Reviews

Lund Fantastic 2021 Review: IN THE SHADOWS, Resistance Grows

Erdem Tepegöz' science fiction mindfuck thriller In the Shadows has won awards in its home country of Turkey at several festivals, for best film, best director, best art direction and best music, and has received nominations aplenty in several other...

Review: ANKLE BITERS, Step-Parenting Can Be Murder

Being a step-parent is no easy task; how much can you, or should you, 'parent' your partner's children? Do you try to be their friend or remain an outsider? And what if yoiu don't like them? And what if they...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Takes Another Trip down MULHOLLAND DRIVE

While Mulholland Drive might not be David Lynch's weirdest and least understandable film (I think that title goes to Inland Empire), it's still a film that people continue to dissect and debate, twenty years after its release. It remains one...

Now Streaming: THE TOWER, Suspense Mounts As Tensions Rise

Gemma Whelan and Jimmy Akingbola star in a gripping crime-thriller, now streaming on BritBox.

Review: SILENT NIGHT, A Catastrophic Christmas

Not all is as it seems when families and old friends meet up in the picturesque English countryside to enjoy what will turn out to be a revelatory last Christmas supper together, but there's something they know that we don't...

Review: WEST SIDE STORY, Steven Spielberg Sings

Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zeglar, and Rita Moreno star in a musical romance, directed by Steven Spielberg, opening December 10, in movie theaters only.

Review: BENEDETTA Reimagines A Nun's Life As a Softcore Thriller

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the biographical drama stars Virginie Efira, Daphne Patakia and Charlotte Rampling.

Review: FLEE, Guise and Truth in Animated Documentary on Flight of the Refugees

Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated documentary chronicles the harrowing journey of an Afghan war refugee.

Blu-ray Review: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA: THE COMPLETE FILMS, Essential Entertainment

Tsui Hark's magnificent reinvention of Wong Fei-hung, starting with Donnie Yen, gets a deluxe treatment as The Criterion Collection scores a knockout with its box set.

Tallinn 2021 Review: OTHER PEOPLE, Social Realism Redefined, Cocky and Raunchy

Directed by Aleksandra Terpinska, the drama from Poland stars Jacek Beler, Sonia Bohosiewicz and Magdalena Kolesnik.

Review: LICORICE PIZZA, Paul Thomas Anderson Serves Up the Perfect Recipe

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and Tom Waits join newcomer stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman for a quality slice of life.

Now Streaming: THE BEATLES: GET BACK, One Last Time

John, Paul, George and Ringo are featured in director Peter Jackson's six-hour documentary series, now streaming on Disney Plus.

Tallin 2021 Review: UPURGA, Latvian Mystery Thriller is About More Than You Think

Andrejs is a rafting instructor who is haunted by a tragic event his past. When he learns that his sister, Mara, and her vlogging team want to go into the woods to shoot a bit for her vlog, he insists...

Review: HOUSE OF GUCCI, A Camp Classic in the Making

Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino star in a drama, directed by Ridley Scott, and now playing in theaters.

Review: HAWKEYE, Bring on the Flying Arrows

Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld and Vera Farmiga star in a fresh adventure from Marvel for Disney Plus.

Review: RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, An Enjoyable Enough Ride

Given the cross-over in aesthetics and storytelling techniques in cinema and video games (the former as an influence on the latter in the beginning, but the influence can be said to go both ways in recent years), there's always the...

Review: DRIVE MY CAR, Full of Humanity and Warmth

A new film by director Hamaguchi Ryûsuke stars Nishijima Hidetoshi, Miura Tôko, and Kirishima Reika. It opens in NYC on Wednesday, November 24, to be followed by a national roll-out in the U.S.

DOC NYC 2021 Review: ONCE UPON A TIME IN UGANDA, The Unlikeliest Success Story In Action Cinema

The greatest cinematic surprises often come from the unlikeliest beginnings. In the case of Cathryne Czubek's Once Upon a Time in Uganda, those beginnings are the slums of Wakaliga, Kampala, Uganda. The humble origin story of Wakaliwood and its ever...

Review: KING RICHARD, More Than Just Another Award-Worthy Turn By Will Smith

Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis and Jon Bernthal star in a biographical drama, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

Review: COWBOY BEBOP, Netflix's Adaptation of Beloved Anime Ignores What Made it Great

Let’s start with the good news.    The good news is that the original Cowboy Bebop anime is available for viewing right now on Netflix.   The bad news? Netflix took everything that was fun and wonderful about the original...