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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: DEAREST SISTER, In Touch With Inner Demons

With only her second film as director, Mattie Do takes a big step forward, both for herself as an artist and for Laos as a filmmaking community. Do broke ground with Chantaly, her debut as a filmmaker and also the...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: FAULTLESS, The Sting of a Woman

What do men know about women? According to Faultless (original title: Irréprochable), some women are beyond understanding. Directed by Sébastien Marnier, the film follows Constance (Marina Foïs) as she slinks back to her hometown in rural France after losing her...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE INVISIBLE GUEST (CONTRATIEMPO) Locks In Emotional Thrills

Locked-room mysteries don't get much more fiendish than the one at the heart of The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo), the new film by Spanish writer/director Oriol Paulo (The Body). Even better, that's just the starting point for an increasingly potent thriller....

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters

A niche market for high-quality, limited-run movie posters has popped up in the last decade, with no signs of slowing down. If you're one of the fervent collectors of these beauties, you know the names Mondo, Skuzzles, Grey Matter Art, and...

Exclusive Interview: Talking THE HANDMAIDEN With Park Chan-Wook

For several decades now Park Chan-Wook has been at the forefront of Korean Cinema that’s finding International audiences. His films are often breathtaking and full of bravado, solidifying sensuality and revenge in equal measure to craft works that both thrill...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: RE: BORN Hails the Bloody Return of Tak Sukiguchi

Japanese action star Tak Sakiguchi makes a welcome return to the screen in this stripped-down action thriller that sees a deadly super soldier forced out of seclusion and back to his old ways of precision destruction. After a somewhat sluggish...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: BOYKA: UNDISPUTED Brings the Pain, In and Outside the Ring

Scott Adkins brings redeemed Russian MMA fighter Yuri Boyka back to the screen for the third time, delivering another helping of blistering bloody bouts of carefully choreographed carnage. Outside the ring, director Todor Chapkanov fails to complement the action with...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Unbearable Lightness of TONI ERDMANN

German filmmaker Maren Ade's third feature, Toni Erdmann, about an estranged father connecting with his adult daughter in increasingly unorthodox and aggravating ways, garnered glowing critical praise when it premiered in competition at Cannes this past spring. While there is...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE YOUNG OFFENDERS Elevates a Comic Tale With Fresh Honesty

Rowdy, raucous, and rude, The Young Offenders is a blast of adolescence without angst, a juvenile movie that is surprisingly cheerful, even as its young heroes straddle the thin line between criminality and, well, not being a straight-up criminal. Conor...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: A DARK SONG: The Dark, Hard Labour of Forgiveness

All deaths are hard to deal with, but I would argue there is nothing worse than losing your child (after all, a parent is not supposed to outlive their children). Certainly, when we lose a loved one of any kind,...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: ZOOLOGY, How Natasha's Tail Set Her Free

Everyone hopes that they are special and unique in some way. Whether it's a subtle uniqueness that only presents itself in being exceptional within our own little circle, or the kind of superhuman abilities that we attribute to those who...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE HIGH FRONTIER Tests the Borders of Tension

Baby, it's cold outside. The family at the heart of The High Frontier (original title: Na granicy) doesn't feel very warm toward each other, though. As the movie begins and a father and his two sons drive deeper and deeper...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Preview: ScreenAnarchy Writers Choose Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Films

This is our favorite time of the year. It's Fantastic Fest time when our enormous group of ScreenAnarchy writers descends on the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to watch a ton of great movies and eat and drink way too much....

Fantastic Fest 2016: Dolph Lundgren Hunts Demons in DON'T KILL IT Trailer

Director Mike Mendez knows how to have a good time. His segment in Tales of Halloween segment, "Friday the 31st" had me grinning from ear-to-ear, while Big Ass Spider! was a glorious throwback to drive-in monster movies. With Don't Kill...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Dark Corner VR Preview

It's nearly impossible to find a film festival that isn't dipping its toes into the uber exciting world of VR storytelling and Fantastic Fest is right on board as well. However instead of the typical festival program of a little...

SURPRISE! Fantastic Fest 2016 Drops Last Wave With SHIN GODZILLA, BUSTER'S MAL HEART, Debates & More

We certainly didn't see this one coming, but if anything, Fantastic Fest is known for sucker punches of awesomeness. Debates include fisticuffs over Tremors, Zack Synder, Rocky 4, and on whether superhero movies are ruining the industry. The new films...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Preview: DISHOOM REIGNS! 6 Reasons to Set Your Sights on the Indian Sidebar

The theme of this year's Fantastic Fest is Dishoom Reigns, the wild and wonderful world of Indian genre cinema, so it should be no surprise to our regular readers that I am crazy excited for this event. For those...

Fantastic Fest 2016: Short Film Lineup Gets Bloody and Weird and Wild and More

Curated by Peter Kuplowsky, a festival programmer who has contributed to this site in the past, the 41 short films that will screen during the upcoming Fantastic Fest sound ... fantastic. It feels like cheating to use that word, but...

Fantastic Fest 2016: First Look at SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE: THE OSIRIS CHILD

Australia's Shane Abbess is back with another ambitious science fiction project and we have our first look thanks to a bevy of images accompanying the film's Fantastic Fest 2016 announcement.  Set in the future, in a time of interplanetary colonization,...

Fantastic Fest 2016: HEADSHOT, AGE OF SHADOWS, WESTWORLD, ASH vs. EVIL DEAD and So Much More Invade Austin in Final Wave!

Sweet mercy. The final wave of titles for this year's Fantastic Fest have been announced and there is so much to digest here that we are giving you fair warning. Load up on the Pepto before you go any further. ...