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NY Indian Film Fest 2017 Review: SIDE A SIDE B, A Love Affair Caught On Tape

It takes huge balls to make a film like Side A Side B. Frankly, I'm surprised that writer/director Sudhish Kamath can sit comfortably with what he must be packing between his legs in order to have conceived this little adventure...

Overlook 2017 Review: LIKE ME, or How the Meaninglessness of Social Media and Viral Videos Breeds its Own Madness

The horrors of our contemporary society are plentiful and genre films have always excelled at probing our cultural fears and discomforts. In Robert Mockler’s debut film, the paradox of the digital media age, which allows us to connect with everyone...

Review: BELOW HER MOUTH, Explicit Sex, Disappointing Story

Certainly, we need more films about women from women's perspective, and more films about lesbian love/sex/relationships told from that perspective as well. Unfortunately, such efforts do not always make for great films. Such is the case with Below Her Mouth....

Review: RUPTURE, Big Questions in a Claustrophobic Package

"Don't fight it. Let it happen. This confusion is all part of the process." This advice is repeated, often in a beatific manner, by the mysterious group of captors who are intent on, among other things, helping the audience navigate the...

Review: BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY Tells Musical History From a New Angle

In recent years, several documentaries have explored the mythical world of popular music in the 1960s, including Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom (about backup singers) and Denny Tedesco's The Wrecking Crew (about session musicians). Now comes Bang: The Bert...

Tribeca 2017 Review: THE ENDLESS, Monster with a Movie Camera

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's work has always been (at least in part) about intimacy and trust; particularly the intimacy of close relationships, and how problems manifest; and in the case of their films, they often manifest in the form...

Imagine 2017 Review: MOLLY Wins You Over With Perseverance And Ingenuity

Dutch science fiction films are few and far between, so when the Imagine Film Festival announced the world premiere of Molly, I was intrigued to say the least. And indeed, Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese have managed to create a...

Now on Blu-ray: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is a Fresh Take on the Undead

Director Colm McCarthy's The Girl With All the Gifts is one of the best zombie films ever made, and this Blu-ray release from Lionsgate is a solid treatment for this relatively low-budget marvel. The zombie film has become one of...

Review: THE LOST CITY OF Z, A Sumptuous and Elegant Epic, Lacking in Bravado and Zeal

An unabashedly old fashioned, bows-and-arrows school boy fantasy based on David Grann's non-fiction bestseller of the same name, The Lost City of Z stars Charlie Hunnam as a British army officer turned explorer, Col. Percival Fawcett, who had a perilous...

Review: In THE DISCOVERY, People Are (Literally) Dying to Experience the Afterlife

… Who would fardels bear,  To grunt and sweat under a weary life,  But that the dread of something after death,  The undiscovered country, from whose bourn  No traveller returns, puzzles the will,  And makes us rather bear those ills we have  Than...

Review: THE TICKET, Once I Was Blind, Now I Am a Jerk

Murmured words are shared between a man and woman in the intimate opening moments of Ido Fluk's character drama, accompanied by indistinct images in motion. What emerges clearly is the man relating a tale about a lottery ticket and God,...

Review: THE TRANSFIGURATION, Young, Black, and Obsessed with Vampires

Vampires seem uniquely suited, as a mythological figure, to examining issues of isolation and loneliness. Whether it be in the cold winters of Sweden or the sunny streets of California, the monster, with its dietary needs, limited daytime movement, and...

Review: THE VOID, Grim, No-Nonsense Horror

Following its Frontieres market pitch a few years ago and a successful Indigogo campaign, The Void shot in Canada last year with Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Ellen Wong, and Art Hindle. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 in...

Review: COLOSSAL, Comedy, Drama and Monsters Smashing Things Up

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo is no stranger to readers of these pages. His previous features Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial and Open Windows have held sway over many in the genre film community. In many ways, however, Colossal is his most accomplished and, in turn, most...

Review: THE HERETICS, Cult Members Have a Five Year Plan in Chad Archibald's Latest

Chad Archibald's The Heretics may be his best film to date as it displays his growth as a filmmaker and a storyteller.

Review: THE LEVELLING, Intense and Moving Portrait of Family Grief

Social realism has always been the cornerstone of British cinema; the lives of the working classes  have been a mainstay for UK filmmakers for decades. In recent years, both the creators of these films, and the subjects, are increasingly women;...

Boston Underground 2017 Review: HIDDEN RESERVES, Dystopian Noir of Money and Death

Insurance is one of the great oddities of the current economy. Pay money every month *in case* something happens. House and medical insurance might be there for you (provided your insurance company doesn't find a loophole to get out of...

Boston Underground 2017 Review: BITCH, A Hilarious and Vicious Bite at the Patriarchy

I doubt you would ever meet a woman who couldn't tell you about how, on a near daily basis, she must endure being dismissed, ignored or mistrusted by men. According to many, we are oversensitive, we exaggerate, we just 'need...

Boston Underground 2017 Review: FRAUD, A Twisted Look at Capitalism and the Public Image

What exactly do we mean when we say a film is a documentary? Do you mean a strict definition, in that a film is depicting or investing something that happened in reality? Or does it mean showing us things from...

Review: In BOKEH, It's a Nice End of the World

Jenai (Maika Monroe) and Riley (Matt O’Leary) are an American couple vacationing in Iceland. One morning, they wake up to find that they are inexplicably the last people left in the place, and the world. With this simple setup, Bokeh...