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Review: THE SWINDLERS Cons Viewers Out of Their Time

Stars Hyun Bin and Yoo Ji-tae go toe-to-toe in this month's The Swindlers, a loose and jazzy caper thriller that mines Korea's abundant fascination with grifters. Or at least that's what it attempts to do, as this blatant ripoff of...

Exclusive Creepy Clip: NAILS, Thick With Dread

In our creepy exclusive clip from Dennis Bartok's Nails, the room fills up with dread and then something happens ... well, I'll just stick with "creepy" as a descriptor, but I really like what it did to me. Described as...

Cinema One Originals 2017 Review: PAKI (PLEASE CARE), a Poignant Ensemble Piece on Family, Contempt, and Love

About two-thirds into Giancarlo Abrahan’s sophomore feature Paki, almost the whole of its ensemble start to gather around a table for a meal.   This is the first time the family’s matriarch Alejandra (acted to a tee by Dexter Doria)...

Review: THE FORTRESS, Sublime Political Allegory Closes Its Doors to the Uninitiated

One of the most impressive casts of the year lines up in the austere and languid period siege drama The Fortress. Led by Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok and Park Hae-il, performances are strong all around in this magnificently shot and...

Pingyao 2017 Review: LIFE GUIDANCE, a Conspiracy Against Non-Conformist, White-Collar Rage

Austrian drama Life Guidance sees a cult-like organisation installing aseptic conformism in Kafka´s The Trial reimagination in capitalistic dystopia

AFI Fest 2017 Review: NEWTON Welcomes Sharp Political Satire To The Jungle

Director Amit V Marsurkar burst onto the filmmaking scene in India back in 2013 with his debut feature, Sulemani Keeda (Writers). That film, the story of a pair of nobodies trying to break into Bollywood as screenwriters was regarded as...

Trieste 2017 Review: In ZOMBILLENIUM, the Working Dead Have a Bone to Pick with Classism

Who would’ve guessed that even in death it’s no easy feat to find reprieve from social strictures? Or maybe it just depends on where you end up kicking the bucket. As Hector, a coldhearted safety inspector, will soon find out...

Kolkata IFF 2017 Review: AVICHI Rewrites The Rulebook For Indian Cinema

Have you ever wondered what a cross between The Road Warrior and The Seventh Seal might look like? Well, with Varun Chowdhury's debut feature Avichi you get a glimpse into that world, and it is an exciting vision. A film...

Review: XANGADIX LIVES! Provides A Candid Look At Dutch Horror Classic THE JOHNSONS

Twenty-five years ago, Rudolf van den Berg's thriller The Johnsons was released in the Netherlands, which was remarkable in several ways. For starters, it was a horror film and we don't make too many of those over here. But even...

Trieste 2017 Review: European Fantastic Shorts (2) Mix Delight with Disappointment

On Saturday November 4, Trieste’s Rossetti theatre once more welcomed short filmmakers from around the world for the second chapter of the European Fantastic Shorts competition.Ten more slices of fiction vied for the top spot but compared to Friday’s lineup,...

Review: In THELMA, Nothing Happens Without a Butterfly Effect

Directed by Joachim Trier, Thelma follows the titular character played by Ellie Harboe -- a young, beautiful student -- as she ventures to Oslo, Norway for school. Growing up is hard enough, but when you have acute seizures and come from a staunch...

Trieste 2017 Dispatch: Science Fiction Both Familiar and Fresh Strikes a Chord With Festivalgoers

As is to be expected from a festival that calls itself Science + Fiction, sci-fi offerings or scientific documentaries make up the bulk of the feature film program. While in Trieste, ScreenAnarchy filled out the weekend by traveling back and...

Trieste 2017 Review: European Fantastic Shorts (1) Offer an Eclectic Array of Budding Talent

Shorts were in high demand at the Trieste Science + Fiction festival. Audiences showed up in droves, welcomed the opportunity to attend programming blocks that well exceeded the two hour mark and respectfully applauded each work regardless of whether or...

Blu-ray Review: THE UNTAMED Seduces and Frightens

One of my favourite films of 2016, and part of a new wave of great Mexican genre cinema, The Untamed is coming to Blu-ray and DVD via Strand Releasing. Amat Escalante's fourth feature film is part social realist drama, part...

Morbido 2017 Review: LA QUINCEANERA, Luchagore's Action Web Series Packs Emotional Punches

Alejandra Santos is about to turn 15 years old. She is becoming a woman and so it is time for her coming of age ceremony, the Quinceanera, a Latin American tradition. Alejandra is troubled though because her father is nowhere...

Morbido 2017 Review: TRAUMA, Savage Chilean Horror Flick Condemns a Military Regime

Chile 1978 - A father, and agent of Pinochet’s regime, forces his son to participate in the interrogation and torture of a political prisoner.    Chile 2011 - Four women, sisters Andrea (Catalina Martin) and Camila (Macarena Carrere), their cousin...

Blu-ray Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER Haunts Criterion

American actress Kristen Stewart and filmmaker Olivier Assayas are back, and this time, it’s PERSONAL. But more than that, it’s mysterious, unknowable. Here, we find that the mysteries one assumes to be central to any given story labeled as such...

Review: HEART BLACKENED, Well-Acted SILENT WITNESS Remake Emits Cool Pulse

Chinese court thriller Silent Witness gets a sober and effective Korean update with Heart Blackened, a polished new offering from Eungyo director Jung Ji-woo that features an unflappable Choi Min-sik leading a strong cast. More serious and thus more drawn...

Razor Reel 2017 Review: HOUSEWIFE, A Throwback to Late Night Cable Terrors of the '90s

Let no one say that young Turkish director Can Evrenol doesn't have an eye for film. Throughout his sophomore feature, the English-language horror film Housewife, Evrenol presents the viewer with enticing visuals, almost enough of them to distract from what...

Warsaw 2017 Review: FIND THIS DUMB LITTLE BITCH AND THROW HER INTO A RIVER, a Viral Video Gone Bad

Dutch writer-director Ben Brand brings digital-day morality served in Hanekenian style for young adults in his first feature Find This Dumb Little Bitch and Throw Her Into a River