Berlinale 2015 Review: QUEEN OF EARTH Proves How Great Faces Look On Film

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 »
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: SET ME FREE Impressively Keeps It Real

(Here's someone literally begging to be taken to church...) In Kim Tae-yong's debut film Set Me Free (original Korean title Geo-in), he deals with the memories he has about one of the darkest moments in his own childhood. His parents... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: MAR Fails To Capitalize On Its Great Actors And Their Improvisational Skills

Chilean cinema, more than in any other year in the history of the Berlin Film Festival, is present and with the greatest odds to win one or two awards once the fest comes to an end. There are new films by... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT: A Beautiful But Flawed Epic

Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me) opened Berlinale with her latest and most ambitious film to date, Nobody Wants the Night. Based on real life persons (though it was unclear whether the events actually occurred), it is... More »
  

Your First Look At Aaron Eckhart And Miles Teller In BLEED FOR THIS

We have your first look at Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller in Ben Younger's third feature film Bleed For This. You do not get a really good look at Eckhart but a buff Teller is front and center in the... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Have A Look At A Shorn Keanu Reeves In DAUGHTER OF GOD Stills

Here is your first look at clean cut Keanu Reeves in Gee Malik Linton`s feature debut, the thriller Daughter of God. Starring with Reeves is his Knock Knock co-star, Cuban actress Ana de Armas. A detective searches for the truth behind... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: CALL ME LUCKY, Bobcat Goldthwait Documents His Mentor

I admit that when I first saw Bobcat Goldthwait on screen sometime in the 1980s, he of the Grover voice making me laugh in the second Police Academy movie, it never occurred to me that he'd be helming one... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

She approaches the piano with a regality that's startling, her eyes piercing the crowd and her shoulders locked in an almost feline repose. She places a hand on the grand piano sat in front of her and looks out,... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: THE VISIT, A Speculative Documentary

So, the aliens have landed. Well, not really. But let's for a moment say they have. E.T.s are in town, and they're ready to talk. To whom do they converse? Who do we, collectively, send out to initiate the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: WAR BOOK Makes For A Compelling Chamber Piece

(Thankfully a nuclear war isn't our biggest fear any more these days... or is it?) This year, the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam was Tom Harper's War Book, a British drama about a governmental brainstorm session. It... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Poster Premiere For Sam de Jong's PRINCE

The Netherlands has been producing a remarkable amount of impressive young talent over the past few years and it would appear that now is the time to add Sam de Jong's name to that list. de Jong makes his feature... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015: Full Lineup Announced

Having already announced its Opening and Closing Films The Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015 revealed its full lineup today, an eclectic mix of cinema from across Asia. Opening its doors for another year on March 6th and running through... More »
  

Göteborg 2015 Review: LUCIFER, An Intriguing Reimagination Of A Classic Tale

Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe concludes his triptych on the emergence of human consciousness that began with Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and continued with Blue Bird, the enticingly titled Lucifer. Speaking of consciousness, a better-suited mythological figure in the Western... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: SLOW WEST, A Deeply-Reflective Action Movie

The fact that the Western is a troubled genre is hardly news. It's gone from the most prevalent narrative film style to a far more niche set of works. Some neo-Westerns, like Star Wars or Serenity, go operatic, taking... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: Lily Tomlin, Badass GRANDMA

Grandma is by far the best film to come from writer/director Paul Weitz, the mind that brought us such films as the 90s sex romp, American Pie, and the feel-great Nick Hornby adaptation About a Boy. The triumph of his... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Slamdance 2015: TwitchFilm Wraps It Up

It felt like yesterday that the 21st Slamdance Film Festival was getting underway in Park City. Making their mark as future indie darlings today, this year's fest was a robust one, featuring a smorgasbord of smart genre fare and bold... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2015: TwitchFilm Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

This year's Sundance Film Festival was eclectic as ever, with a slew of standout films, including big winners Me, Earl And The Dying Girl and The Witch. It was also a year where sales were more robust, no thanks to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: Jemaine Clement And James Strouse Talk PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

James Strouse's third feature People, Places, Things finds cartoonist and teacher Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) thrust into single-fatherhood after his wife decides on her twin-daughter's birthday to engage in some extra-marital shennanigans in the bathroom.A huge part of the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS, Perfectly Pleasant

People, Places, Things - a dry, almost forgettable title that refers to a film much better than those adjectives strung together by commas. It's a quotidian moniker for a film that's kind of exceptional, celebrated not only because of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: DIGGING FOR FIRE With Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg has never looked to filmmaking as a means of escapism. With an eye attuned to realism, Swanberg has a great talent for exploring and working through themes of relationships and ageing and the correlation between the two.... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  
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