Review: POUND OF FLESH Is Soft In All The Wrong Places

Jean-Claude Van Damme continues to explore and embrace his darker side in this modest Asian action thriller, as a kidnap & rescue specialist who falls foul of organ traffickers in the Philippines. Sadly, budgetary constraints and a lack of interesting... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Cannes 2015 News: Peter Chan To Direct Biopic Of Chinese Tennis Ace Li Na

We Pictures has announced that acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Peter Chan Ho Sun (Wu Xia, Dearest) will direct and produce a biopic of Li Na, the celebrated Chinese women's tennis champion, based on her best-selling autobiography Li Na: My Life.Li Na... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road is putting the pedal to the metal in cinemas worldwide, and two things have become apparent. One: reviews so far are almost ridiculously positive. Two: everyone agrees Charlize Theron is awesome. Thing number two shouldn't come... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: COIN LOCKER GIRL Offers New Perspectives On Standard Thrills

Against a parking lot bursting with saturated colors, a person lies on the ground, at the mercy of another standing above them who wields a sashimi knife still dripping red from its last kill. Dark, bloody and stylish, this could... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: BOMBAY VELVET Takes A Gorgeous Look At Jazz Age Hoodlums

If there's anything that Bombay Velvet director Anurag Kashyap has taught us over his last couple of films, it's that he knows how to stage a rousing action sequence. Not only did he create the greatest gangster film of the... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR: Check The Exclusive Trailer For Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Latest

Previous Palm d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) returns to Cannes with his latest effort Cemetery Of Splendour and Twitch is proud to present the world premiere of the latest film from the Thai... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: THE SHAMELESS Delivers Hardboiled Melodrama With Top Drawer Performances

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." -Pablo Picasso Today's Korea, whether looking at its entertainment, fashion or culinary scenes, is a society awash with fusion. Nowhere is this more true than in... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worlds of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

What will the future look like? In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller and his fabulous team conjure up strikingly distinct landscapes for what is, in essence, a chase movie. Yet it's a chase movie with great empathy for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: GOOD KILL Intelligently Examines Drone Warfare

"Keep compartmentalizing" is a piece of advice from a commanding officer to his ace pilot. This is darkly humourous, intelligent screenwriting because these drone-piloting soldiers spend 12 hours a day literally inside a box, albeit an air-conditioned one filled... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: SON OF SAUL, A Wrenching, Riveting Holocaust Tale

Son of Saul has two obvious strikes against it. It's a handheld, close POV movie, usually the sign of filmmakers too austere to pick up a tripod, eschewing good framing in favour of shakycam "grit." Then there's the subject... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Finally Coming To North American Blu-ray/DVD

On the literal eve of Anurag Kashyap's latest film, Bombay Velvet, comes news that the epic Gangs of Wasseypur will finally arrive on North American home video from Cinelicious Pics this summer. I've been waiting for this day for three... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: SLEEPING GIANT, Provocative And Probing

Despite a seemingly endless number of tries, pulling off the 'coming-of-age' film well is miserably difficult. There's a balance between precociousness versus pandering that makes the balance extremely delicate, as complex and awkward as any pubescence. When it goes... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

YELLOW FLOWERS ON GREEN GRASS: Victor Vu's Melodrama Gets A Poetic First Trailer

After taking some rest from making thriller movies, Victor Vu has finally come back with a new melodrama, Yellow Flowers on Green Grass (lit. Tôi thấy hoa vàng trên cỏ xanh), based on a best-selling novel. The first trailer is now out... More »
By Trung Rwo   
  

Jeonju 2015 Review: ISLAND, An Elegiac Arthouse Mystery

A man travels to Jeju Island, planning to kill himself in his grandparents' abandoned home, in the most intriguing Korean film to grace the Jeonju International Film Festival this year. A lushly filmed and thoroughly engrossing mystery channeling local family... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

EDEN Trailer: A Sprawling, Musical Look Back At The 90s

Ah, the 1990s, when the world turned upside down and nothing would ever be the same again! But enough about me, what about the French electronic dance music scene? Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden is "a sprawling and epic look back" at that... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Interview: GOOD KILL, Director Andrew Niccol Discusses The View From Above

With the drone warfare drama, Good Kill, opening in Canada and the US this week, I had a chance to speak with director Andrew Niccol about the film briefly over the phone. But it was a very dense conversation that... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: Téchiné's IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER, Another Strong Outing From The Master Of Psychological Dramas

Based on the memoir of Renée Le Roux about the disappearance of her daughter Agnes, André Téchiné, the French master of subtle psychological dramas, tackles real life intrigue with In the Name of My Daughter. The Le Roux case held... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER'S WORLD, An Intimate Look At H. R. Giger, Channeling Dark Side Of The Human Soul

Hans Ruedi Giger, the artist known for his nightmarish vision, passed away in 2014 at the age of 74. Luckily for us, Swiss documentarian Belinda Sallin has made a comprehensive, yet intimate portrayal of the artist just before his passing.... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Frontières@Fantasia: First Wave Includes New Titles From People Behind TURBO KID, A SERBIAN FILM, And HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

As the Fantasia International Film Festival ramps up for this year's festival so does the staff of the Frontières International Co-production Market. They have just announced the first projects to participate in this year's market. Those in attendance will look at... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: THE CONNECTION, An Entirely Redundant Tale

The Connection (titled La French in its native county) has the makings of a great film, which is what makes the final product such a disappointment. Drawing upon the same case that was the basis for the William Friedkin... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  
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