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Review: KALEIDOSCOPE Is Beautiful and Fragmented

Lots of mentally fragile guys are obsessed with their mothers, especially when it comes to cinematic tropes. Of course, there's Psycho, a giant of a film and a close cousin to Rupert Jones' debut feature, Kaleidoscope. Out today on VOD...

Review: SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES, An Imperfect Yet Gripping Crime Drama

A jarring insight commonly seen in the renaissance of the true crime genre -- as represented by the deep dives taken in Serial, Making a Murderer and The Keepers -- is that it adds another layer to how we look at crime and the...

Review: THE POST, a Ticking Time Bomb

Steven Spielberg's best thriller since Jaws, and his most 'of the moment' movie ever, The Post is also an unexpected sort of 'coming of age' tale. Rather mysteriously beginning during the Vietnam War before jumping forward in time and location,...

Pingyao 2017 Review: In KILL THE SHADOW, Chinese Social Realism Collides with Genre Fare

Despite the variety of ingredients, the result is fairly streamlined and assembled coherently fashioning closeted morality as the frenzied runaway from justice is the externalization of a delusional guilt trip the leading character experiences vividly as the poverty drama of social realism collides with genre fare and austere aesthetics absorbs expressionistic stylization.

Review: WONDER WHEEL Goes Around and Around and Around...

“I suppose you get used to all this noise?” “No. I never get used to it. I hate it!” That’s not Woody Allen responding to the relentless din of the media probing into his personal life and questioning just how...

Review: AVAL Turns Indian Horror On Its Head With A Topical Possession Story

While India hasn't exactly been a hotbed of internationally recognized horror films at any point in its long cinema history, the perception that all the country has to offer are glitzy musicals is slowly beginning to give way to the...

ANOTHER WOLFCOP Review: Canadian Horror Comedy Sequel a Better Version of The Original

Lou Garou returns as the town of Woodhaven's alcoholic werewolf cop. With the new police chief Tina and the proverbial many more WolfCop must spring into action when eccentric and possibly evil businessman Sydney Swallows seduces the town with a new...

Review: THE SHAPE OF WATER, Guillermo del Toro At His Best

Guillermo del Toro is back with a vengeance, returning to his fairy-tale roots after too long an absence, with what is arguably his best film to date. Beautiful, sensuous, fully wearing its heart on its sleeve, with top-notch performances and...

Review: THE DISASTER ARTIST Digs Deep, Dreams Big

I think we were all pretty skeptical upon hearing the announcement that James Franco would be bringing the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room to the big screen over three years ago; at least those of us...

Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, Extremely Silly and Endlessly Charming

I find it odd that no major filmmakers are tacking the Syrian refugee crisis. An estimated five million people have fled the war torn country since 2012 and the number easily doubles when you add up internally displaced refugees. I...

Review: FORGOTTEN Mislays Its Mystery after Strong Start

Modern thrillers live or die by their twists, and while an unexpected and well-executed surprise can elevate a film from mundane to memorable, many filmmakers forget that it's the journey there that counts. In his latest film Forgotten, director Chang...

Pingyao 2017 Review: A FISH OUT OF WATER Revamps Family-At-Distress Narrative Through the Eyes of An Unusual Child

The debuting Taiwanese filmmaker revamps dysfunctional family story and rehashes social realism drama by renewing the usual stylistic and formal inventory. A Fish Out of Water injects dreaminess and melancholia counterbalancing the civil and bleak set-up

Review: ANGELICA, Sex, Or The Lack Thereof, Ectoplasmic Visions and Hysteria In A Victorian Gothic

Sex, or the lack of thereof, visions and hysteria in the Lichtenstein┬┤s slow-burning Victorian gothic plays as a home invasion subgenre albeit transferred on the protagonist┬┤s mind follows a downward spiral of hysteria and paralyzing paranoia with a rich inventory of phallic symbols

Blood In The Snow 2017 Review: KILL ORDER, A Showcase Of Canadian Talent In Sci-fi Action Flick

David is high school student who struggles with random horrific visions and seizures at home. In the middle of class gunmen storm in his classroom and attempt to take him captive. He breaks free from his captors and awakens powers...

Review: DRIFTWOOD, Grimm's Fairy Tale as Post-Bergman Drama

Driftwood is a bizarre and absolutely stark take on playing house, which would feel like experimental theater if it wasn't so damn cinematic.

Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's JABBERWOCKY on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two...

Review: DARKEST HOUR Illuminates Wartime Anarchy in the UK

It’s often observed that moviemaking, large scale moviemaking in particular, is akin to orchestrating a war. That’s not to belittle or demean the very real horror and cost of true war; in filmmaking the severity of casualties don’t usually stem...

Cinema One Originals 2017 Review: CHANGING PARTNERS Satisfyingly Delivers Catharsis

In the first minutes of Changing Partners, Agot Isidro’s Alex (don’t be confused, there’ll be two Alex’s here — that’s kind of the concept of the whole film) expresses her excitement over watching the new season of her favorite prime-time...

Blu-ray Review: Landmark Lesbian Drama DESERT HEARTS Looks Tremendous and Feels Almost as Good

A woman arrives in Reno by train and will leave the same way, with one seismic difference: she has met and fallen in love with Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a local artist and resident free-spirit. The year is 1959, and Vivian...

Review: AFTER LOVE, The Anger and Sadness of Divorce

A while ago, a judge in the UK proposed to make it harder for people to get married, and easier for them to get divorced. The logic being, that too many people get married without properly thinking it through; love...