International: Europe

Cannes 2024 Review: MOST PEOPLE DIE ON SUNDAYS, Affecting Funeral Drama Marred By Slow Pace

Personal, vaguely auto-fictional stories are de rigueur for first-time filmmakers, especially actors turning directors.Iair Said, seen in last year’s The Delinquents, makes an undistinguished debut after trying his hand at a couple of shorts.   Increasingly, subjects of coming-of-age tales...

Cannes 2024 Review: HOLY COW, French Cheese-Making Dramedy Is a Finely Crafted Debut Feature

Louise Courvoisier directed. A brash young man is humbled by provincial life.

COMA Review: Dealing with Lockdown, An Isolated Fever Dream

Bertrand Bonello wrote and directed; Louise Labeque and Julia Faure star.

Criterion in August 2024: Albert Brooks, Albert Brooks, Martha Coolidge, THE LAST EMPEROR in 4K

Plus: two long-suppressed features by Ukrainian filmmaker Kira Muratova.

Hot Docs 2024 Review: IMMORTALS Follows Iraqi Youth on the Frontlines

Swiss director Maja Tschumi presents a compelling exploration of the lives of Iraq's youth navigating the post-US invasion landscape, through the lens of the pivotal 2019 October Revolution.

HANDLING THE UNDEAD: Official Trailer And Poster Arrive, Exclusive Release Starts May 31st

Ooh, we're looking forward to this one, folks. The film adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel by the same name, Handling The Undead, is coming soon from Neon and it looks to be ready to seriously tug on our decaying...

Now Streaming: GOLD RUN, Norwegians vs Nazis, Never Give Up

Jon Øigarden, Sven Nordin, Axel Bøyum, Thorbjørn Harr, and Ida Elise Broch star in the thriller, directed by Hallvard Bræin, now streaming on Viaplay.

Now Streaming: BÖRJE - THE JOURNEY OF A LEGEND, Revenge By Triumph

Valter Skarsgård, Hedda Stiernstedt, and Jason Priestley star in the limited series, now streaming on Viaplay.

Brussels 2024 Interview: 4PM Stars Oh Dal-su, Jang Young-nam and Director Jay Song Discuss New Korean Thriller

Last week, the 42nd Brussels International Film Festival played host to the world premiere of The Nightmare director Jay Song’s new South Korean thriller, 4PM. Inspired by the Belgian novel “Les Catilinaires”, from celebrated author Amélie Nothomb, which was published...

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival Wants Your Weird & Wonderful Films

Spring may have barely begun (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but that means filmmakers are turning their thoughts to fall festivals. The autumn brings a deluge of genre festivals, but one of the standouts is Trieste Science+Fiction Festival. I...

Calgary Underground 2024 Review: CUCKOO, Delightfully Analog Sensory Overload

Two characters, having barely survived a traumatic and violent ordeal at a hospital, try to leave, only to find the doors locked. But wait, it is one of those situations where one door is locked but the other one works...

Now Streaming: FURIA S2, Nordic Political Thriller

Pål Sverre Hagen, Ine Marie Wilmann, and Boryz Szyc star in the tense Norwegian series, now streaming on Viaplay.

Fantaspoa 2024 Review: THE COMPLEX FORMS, How Classic Auteur Cinema Would Be If It Had More Monsters

Strange things are happening at an ancient villa in the literal middle of nowhere. A bunch of men are gathered here, all of them with a peculiar contract. A middle-aged man named Christian (David White) is in the process of...

Shudder in May: NIGHTWATCH: DEMONS ARE FOREVER, STOPMOTION And a Lot of TOXIC AVENGER Movies

We believe it is safe to say that Spring is finally here in North America. Relatively safe. Pretty sure it is safe.    Not only will April showers bring May flowers but May also sees the arrival of the new...

WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES Blu-ray Review: The Profound and Desperate Hours

Given the uniqueness and weirdness of the films of Bela Tarr, it's surprising that more of his films are not part of the Criterion collection. Here's hoping that his masterpiece Werckmeister Harmonies is but the first. A stark and deeply...

THE COFFEE TABLE Review: Wallowing in Its Own Original Mess

New parents Jesus and Maria, still in the nesting phase after moving into a new apartment, need a new coffee table. Engaging with, or rather enduring, one of the oiliest, least competent, salesmen imaginable, it quickly becomes clear that the...

Bertrand Bonello's COMA Heads for U.S. Release

As soon as I hit 'publish' on my article on films by director Bertrand Bonello that are now streaming, I realized I forgot to mention his penultimate film, Coma, which is currently not streaming. Then came the very welcome news...

Now Streaming: Bertrand Bonello's Cinematic House of Pleasures

As 'The Beast' continues to roll out its U.S. release, four films by the French director are now available to stream.

Criterion in July 2024: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE and PERFECT DAYS Coming Soon

Also: 'Black God, White Devil' from Brazil, 'Pat Garret and Billy the Kid' from Sam Peckinpah, 'Risky Business' from Paul Brickman, 'Le samourai' from Melville in 4K.

Fantaspoa 2024 Review: MASTERGAME (Mesterjátszma), Visually Compelling Thriller with Chess, Trains and Bathroom Fights

It’s November 1956, and Russian tanks have just invaded Budapest, crushing the revolution. A young couple, István (Gergely Váradi) and Márta (Varga-Járó Sára), rushes for the last train that can get them out of the country. When aboard, they are...