Indie Reviews

TARGETS Blu-ray Review: Criterion Hits the Mark with Peter Bogdanovich's First Great Film

Boris Karloff headlines Bogdanovich's frightfully apt sniper horror film.

Cannes 2023 Review: MAY DECEMBER, Delicious Ides

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore star in a new film by Todd Haynes.

THE WRATH OF BECKY Review: Teenage Girl Versus Upscale White Supremacists

Lulu Wilson and Seann William Scott star in a brutal thriller, directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote.

THE HOLE IN THE FENCE Review: The Cruelty is the Point

"The rich are very different from you and me." F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said this with an apparently envy and longing to be rich. And there is a idea that most people want to be rich - but really, most...

Cannes 2023 Review: BLACK FLIES, Intense Portrait of Paramedics' Reality

Tye Sheridan and Sean Penn star in a dramatic thriller directed by Jean-St├ęphane Sauvaire, co-starring Katherine Waterston, Michael Pitt and Mike Tyson.

THE THIEF COLLECTOR Review: Engaging Real-World Art-Heist Doc

Allison Otto directed the documentary.

MASTER GARDENER Review: A Kind of Staid Pastiche

Director Paul Schrader's new film stars Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Quintessa Swindell.

BROOKLYN 45 Trailer: The Ghosts of War Never Fade Away

A new Ted Geoghegan film gets us at ScreenAnarchy interested. He takes familiar horror tropes and makes them decidely unfamiliar in the most intimate and terrifying way, be that a haunted house in We Are Still Here or anti-colonial monsters...

THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE Review: A Chorus of Anger and Longing

Cows might be one of the few animals whose 'wild' version no longer exists; now bred solely in domestication, they represent how humans have forcibly adapted the natural world for our wants, without regard to the consequences. But now the...

MAD CATS Review: Japanese Action Comedy Lands Jokes And Punches

Taka receives a cryptic message about his missing brother, Mune. The message plays out, ‘Infiltrate the captor’s lair, find his brother, steal a mysterious object, and don’t let anyone see you’. In capable hands, this might be a piece of...

GIVING BIRTH TO A BUTTERFLY Review: When It's Time to Board The Next Train

Tolstoy once famously wrote that every unhappy family is unhappy in their own way. You could substitute the word 'unhappy' for 'eccentric' or 'detached from reality'. It's not uncommon for married couples, and their children as they grow into their...

Chicago Critics 2023 Review: SANCTUARY Is More SECRETARY Than BASIC INSTINCT

Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott star; Zachary Wigon directed.

CARMEN Review: Opera Tale Reimagined As Immigration Drama

Melissa Barrera and Paul Mescal sing and dance in choreographer-turned-director Benjamin Millepied's debut feature.

QUEENS OF THE QING DYNASTY Review: The Poetry of Queerness and Camaraderie

It will come as no surprise to observe that most countries/societies in the world are set up to accommodate and bolster a very narrow group of people, based on race, sexual preference, gender identity, class, religion, physical ability, and perhaps...

IndieLisboa 2023 Review: HERE Finds Solace in Simplicity, Human Touch

Stefan Gota and Liyo Gong star in Belgian filmmaker Bas Devos' breathtaking ode to nature and human connection.

Hot Docs 2023 Review: ANGEL APPLICANT Reveals the Art of Survival

Ken A. Meyer directed, created an emotionally engaging, culturally relevant, and socially influential double portrait of artist Paul Klee and himself, dealing with the same disease.

TIME OF ROSES Blu-ray Review: Uchronic Romances are Always Political

There is something unique about science fiction films of the late 1960s and early 1970s. At least in films from western countries, they were made at a time of great political upheavel, a time when space travel and exploration was...

POLITE SOCIETY Review: Little Sister Fighter to the Rescue

Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Renu Brindle star in the action comedy, directed by Nida Manzoor.

Calgary Underground 2023 Review: CASH COW, Educational Deadpan with a Dash of Self Absorption

Is there such a thing as charming narcissism? Inclusive self-absorption?  Apparently, yes, it can be a thing. Matt Barats’ one-man-show pandemic documentary, where he draws parallels between his situation to the prophet of Mormonism, is a black swan. The film...

THE ARTIFICE GIRL Review: Indie Sci-Fi Done Right

Franklin Ritch, Sinda Nichols, David Girard, and Lance Henriksen star in the sci-fi mystery thriller, directed by Franklin Ritch.