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Review: DAMSEL, Laughs Aplenty in Zellner Brothers' Western

Western tropes get punched straight in their often male-driven faces by a heroine in the Zellner Brothers' newest film.

London Indian 2018 Review: VILLAGE ROCKSTARS Follows A Young Girl's Dream Of Becoming A Musician

Written, directed, and shot by young filmmaker Rima Das, Village Rockstars is a beautiful expression of passion and hope based in a small village in rural Assam in northeast India. The Western perspective of what it means to be a...

London Indian 2018 Review: MEHSAMPUR Is A Challenging, Bracing Hybrid Documentary

On March 8th, 1988, Punjabi folk music icon Amar Singh Chamkila and his partner Amarjot Kaur were shot and killed as they pulled into the Punjabi town of Mehsampur. The crime remains unsolved, and the killers were never caught. In...

Oak Cliff 2018 Review: I AM NOT A WITCH, A Superb Film From A Prodigious New Talent

A young girl, unremarkable in any way, is walking down a path in rural Zambia. Suddenly, a woman walking ahead of her carrying a large bucket or water falls to the ground, losing her load. As the fallen woman looks...

Oak Cliff 2018 Review: VIRUS TROPICAL Explores The Life Of One Young Girl Searching For Her Grand Adventure

From first time feature director Santiago Caicedo, Virus Tropical is a wonderful look at the challenge of growing up through the eyes of a middle class girl from Quito in Ecuador. The film is a black and white animated feature...

Blu-ray Review: Prognosis for THE CURED is Bleak

Released at festivals in 2017 as The Third Wave, David Freyne's first narrative feature (now released as The Cured) nabbed not just Ellen Page (Hard Candy, Juno), who loved the script enough to sign on as both actor and producer,...

London Indian Film Festival 2018 Review: WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY Takes A Hard Look At A Clash Of Cultures

Director Iram Haq's What Will People Say is a powerful experience that has the potential to ruffle feathers on each side of the argument regarding the responsibilities of immigrants to assimilate into their adopted cultures. An Norwegian-Pakistani woman, here Haq...

Review: HEREDITARY, The Haunted House That We Call Home

Ari Aster's Hereditary is an emotionally devastating family thriller, a terrifying supernatural mystery, and one hell of a complex horror film. This is the kind of film that builds tension for every one of its one-hundred-twenty-seven minutes, and when that...

Review: 211, Cage Under Fire

The Law of Cage states that for every good movie he makes, Nicolas Cage must then act in four or five bad ones. Now that Brian Taylor’s insane Mom & Dad and Panos Cosmatos’ festival favorite Mandy have gotten good...

Review: WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?...   If you were a child growing up in the United States between the late 1960s and early Aughts...

Review: SEQUENCE BREAK, An EnGROSSing Techno Horror

Oz prefers to stay indoors, tinkering with and fixing old cabinet video game systems. He is very good at what he does but business is not what it used to be and his boss Jerry has broken the bad news...

Review: UPGRADE, Smart, Violent Science-Fiction For Action Film Fans

A little bit David Cronenberg, a little bit Taylor/Neveldine, Leigh Whannell's Upgrade is a future-shock action horror film sure to keep fans of high intensity science fiction happy.   Logan Marshall-Green is Grey Trace, a technophobic retro-gearhead in a near...

Review: THEY REMAIN, Creeping Terror in Isolation

Isolation can play funny tricks on you. But then, how do you know what's just a trick of the mind, and what might be real? In Philip Gelatt's sophomore feature They Remain, two people discover hidden corners of their minds...

Blu-ray Review: IT'S ALIVE TRILOGY Kills

I have always enjoyed the cinematic comfort food made by Larry Cohen (Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, God Told Me To), and so I jumped at the opportunity to review Scream Factory's new Blu-ray box set, the It's Alive...

Review: Something Lurks in the Waters Off ISLAND ZERO

Director Josh Gerritsen’s Island Zero wears its influences proudly on its sleeves, and they become readily apparent as soon as you read the synopsis. The story of an isolated fishing community being attacked by Something Horrible that comes out of...

Cannes 2018 Review: YOMEDDINE, The Outcast's Journey of the Heart

Many of us likely consider ourselves outcasts in one way or another, that something about us has set us apart from common society, and we are bullied and dismissed for it. That might be true, but for some, it can...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: SHIRKERS, Weaponized Narcissism

Sandi Tan is the writer, director, narrator, and star of Shirkers, the documentary slash true crime story of her first film (also called Shirkers) which she made with her high school pals, and a mysterious American benefactor. The benefactor, named...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: DREAMING MURAKAMI, Found In Translation

The perfect sentence does not exist. Language is a way of thinking, but it is a boundary, not the infinite. Perhaps, there is a perfect thought. Or a perfect dream. There is very likely a perfect musical note. Language remains...

Imagine 2018 Review: KING COHEN Has Always Entertained Us

Documentaries about film have always been received well at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and Steve Mitchell's King Cohen, which was shown this year, is not an exception. It helps of course that the subject of the film, writer-director-producer...

Blu-ray Review: DEAD MAN On Criterion Remains One Of Jarmusch's Defining Films

Jim Jarmusch is a filmmaker whose work helped to define me as a young cinephile twenty-five years ago. I was a high school kid in the suburbs and getting to an arthouse theater involved driving upwards of an hour to...