Review: CHINA SALESMAN Rings Up No Sales For Action Fans

Sometimes my learned optimism gets the better of me. By which I mean that China Salesman is a complete disaster. Early peeks at trailers and clips gave me the mistaken idea that the film might be able to pull off...

Watch Exclusive ZEN DOG Clip: Thrifting

Would you like to experience complete freedom? Start by watching our exclusive clip from Zen Dog. The film follows a young man who feels "trapped by daily routine," according to the official synopsis. But, he "experiences complete freedom by dreaming...

Notes on Streaming: THE HOLLOW, Unraveling an Animated Mystery

The opening scenes of The Hollow reminded me of the opening of Zork, one of the first text-based computer games. Back in the early 1980s, I remember eagerly buying the game and staring at the opening line, white text on...

Sam Pollard's Documentary MAYNARD Heads to Digital Platforms Soon

Back in October 2017, we premiered the first trailer for Sam Pollard's documentary Maynard, which enjoyed its world premiere at DOC NYC the following month. Aside from a theatrical run in Atlanta, Maynard will be released by Virgil Films on...

Exclusive CHINA SALESMAN CLIP: Mike Tyson and Steven Seagal Face Off

Our own Todd Brown alerted us to the first trailer for China Salesman last year, and, to be honest, I'm still surprised this movie exists. And delighted as well. Ahead of its arrival in select U.S. theaters on Friday, June...

70s Rewind: JUGGERNAUT, British Time Bombs Tick, Tick, Tick Away at Sea

An old-fashioned, ticking time-bomb suspense thriller, Richard Lester's Juggernaut (aka Terror on the Britannic) (1974) satisfies on the most elemental level: it made me increasingly tense and nervous as I watched. Lester made his directorial debut with the very charming...

Review: OCEAN'S 8, Thieves Like Us, Sorta

Upon its release in December 2001, Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven felt like a salve upon a troubled nation's open wounds. Coming on the heels of Soderbergh's dazzling dramatic duo of the previous year (Erin Brockovich and Traffic), his caper flick...

Seattle 2018: Exclusive DOUBTFUL Clip - Fight Over Film Genre

Finally, a clip that is relatable to all of us: a fight over film genre that leads to violence. It's a small sample from Doubtful, which will screen tonight (Sunday, June 3) at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film...

Notes on Streaming: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, Bring Your Own Preconceptions

A new version of Picnic at Hanging Rock takes a markedly different approach to the material, resulting in a pungent series that endeavors to peer more closely into the souls of its characters. First published in 1967, Joan Lindsay's novel...

Exclusive IT CAME FROM THE DESERT Clip: Canyon Jump

Ah, springtime in the desert! The horizon spreads out before you, the air smells fresh and clean, and the quiet envelops you. Wouldn't it be lovely to spend the day in such a tranquil environment? Is that what It Came...

O NOME DA MORTE Trailer: When Real Life Goes Haywire

Oh, boy, this could be good. A new trailer for O Nome da Morte (or, The Name of Death) really steps up the action after a tranquil beginning. André Mattos, Matheus Nachtergaele, and Marco Pigossi star; Henrique Goldman directed. Fernando...

Blu-ray Review: VAZANTE, Bleak, Black and White Beauty in Brazilian Soul-Breaker

From its very first moments, Vazante makes its intentions apparent. Captured in black and white imagery that is preoccupied with draining any possibility of color from its quiet, slow-moving landscape, the film is set in and around a remote cattle...

BUSCANDO Trailer Translates Internet Thriller SEARCHING

John Cho was so impressive and affecting in the two-hander Columbus that I'm very much interested in seeing Searching, despite the film's biggest selling point: it takes place entirely online. Back in 2015, Unfriended tried the same thing, to my...

Criterion in August 2018: THE TREE OF LIFE Takes Root, Plus SMITHEREENS and More Essentials

Appearing on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time, Robert M. Young's The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez will be released by the Criterion Collection in August 2018. Inspired by a true story, the film stars Edward James Olmos and is...

Review: LU OVER THE WALL Mixes Merfolk With Humans, Casting a Fabulous Spell

Really, I did not expect a silly animated Japanese fable with Tex Avery feet to make me cry, but sometimes these things happen. Directed by Yuasa Masaaki, whose estimable credits include Mind Game, Genius Party, and the short Kick-Heart, the...

Exclusive CARTER & JUNE Clip: Spencer Deals With It

To paraphrase the great band Devo, when a problem comes along, you must deal with it. And that's exactly what Spencer (Timothy Omundson) does in our exclusive clip from Carter & June, heading to theaters on May 18, 2018. As...

Notes on Streaming: THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY Childishly Delights

Inspired by the Japanese television drama Monkey (1978-80), which in turn was based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, the Netflix series The New Legends of Monkey starts off with a lot of cultural baggage, which it...

New CHINA SALESMAN Trailer: Mike Tyson Says Fire! Steven Seagal Nods His Head

Released last year in China, the action picture China Salesman has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Cleopatra Entertainment, which plans to roll it out into select theaters on June 15 and on VOD platforms on June 20. To celebrate...

Cannes 2018: First Look at Nicolas Cage in BETWEEN WORLDS, Obsessed With His Dead Wife

Our first look at Nicolas Cage in Between Worlds reveals an exhausted man, and no wonder. Cage stars with Franka Potente and Penelope Mitchell in the mysterious thriller. Here's the official synopsis, which explains his expression and body posture above....

Cannes 2018: In ARCTIC Clip, Watch Mads Mikkelsen Dig a Hole

I would follow Mads Mikkelsen to the ends of the earth. So the idea of the actor trekking solo in the arctic regions sounds absolutely delightful. But I get it. Maybe you're not so easily convinced. Mikkelsen stars in Arctic,...