Reviews

Imagine 2022 Review: EXHIBIT #8 Displays Dutch Found Footage Fun

This year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam featured no less than two Dutch genre world premières: the dystopic science fiction drama Sputum (reviewed here) and Rotterdam-based director Ruben Broekhuis' found footage thriller Exhibit #8. What? Yes, found footage. No, don't run...

Review: WOMEN TALKING, Director Sarah Polley Breaks Out

Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jesse Buckley, Ben Whishaw, and Frances McDormand star in the excellent feminist film.

Now Streaming: SLOW HORSES, More Than a Brisk Trot

Gary Oldman and Jack Lowden star in the captivating spy series. Season 2 debuts globally today on Apple TV+.

Review: TROLL, Waking a Sleeping Monster

Directed by Roar Uthuag, the action-adventure stars Ine Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Gard B. Eidsvold. Now streaming on Netflix.

Review: VIOLENT NIGHT, Die Hard With a Christmas Vengeance

On an event-free morning, afternoon, or possibly evening, longtime friends, high-school classmates, and screenwriting partners Pat Casey and Josh Miller (Sonic the Hedgehog I and II) turned to each other and simultaneously said: “What if Die Hard … but with...

Review: A WOUNDED FAWN, Blood and Freakiness Abound

Director Travis Stevens spins a mesmerizing tale of horror, starring Josh Ruben and Sarah Lind, now streaming on Shudder and AMC+.

Review: NR. 10, Mysterious, Diabolical, Delectable, Quite Wonderful

A new film by writer/director Alex van Warmerdam ('Borgman'), starring Tom Dewispelaere, Frieda Barnhard and Hans Kesting.

Review: THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER, Just the Right Level of Creepiness

It might be something bred into us when we're in the womb: a need to please our parents. Or at least, to have some kind of effect on them. The memory of how we either succeeded or failed can haunt...

Review: THE HARBINGER, Smart, Resonant, Scary

If there’s one thing that has shown the interconnectedness of humanity in the last few years, it is the global Covid-19 pandemic. While responses may have been different in different regions, virtually every person on the planet was forced to...

Review: THE MENU Expertly Balances Humor and Horror

Hungry for social satire? The Menu is pretty palatable. It follows other recent films pitting the rich against the poor: Ready or Not (2019), The Platform (2019), and Triangle of Sadness (2022) are three examples that do it well. If...

Review: WHITE NOISE, Calculated Comedic Chaos and Commentary

Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig tune in for Noah Baumbach's existential ride.

Review: LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, Cheerful Tribute to Classic Asian Action Movies

It's a very fine line to walk when your film is metatextual; movies about the making of a movie, particularly the movie that's being made, means understanding the language of cinema deeply enough to make the references without killing the...

Review: NANNY, Enthralling, Unsettling Immigrant Horror

Nanny, writer-director Nikyatu Jusu's impressively-imagined, impressively crafted feature-length debut, brilliantly explores one aspect of the the 21st-century immigrant experience that's too often left either unexamined or under-examined on film, TV, and cable. Wrapped inside cleverly executed supernatural/horror genre tropes with...

Review: WEDNESDAY, A Showcase for Jenny Ortega's Considerable Talents

Since New Jersey-born cartoonist Charles Addams’s eponymously named family made the jump from comics to television in 1964 (the brilliantly morbid, short-lived series lives on via syndicated perpetuity), the Addams Family has returned periodically in animated and non-animated form since,...

Review: ECHO 3, They Grabbed My Wife and His Sister. We're Coming For You.

Michael Huisman, Luke Evans and Jessica Ann Collins star in the series, created by Mark Boal and debuting globally on Apple TV+, that aims to explore deeper issues than the action that predominates.

Cork 2022 Review: ARVÉD, Occultist Biopic as Transcending Ritual

Czech director Vojtech Mašek's feature debut folds a psychological and political thriller into a mystery drama, enwrapped in a biopic about the infamous Czech occultist drawn to the dark side.

Review: BONES AND ALL, Young Cannibals in Love

Timothée Chalamet reunites with his Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino for another unconventional romance, the cannibal road movie Bones And All, adapted from Camille DeAngelis’ award-winning 2016 novel of the same name.   Chalamet is just one...

Review: THE FABELMANS, Dreams Can Also Be Fun

Dreams are scary. In The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg puts his own childhood up on the big screen, through the Dream Factory, with the help of many of his regular collaborators, including screenwriter Tony Kushner (Munich, Lincoln), John Williams (Jaws, Indiana...

Review: STRANGE WORLD, Top-Notch World-Building, A-Level Animation

For Strange World, its 61st feature-length animated film in its 85-year-old history, Disney Animation Studios tapped veteran animator Don Hall (Raya and the Last Dragon, Moana, Big Hero 6) and playwright-turned-screenwriter Qui Nguyen (Raya and the Last Dragon), the former to...

Los Cabos 2022 Review: THE BEASTS, A Potent and Complex Exploration of Mundane Violence

The Spanish-French production The Beasts (As bestas), directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, takes place in a Galician village, although its central characters are a couple of French farmers, who have been living there for a couple of years, Olga and Antoine,...