Review: SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Where Broken Dreams Go To Die

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, like its sibling film 300: Rise of an Empire, is a sequel few were clamoring for. The first film from 2005 set the tone for these Frank Miller adaptations, strongly graphical with a... More »
  

Review: ROOT (RAIZ) Is Somewhat Literal In Its Symbology

The winner of the Chilean Competition in last year's Valdivia Film Festival, Raíz (Root) managed not only to get chosen to participate in many festivals from Latin America and beyond, but also snagged a Chilean distribution deal, something that doesn't... More »
  

Review: ARE YOU HERE, Still A Work In Progress For Matthew Weiner

As a huge fan of Matthew Weiner's Mad Men, I've been eagerly anticipating his feature film debut, and so was disappointed to hear about the negative critical reaction to You Are Here when it debuted at the Toronto film festival... More »
  

Review: THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING, It's Not Real Until You Try It On Yourself

Michael King does not believe in God. Michael King does not believe in the Devil. Michael has taken it upon himself to prove that any spiritualism is wrong and when he does that, humanity can move on with their lives... More »
  

Review: LOVE IS STRANGE, A Modest And Delicate Tale

Before watching the latest movie by writer/director Ira Sachs, I realized that I'd never seen any of his previous work. After watching Love Is Strange, however, I resolved to see everything he's ever made. My initial impression was that Love... More »
  

Review: TO BE TAKEI Is Okay, By George

George Takei (pronounced Tak-AY, not Tak-EYE or Tak-EEE - and don't you forget it!) has a speech he often gives. It's a formal speech about the persecution his family experienced in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, that briefly... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: MISSION BLUE, A Reflection On A Single Life As A Stand-In For All Life

I am never one to say no to beautifully lit underwater photography, either in grainy 16 mm or pristine HD.  Here there is plenty, but the most compelling image in activist/biopic documentary, Mission Blue, is that of a lone plastic... More »
  

Lima 2014 Review: VIEJOS AMIGOS, A Light, Harmless Comedy About Growing Old

The debut film from director Fernando Villarán, Viejos Amigos is one of the most anticipated local films of the year. For some odd reason, its theatrical run has kicked off on the same week it plays at the Lima Film Festival, which just... More »
  

Review: THE EXPENDABLES 3 Isn't Execrable...Mostly

"It's better than the last one!" Faint praise, perhaps, but given that Expendables films don't aim very high, it's probably praise that will be graciously accepted for The Expendables 3. Probably. It's fair to say the entire Expendables franchise... More »
  

Review: THE GIVER Tells Recycled Story In One Shade of Grey

To say that the apocalypse is the gift that keeps on giving is probably too easy and too predictable in this context, but then again, so too is The Giver. In the current age of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and umpteen... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: WE ARE MARI PEPA (SOMOS MARI PEPA), An Honest Portrait Of Youth With A Dose Of Punk Rock

Mari Pepa is the name of a punk rock band in We Are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa), Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo's extension of his own 18-minute short film Mari Pepa. "Mari" refers to marihuana, while "pepa" is slang for... More »
  

Review: THE TRIP TO ITALY, Very Funny, Yet Overly Familiar

Michael Winterbottom's The Trip was an enormously pleasant surprise. The 2010 UK TV series -- also cut into feature form for the international market -- was built on what appeared to be the flimsiest of premises, featuring British comics Rob... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: FRANK, Close To Being A Masterpiece

All the ingredients are here for me to adore Frank. You've got a quirky premise surrounding a bunch of musical fun, a standout performance by one of the world's best actors, a mix of the somber and the slapstick all... More »
  

Review: RAGNAROK, Monstrous Family Fun, Norwegian Style

Curse you, Indiana Jones! The bullwhip-toting, fedora-wearing, hard-loving professor created unrealistic expectations for all cinematic archaeologists who have followed in his footsteps. Thus, the gentle, mild, soft-spoken Sigurd, a tall and slender family man who is still coping with the... More »
  

Review: COLDWATER, A Potentially Incredible Concept

Shedding light on important issues through the power of narrative filmmaking can be a tricky proposition. The very nature of fictional storytelling can sometimes make the issues brought to the forefront seem less worthy of inspection (i.e.: 'it's just a... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: MARDOCK SCRAMBLE (THIRD EXHAUST), Sleazy Yet Satisfying

(Teenage Hooker Concludes Trilogy... but is she a Killing Machine?) This month, the third and final film in the Mardock Scramble trilogy was released in the United Kingdom. As I have seen and reviewed the first two films (here and... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: DARKER THAN NIGHT (MÁS NEGRO QUE LA NOCHE), An Embarrassingly Bad 3D Remake

The original Más Negro Que la Noche, or Darker Than Night, was written and directed by the late Carlos Enrique Taboada in 1975. Widely considered as one of the most important Mexican horror films ever made, it is everything this... More »
  

Lima 2014 Review: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Differently In TO KILL A MAN

Jorge (Daniel Candia) is a meek, introverted park ranger who spends most of his day alone in the forest. On the way home one night, he runs into a group of thugs led by the neighborhood bully, Kalule (Daniel Antivilo),... More »
  

Review: JIGARTHANDA, A Mini-Meta-Masterpiece Of Madurai Mob Movie Mimicry

Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda is long, juggles multiple storylines, tells complex stories in tiny chunks, is loaded for bear with insider references for Tamil film aficionados that will frequently leave newbs scratching their heads, and is nearly impossible to write about... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Melbourne 2014 Review: LIFE AFTER BETH, A Tame Zom-Com

The ever sardonic Aubrey Plaza stars as Beth, alongside Dane DeHaan's Zach, in this frequently odd but half-cooked zombie comedy from the writer of the excellent I Heart Huckabees. Director Jeff Baena only lends some of his brain to... More »
  
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