THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Red Band Trailer Is Immediate, Essential Viewing

Oh my! The first trailer for Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is frankly hilarious, confrontational, and very very very much not safe for work, due to its high degree of profanities. Here's the official synopsis: Three Billboards Outside...

SHIN GODZILLA Sequel May Have Been Confirmed

Take this as a rumor for now, but after months of speculation, a sequel to Shin Godzilla may have been confirmed. The latest installment in the Japanese monster franchise generated very mixed reactions. I generally enjoyed it, especially the comic...

Adam Wingard's DEATH NOTE Gets a Trailer: Watch It Now

Nat Wolff stars in Adam Wingard's version of Death Note, which is heading to Netflix on August 25. The first, brief teaser has now been released, which you can dissect below....

SXSW 2017 Review: From SMALL CRIMES Come Big Troubles

Four years ago, Evan Katz made his directorial debut with the pitch-black comedy thriller Cheap Thrills, pitting Pat Healy against Ethan Embry in a diabolical, desperate game of survival. Now Katz has returned to the director's chair with Small Crimes,...

BURDEN Trailer: Controversial Performance Artist, Exposed in a Doc

Chris Burden inspired my first movie. My first scripted effort was a short 8mm film that you will never see -- I've never seen it! -- that was inspired by performance artist Chris Burden. I think I read a newspaper...

Hong Kong 2017: Watch MON MON MON MONSTERS Trailer, Closing Night Film

Set as the closing night film at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival, Mon Mon Mon Monsters is a thriller from writer/director Ko Gideon. Hailing from Taiwan, Ko is a novelist who previously directed You Are the Apple of...

70s Rewind: THE DISAPPEARANCE, Melancholy Blooms Slowly in the Winter

A man returns home after a business trip and discovers that his wife has disappeared. In the moody drama The Disappearance, directed by Stuart Cooper (Overlord), Jay Mallory (Donald Sutherland) appears to be a successful businessman, living on the top...

Climate Change Doc THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES: Make Plans to Watch It Now

After debuting at Hot Docs in Toronto last year, Jared P. Scott's documentary The Age of Consequences enjoyed a theatrical run in January and now it's heading to home video. We have an exclusive link for advance purchase of the...

Criterion in June 2017: Mizoguchi's UGETSU, Pagnol's MARSEILLE TRILOGY, Plus Hitchcock, Ray and Peckinpah

Come June, the Criterion Collection will be presenting some mighty fine alternatives to the Hollywood blockbuster machine. It starts with Mizoguchi Kenji's Ugetsu and includes two early works by Alfred Hitchcock (The Lodger) and Nicholas Ray (They Live By Night),...

Review: THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, Bloody, Brutal Terror in the Office

Ferocious, brutal and audacious, The Belko Experiment is also empathetic and funny. It starts the blood pumping from the first frame, then jacks it up with brains, brawn and recognizable humanity. In Bogota, Colombia, employees report for a normal day...

SXSW 2017 Review: MAYHEM, So Fast on Its Feet That It's Almost Out of Control

With great lead performances by Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, a great musical score by Steve Moore, and great bloody action masterminded by director Joe Lynch, Mayhem is almost too much fun. It's the perfect example of a movie that...

SXSW 2017 Dispatch: THE LIGHT OF THE MOON and M.F.A., Or, How to Deal with Rape

Male filmmakers have been exploiting the violent rape of women on screen for decades. How do female filmmakers deal with the subject? The Light of the Moon, written and directed by Jessica M. Thompson, and M.F.A., written by Leah McKendrick...

SXSW 2017 Review: T2 TRAINSPOTTING, The Boys Are Back in Town and It's Not a Pretty Sight

Kicking heroin and staying off it for 20 years is only the first step for Renton. Facing the likely elimination of his office job, Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh, Scotland in search of something he cannot yet identify. Lost...

SXSW 2017 Review: BABY DRIVER, Grand Entertainment on a Funny, Thrilling Ride

Voom voom voom! So begins Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which finds Ansel Elgort behind the wheel as a getaway driver, rocking out to the a song blasting from the buds planted in his ears. In the privacy of his own...

SXSW 2017 Review: DIVINE DIVAS Goes Behind the Curtains

Vibrant and enlightening, Divine Divas peeks behind the curtains of the Rival Theatre in Brazil, which was one of the first in the country to showcase men dressed as women in the 1960s. Eight artists have gathered for a 50th...

SXSW 2017 Review: CALIFORNIA DREAMS, Questioning the Meaning of Life

Taken at face value, Mike Ott's California Dreams is a slowly-drawn portrait of ordinary people who harbor dreams of something better. It mixes documentary footage and staged scenes without demarcation. To what effect? That is left up to the viewer...

SXSW 2017 Review: BAD LUCKY GOAT, Two Siblings on a Comic Dramatic Journey

A brother, a sister, a goat. A relaxed charmer, Bad Lucky Goat is some kind of wonderful. It starts with an appetizer that establishes its milieu, a ramshackle island community in the Caribbean. The area is in Colombia, South America,...

Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Lovely, Long, Lyrical, Lesser

A tale as old as time is refurbished with new materials for reasons that are not readily apparent in Beauty and the Beast. It's the cinematic equivalent of someone blowing all the dust off a 25-year-old piece of furniture and...

70s Rewind: THE OTHER, Sun-dappled Horror in Hiding

A few weeks before five men were arrested for breaking and entering into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. the film version of Tom Tryon's popular novel The Other was released in U.S. theaters....

IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD Trailer: Katabuchi Sunao's Animated, Wartime Tale

After debuting in its native Japan last November, Katabuchi Sunao's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) is heading for release in Hong Kong on March 30, and so we have a trailer to gaze upon....