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Blu-ray Review: BLUE SUNSHINE Rises on Blu-ray from Filmcentrix

Jeff Lieberman's Blue Sunshine is a fascinating bit of drug paranoia horror from the end of the era of free love. The film has recently been recovered and restored from the original 35mm negatives discovered in 2014. It's been on...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Sounds Orson Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

Orson Welles knew Falstaff. That is to say, as well as any twentieth century man could know a six-centuries-earlier construct character of William Shakespeare. Both men, by this time in their lives, had heard the deathly sounds of the chimes...

Now on Blu-ray: THE CANDY TANGERINE MAN & LADY COCOA, a Blaxploitation Double from Matt Cimber

One of the unsung heroes of '70s exploitation cinema is director Matt Cimber. The one-time husband of bombshell blonde Jayne Mansfield, Cimber made a career out of exploring the edges of popular cinema in a way that few others could...

Review: DON'T BREATHE Speeds Through Tight Turns With Wild Abandon

A muscular thriller, Don't Breathe manhandles a vaguely familiar premise into a fresh, frenzied experience. Directed by Fede Alvarez (2013's Evil Dead), the setup is brisk. Three Detroit teenagers (Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto) have made an art out...

Review: I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER Morphs From Teen Fiction to Murder Mystery to Cagey Thriller

"There is a savage beast in every man," wrote George R.R. Martin in A Storm of Swords, and American teenager John Wayne Cleaver has taken those words to heart. John (Max Records) lives in a small, cold town in the...

Review: KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, A Fascinating, RASHOMON-Style Meta Investigation

Christine Chubbuck, a news reporter in Sarasota, Florida, killed herself in an apparent suicide on live television in 1974. Because it took It place way before the internet age, and the only existing original videotape of the actual incident is...

Now on Blu-ray: DUKHTAR, Another Side of South Asian Cinema

Afia Nathaniel's drama Dukhtar was Pakistan's official entry to the Academy Awards back in 2015. While the film didn't receive the nomination, it was clear that this is a feature that resonated with audiences far beyond Pakistan's traditional film audiences....

Now On Blu-ray: OBSERVANCE Didn't Work For Me

Parker, a down on his luck private investigator is contracted to watch the goings-on at a young lady's apartment. In order to do so his employer, whose identity is a mystery and who communicates with Parker through an intermediary, finds...

Review: EINSTEIN'S GOD MODEL Burns with Science

Einstein's God Model is a small movie made of big ideas with an unfortunate title. Its preoccupation with science is its driving force, played out as an old school science fiction yarn, about men tampering in God's domain. Life beyond...

Review: MORRIS FROM AMERICA, Black Bodies in White Hands

Let me set a scene for you. A few years back at a party for filmmakers, one white filmmaker who has written and directed a critically acclaimed film with black leads says to another who has done the same: "I...

Review: Werner Herzog's LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, A Wry, Meditative Masterpiece About the Internet

A weak internet signal at my job caused massive delays in our daily operation the last couple of days, making us bang our heads against the table in sheer panic mode. This is where the internet got us: We are...

Now on Blu-ray: In LOVE & PEACE, Sono Sion Gives Us The Warmest Feelings

Japanese filmmaker Sono Sion made a lot of movies in 2015. Before the year was up, Sono had no less than six films on cinema screens around the world at festivals and back home in Japan. So far the only...

Review: HELL OR HIGH WATER Freshens Up the Tried and True Western

Bank robbers. Texas Rangers. A sun-drenched landscape. Oil derricks. Tumbleweeds. A loose cannon ex-con. A brother just trying to do the right thing. An aging lawman on the doorstep of retirement. Throw it all in a blender and you're bound...

Now on Blu-ray: Rudy Ray Moore's PETEY WHEATSTRAW, The Devil's Son-in-Law

Anyone who has ever been married knows that In-laws, even the kindest ones, are no joke. Now, just imagine if the father of your betrothed is the Devil himself. This is the predicament in which Rudy Ray Moore's Petey Wheatstraw...

Now on Blu-ray: Dolemite Returns in THE HUMAN TORNADO From Vinegar Syndrome

In the immediate aftermath of Rudy Ray Moore's Dolemite and its surprise success, it was decided that the team needed to keep the momentum going and a sequel was green lit almost immediately. Jerry Jones, who wrote the screenplay for...

Now on Blu-ray: PSYCHIC KILLER, Astral Projection Drive-In Horror

Back in the early 1970s, when Psychic Killer (also known as The Kirlian Effect) was made, astral projection was a big thing with leftover hippies. The idea was that through focused meditation and careful, thorough training, a person could project...

Review: COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS Dreams with Insight and Ambition

When we are faced with our dreams, not the ones we toil for in life, career, or romance, but the ones we are bathed in during sleep (and they very well may be the same ones as in waking), a...

Review: LET'S BE EVIL, Going Underground With Augmented Reality

What to do about children who are not in control of themselves -- and aren't particularly acting their age? Presented largely through the eyes of three adults, Let's Be Evil begins with a summer-camp vibe. Directed by Martin Owen, the...

Review: EMBERS, Fresh and Fascinating Sci-fi

When we talk about ourselves with others we often talk about impressions we have of the world, our opinions of it. But more often than not we talk about our memories. The time you fell off your bike and scrapped...

Fantasia 2016 Review: SHE'S ALLERGIC TO CATS, Disturbing and Comic in Equal Measure

So, what do you want from a weird, sketchy, indie genre film? How about a cool backstory, where the director (Michael Reich) supposedly funded the film in part by being a Daft Punk body double? Or how about mixing pop...