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Criterion in January 2019: MIKEY AND NICKY, 4 MONTHS, 24 FRAMES, NOTORIOUS, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

The new calendar year brings a quintet of anguished delights for home video cinephiles from the Criterion Collection. Yes, what better way to recuperate from the expected winter holiday hangovers than by settling back and reassessing your life by watching...

Fantastic Fest 2018: Wrap and Index of Films We Really, Really Liked

We have no grand pronouncements to make about this year's edition of Fantastic Fest, except to say that we (mostly) wrote only about films that we really, really liked. Here's our wrap (as of this moment) of our reviews and...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: MADAM YANKELOVA'S FINE LITERATURE CLUB Beguiles, Strangely

The air of a fairy tale blows throughout, swirling hither and thither, as Sophie and Hannah search for a suitable man. It is not just any man they seek, however. He must be good-looking, someone their peers will look upon...

Locarno 2018 Review: M Exposes a Harrowing Spiral of Abuse With a Touching Personal Story

Director Yoalnde Zauberman investigates a shocking, albeit rampant issue in a cloistered community of Orthodox Jews in her latest documentary.

FrightFest 2018: THE RANGER Opens, CLIMAX Closes Record-Breaking 19th Edition, Full Line-Up Announced

The full line-up for Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, the 19th edition of the London-based horror extravaganza, has just been announced and it is bursting at the seams with epic fear-infused awesomeness. Jenn Wexler's post-modern punk slasher The Ranger will open...

London Indian Film Festival 2018 Review: WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY Takes A Hard Look At A Clash Of Cultures

Director Iram Haq's What Will People Say is a powerful experience that has the potential to ruffle feathers on each side of the argument regarding the responsibilities of immigrants to assimilate into their adopted cultures. An Norwegian-Pakistani woman, here Haq...

John Cena Joining Jackie Chan in Scott Waugh's Action Thriller

This could be a really fun match up.  THR is reporting that John Cena will join Jackie Chan in an upcoming action thriller to be directed by Need For Speed's Scott Waugh. Cena is reportedly replacing Sylvester Stallone who was...

Seattle 2018: Exclusive DOUBTFUL Clip - Fight Over Film Genre

Finally, a clip that is relatable to all of us: a fight over film genre that leads to violence. It's a small sample from Doubtful, which will screen tonight (Sunday, June 3) at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film...

First Look At Iranian Martial Arts Film LAYERS OF LIES

Well, now ... here's a little somthing interesting. It was back in 2014 that we first wrote about Iranian-Finnish martial artist Ramin Sohrab. The occassion was a hugely impressive proof of concept short for a feature film that Sohrab was...

Cannes 2018 Review: YOMEDDINE, The Outcast's Journey of the Heart

Many of us likely consider ourselves outcasts in one way or another, that something about us has set us apart from common society, and we are bullied and dismissed for it. That might be true, but for some, it can...

Review: FOXTROT, Psychological Thrills in a Small World of Paranoid Boredom

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Eurimages funding scheme and the projects it backs, and Foxtrot is no exception. This dark, multi-tonal Israeli, French, German and Swiss co-production carries all the hallmarks of a good...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM Marries Arthouse Drama to Genre Audience Allure Without Losing Complexity

Muayad Alayan´s sophomore feature The Reports on Sarah and Saleem infuses genre sensibilities into arthouse drama against the backdrop of a political conflict

Review: 24 FRAMES, Abbas Kiarostami's Beautiful Send Off

Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami's passing in 2016 was very unexpected. Among all the cultural luminaries who passed on recently, personally Kiarostami's death really saddened me the most. His deeply humanistic, genre and form transcending cinema has been truly unique and...

Interview: Ziad Doueiri on THE INSULT, Trump's Tweets and Greatness of TRAIN TO BUSAN

Ziad Doueiri, whose Hollywood credentials include being a cameraman for most of Quentin Tarantino's earlier films (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown), has made several films in his native Lebanon (West Beirut, The Attack, Lila Says). With his new...

Review: THE INSULT Paints a Simple Story of a Complex Society

Director Ziad Doueiri new film never wavers from reminding us that Tony and Yasser are ordinary working people living in a country with a very complex history where one can't separate their politics or identity from their ordinary lives.

Sitges 2017 Review: TEHRAN TABOO, a Savage Look at the Paradox that is Modern Iran

Blunt, angry and eye-opening, Tehran Taboo offers a scathing portrait of Iran’s largest city. Think of it as Short Cuts meets Persepolis, although that facile shorthand does not begin to get at just how much is going on, plot and...

Review: DISAPPEARANCE Pits the Younger Generation Against Tehran Traditions and Prejudice

The young Iranina helmer Ali Asgari depicts the conflict of young generation with traditions veiled as coming-of-age doubling as a mild social thriller

Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival Introduces Genre Films to Arab World in 2nd Edition

There's no dampening the enthusiasm from fantastic cinema around the world and one of the newer events to get in on the act is the Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which is the only festival that introduces genre cinema to the...

Venice 2017 Review: FOXTROT, An Unexpected Israeli Gem

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Eurimages funding scheme and the projects it backs, and Foxtrot is no exception. This dark, multi-tonal Israeli, French, German and Swiss co-production carries all the hallmarks of a good...

NOWHERE TO HIDE: Canadian Dates For Iraqi Medic Doc

Canadian dates have been announced for the North American release of Zaradasht Ahmed's documentary Nowhere to Hide. The award winning documentary will open here in Toronto and in Vancouver on June 30th. We have included the trailer below.   Canadian...