Santiago 2015 Review: LA MEMORIA DEL AGUA (The Memory Of Water) Packs A Dark Emotional Punch

Matias Bize has made films worthy of praise in his career, starting with his first feature Sabado, filmed in one shot with a camcorder for a little over an hour, about a wedding and a woman who tries to get... More »


The newest model in the Transporter series is much the same as the previous versions, only with less wit and less cohesive action sequences. Not that the first three films were exactly paradigms of wit and cohesive action. Back in... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: DRAGON BLADE, Thrilling Fights And Beautiful Shots, Yet Sentimental To A Fault

Daniel Lee's war drama suffers from too much naivety that cannot be counterbalanced by its technical qualities. Grossing more than $50 million only a few days after its release in local theaters, the Chinese blockbuster revolves around the "true" story... More »

Review: BLIND, A Stunning, Sensitive Ode To The Lonely

What we see: A street in Oslo, Norway. A dress shop. Pedestrians stream on by. Standing inside of the shop is a German Shepard. It Barks. Spittle hits the window. Pedestrians stream on by. What we hear: A woman's voice,... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Book Review: THE ART OF SATOSHI KON Makes You Crave More

(Did you know there were Perfect Blue Trading Cards? Neither did I...) Me being a fan of anime director and artist Satoshi Kon isn't exactly a secret. I was very much shocked by his death five years ago, first because... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Review: A WALK IN THE WOODS, Robert Redford Smiles And All Is Right With The World

In the altogether pleasant A Walk in the Woods, Robert Redford smiles and cracks wise as he hasn't done on screen for many years. It's a marvelous, if wrinkly, sight to behold. The movie, an adaptation of Bill Bryson's 1998... More »
By Peter Martin   

NecronomiCon Providence 2015 Review: INNSMOUTH Is Short But Shocking

This year, it's 125 years ago that H. P. Lovecraft was born, and though the writer died in 1937, his influence and popularity have not diminished one bit over the last few decades. Literally suffering from a Fantastic Fear of... More »
By Ard Vijn   

FrightFest 2015 Review: A FAVOR Engenders Favour

One of our own, the incorrigibly wicked Izzy Lee, is back with another macabrely mirthsome short film - A Favor - which just screened at no less a "dark heart of cinema" than FrightFest. Though I have only seen Lee's most... More »
By Stuart Muller   

Review: HANNIBAL Says Goodbye

I woke up at 4:39 this morning, thinking of Hannibal, the man, the series, and the serial killer, awash in blood and viscera. Through three seasons of Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen has redefined the character created by novelist Thomas Harris. The... More »
By Peter Martin   

Sidewalk Film Fest 2015 Review: THREE FINGERS, A Powerful Engagement With Trauma

While the average person in the United States might be familiar with the illness known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its prevalence among war veterans, it is arguably an 'invisible' illness (unlike the loss of a limb, for example)... More »

Review: NO ESCAPE Shows Us The Asia That Americans Should Be Afraid Of

Asia is terrifying. With its obscure languages, stifling humidity, tropical foliage, peculiar deities, dubious military regimes, weird food and proximity to historically hazardous war zones, American citizens would be insane to go near any part of it. The only Westerners... More »
By James Marsh   

Review: Z FOR ZACHARIAH, A Gem Of A Film

The premise is beautiful in its elegant simplicity - a woman is left alone in a world that has befallen a catastrophe. Her solitude is interrupted when a man appears, unsettling her life and making radical changes to her situation.... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: TURBO KID, Made With The Right Kind Of Secret Ingredient

(Gory equals glory with lots of guts!) Saying Turbo Kid is Mad Max on BMX-bikes may be a quick description, and not exactly misleading, but it's also selling the film a bit short. For starters it fails to show Turbo... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Review: QUEEN OF EARTH, Another Promising Effort By A Fearless Director

Alex Ross Perry is a more than promising young director. He courageously combines intimacy, humor and a sense for cinematic language and form. Nevertheless, his latest, Queen of Earth, is a step back for the young director in terms of maturity... More »

Review: SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY Puts The Fun In Funny

Peter Bogdanovich's screwball sensibilities thankfully do not get the better of him in the absurd and kinetic She's Funny That Way. The film follows the various dramas, loves and lusts of the players of a theater production in New... More »

Blu-ray Review: ELFEN LIED Bares Bodies And Souls

(... and often also the insides of both...) British distributor 101 Films seems to own exactly two anime licenses, and it released one of those a few weeks ago on Blu-ray, in a beautiful shiny steelbook (seen here). I'm... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Blu-ray Review: BIG GAME's Unrated Version Has A Better 'Finnish'

Jalmari Helander's action flick Big Game will hit Blu-ray today. We have had a look at the Blu-ray release which may be sparse in added features but the sole feature, an Unrated Version with an extra five minutes of footage,... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Blu-ray Review: A BLADE IN THE DARK, From 88 Films

Director Lamberto Bava is probably most famous for being the son of legendary Italian director Mario Bava. The elder Bava is one of those filmmakers whose work is ubiquitous among hardcore horror fans, but his reach beyond that is minimal. Nevertheless,... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   

Review: AMERICAN ULTRA, Ultra Violent Yet Ultra Forgettable

We've seen a lot of Americans at the movies in the past decade or so. American Beauty, American Sniper, American Gangster, American Movie, American Hardcore, American Pie - the list goes on and on. It's been a veritable melting pot... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: HITMAN: AGENT 47, An Action Movie With A Really Short Attention Span

Action fans are like alcoholics: we need our fix! Hitman: Agent 47 isn't up to the task. Granted, my opening words might sound like I'm minimizing the seriousness of alcoholism, and that's not my intention. But those of us who... More »
By Peter Martin   
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