First a mini review: La Luna LA LUNA is the seven minute short that precedes Brave. It is a charming story about the newest member of a family finding his own way of doing things between his father's methods... More »
To Rome with Love is Woody Allen's follow up to his immensely popular film Midnight in Paris. It stars Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen. It was released in Italy... More »
After it's amazing reception at Sundance this year, including winning the Best of NEXT audience award, Sleepwalk With Me is continuing with that momentum at SXSW. Mike Birbiglia, sat down with us to discuss his debut feature, sleepwalking and... More »
Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, best known for their directorial collaboration on Open Water, are back with a the new thriller/horror film, Silent House. It stars Elizabeth Olson and opens this Friday. Twitch: You've joined a very exclusive club... More »
If you read my review of John Dies at the End, you know that I had a great time watching the movie, at midnight, in the Egyptian Theater during The Sundance FIlm Festival. Introduced by a bushy bearded Paul Giamatti who... More »
Safety Not Guaranteed is the feature film debut of director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly. It stars Aubrey Plaza as Darius Britt, a new writer at a local magazine. She is sent out with her boss and a... More »
Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me has a lot going for it. It's smart, it's charming, it's funny and it's deeply personal. If you know of Mike Birbiglia's other work, you know that this is the case with just about... More »
I'll say right now that I am no connoisseur of the horror/thriller genre. I'm not easily scared or startled and while I enjoy the occasional breakout film of this sort, it's not the type of movie I actively seek... More »
Robot and Frank is a touching story about a man named Frank, played by Frank Langella, and his (at first) imposed friendship with, yes, a robot. It's got a great sense of humor which functions contrapuntally against the more... More »
Under African Skies is a documentary about Paul Simon's seminal album, Graceland. It covers the producing of the original album as well as the controversy it sparked upon its release. The album was seen as a breaking of the... More »
I can't say enough good about Filly Brown, the first film from directing team Michael Olmos and Youssef Delara. They have both directed their own features independently, but clearly this was a team that was meant to be. Not... More »
John Dies at the End is not a movie for everyone. In my opinion, that's a good thing. A film showing at a festival like Sundance should not only be allowed to be different and hold a unique perspective... More »
Something has gone badly wrong on picturesque Erin Island. The boatload of missing fisherman should have given that away. Or, if not that, then the entire pod of pilot whales that washed up on shore dead and with great gash... More »
Rampart is the new drama by director Oren Moverman, who is best known for his 2009 film The Messenger. Once again, Moverman has cast Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster as well as new comers to his company, Anne Heche,... More »
Snowtown is an intense thriller/drama that chronicles the real life murder spree piloted by John Justin Bunting, Australia's most prolific serial killer to date. The film focuses on James Vlassakis, the son of a friend and possible lover of Bunting's.... More »
The nickname for the island nation of Aruba is "One Happy Island". So one would think that that the folks behind the 2015 Aruba International Film Festival would want to follow suite and create what'd be considered One Happy Film Festival. And how does one go about making film festival...
It was 3 years ago when I first met Miguel Gomes in a cramped office of New York's Film Forum. His third feature Tabu was a big international success and I was just discovering his fantastic films. But it was the state of Portugal under stringent austerity measure that dominated...
This week Ridley Scott's The Martian lands in cinemas, and for a change in his resumeé it shows smart people surviving in space, instead of dumb people dying. Jason Gorber praised the film in his review for being both sophisticated and entertaining, no mean feat. And it It has Matt...
Director Can Evrenol won Best New Director here at Fantastic Fest 2015 last night. It's an honor well deserved. With his debut feature Baskin he's juggling potential tonal problems that could give any filmmaker serious headaches. What emerges, from his steady guidance, is a masterpiece of Lovecraftian dread that plays...
Spoiler warning for Sicario. I admire a genre movie that extracts its generic components so completely that one nearly forgets what one is watching until it sneaks back around and kicks us in the ass. One such film is Sicario, Denis Villeneuve's revenge thriller, which the director slow-plays like a...