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Tribeca 2018 Dispatch: The Many Pleasures of Horror

Perhaps not every horror fan will confess this, but we’re not always looking for masterpieces, or even movies that we’d recommend wholeheartedly. Instead, it’s all about moments and ideas, preferably ones that reflect the whole of the filmmaker’s heart and...

Tribeca 2018 Preview: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, running through April 29, is once again packed with films, talks, and moving image work beyond film such as VR, television, online work, and gaming events. The opening film is Lisa D'Apolito's Love,...

Best Mexican Cinema of 2017

2017… The year in which the Mexican Senate came up, out of nowhere, with the National Day of Mexican Cinema, a joke that - rather than an initiative of promotion and recognition - ended up being a vile movie marathon...

10+ Years Later: [REC] and the Found Footage Renaissance

The excitement surrounding Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's 2007 found footage film, [REC], is hard to explain to anyone who wasn't tracking horror movies 10 years ago. There was a palpable groundswell of anticipation among genre fans here on domestic...

The 10 Best Chilean Films Of 2017

Chilean Cinema of 2017 has been quite a ride. No one expected certain films to be good, and they were, some expected certain films to be masterpieces, and they ended up being among the worst dreck of the year, even...

Eric Ortiz's Favorite Movies Of 2017

In 2017, a pretty great year for cinema if you ask me, I watched around 115 new releases, some of them originally from 2016 due to the always conflicting Mexican distribution system. On the other hand, I was able to...

The Anatomy of 2017: World Cinema and Stand-Out Shows

The crash course in 2017 overlooked gems in the world cinema of 2017 and a handful of stand-out small screen joys

Santiago 2017 Preview: Chilean Cinema, Yoko Ono and European Invasion in Santiago

The 13th Santiago International Film festival, introduces more than a hundred international and domestic productions at the Chilean gathering.

Guanajuato 2017 Dispatch: BRIMSTONE & GLORY, ME GUSTA PERO ME ASUSTA

This time, from the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF), I review a couple of films related to Mexican culture. The first one is a documentary, made by a German filmmaker, about a massive fireworks festival that is celebrated every year...

Guanajuato 2017 Dispatch: RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, HELLO DESTROYER

The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) is celebrating its 20th edition with Canada as the spotlight country, Peter Weir and Fatih Akin as the principal guests, and certainly an interesting selection of films from all over the globe. Check out...

Tribeca 2017: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 16th edition, running at various venues through April 30. As usual, it doesn't lack for boldface names and big events, opening with Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary...

Art of the Real 2017: Series Preview

Art of the Real, a nonfiction filmmaking showcase at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, celebrates its fourth year with 27 films in the lineup, continuing the exploration of cinematic possibilities of the film/digital medium. This year, the...

New Directors/New Films 2017: 6 Must-See Selections

The 46th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films Festival screens from March 15 through 26. As always, it's an eclectic international showcase of interesting new talents and approaches to cinematic...

Ten Best Chilean Films of 2016

What a weird year it's been for Chilean cinema. If anything, it was a demonstration that the work critics do can sometimes weigh on the decisions that Hollywood makes. None of the films directed by Pablo Larraín (No, Post Mortem)...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Movies of 2016

This year, 23 Screen Anarchists from 11 countries around the globe shared with us 129 films for consideration in our collective top ten movies of 2016. Our criteria was simple: an individual contributor could include a film on their ballot...

7 Reasons Why the Valdivia Film Festival Is One Of the Most Important in Latin America

After the end of the Mar del Plata Film Festival last week in Argentina, I was left wondering which other festival could really come up and compete with the only A Class Festival of Latin America. No name came up...

Gamera Obscura: I Miss Guillermo del Toro

I suppose the tenth anniversary of the release of Pan’s Labyrinth would have done the trick all by itself. As with any such anniversary, you wonder where all the time went. And sometimes you wonder what exactly all those intervening...

Margaret Mead 2016 Continues to Innovate In Its 40th Year

The 40th edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, screening at the American Museum of Natural History through October 16, continues its mission of bringing audiences artful and fascinating global perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. Women's...

Guanajuato 2016 Dispatch: Demián Bichir on Jorge Michel Grau's 7:19

The opening night film for the second half of Guanajuato 2016 (the one that takes place in Guanajuato Capital) was Jorge Michel Grau’s 7:19, a drama set in the historic morning of 19 September, 1985, when Mexico City suffered a...

First Look 2016: Six Must-See Selections

The Museum of the Moving Image's First Look Festival, screening through January 24, is a wonderfully eclectic and eye-opening selection of films that transcend the boundaries of fiction, documentary, and experimental films. You can read Dustin Chang's overview of the...