Indie Reviews

Tribeca 2022 Review: AMERICAN PAIN Fuels American Dream For Unlikely Pharma Bros

Darren Foster's true crime documentary reveals the hidden and ridiculous side of the opioid crisis.

Tribeca 2022 Review: MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE, Animated Female Empowerment

Latvian-American animator Signe Baumane revisits her two short marriage stints and debunks the mythology of love in a semi-autobiographical feature film.

Tribeca 2022 Review: THE LOST WEEKEND: A LOVE STORY, Biography as a Footnote in Rock History

Directed by Eve Brandstein, Stuart Samuels, and Richard Kaufman, the documentary revisits an episode from rock 'n' roll history that came to be known as the Lost Weekend.

Review: CLARA SOLA, When Quiet Desperation Explodes

What does it mean to leave a life of quiet desperation? The quote's originator might have been referring to people's values, but we could take our own interpretation, of how too many people are unable to find happiness and contentment....

Review: MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, Disarmingly Wonderful

Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini star in the best film of the year, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp.

Review: In MAD GOD, Monsters Run Amuck

Master stop-motion animator Phil Tippett's unsettling, yet still somewhat perversely mesmerizing spectacle, is a marvel to behold.

Review: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, Let's Talk About Sex

You may not know the technical term, but I'm guessing many reading will know the sensation: skin hunger. Humans are social animals, and one of our social needs is touch, and the (hopefully) pleasant sensation it brings. Expanding that into...

Review: UNHUMAN, Breakfast Club Vs. Zombies

Unhuman is the latest low-budget horror film from the prolific Jason Blum and Blumhouse, and at first glance, there’s nothing particularly innovative about it. After all, there’s only so much you can do with zombie movies when that subgenre’s been...

Review: WATCHER, Slow-Burning, Giallo-Inspired Psychological Thriller

Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, and Burn Gorman star in a thriller, directed by Chloe Okuno, and opening exclusively in movie theaters.

Review: THE TIME CAPSULE, A Missed Opportunity

Many of us dream of being young again, or at having a second chance at first love. Many of us have a crisis in our middle age, when certain dreams haven't come true and we have to completely re-assess where...

Cannes 2022 Review: JERRY LEE LEWIS: TROUBLE IN MIND, Great Balls of Fire and Brimstone

"I'm troubled, I'm troubled, I'm troubled in mind If trouble don't kill me, Lord I'll live a long time..." -Traditional In Ethan Coen's documentary debut, we learn that Jerry Lee Lewis not only outlived all of his rock and roll...

Review: MONTANA STORY, Relatable Family Drama Bolstered By Its Central Performances

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Families. When they’re not literally or figuratively raising you up, they’re bringing you down. It’s nowhere near as simple as that...

Cannes 2022 Review: CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, The New Flesh Still Lives

There's a reason why Cronenberg is the first name in body horror - his, ahem, body of work, spanning several decades, has evolved from arguably the more explotative (Shivers, The Brood), to the more Romantic and deeply rich psychological/body horror...

Review: DINNER IN AMERICA, Heartwarming and Surprising

Kyle Gallner, Yancey Fuqua, Jennifer Kincer and Pat Healy star in writer/director Adam Rehmeier's comedy-drama.

Review: MEN, Alex Garland Descends Into Inscrutable Body Horror

A darling of the independent film circuit, Alex Garland’s latest mindfuck is his most confounding and inscrutable work yet. While Men is bound to spark conversations about male violence, toxic masculinity, and the fragile male ego from a large sector...

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: 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...

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...