Reviews

Review: EMERGENCY, Much More Than One Crazy Night

There’s a moment in writer K.D. Dávila and director Carey Williams' (R+J) piercing, trenchant socio-political, feature-length adaptation of their award-winning Sundance Film Festival short, Emergency, where three big, tough-talking Black dudes drop all pretense of macho posturing once a drunk...

Review: NIGHT SKY, Full of Fabulous Stars and Mysterious Secrets

Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons star, which is reason enough to watch the Prime Video series.

Review: FIRESTARTER Fizzles

A family on the run, a little girl with immense powers she doesn’t understand and can barely control, and an evil covert organization desperate to harness the girl’s power for their own good. This is Firestarter, a new adaptation of...

Blu-ray Review: MISSISSIPPI MASALA, A Gorgeous Restoration of a Vibrant Romantic Drama

Romantic dramas are a bit too few and far between in recent years (at least good ones); have we become too cynical in the 21st century, has the burden of existence mean we too seldom scoff at those stories who...

Review: THE REVELATION Reveals An Emotionally Scarred, Scared, Scary Man

This April saw the return of the Amsterdamned Film Festival after two years of postponements and cancellations due to lock-downs. And what could be a better way to open such a long-missed event than with the world premiere of a...

Now Streaming: THE ESSEX SERPENT, Slithering Into Suspicion

Clare Danes and Tom Hiddleston lead an investigation into fear and mistrust, debuting globally on Apple TV+.

Fantaspoa 2022 Review: LEGIONS

The red moon, la luna roja, is coming, and with it the return of the demon Kuaraya and their quest to raise the Evil One. Antonio is all too familiar with Kuaraya. He is a legendary shaman, from a long...

Review: THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, Love Will Tear Us Apart

Rose Leslie and Theo James star in a beguiling new series from Steven Moffat ('Dr. Who').

Review: THE INNOCENTS, Beware, Children at Play

It can often be difficult to know when to trust a child; on one hand, we want to believe that children are innocent and good, and will tell us the truth. On the other, I've known plenty of children who...

Review: THE KIDS IN THE HALL, A Funny Kind of Love Story

The comedy troupe reboots for a new season via Prime Video. Also, the new doc 'Comedy Punks' gives a fresh perspective.

Udine 2022 Review: THUNDERBIRD, Money Makes People Do Bad Things in Grim and Gripping Korean Indie


Money can make people do funny things. It compels them to trust the wrong people, drives them to makes risky bets or, when all else fails, forces them to act out of desperation. Yet unlike riding a bike, when it...

Review: THAR, There's Blood on the Rajasthani Sand in Netflix's Latest Indian Thriller

A detective investigating a seemingly random murder in the rural Rajasthani desert turns out to be so much more in Raj Singh Chaudhary’s Thar. Nothing much happens in Munabao, a small town near the Pakistani border region of Rajasthan, but...

Review: IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE Defies Conventional Romances

The voice-over that starts Hong Sang-soo's In Front of Your Face is more like a prayer. It belongs to Sang-ok (Lee Hye-young), a serene faced, aging beauty crashing on the couch in her younger sister Jeong-ok (Cho Yun-hee)'s high-rise apartment...

Review: POUPELLE OF CHIMNEY TOWN, Heart Warming and Beautiful

Based on a children's book written by Japanese comedian Nishino Akihiro, Poupelle of Chimney Town is an anime film which premièred in Japan on Christmas of 2020. That's a fortuitous time of the year to see it for sure, as...

Review: HAPPENING Reflects on Not So Distant Past, Too Close for Comfort

The film is a stark reminder that if we don't keep up the fighting and push back, as absurd as it might sound, we might lose those rights we've been taking for granted.

Now Streaming: BOSCH: LEGACY, Still Searching for Justice

Titus Williver, Madison Lintz and Mimi Rogers star in the L.A. detective show, debuting on the Freeverse streaming service.

Blu-ray Review: EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE), Intimate Lives of Quiet Longing

African filma are sorely lacking in the Criterion collection, certainly not for lack of a quality cinema. And while most cinephiles might be familiar with the term 'Nollywood', the opportunities to see films from Nigeria, or many other African nations,...

Now Streaming: SHINING GIRLS, On the Trail of an Elusive Serial Killer

Elisabeth Moss stars in a metaphysical thriller, a new Apple TV+ series.

Review: In MEMORY, Liam Neeson Returns to Familiar Action-Hero Mode

The return of Martin Campbell, the Brit director who successfully rebooted the James Bond franchise not once but twice (GoldenEye, Casino Royale), on opposite sides of the millennium and gave English-language audiences Antonio Banderas as the title character in The...

Calgary Underground 2022 Short Film Short Review: CORNERS, A Bespoke Deadpan

Rory is a thorough man in a lackadaisical world. In the near future, Canada, and possibly the world has implemented a thorough set of guidelines for inspection and health of the corners of public buildings.   Rory takes his job...