Fantasia 2015 Review: THE NINJA WAR OF TORAGAKE, Not What You Expect From Nishimura

Torakage is a retired ninja. Out of the profession for six years now he lives with his wife, also a former ninja, and son. He is forced back into action when two warring ninja clans are looking for a buried... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, Back To Basics And All The Better For It

Ethan Hunt and co. are back in a familiar yet thrilling new instalment to the Mission Impossible franchise, which sees IMF's top agent face his most formidable foe yet. Following right on cue from Mad Max: Fury Road, Rogue Nation... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BROKER Trailer: When Your Business Is Selling Organs, Life Looks Like This

It's Monday morning in North America, which is when most everybody grumbles about going back to work and the daily grind. But if you live in The Netherlands, and happen to be an organ broker, there are no weekends, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

CrowdFund This: NONA, Strange Fires And A Mysterious Woman In Chile

In one of the more unusual crowdfunding videos I've seen, Josefina Ramirez talks about her method of choosing roles: "I don't have to read scripts ... Just tell me the theme, and from that I make my own deductions." Now,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: MISS HOKUSAI, Full Of Life And Spirit

Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic. Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: WILD CITY Welcomes The Return Of Ringo Lam

Ringo Lam's first feature in 12 years sees the Hong Kong director return to familiar territory, as a former cop and his tearaway younger brother take on a violent gang of Taiwanese thugs after their paths cross that of a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: The Horror And The Heartbreak Around Possession In ANGUISH

Sonny Mallhi's directorial debut Anguish opens with Lucinda and her mom driving home. The conversation is strained, as conversations with budding teenagers tend to do be. Shockingly, it is a conversation which comes to a tragic and sudden end. We... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Frontières 2015: Raven Banner Enters The Ring With Gigi Saul Gurrero's EL GIGANTE

Well. That was quick. Gigi Saul Gerrero and her team from Luchagore Productiongs only made their pitch at the Frontières International Co-Production Market yesterday morning here at Fantasia. They have agreed to work with Raven Banner Entertainment on her feature film,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CASH ONLY, Both Sharp And Vulnerable

What is colder, Albanian hell or Detroit in winter? Elvis Martini sits rather uncomfortably in the middle of both over the course of a few days where his world spirals out of control. He has the courts breathing down his neck... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: HORSE MONEY, Beautiful, Mesmerizing, And Striking

Horse Money is astonishingly beautiful in its visual poetry! Pedro Costa, who wanted to capture the life in Lisbon's ghetto area called Fontainhas in the late 90s, made a beautiful film called Bones (Ossos). During the shoot, he saw much... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: PHOENIX, A Noir Revenge Flick

Christian Petzold (Ghosts, Barbara), perhaps one of the most gifted storytellers working in cinema today, strikes gold again with Phoenix, a Hitchcockian, postwar noir revenge flick. Clocking in at a very lean 98 minutes, the film revolves around a concentration camp survivor named... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Exclusive Clip From CUB, Coming Very Soon To The US And UK

Coming very soon to US and UK home video is Belgian scouting thriller Cub, from director Jonas Govaerts. The film fared very well at festivals last fall, including Fantastic Fest 2014, which is where I was fortunate to see it. Cub... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Kudoh Youki Talks Working With Jim Jarmusch And THIS COUNTRY'S SKY

From her days as a teenage pop idol, to her unforgettable turn in Jim Jarmusch's landmark, Mystery Train, and being one of the few saving graces in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kudoh Youki has blazed a trail in the international... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Review: WAYWARD PINES, The Show That Is Not What It Seems To Be

Halfway through the series Wayward Pines, episode five lands a serious twist, a bold move that might have arrived too soon, yet performs as a mighty cliffhanger and game-changer for the whole show. Wayward Pines is currently running on the... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY Director Arai Haruhiko Talks His Life During Wartime Drama

Screenwriter turned director Arai Haruhiko visits Japan Cuts with his life-during-wartime drama, This Country's Sky. Starring Kudoh Youki and festival favorite Nikaido Fumi as a mother and daughter surviving in the last days of World War II, Director Arai, along... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: SEOUL SEARCHING, An Identity Play On The Hughes Comedy

In 2015, it seems Americans cannot escape the politics of identity. From Caitlyn Jenner to the wage gap to even Rachel Dolezal's complicated and troubling relationship to the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMATTER, each week seems to bring some new story asking Americans:... More »
  

Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR, An Indonesian Wu Xia Drama

Over the last few years there have been a small handful of high profile Indonesian films hitting the festival and art house cinema circuits. The most recent resurgence in Indonesian films has come, strangely, via the intervention of a couple... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

RESTORATION: New Images, Casting News for Stuart Willis Sci-Fi Film

We've been tracking the progress of the science-fiction project Restoration for a while now and the latest word is very positive indeed. Directed by Stuart Willis and produced by Toby Gibson, the film is "set in a near-future world where... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: PIXELS, Game Over From The Get-go

Summer blockbusters get the Happy Madison treatment in space invasion action-comedy Pixels, the most excruciating experience you shouldn't put yourself through this season. A thoroughly unconvincing action lead, Adam Sandler phones in yet another performance, but no one comes away... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Motelx 2015: First Wave Includes THE VISIT, COP CAR, And HOWL

The west side of the Iberian peninsula will soon be drowning in some of the best new genre films, courtesy of Motelx festival in Lisbon. The announcement of the first wave of films landed today, and there are some pretty... More »
By Evrim Ersoy   
  
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