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Chattanooga 2020 Review: SKULL: THE MASK (SKULL: A MASCARA DE ANHANGA), Blood And Gore Brings Joy to Your Heart, Before Ripping it Out

Skull: The Mask opens in 1944, where we see an ancient artifact being used in a military experiment and religious ritual. The object is a grotesque mask in the shape of a skull called the “Mask of Anhangá” who was...

Now Streaming: EMERGENCE, Elegy for a Lost Time

Allison Tolman and Clancy Brown star in the sci-fi series, now streaming on Hulu, though just cancelled on ABC.

Review: THE LOVEBIRDS, Light, Entertaining Fare as a Respite

Formulaic films exist for a reason: people like to know what they're going to be watching. Now, formulas can be tweaked over a long period so changes are slowly introduced that are more palatable to new generations, but still, people...

Chattanooga 2020 Review: THE WANTING MARE, A Fantastical and Haunting Fable

Some research on trauma has suggested that it can pass in DNA, from generation to generation; trauma so severe that literally gets written in our genetic coding, which we then pass on to our children. Perhaps it fades or becomes...

Review: Bruno Dumont's JOAN OF ARC, An Experiment in Austerity

On an intellectual level, I understand what Dumont, the famed contemporary auteur of French cinema, is doing with 'Joan of Arc.'

Now Streaming: BLOOD MACHINES, Bold, Naked Ambition

Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen, and Christian Erickson star in Seth Ickerman's strange sci-fi odyssey, now streaming on Shudder and filled with arresting images.

Review: INHERITANCE, Nobody's Getting Anything Substantial

Lily Collins, Simon Pegg and Connie Nielsen star in Vaughn Stein's mystery-drama.


When a publicist contacted us about reviewing writer-director Mark Cousins' latest series, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, I was ecstactic. As a filmmaker, I've been devouring his excellent The Story of Film at home on DVD ---...

Now Streaming: GOODNIGHT MOMMY Chills to the Bone

Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the horror-mystery, now streaming on Shudder, stars Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz and Susanne Wuest.

Now Streaming: THE DIRTIES Still Stings With Mad Style and Intelligence

Can you laugh with the boy holding the gun? The short answer is, "Yes." The slightly longer answer is, "Quite a lot, but with a hell of a caveat." And the longest answer is the rest of this review. Looking...

70s Rewind: ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ, We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Clint Eastwood stars in Don Siegel's muscular drama, based on a true story and now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Blu-ray Review: THE CRANES ARE FLYING Takes Off as Criterion Blu-ray Upgrade

To come out of the gate pronouncing Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 World War II Soviet Homefront drama The Cranes Are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) as one of the finest films ever made might be an accurate assessment, but it wouldn’t necessarily be bringing anything new...

Review: MONSTRUM, Very Silly, Very Gory, Fun Action Movie

Several entries were added to the sub-sub-genre of Korean history-slash-horror films in 2018 (and there's even a Korean historical zombie series, Kingdom, on Netflix). The Imagine Film Festival showed one of these early in 2019: Korean director Huh Jong-ho's historical...

Review: THE VAST OF NIGHT, A Superbly Accomplished and Riveting Tale

Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz star in Andrew Patterson's feature directorial debut.

Review: PROXIMITY, Close Encounters of the Strange Kind

Ryan Masson, Highdee Kuan, Shaw Jones, Christian Prentice and Don Scribner star in Eric Demeusy's sci-fi thriller.

Now on Blu-ray: THE GREAT ESCAPE, Tight Spaces, Ripping Adventures

Steve McQueen, James Coburn, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance and Richard Attenborough star in John Sturges' wartime adventure, now on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.

Review: SNOWPIERCER Chugs in Workmanlike Fashion

Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star in a television adaptation for subscription cable network TNT.

Review: In HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, Beanie Feldstein Shines

Gemma Arterton, Michael Sheen, and Emma Thompson also star in director Coky Giedroyc's lively comedy, inspired by a true story.

Review: CLEMENTINE Delivers Wrenching, Post-Breakup Drama

Otmara Marrero and Sydney Sweeney star in writer-director Lara Jean Gallagher's debut feature.

Now Streaming: DELIVERED, Pregnancy As Horror

Emma Tammi ('The Wind') directs the latest feature thriller in Hulu's 'Into the Dark' series from Blumhouse Television, starring Tina Majorino and Natalie Paul.