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Check Out a BAD BATCH of Clips for Amirpour's Latest

Two clips have dropped for Ana Lily Amipour's sophomore feature, The Bad Batch. And as if they weren't enough to fill me with utter excitement to see this film, Anarchist Thomas Humphrey just dropped his glowing review of the film, calling it...

Venice 2016 Review: THE BAD BATCH Proves Ana Lily Amirpour Deserves All the Awards

It's probably going to be a pretty close run between Damien Chazelle and Ana Lily Amirpour this year, what with The Bad Batch and La La Land being up there as probable candidates for the best films at both Venice...

Venice 2016 Review: Andrew Dominik's ONCE MORE WITH FEELING Is a Blossoming Bud of Pain

If 20,000 Days on Earth is a film you watch to get high, then Once More with Feeling is very much a downer. That’s because it deals with the deeply painful loss Nick Cave experienced after the death of his...

Venice 2016 Review: KING OF THE BELGIANS Could Be The Crowning Glory of Orizzonti

It's still early days, but Peter Brosens’ and Jessica Woodworth's tag team effort on the rib-tickling mockumentary King of the Belgians could well be one of the finest films of the 73rd Venice Biennale. With great alacrity, this extremely funny...

Venice 2016 Review: Ulrich Siedl's SAFARI Delivers Another Gut-Wrenching Masterpiece

A much loved Austrian auteur resumes his excellent documentary filmmaking form with his deliciously repulsive new offering, Safari. Picking up on the heightened realities he developed with In the Basement, Ulrich Seidl now follows his forever entertaining Austrian country folk on...

Venice 2016 Review: THE NET Is a Simple Catch from Kim Ki-duk

Complex issues get a facile treatment in The Net, the latest work from Korean provocateur Kim Ki-duk. More coherent than his last two outings but a far cry from his best work, Kim's film comes off as little more than...

Venice 2016 Review: THE AGE OF SHADOWS, Kim Jee-woon's Dazzling Period Spy Thriller

Korean theatres have become inundated with films set during the Japanese Colonial period over the last year or so but all are put to shame by The Age of Shadows, Kim Jee-woon's mesmerising return to home soil after directing Arnold...

Venice 2016 Review: Alice Lowe's PREVENGE Seems Destined to Become a Cult Classic

Once known for her experimental theatre and playful roles in hit British television comedies such as Black Books and The IT Crowd, Alice Lowe has now hacked and slashed her way into the male-dominated world of the cult slasher with...

MAUDITE POUTINE (SHAMBLES): Trailer Premiere For Karl Lemieux's Striking New Feature

For those of us of a certain age and cultural outlook - particularly for those of us Canadians of that age and outlook - Montreal based musical collective Godspeed You Black Emperor hold a very special place in the heart,...

Venice 2016: Watch New THE BLEEDER Clip - 'Freckles on Your Ass'

The air is t'ick with accents in a new, NSFW clip from Venice-bound The Bleeder, but things quickly get deadly serious when the wife sits down. The movie revolves around Chuck Wepner, a professional boxer whose biggest claim to fame...

GANTZ:O Trailer Arrives!

Gantz:O - the latest adaptation of Oku Hiroya's popular manga - will soon have its world premiere in Venice leading up to its JApanese theatrical release and anxious fans awaiting a taste of the upcoming feature film have just got...

Amirpour, Kim, Gibson, Chazelle, Seidl Among Highlights As Venice Announces Complete Lineup

With the sidebars having already announced their selections and the Toronto International Film Festival having rolled out their first big block of titles earlier this week the Venice International Film Festival got into the act earlier today rolling out the...

Review: THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, Making of a Monster in Brady Corbet's Accomplished Directorial Debut

An allegorical tale set in the shadow of WWI Europe, The Childhood of a Leader is a very accomplished first feature from 27 year-old American actor Brady Corbet. Considering his face has been showing up in the films of who's...

Venice 2015 Review: A COPY OF MY MIND Sells Itself On Romance And Intrigue

Acclaimed Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar returns with his fifth feature, A Copy of My Mind, a tale of love, passion and how to get ahead in the back alleys of sprawling Jakarta. Made with the help of CJ Entertainment, as...

TANNA Trailer And Photos: Love Fights Tribalism On A South Pacific Island

A man and a woman from warring tribes fall in love on a small island in the South Pacific. What could possibly go wrong? According to Tanna, plenty. The film, directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, will make its world...

Venice 2014 Review: HILL OF FREEDOM Proves A Pleasant But Slight Slice From Hong Sangsoo

It's easy to accuse Hong Sangsoo of doing the same thing over and over again as each of his films revisit the same themes with similar characters, situations and locations. Such a reading can easily miss the point of his...

Watch A Clip From Joe Dante's Rom-Zom-Com BURYING THE EX

What's this? A clip from a new Joe Dante horror comedy? Well, yes please, though it should be said that I'm somewhat of two minds on Burying The Ex. On the one hand, it's new Joe Dante and any new...

Venice 2014 Review: Mortality And Desire Mingle And Dance in REVIVRE

Returning for his 102nd feature, the indefatigable Im Kwon-taek continues his move away from period and cultural fare with the melancholic Revivre, pairing up once again with the equally venerable screen legend Ahn Sung-ki. Somberly shot and deliberately paced, Im's...

Venice 2014 Review: Kim Ki-duk Off His Game With ONE ON ONE

Enfant terrible Kim Ki-duk returns with his 20th feature One On One, opening the Venice Days sidebar this year with an uncharacteristically plot-and-character-heavy offering. With an overt social agenda and a familiar revenge narrative, the film appears to be primed...

Telluride 2014 Review: ROSEWATER, Jon Stewart's Debut Is Earnest, If Middling

It's safe to say that for the last several decades Jon Stewart has been one of the most powerful voices in comedy. Since taking over The Daily Show, his show has been the beacon for popular American political satire,...