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Sundance 2018 Review: MANDY, a Revenge-filled Feast of Visual Delights

In describing Panos Cosmatos' Mandy, the first word that comes to mind is 'admiration.' The picture reflects the singular, unique, and uncompromising vision of its director. Producing an auteur-driven horror film is an admirable feat in a business that often...

Slamdance 2018 Review: THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT, Educational Nightmares

I do not envy anyone working in the public school system in the United States. Teachers are overworked and underpaid, administrators are caught between helping the teachers and serving the parents; some students get lost in the shuffle, while others...

Slamdance 2018 Review: ROCK STEADY ROW Rewrites the College Experience

The elitism and sexism that tend to accompany higher learning takes a beating in Travis Stevens' delightfully anarchic free-for-all.

Blu-ray Review: I, DANIEL BLAKE, a Triumph of Compassion

It's a bit embarrassing to admit, but before watching I, Daniel Blake for this review, I had never seen a single Ken Loach film. I hadn't been avoiding them, they had just never been in front of me at the...

Review: Anurag Kashyap's MUKKABAAZ, The Tale Of A Boxer Fighting For What's Right

These are tense times in India, and that tension has been increasingly reflected in their popular art even when the art isn't necessarily about the sources or direct effects of conflict. The biggest source of enmity and division in the...

68 KILL Blu-ray Review: Neo-Grindhouse Still Polarizes, Thrills

Back in August, I interviewed director Trent Haaga and actor (sometimes director) Matthew Gray Gubler at Fantasia for their new movie, 68 Kill. You can read that interview here and Josh Hurtado's review here. If you read both articles, you'll...

Notes on Streaming: BEFORE I WAKE, Of Dreams, Nightmares, and the Grief That Never Sleeps

On the basis of Hush, Gerald's Game and now Before I Wake Mike Flanagan has become the King of Streaming, at least in the broad field of horror. Even though it's now identified as "A Netflix Original," if things had...

Review: HOSTILES, A Dive Into the Complicated Soul of a Man Possessed by Hate

Writer/director Scott Cooper's latest film, Hostiles, starts with a bang and ends with a whimper, but it's what happens in between those diametrically opposed sensations that makes this one of the most engaging and complex films of 2017. Cooper hits...

Review: DEVIL'S GATE, a Likable Mix of Horror, Mystery and Sci-Fi

I confess to a high level of appreciation for low-budget films that defy easy categorization, such as Devil's Gate. The opening sequence resembles that of a backwoods horror experience that will be grungy and nasty, leaving behind a trail of...

Blu-ray Review: Alexander Payne's ELECTION Gets the Criterion Vote

What is that irritating buzzing sound, anyway...? Is it a bee? In this movie, they’ve been known to sting philandering high school teachers, right in the eye. Is it the flickering fluorescent lighting in George Washington Carver High School? That’s...

Review: Errol Morris' WORMWOOD, a Masterpiece for Our Dark Times

Expansive in its scope, engrossing, structurally daring and thoroughly watchable Wormwood is a true masterpiece in the age of rampant misinformation and distrust.

Review: KALEIDOSCOPE Is Beautiful and Fragmented

Lots of mentally fragile guys are obsessed with their mothers, especially when it comes to cinematic tropes. Of course, there's Psycho, a giant of a film and a close cousin to Rupert Jones' debut feature, Kaleidoscope. Out today on VOD...

Review: AVAL Turns Indian Horror On Its Head With A Topical Possession Story

While India hasn't exactly been a hotbed of internationally recognized horror films at any point in its long cinema history, the perception that all the country has to offer are glitzy musicals is slowly beginning to give way to the...

ANOTHER WOLFCOP Review: Canadian Horror Comedy Sequel a Better Version of The Original

Lou Garou returns as the town of Woodhaven's alcoholic werewolf cop. With the new police chief Tina and the proverbial many more WolfCop must spring into action when eccentric and possibly evil businessman Sydney Swallows seduces the town with a new...

Review: THE DISASTER ARTIST Digs Deep, Dreams Big

I think we were all pretty skeptical upon hearing the announcement that James Franco would be bringing the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room to the big screen over three years ago; at least those of us...

Blood In The Snow 2017 Review: KILL ORDER, A Showcase Of Canadian Talent In Sci-fi Action Flick

David is high school student who struggles with random horrific visions and seizures at home. In the middle of class gunmen storm in his classroom and attempt to take him captive. He breaks free from his captors and awakens powers...

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.

Blu-ray Review: Landmark Lesbian Drama DESERT HEARTS Looks Tremendous and Feels Almost as Good

A woman arrives in Reno by train and will leave the same way, with one seismic difference: she has met and fallen in love with Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a local artist and resident free-spirit. The year is 1959, and Vivian...

Review: AFTER LOVE, The Anger and Sadness of Divorce

A while ago, a judge in the UK proposed to make it harder for people to get married, and easier for them to get divorced. The logic being, that too many people get married without properly thinking it through; love...

Now on Blu-ray: Sergio Martino's TORSO Looks Great From Shameless Films

Shameless Films in the UK continues their commitment to sharing the best in classic sleaze with their new UK Blu-ray premiere of Sergio Martino's Torso. The company has recently released two of Martino's other classic giallo films on Blu-ray -...