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Review: AQUAMAN, Throwing Caution to the Sea, and Back Again

Get ready to get wet, for good reason.

Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Once More With Feeling!

As a moviegoer who has grown weary of the unending barrage of superhero offerings clogging multiplexes these days, I was not particularly looking forward to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Not only is it another addition to the dozens of comic...

Review: SWING KIDS, Tap Dancing Miracle Will Keep You on Your Feet Long after the Credits Roll

The Korean War tap dancing musical drama you never knew you needed, Swing Kids is a Christmas miracle from one of Korean cinema's most vibrant directors. After works such as Scandal Makers and Sunny, Kang Hyoung-chul has outdone himself with...

Review: CLARA'S GHOST, Families Don't Always Share Their Apparitions

What's most scary about Clara's Ghost is not the titular apparition, but the dysfunction it represents, at least for a non-performing member of a cynical show biz family. The film is set largely in and around the Reynolds family home...

Blu-ray Review: Peer Into Cinema's Great Missing Link With Criterion's THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

Has a movie ever had a more compelling opening twenty minutes than Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons? The director's 1942 follow-up to the "best film of all time" Citizen Kane (and, perhaps therefore, the ur-text of the supposed "sophomore curse"...

Review: DOORLOCK, Tense Korean SLEEP TIGHT Remake, Goes the Distance

A slow year for Korean thrillers gets a late shot in the arm with Doorlock, director Lee Kwon's tense remake of Jaume Balagueró's Spanish film Sleep Tight. Completely reworking the original narrative, actress Kong Hyo-jin anchors a story rooted in...

Review: AT ETERNITY'S GATE, Glorious Sunlight, Overwhelming Shadow

Few visual artists have been examined and mythologized as much as Vincent Van Gogh. He's been portrayed by the likes of Kirk Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tim Roth; had several documentaries made about his life; at least one magnificent animated...

Review: HOSPITALITY, Mistakes Transform Into a Slow-Burn Thriller

In real life, we struggle to forget mistakes we have made and hope that our past misdeeds will never come back to haunt us. But the past can never be truly left behind, according to most movies I have seen....

Shivers 2018 Review: THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK

Writer-director Henry Dunham's thriller The Standoff at Sparrow Creek has met with controversy and criticism well before any footage was actually shown to an audience. Initially titled "Militia" and produced by Cinestate, the project had acquired a reputation for being...

Review: DEFAULT, Financial Thriller Overdraws Its Trump Card

Following a promising debut, Split director Choi Kook-hee steps up to the big league with the star-driven period financial thriller Default, a three-strand narrative detailing the calamitous week around Korea's IMF Crisis in 1997, featuring local leading lights Kim Hye-soo...

Review: SHOPLIFTERS, The Comfort Between the Chaos

It’s a common platitude, the choices we make defining us. But what about those we don’t make? The country we live in, the class we’re born into, our family, etc. They may or may not define who we are, but...

Review: THE FAVOURITE, Alternative, Off-Beat British Satire

Yorgos Lanthimos, the lauded king of Greek New Wave, seems to be having an indisputable renaissance since he has fallen in with British production company Film4. It may be sad that the director has since struggled to secure financing in...

Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE, Fantastic, Toe-Tapping Terror

What do you get when you mash up High School Musical, Shaun of the Dead, and The Nightmare Before Christmas? The answer is director John McPhail's brilliant new Christmastime zombie musical, Anna and the Apocalypse, one of the most joyful...

Review: Shankar's 2.0 Cranks Up The Crazy, But Forgets To Make Us Care

It's been a little over eight years since Shankar and Rajinikanth's masterclass of cinematic insanity Enthiran created a small viral whirlwind with its over the top science fiction action and disregard for logic. The film made a buttload of money...

Leiden 2018 Review: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST Exposes Sham of Conversion Therapy, Joy of Self-Love

In The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akhavan adapts the essence of Emily M. Danforth’s popular young adult novel into a quietly soaring work of vindication, the value of self-love and teen resilience in the face of grown-up arrogance and...

Blood In The Snow 2018 Review: ALIVE Dies at The End

A severely injured man wakes up on a hospital gurney, heavily bandaged in blood soaked bandages. He has no memory of what happened to him or how he got there. He panics, pulling tubes from his body and drags himself...

Blu-ray Review: URBAN LEGEND and URBAN LEGEND FINAL CUT

Scream Factory's has just released Urban Legend and Urban Legends: Final Cut, the first two films in the francicse. They're both out now, and both given nice releases with plenty of extras. Both films look good, but you may drive yourself a bit...

Review: NUMBER 37, South African Thriller Holds Surprises Around Every Corner

Many films either overtly or covertly play homage to other films. And it certainly takes a lot of courage to make a film that is an overt homage to a film as iconic as Rear Window. But then, South African...

Review: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, Cute Corporate Propaganda

Cute, colorful and cloying corporate propaganda, Ralph Breaks the Internet is occasionally amusing and insightful, but, more often, it's simply noxious, lacking any imaginative reach. Really, it's baffling, because Wreck-It Ralph swam in nostalgia for what it portrayed as the...

Morbido 2018 Review: ABRAKADABRA, The Onetti Brothers Final And Best Giallo Film

Lorenzo returns to the town where his father, Dante, The Great, died during an accident on stage during his magic act. Along with his assistant Antonella they bring their own brand of magic back to the theater where the tragedy...