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 »
Earlier this month, as part of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull was in town to demo his proof-of-concept film for his next generation high-frame-rate presentation format, MAGI. Sort of a digital, 3-D, HFR replacement for Trumbull's venerated (but never...
Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he attained the popularity and industry clout to get such projects off the ground (which were out-of-favour with the public...
(All In Good Time, or: just how stellar was Interstellar?) By now Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been orbiting most of the world in wide release for a week, and it sure has left its mark. It's raking in money, although its international haul is noticeably more stellar than its US-based...
The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival is taking place in Toronto this week (November 10-15). Its purpose only seems to be becoming more vital. I don't think we've arrived at the watershed moment on the public conversation around mental illness, addiction, and treatment issues yet, but it feels like it's...
This week's edition of Latin Beat gets right to the point, as Eric Ortiz Garcia reports on music doc A Band Called Death opening in Mexico -- I agree, it's a sharply-made documentary, worth seeking out -- and Jaime Grijalba Gomez reports from Chile on Allende en su laberinto, which opens...