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LUND FANTASTIC 2021: Swedish Genre Festival Now Open For Submissions

With the new year comes new focus on how we'll continue to do festivals this year. With the end in sight what kind of commitments will our favorite genre festivals make this year. Our friends at Lund Fantastic in Sweden...

Coming Soon on Criterion: MEMORIES OF MURDER, IRMA VEP and Other Good Things

Plus: Godard, Borzage, Mann. No fools in April 2021!

Rotterdam 2021 Trailer: THE CEMIL SHOW

Next week sees the start of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and a big party that should have been... if it weren't for the Covid-19 pandemic. As the single largest cultural event in the Netherlands, often...

LIVE OR LET DIE: Black Mandala Acquires German Zombie Flick, Releases New Trailer

Genre specialist sales outfit Black Mandala has acquired Live or Let Die, not the chintzy James Bond film from 1973 with the slightly different name, but a new German zombie film from filmmaker Manuel Urbaneck.    Live or Let Die...

Review: NOTTURNO Examines the Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East

Gianfranco Rosi, the documentarian behind such astonishing work as Sacro GRA and Fire at Sea, returns with a biting and enormously affecting documentary on people living on the periphery of modern Middle-East conflicts. Culling from footage shot in Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon...

Review: Valentyn Vasyanovych's Stunning Dystopian Near-Future Ukraine in ATLANTIS

Vasyanovych unsubtly comments on Russian expansionism as seen in the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Western commerce influence with Atlantis, but film is not without hope. The barebone romance between Sergiy and Katya with the cold and unforgiving backdrop hints at the glimmer of hope, human resilience and connection despite dire circumstances.

Review: BLOODY HELL, Gruesome, Gory, and Gut-Bustingly Funny

A viral vigilante escapes unwanted notoriety only to find that even though things were bad, they can always get worse in Alister Grierson's new gonzo shocker, Bloody Hell.  Rex (Ben O'Toole, Hacksaw Ridge/Nekrotronic) was minding his own business at the...

Now Streaming: LUPIN, The Gentleman Thief Returns

Omar Sy stars in the crime-drama series, now streaming on Netflix.

BLOODY HELL: Choose The Red or Green Band Trailers For This Horror Black Comedy

Alister Grierson's horror and black comedy Bloody Hell will be in select Theaters, Drive-Ins and On Demand January 14, 2021 then on DVD/Blu-Ray on January 19, 2021. Our friends at The Horror Collective are releasing the film and have released...

SAVAGE STATE: Official Trailer And Poster For David Perrault's Western

David Perrault's English-French western Savage State was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films just before the holidays and the distributor is moving quickly to get it into your eyeballs On Demand and Digital  on Friday, January 29th. Today the official...

SANTA SANGRE on 4K UHD Leads Severin Films' April Releases, Let Us All Bathe In The Holy Blood!

Severin Films is not messing around when it comes to their April release slate. Leading the charge is the world 4K UHD premiere of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Mexican surrealist giallo, Santa Sangre. A brand new 4K restoration approved by the man,...

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Announces 2021 Virtual Lineup

The end is nucking figh. The light is at the end of the tunnel. This is not the beginning or the end, but the beginning of the end. Maybe not any time soon but perhaps some time this year we...

Cottbus 2020 Review: DRONEMAN Resorts to a Radical Resolution in the Wake of Political Nihilism

The Czech director Petr Zelenka delivers timely psychological and political thriller Droneman tackling the current zeitgeist. For mainstream and arthouse audience alike.

Now Streaming: SING ME A SONG, A Document of Fantasy Crashing Into Reality

"Have the Monks stopped meditating? They all seem to be tweeting." Werner Herzog made this potent (and pithy) observation in his 2016 documentary on the origins and effects of the internet, Lo And Behold. A few years later, French director...

Review: Modern-Day Snow White and the Selfie-Movie IN THE MIRROR

Esteemed Latvian director Laila Pakalniņa merges documentary conventions with the practice of single-shot films to bring the timeless tale into the era of narcissism

Review: ANOTHER ROUND, Bottoms Up, Says Mads Mikkelsen

Thomas Vinterberg's latest comedy of manners is as bourgeoisie-punk as ever. He leaped onto the global stage, along with Lars von Trier, with the collaborative manifesto Dogme95, and its first film Festen (The Celebration), which re-wrote the design rules of...

Coming Soon on Criterion: CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, and More Good Things

'Secrets & Lies,' 'Touka bouki' and 'World of Wong Kar Wai' are also heading our way in March 2021.

Severin Films Jumps To 4K UHD This March With DAY OF THE BEAST & PERDITA DURANGO, Plus Kinski and Novak Sleaze On Blu-ray

Longtime cult home video heroes Severin Films will become the latest boutique label to make the jump from Blu-ray to 4k UHD in March of 2021 with the release of two Álex de la Iglesia's '90s classics. The 1995 heavy metal...

Friday One Sheet: A Tale Of Two Posters

Consider this column, one of the last before the year-end round up of 2020s key art designs, a lesson on what to do, and what not to do in all things One Sheet. Here, we have two posters for a...

Tallinn 2020 Review: THE PENULTIMATE, The Grotesque Comedy on the Absurdity of Human Condition

The Danish newcomer Jonas Kærup Hjort delivers a whimsical traumedy submerged in a variety of existentialist shades.