Reviews

Blu-ray Review: THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD Runs to Criterion

Joachim Trier's unique award-winning jaunt of the heart comes home.

Blu-ray Review: HOTEL DU NORD, Criterion Takes a Poetic Stroll Through Carné's Paris

Paris is arguably the most romanticized city in the world, and no wonder, given the music, the wine, the food, and the stereotype of all of these things being enjoyed by all citizens all the time. Much of early 20th...

Review: THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman's Magnum Opus Gets the Streaming Treatment It Deserves

Between 1989 and 1996, a then little-known, British-born writer, Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Good Omens, American Gods), wrote what many justifiably consider an unequalled masterpiece of serialized comic-book storytelling and a standard-resetting, genre-redefining work of dark fantasy, The Sandman. Well before...

Review: BODIES BODIES BODIES, Funny, Surprising, Occasionally Even Scary

The storm raging outside is the least of their worries when a group of Gen Z friends turn on each other in Halina Reijn’s cocaine-fueled paranoid nightmare, Bodies Bodies Bodies. With a hurricane bearing down on them in less than...

Fantasia 2022 Review: SPECIAL DELIVERY, Park So-dam Slays The Streets Of Seoul In This Action Thriller

There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned car chase, and director Park Dae-min’s Special Delivery is chock full of them. Borrowing liberally from Hollywood bangers like The Transporter series, Baby Driver, and Drive; Special Delivery is the familiar story of a...

Review: WHAT JOSIAH SAW Screams With Quiet Violence

An oil company is buying up land around an all but dead American town in the South.   One of the last holdouts is the old Graham place on the outskirts. However, it comes with a warning - the land...

Review: PREY Bleeds Profusely

Amber Midthunder stars in director Dan Trachtenberg's newest entry in the Predator franchise.

4K Review: Paramount's EVENT HORIZON

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Event Horizon was unleashed in theaters. To commemorate this milestone, Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing this sci-fi horror suckerpunch next week (August 9th) in North America.  This 4K/Blu-ray combo release (with...

Review: LUCK and Its Many Consequences

Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Fonda star in an animated adventure, directed by Peggy Holmes, debuting globally on Apple TV+.

Review: BULLET TRAIN, Tarantinoesque Thrills Mix With John Wickian Action to Middling, Modest Results

With a generic title like Bullet Train, it’s fair to assume that all or mostly all of the action in film called Bullet Train will either unfold on a said bullet train (Shinkansen) or a bullet train will play a...

Fantasia 2022 Review: RELAX, I'M FROM THE FUTURE, Rhys Darby Charms In Time Travel Comedy

A casual time traveler unintentionally makes a mess of the future when his latest trip winds up having potentially catastrophic consequences in director Luke Higginson’s feature debut, Relax, I’m From the Future. Based on Higginson’s 2013 short of the same...

Review: PAPER GIRLS, Your Delivery Will Be Delayed

Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, and Fina Strazza star in the time-travel series, alongside Ali Wong, Sekai Abeni, Adina Porter and Nate Corddry, debuting globally on Prime Video.

Review: VENGEANCE, Sporadically Promising Feature Debut

Not to be confused with the literally hundreds of films sharing the same generic title, including at least one or two others this year alone, Vengeance, the big-screen, feature-length debut of The Office veteran B.J. Novak, is far from the...

Review: THIRTEEN LIVES, Thai Cave Rescue Dramatized With Respect and Reverence

A twist on the “if it bleeds, it leads” credo of local news coverage, national and international cable news thrives on spectacle: Disaster definitely sells; impending and/or drawn-out disaster sells even better. It can hold viewer engagement across hours, days,...

Fantasia 2022 Review: THE ELDERLY (VIEJOS), Who do They Turn to When No One at Home is Listening?

Manuel’s world comes to a sudden, screeching halt when his wife, Rosa, jumps from the balcony of their apartment building, killing herself. Beset by grief his son, Mario, insists that Manuel come and stay with him and his family, his...

Review: MEDUSA, Bold Bubble-gum Horror Pastiche

After premiering her feature debut Kill Me Please in the Orrizonti section at the Venice International Film Festival in 2015, the rising Brazilian filmmaker Anita Rocha de Silveira unveiled her sophomore feature at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021. Medusa was...

Review: RESURRECTION, An Irresistible Watch

In writer-director Andrew Semens’s (Nancy, Please) brilliantly twisty, disquieting psychological thriller, Resurrection, his first film since making his feature-length debut a decade ago, the central character, Margaret (an eerily transcendent Rebecca Hall) delivers a stunning, seven-minute monologue to an increasingly...

Review: HYPOCHONDRIAC, Confronting the Horror of Trauma

A thirtysomething man’s traumatic past won’t let him move on in first-time director Addison Heimann’s Hypochondriac. Heimann’s own mental and physical breakdowns inspired this story of an otherwise happy potter descending into paranoia as a result of long-term familial pressures...

Review: HE'S WATCHING, Stark Reminder of How Powerful Found Footage Can Be

Economic and production restraints on filmmakers have been hell for a while now. But it has made for some really interesting horror cinema. Hosts (2020) and We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) are among my favorite recent films....

Fantasia 2022 Review: THE BREACH, Squishy Lovecraftian Horror In The Woods

A police captain in his last days on the job gets sent on a mind-bending journey when a boat carrying a horrendously mutilated corpse ruins a family picnic in Rodrigo Gudiño’s latest horror story, The Breach. Based on the Audible...