Oxford Film Festival 2018 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema and Community in The Little Easy

What is a film festival? In my ten years attending such events -- sometimes as a critic, other times as a filmmaker and then a programmer -- this is a question I continue to ask every time I step into...

Sundance 2018 Review: WE THE ANIMALS Marks the Poetic Battle Cry of Childhood

At it's most visceral and true, Jeremiah Zagar's narrative feature debut is about the breath, blood and life of a child artist who is beginning to hone their passion in order to understand and survive, yes, but then also to heal, to grow, and to share.

Sundance 2018 Review: BISBEE '17 Looks at the Past and Present from All Sides

Known for his rigorous and radical deconstructions of performance, story and truth, documentary-tinkerer Robert Greene returns to Sundance with his most panoramic work yet, a wildly audacious de/reconstruction of the horrific -- and mostly forgotten -- deportation of striking immigrant miners from the town of Bisbee, Arizona in 1917.

ChefDance 2018: Sundance on a Plate

During one's time in Park City for Sundance, a person must be careful on how to navigate a snowscape filled with consumer excess and shallow posturing. This is not a wholly negative observation, it is merely the way things are...

Slamdance 2018 Preview: 15 Must-See Films

A slew of fresh and dynamic filmmaking voices await you at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 19 - 25. Once the upstart step-sibling of the once Indie minded Sundance, Slamdance (entering its 24th year) is...

ScreenAnarchy's Favourite Films of 2017

Another year over, and what an annus horribilis it proved to be in so many ways. But away from the political atrocities that took place in pretty much every country you care to mention, and the sexual harassment scandals that...

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.

AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres...

Exclusive Trailer: WITHOUT, One of the Best Debuts of the Decade

In the world of indie film, Mark Jackson's debut feature, Without, is that rare breed: it is a work that truly came out of nowhere, was made for no money, then gained great esteem from festivals and critics all over...

New BLACK PANTHER Trailer Has King-Sized Action in an Awesome Afrofuturist World

The first trailer for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther was a simply awe-inspiring little bit of marketing that focused on Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa ascending the throne of Wakanda. The new trailer for Marvel's latest big screen IP isn't quite as good,...

New STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Trailer Paints a Grim Picture

Remember Bill Murray's character, Nick the lounge singer, on Saturday Night Live? And remember when he sang about Star Wars? And about how he'd never wish they'd end? Nick is the prophet of our time. Lucasfilm has gone ahead and...

Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 Dispatch, Part 2: The Best Horror Film of the Year is a Documentary

When you come to a new city, you don't want to be an outsider and you don't want to be a tourist. But that is what you are. You can't totally escape it. But you damn as well try. It...

Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema & Culture in The Brew

On my first day in Milwaukee I learned a new term : Cream City Brick. Hold on a second and say it aloud. Let it roll around in your mouth. Cream City Brick. There's something very satisfying about the combination...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Exclusive Trailer: Catch THE CURE

From Spaceboy to Red Luck, filmmaker Mike Olenick's certain brand of strange has been infecting the festival circuit these past few years, creeping and delighting audiences from Slamdance to Fantasia. His latest short film, The Cure, is a mesmerizing sci-fi...

Review: WITHOUT, A Haunting, Harrowing Portrayal of Grief

One of the most deeply rewarding indies of the last ten years finally gets a release in America.

Have Your Say: What is Your Favorite "Altered State" Movie?

After last week's epic discussion on the future of movie watching, I figured it best to approach this week's HYS with something a little less... daunting. Kinda. This past Saturday I unexpectedly found myself rewatching Ken Russell's Altered States for...

Sam Shepard, Actor and Playwright, Dead at 73

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer-winning playwright and Oscar nominated actor, passed away last Thursday at the age of 73. A representative for his family stated his death was the result of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or as we often call...

Watch Now: Short Flick THE PRIVATES Burns Down the House... and Then Some

Dylan Allen's short film The Privates is one of my favorite shorts of 2017. It's funny, it's weird and it's chock full of a dynamic bunch of characters that jump off the screen and make you long for further adventures...

Have Your Say: What Is the Future of Movie Watching?

Last week, when speaking with indieWIRE, Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan shared his disdain for the way Netflix presents their original feature content, namely their lack of any theatrical window for films such as Bong Joon-Ho's Okja -- a big screen...

TRIPLE THREAT Teaser: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen Team-Up

In which the headline says it all and I don't need to write anything else... Okay, well, that's not quite true. Only a few days after announcing they accquired the North American rights, WellGo USA has dropped a teaser to...