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Overlook 2017 Preview: 8 Unmissable Events from the Inaugural Horror Extravaganza

We've been counting down the days to the Overlook Film Festival since it was first announced as the successor to the ridiculously awesome Stanley Film Festival. Now that time is finally here as the fest kicks off tomorrow at the...

Hot Docs 2017 Curtain Raiser: A Deep Dive Into Toronto's Super-Sized Documentary Festival

North America's premiere documentary film festival kicks off in a few days in Toronto for its 24th edition. As is the norm, it features a daunting number of titles for lovers of standard, and not so standard, non-fiction cinema.  ...

Destroy All Monsters: Did Marvel Seriously Just Pivot To The Right?

I have sympathy for anyone in a floundering, long-lead industry - whose desperation to improve matters is kept at actionable arm's length by the exigencies of the production cycle. But did Marvel Comics seriously look at the election of Donald...

Have Your Say: Which Film Has Most Unjustly Underperformed?

The most enjoyable film I've seen so far this year is Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. There, I've said it. I loved it, and I left the theatre invigorated with a huge smile on my face. It's therefore with puzzlement that...

Tribeca 2017 VR Roundup: A Killer New Crop of VR Debuts

It's unclear if it's the New York setting or where it falls on the calendar, but Tribeca has emerged as one of the very best places to debut new VR and 360 content and the 2017 program is no exception....

Our Favorite Faces Of Rosario Dawson

This weekend saw the première of famous producer Denise Di Novi's first film as a director: Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson as a woman terrorized by the deranged ex-wife of her soon-to-be-husband. Reviews have been mixed (and puns regarding the title...

Pretty Packaging: Carlotta's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Is A Stunner

When the French distributor Carlotta Films started with their line of "Ultra Collector" boxsets back in 2015, we sat up and took notice. Each of these featured a newly remastered Blu-ray and DVD of a chosen title, fitted on the...

Pretty Packaging: An Uncensored EVIL DEAD Has Finally Arrived In Germany

(All good things to those who wait, as the saying goes, but apparently that applies to some evil things too...) Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is one of the most infamous films of the eighties, and like with Godzilla, it's...

70s Rewind: ZARDOZ, Much More Than Sean Connery Running Around in a Loincloth

James Bond running around in a loincloth. That may be the singular image that comes to mind when Zardoz is mentioned. If another image pops, it's likely "giant statue of a head flying through the air." Out of context, the...

Tribeca 2017: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 16th edition, running at various venues through April 30. As usual, it doesn't lack for boldface names and big events, opening with Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary...

Art of the Real 2017: Series Preview

Art of the Real, a nonfiction filmmaking showcase at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, celebrates its fourth year with 27 films in the lineup, continuing the exploration of cinematic possibilities of the film/digital medium. This year, the...

Destroy All Monsters: Thanks, GIRLS!

I'm not going to add much to the discussion of Girls, where other writers have ably carried the conversation, besides returning to a point I made a few years ago: I'm glad this show exists, has existed, did exist; and...

Have Your Say: What Does Your Regional Superhero Look Like?

After months of terrific trailers and awful reviews, this weekend I finally saw Saric Andreasyan's Russian superhero flick Guardians (see my review). And while a lot of fun to be had with the film is about laughing AT it rather...

Our Favorite Faces Of Sean Bean

Today is the birthday of Sean Bean (seen here in his recent supporting role in The Martian). He's going strong at 58, and hopefully we'll have fun with him for another few decades. Not just a legendary living Internet-meme for...

Hong Kong Cinema's Fresh New Wave

Trivisa was a big winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards but judging by the number of new talents whose films were nominated and awarded, the Hong Kong film industry was perhaps the biggest winner of all, as a...

Destroy All Monsters: Maybe The Trailers ARE Better

The nicest thing about a trailer is that it can't hurt you. If you're not loving the vibe, any anxieties can be immediately dismissed with a simple "meh, it's just the trailer." If everything about the trailer, though, seems doooooope...

10+ Years Later: BELOVED Remains a Haunting Tale of Love & Horror

I was a latecomer to horror film; as a kid/teenager, I was far more interested in science fiction, and was a bit of a wimp when it came to horror. Arriving at it in my 20s, it's now become a...

Chattanooga 2017 Recap: A Must-Visit Genre Fest

As a journalist, programmer, and filmmaker, I've been to my fair share of film festivals. I've just arrived home from Chattanooga Film Festival 2017, and.... WOW. Only in its fourth year, this incredible festival has managed to blow most of...

Have Your Say: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Most Lovecraftian Of Them All?

Last week saw the premiere of The Void, a quite icky horror film by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. In it, a small group of people are stuck in an empty hospital, in the middle of a forest. Hooded strangers...

Our Favorite Faces Of Sir Michael Caine

This weekend saw the premiere of Zach Braff's Going in Style, the remake of Martin Brest's 1979 comedy drama. Like with its original, the new version boasts a stellar cast, as this time the three geriatric bank-robbers are played by...