Reviews

Cannes 2024 Review: THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE, A Potent Period Drama

One of the first nominees for the Palme d’or that was presented this year at the Cannes International Film Festival was The Girl with the Needle (Pigen med nålen), a great Danish drama, shot in black and white, set at...

Cannes 2024 Review: In THE SECOND ACT, Quentin Dupieux Continues to Amuse

Quentin Dupieux’s new film The Second Act (Le deuxième acte) opened the 77th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival. It’s noteworthy that it’s a Netflix co-production and, although this could mean that Dupieux eventually reaches many more people, there’s...

SOLO Review: Love that Elevates, Love that Destroys

How can we know what makes us happy? More importantly, how can we trust the people around us to make us happy, support us in our happiness, provide us with the love and care we deserve? And how can we...

Book Review: THE SWEETEST TABOO: AN UNAPOLOGETIC GUIDE TO CHILD KILLS IN FILM

This one’s for all the weirdos out there, and I say that with love. There’s a brand-new book out that explores the theme of wee ones getting offed in cinema… and it’s hilarious. At least it is if this subject...

TRYING S4 Review: So You Still Want to Be a Parent?

Rafe Spall and Esther Smith star in a warm and witty British series, now streaming on Apple TV+.

FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA Review: George Miller's Prequel Hits On All Cylinders

Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star.

MURDERESSES Review: Swirling Mysteries, Deadly Undercurrents

Izabela Kuna, Maja Pankiewicz, Eliza Rycembel, Mateusz Kmiecik star in the Polish murder-mystery thriller, now streaming on Viaplay.

Cannes 2024 Review: THE SURFER Rides the Wave of Nicolas Cage Gonzo Midnight Flicks

The actor-producer undergoes another full meltdown in captivating Australia-set curio.

Cannes 2024 Review: MOST PEOPLE DIE ON SUNDAYS, Affecting Funeral Drama Marred By Slow Pace

Personal, vaguely auto-fictional stories are de rigueur for first-time filmmakers, especially actors turning directors.Iair Said, seen in last year’s The Delinquents, makes an undistinguished debut after trying his hand at a couple of shorts.   Increasingly, subjects of coming-of-age tales...

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 Review: Why Are You Doing This?

Those lamenting the dearth of originality in films in this epoch of remakes/reboots/reimaginings/requels, etc find no challenge to their despair in Renny Harlin’s The Strangers: Chapter 1. The first of a planned – and already completed – trilogy of films...

Cannes 2024 Review: HOLY COW, French Cheese-Making Dramedy Is a Finely Crafted Debut Feature

Louise Courvoisier directed. A brash young man is humbled by provincial life.

BACK TO BLACK Review: Amy Winehouse Gets the Conventional Biopic Treatment

Marisa Abela stars in the music-themed drama, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

IF Review: John Krasinski's Muddled, Moving Fantasy-Drama

Ryan Reynolds stars in writer/director John Krasinski's latest film.

Now Streaming Review: THE BIG CIGAR, Rude, Rowdy, Righteous

Andre Holland stars as activist Huey P. Newton, with Alessandro Nivola as film producer Bert Schneider. Tiffany Boone, P.J. Byrne, and Marc Menchaca, also star in the Apple TV+ limited series.

COMA Review: Dealing with Lockdown, An Isolated Fever Dream

Bertrand Bonello wrote and directed; Louise Labeque and Julia Faure star.

Cannes 2024 Review: IT DOESN'T MATTER, A Black Man Comes of Age in Modern America

Jay Will and Christopher Abbott star as best friends in Josh Mond's second feature film after his 2015 debut, 'James White.'

Hot Docs 2024 Review: IMMORTALS Follows Iraqi Youth on the Frontlines

Swiss director Maja Tschumi presents a compelling exploration of the lives of Iraq's youth navigating the post-US invasion landscape, through the lens of the pivotal 2019 October Revolution.

AISHA Review: Quietly Powerful Drama with Mesmerizing Central Performance

Letitia Wright and Josh O'Connor star in director Frank Berry's piercing, timely new drama.

Cannes 2024 Review: TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN, Hong Kong's Nostaglia-Fuelled Gangland Throwdown

Since it was first announced back in 2013, the nostalgia-fuelled martial arts epic set within the labyrinthine back alleys of Kowloon Walled City has nurtured a mythical status to rival the notorious neighbourhood itself. Development of the project dates back...

CAAMFest 2024 Review: EXTREMELY UNIQUE DYNAMIC, When BFFs Test the Limits of Friendship

Harrison Xu and Ivan Leung star in a friendly, funny movie that plumbs the depths of friendship, written and directed by Xu, Leung, and Katherine Dudas.