the record-breaking success of Roaring Currents, Choi Min-sik returns to screens in another big-budget period epic, this time hunting down the last Korean tiger (as opposed to the last tiger in Korea, because this feline clearly has a national... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: STINKING HEAVEN, Everything Rotten Is Good

We all live by rules. Whether they are personal choices to undertake or those put upon us by work or family, we live by them. But sometimes those rules can destroy us.Nathan Silver's fifth feature, Stinking Heaven, takes place in... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: LUNA DE MIEL (HONEYMOON) And Its Twisted Views On Love And Survival

Isabel lives across the street from Jorge, a doctor who lives alone in an immaculate home. To say that Jorge is infatuated with Isabel is a bit of an understatement. When Luna De Miel (Honeymoon) opens we see that Jorge... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: THE HIMALAYAS Swaps Snowflakes For Tears

For those looking for an expedition drama, be warned that despite its title, The Himalayas is first and foremost a melodrama. One concerning brotherhood, family and, above all, coping with grief. Himalayan expedition films seem to be in vogue at... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Blu-ray Review: Stephen Norrington's DEATH MACHINE, An Uncut Blast Of 90's Cyperpunk Horror

The '90s were a terrible era for a lot of things. Popular music? Check. Awful fashion? Double check. Horror movies? Well, let's look at one of those...Death Machine is the brainchild of Stephen Norrington. Norrington would later go on to... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: KRAMPUS, Elevating From Bad Holiday Cheer To Genuine Horror

Slowly ramping up to a full-blown, charged-up holiday horror movie, Krampus proves that filmmaker Michael Dougherty is more than a one-trick pony. More contained and more serious than Trick 'r' Treat, Dougherty's feature directorial debut, Krampus is rocky at first... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Blu-ray Review: Akira Kurosawa's IKIRU To Live Again On Criterion

In the early '50s, Akira Kurosawa had the kind of career-high back-to-back film projects that few filmmakers could even approach, much less compete with. With Ikiru (1952) followed by Seven Samurai (1954), Kurosawa made his two best works. The latter... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Vincent Price on Blu-ray: THE OBLONG BOX And HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS From Kino Classics

Vincent Price is among my very favorite actors. His incredible charm on screen, even in the most hideous of performances, is undeniable and rarely lets me down. This time around I'm taking a brief look at two of the more... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: CHI-RAQ Aims To Put Gun Violence To Bed

Spike Lee is making some noise, and he wants to make absolutely sure that you hear it. After a solid decade, or longer, of slowly sliding into a plane of cultural irrelevance that the outspoken filmmaker is simply not suited... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  
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