Tribeca 2011: THE TROLL HUNTER Review

Trolls. They're big. They're dumb. They eat rocks. And - as it turns out - they are not just a fairy tale creation.Thomas, Kalle and Johanna are a trio of student film makers striking out to the remote parts... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tribeca 2011: TURN ME ON, GODDAMMIT! Review

Small towns are everywhere. There are plenty of small towns in Norway. Hell, most of the country is made up of small towns. There is even a small town called Hell. 15-year old Alma, lives in Skaddeheimen (which as far... More »

Tribeca 2011: THE MINERS' HYMNS Review

Bill Morrison is a preeminent figure in the found footage filmmaking scene. Working from raw materials found in the British National Archives, Morrison constructs a loose narrative and history on the miners and mines of Durham, England past, that, with... More »

Tribeca 2011: LET THE BULLETS FLY Review

Over the past few years, the majority of big-budget mainstream Chinese movies have insisted on beating their audiences over the head with overtly nationalistic sentiment. It has gotten to the point where you can't spend two hours in a... More »

Tribeca 2011: HIDEAWAYS Review

There are those times when you hear about a film, just get a brief sense of the mood it is trying to convey, you start to read the plot synopsis, don't want to spoil something for yourself any further so... More »

Tribeca 2011: THE SWELL SEASON Review

Overall, I must say that I was struck by the similarity of The Swell Season to Hobo with a Shotgun.  Well, wait, hold on a sec and I'll explain:  both films know what their target audiences expect as they... More »

Tribeca 2011: UNDERWATER LOVE Review

With the inclusion of Shinji Imaoka's sex fantasy musical in their line-up, I can't help but feel that Tribeca is trying to steal some of New York Asian Film Festival's thunder. But one "weird" pinku eiga (for the uninitiated that's... More »

Tribeca 2011: Short Film Round-Up 1

Despite being in the online age of video, it seems the short film is still somewhat neglected when it comes to a proper outlet, so today I'll be shining the spotlight on a handful of the 60 short films playing... More »


It's been a while since Tsui Hark has produced a real crowd pleaser. Once the absolute top of the heap when it came to action film, his peak period spinning out hits by the fistful as both a producer... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tribeca 2011: THE TRIP Review

Would it be unfair to other directors if I were to suggest that Steve Coogan work with nobody other than Michael Winterbottom for the rest of his career? Because, you see, it's not like any other film directors have... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tribeca 2011: SAINT (SINT) Review

[With Dutch Santa-slasher Saint screening at Tribeca today we revisit Ard Vijn's review from the Dutch release.]Today, Dick Maas' new horror film "Sint" (or "Saint" as its international title is listed to be) gets released wide in The Netherlands and... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Tribeca 2011 Review: CINEMA KOMUNISTO

Mila Turajlic has carved herself into an interesting corner for her first feature documentary. In a statement she made about the film she asks, "How does a country choose the story to tell about itself?" It's a good question, and... More »

Tribeca 2011 Review: THE ASSAULT

Always handsome in its burnished gun-metal and sepia tones, and immediately involving, Julien (Chrysalis) Leclercq's The Assault nonetheless feels like less than the sum of its parts. Based on the true story of a 1994 raid on a hijacked... More »

Tribeca 2011 Review: RABIES

The Tribeca programming notes, which contend that Rabies (Kalevet) is "worthy of its mantle as Israel's first-ever horror film," aren't exactly as encouraging as they seem to feel they are. After all, do you really want the film you're seeing... More »

Ben's Year in Film: Reflections and a Top Ten

I started off 2010 in the hustle and bustle of New York, and things now come to a close just outside of Washington D.C. in the quiet woods of Maryland. That quiet has given me time and space to reflect... More »

Naughty or Nice? SAINT (SINT) Review

Today, Dick Maas' new horror film "Sint" (or "Saint" as its international title is listed to be) gets released wide in The Netherlands and Belgium. And just in time too, as the real Saint Nicolas (or "Sinterklaas" as we call... More »
By Ard Vijn   


[Once again, thanks goes to Aaron Krasnov for the review.]When I initially heard Idris Elba would be headlining a cryptic thriller I became eager to see what he could do in a complex dramatic role. The allure of Legacy is strong:... More »


[ Though the fest ended proper on Sunday, still a few reviews trickle in. My coverage is done minus some interview transcription, but Aaron Krasnov has a couple films up his sleeve. ]Of all the films I was looking forward... More »


[ Once again, thanks goes to Aaron Krasnov ]A lot has been said about Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me  thanks to a scene in which Jessica Alba is used as a punching bag. The scene, by Winterbottom's admittance drew heavy... More »


In Dorothee van den Berghe's second feature, ten-year-old, Karo (Anna Franziska Jager) is on her way from Belgium to start a new life with her free radical parents (Deborah Francois & Matthias Schoenaerts) in Amsterdam.  Lovingly crafted with a wonder... More »
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