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Japan Cuts 2018 Sneak Peek: New Work from Naomi Kawase Leads an Eclectic Slate

Summer in New York City means Japan Society presenting another round of delish contemporary Japanese films, ranging from the weird and macabre, to the sincere and bubblegum apeshit insane! It's all happening, starting today, July 19, and roaring until July...

New York Asian Film Festival 2018 Sneak Peek: Weird, Wild Summertime Cinema

With the summer heat on full blast this coming weekend in New York, patrons of the five burroughs may want to consider the cool and also very hip insides of a movie theater for proper retreat and enjoyment. And what...

BAMcinemaFest 2018 Dispatch: Spotlighted Selections

The tenth edition of BAMcinemaFest, screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Rose Cinemas and the BAM Harvey Theater through July 1, continues its tradition of showcasing bold, idiosyncratic, and accomplished cinematic visions in American independent cinema, along with...

70s Rewind: GREASER'S PALACE, Jesus Christ in the Old West

Watching Greaser's Palace (1972) for the first time without having any idea that it was a Christ parable, I was completely bewildered. It's newly available on Blu-ray from Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing and looks absolutely lovely. The disc is...

Friday One Sheet: THE UNSEEN

If you quote the columnist on the poster, you get into the poster column. All kidding aside, I was a big fan of Geoff Redknap's The Unseen, a Canuck-indie take on The Invisible Man story, and the quirky original artwork...

Have Your Say: Sitting Through The End Credits Because The Music Is So Good...

Not everyone is inclined to watch the end credits of a film. Many broadcasting channels even cut them off, a practice I find frown-worthy to say the least. But sometimes a film ends and even though there's no after-joke or...

Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival Proves Inclusion is Good for Business

Nestled in the birthplace of one of the world’s most powerful corporations, yet far away from any city that one would instinctively consider a progressive hub, the Bentonville Film Festival (now in its fourth edition), is an event fueled by...

CineMage - Episode One: How Old is the Cinema and Why am I Here?

U.S. Editor Benjamin Umstead's new column studies the intersections between film culture, social systems, mental health and the nature of self-awareness and actualization through a humorous lens.

Tribeca 2018 Dispatch: Showbiz Documentaries

The typical showbiz documentary, like the true-crime doc, the unexplored-niche doc and so many other related subgenres, has its hooks, its patterns, its agendas. What’s neat about some of the showbiz docs at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) this year...

70s Rewind: VIGILANTE FORCE, Brotherly Love and Action Galore

As we edge into a world where Hollywood blockbusters threaten to consume every weekend in every theater in every country throughout the world, it's a relief to sit back, relax, and watch Vigilante Force (1976), which is far more entertaining...

Cinedelphia 2018 Line-Up Unveiled: Jessica Harper, Frank Henenlotter to Attend

Whoa, PhilaMOCA is going to experience some crazy things next month! And if you've never heard of them, they're an art space in Philedelphia housed in a former mausoleum! Anyway, the Cinedelphia Film Festival (which runs April 12-30) has released...

Friday One Sheet: LOWLIFE

It is a good day if you like the Character-Collage style poster, as indie-LA picture Lowlife has released a good one in anticipation of their April 6th release. Warm yellow-orange colour tones showcase the Luchador at the centre of the...

Natasha Kermani on Crafting IMITATION GIRL

One of the more unique films I've seen lately is Natasha Kermani's Imitation Girl, a sci-fi indie drama that's made a splash on the festival circuit. The film stars Lauren Ashley Carter (Premium Rush, Darling, Jug Face) in dual roles --- one as...

Oxford Film Festival 2018 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema and Community in The Little Easy

What is a film festival? In my ten years attending such events -- sometimes as a critic, other times as a filmmaker and then a programmer -- this is a question I continue to ask every time I step into...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2017 Part 2

The Year of the Dog doesn’t kick off until this Friday, so technically it is not yet the end of the year, and I’m prepared to argue this point until I’m blue in the face. But who am I kidding?...

Notes on Streaming: Amazon's ABSENTIA Frustrates, While BRITTANIA Sprawls

Health alert: before binge-watching Absentia, make sure to limber up your eyeballs, because they'll be rolling in their sockets a lot once the series gets rolling. In that respect, Absentia reminds me of the first season of the murder-mystery series...

Notes on Streaming: DIRTY MONEY, Six More Reasons to Get Angry

All corporations are in business to make money. Some corporations, however, manifest greed, putting the bottom line above all other considerations, such as the law, and in Dirty Money, a new series on Netflix, we have the opportunity to behold...

Notes on Streaming: GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS and THE FROZEN DEAD (GLACE) Both Surprise

Also: Jack Black's serio-comic The Polka King and must-see Irish thriller Bad Day for the Cut. Is it just me, or do January's new offerings on streaming services feel ... er, kinda non-essential? Expectations may play a bigger role this...

Slamdance 2018 Preview: 15 Must-See Films

A slew of fresh and dynamic filmmaking voices await you at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 19 - 25. Once the upstart step-sibling of the once Indie minded Sundance, Slamdance (entering its 24th year) is...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite John Carpenter Film?

Many salutations and congratulations to director and composer John Carpenter, who turns seventy years old this very day! While it's been a while since one of his films has turned into a classic, his resumee boasts a fair few already,...