International Reviews

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: YEAR OF THE SHARK (L'ANNÉE DU REQUIN) Resets Shark Expectations

Marina Foïs, Jean-Pascal Zadi and Christine Gautier wage maritime war against a big fish in a snappy shark feature, directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma.

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: ASHKAL, Fire Without End

If a person sets themselves alight and no one sees it, does the act lose its meaning? Is a half-built housing complex still a potential home, or a constant reminder of impermenance? Can justice be served only through the law,...

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: DAY ZERO, Battling Filipino Zombies With a Purpose

Brandon Vera, Pepe Herrera, MJ Lastimosa and Joey Marquez star in director Joey De Guzman's fresh action-horror thriller.

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: DEMIGOD: THE LEGEND BEGINS, Epic Battles in Sprawling Puppet Adventure

Chris Huang Wen-chang directs a classic martial arts fantasy from Taiwan.

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.

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....

Now Streaming: CHLOE, With Grieving Friends Like These

Erin Doherty, Billy Howle and Pippa Bennett-Warner star in a seductive mystery series, created by Alice Seabright, and now streaming on Prime Video.

Review: DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES, Trippy Homage to Euro-Gothic Horror

Anna Platen, Jeff Wilbusch and Frederik von Lüttichau star in a horror-action picture from Germany, directed by Kevin Kopacka.

Review: APPLES, Absurdist Deadpan Parable, Greek New Wave Style

The emerging Greek director Christos Nikou is the latest guardian to keep the flame of Greek New Wave cinematic oddities smoldering. Nine years after Yorgos Lanthimos' remarkable Alps bowed on the Lido, Nikou arrives at La Biennale with Apples (original title:...

Tribeca 2022 Review: FAMILY DINNER Serves Up Grim Lessons

Pia Hierzegger, Michael Pink and Nina Katlein star in director Peter Hengl's horror film from Austria. Read the review; watch the trailer.

Review: FLUX GOURMET, Absurd and Hilarious Culinary Adventures

British director Peter Strickland evokes his chamber sonic horror Berberian Sound Studio in his latest work. Flux Gourmet pushes the envelope further into an absurdist direction, marking his most hilarious venture so far. After his Giallo homage in Berberian Sound Studio, Strickland...

Now Streaming: GLORIA, Mother Must Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Father

Cécile Bois and Barbara Schulz star in the mystery-thriller, now streaming on MHz Choice.

Review: GUIDANCE, Provocative Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Romance

Directed by Neysan Sobhani, Jia Sun, Harry Song and Francesco Chen star in a film from China, originally titled 'Zhi yin.'

Review: OFFICIAL COMPETITION, Cinema Is Skewered and Satirized

Anyone who has attended film festivals - whether as a filmgoer, a critic, or an industry member - will know that there is a certain kind of 'festival' film. It certainly varies according to the festival, but for the big...

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...

Now Streaming: PREMONITIONS, Some Gifts Are Not

Pascale Bussières, Sophie Desmarais, Mikhaïl Ahooja and Jade Charbonneau star in a supernaturally charged dramatic series, now streaming on MHz Choice.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tracks Down MR. KLEIN

Joseph Losey deftly directs Alain Delon in this uniquely noir-esque historical fiction.

Now Streaming: THE BARKING MURDERS, Justice Delayed, Lives Lost, Families Torn

Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant star in a chilling detective story, told from the perspective of the victims, now on BritBox.

Review: MAIKA: THE GIRL FROM ANOTHER GALAXY Warms the Heart and Gladdens the Spirit

Vietnam's first-ever children's sci-fi feature, directed by Ham Tran, is an adventurous comedy, opening exclusively in North American movie theaters.

Review: AFTER BLUE, A Dream, Or a Nightmare, At the Edge of Waking

Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, and Vimala Pons star in a fantasy/sci-fi concoction from France, directed by Bertrand Mandico.