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 »
  

Review: GREEN ROOM, Awesome, Smart, Assured And Clever

Some gigs really aren't worth taking. That's a maxim that the members of broke touring punk band Ain't Rights probably haven't heard of and certainly aren't going to adhere to when they get offered $350 to play a backwater skinhead... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Blu-ray Review: ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS Soars Via Criterion

In 1939, that powerhouse year in cinema history so often called its greatest, the indomitable Howard Hawks, made what may well be his most defining picture, Only Angels Have Wings. A nail-biting aviation actioner, Only Angels Have Wings soars on the... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review ODDBALL

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) have... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Watch Now: THE INVITATION TO ARMAGEDDON Is A Jovial, Retro Romp

I'm not up on my steampunk web series just now, but there's one --- The League of S.T.E.A.M. --- that's been entertaining viewers for three seasons. They've got a healthy YouTube following, but I've never seen any of their adventures until... More »
  

Review: In HUSH, A Deaf Woman Is Stalked By A Silent, Murderous Man

Exciting, tense, and stylish, Hush plays like the extended third act of an 80s slasher movie. That's both good and bad. On the good side, the nostalgia factor is strong with this one. The setup is simple: a deaf woman... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: DEMOLITION, Grief, From A Different Perspective

It's fair to say I've become enamoured of one Jake Gyllenhaal of late. Sure, the man has piercing eyes and lovely, bushy eyebrows, but more to the point is the power and poignance he's been bringing to the screen. From... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: THE INVITATION Leads To A Foreboding Night

Before dinner, there is foreboding. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are traveling on a winding, hilly road in Los Angeles, on their way to a dinner party, and distracted, when something happens that is quite upsetting for both... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, Many Will Be Satisfied

Just as Van Halen is a culturally agreeable step down from Led Zeppelin, so too is their respective song “Everybody Wants Some!!” a step down from “Dazed and Confused”. So too then, perhaps appropriately, are the related pair of Richard... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: Gabriel Mascaro's NEON BULL Mingles Naturalism And Sensuality In Brazil

Brazilian helmer Gabriel Mascaro is a keen observer of human behaviors. With his documentary work, such as Housemaids, High-rise, he demonstrated his anthropological tendencies and lent sharp insights into complex Brazilian society while being playful and adventurous with the cinema... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: Joachim Trier's LOUDER THAN BOMBS Goes Off Gently, Beautifully

I can't stress enough that watching Joachim Trier's films is like reading really good books, that he might be the most literary (not in a superficial sense) film director working today. With each new film, Trier and his writing partner... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: FOUR COLOR EULOGY Geeks Out In St. Louis

Replete with angsty real-world male drama and front-to-end pop culture reference-filled dialogue, the modest Four Color Eulogy could be compatible to a Kevin Smith movie, minus that third hook of vulgarity. (Something that is to its credit.) We open on... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: HARDCORE HENRY, A Nonstop Thrill Ride

In some number of years from now when Virtual Reality is finally really here and we're all immersed in first person narratives, we'll look back at Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore Henry and ask, "Were we all really so impressed by this... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  
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