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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...

Blood Window Awards 2021: Óscar Martín's UPIRO Impresses LAB Jury

As Ventana Sur wraps up today in Buenos Aires the awards for each program were announced. Of particular interest to us, of course, was the winners from Blood Window LAB and Blood Window Screenings - the lineup of films presented...

Blood Window LAB 2021: Impressions From This Year's Projects

Blood Window LAB began on Tuesday with two pitch sessions in house during the day. Short introductory videos were created for those of us watching the market from afar. It presents a disadvantage of course because you know you’re missing...

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.

Veteran Fest Pros Announce Kani Releasing, Asian Focused Boutique Home Video Label

Veteran film pros Ariel Esteban Cayer (Fantasia) and Pearl Chan (Good Move Media) today announced the launch of their new boutique home video label, Kani Releasing. The distrbutor will focus on bringing classic and contemporary Asian cinema to North American...

Friday One Sheet: SCHEMES IN ANTIQUES 古董局中局

Orange & Teal comes to China by way of this key art for Schemes in Antiques. A focus on the highly strategic and deceptively simple game of Go, and a repeating unit ("Go-Ception"? "Go-Fractal"?) is at the heart of artist...

Interview: Abel Ferrara Talks Pandemic Film ZEROS AND ONES, Recalls Cult Classic MS .45

At 70, Abel Ferrara lives with his partner Cristina Chiriac and their little daughter Anna in Rome, Italy. Far from the city that made him a legendary filmmaker, he makes fictions and documentaries with absolute creative freedom, personal works that...

Old School Kung Fu Fest Returning to Kick Your Seat: Pictures Included

I want to be polite in the headlines that I write, although, to be honest, the films featured in the 9th Old School Kung Fu Fest are anything but polite. They are, in point of fact, exciting, visceral, and entirely...

'Flash Forward' With Japan Society: Debut Works and Recent Films

An exciting new series of Japanese films kicks off tomorrow in New York City, which is great news for people who live there, but also great news for people who live in North America. The 20-film series, presented by the...

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.

Opening This Week: AZOR, ENCOUNTER, LAST SHOOT OUT, WOLF and More

Our site is based in Toronto, Canada, though some of us live and work in The Lower 48, myself included, and so I know that the following films will be opening in the U.S. this week; some (most?) of them...

Trailer: AJAGAJANTHARAM, Get Ready For A Festival Of Nonstop Action

Blasting out of India's current cinema hotspot of Kerala, Tinu Pappachan's Ajagajantharam is ready to knock the action movie world on its ass. A student and collaborator of Jallikattu director, Lijo Jose Pellissary, Pappachan has worked for years as an...

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: 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...