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Boston Underground 2019: MOPE, What Violently Happens to a Dream Deferred

All jobs and professions require certain skills; most of these can be learned, allowing most people to learn as they go along, and become better the longer they work. But some jobs require a certain kind of talent, or perhaps...

Boston Underground 2019 Review: HAIL SATAN? The Devil is in the Delightful Details

A friend of mine has theorized that that US citizens would sooner vote for a black lesbian muslim before they would vote for an atheist, so ingrained is the notion that one must believe in a deity in order to...

Review: SUNSET, László Nemes' Cerebral, Dazzling Study of Chaotic Times

László Nemes doesn't give an easy answer to any of the intrigues in his film. Instead, he makes us work for it. And it's damn well worth it.

SXSW 2019 Review: SAKAWA Explores Sex Scams, Voodoo, Dark Side of Capitalism

Sex spam is a fundamental part of the internet experience. Most of these solicitations are blatant scams, but many people still get ripped off by promises of romance and sex. Who are these scammers? Many of the perpetrators are actually...

Blu-ray Review: Anime Limited's PIGTAILS Release Is A Great Compilation

Last week, Scottish distributor Anime Limited released a collection of animated shorts by Japanese studio Production I.G. on Blu-ray (and DVD). All of them are presented in the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles, and all of them are good....

SXSW 2019 Review: The Hills Have Ayes In Hilarious Scottish Thriller BOYZ IN THE WOOD

The peaceful Scottish highlands hide a bloody secret in writer/director Ninian Doff's hilarious rural nightmare Boyz in the Wood.  A trio of teenage miscreants are given one last chance to turn their lives around by completing the Duke of Edinburgh...

SXSW 2019 Review: This Irish Comic Fantasy Is EXTRA ORDINARY

A psychic driving instructor fights to save a young girl from a satanic sacrifice at the hands of a washed up psychedelic rock star in directors Enda Loughman & Mike Ahern's Extra Ordinary. This dark comic fantasy from Ireland absolutely...

Review: TRANSIT, Beautifully-told Noir

Director Christian Petzold’s (Phoenix) unique adaptation of the same name brilliantly twists the time and place of World War II events. The decision to depict a war narrative in this way disorients the viewer as there is no exposition to...

Review: ASH IS PUREST WHITE, Epic, Unsentimental Melodrama

A deep and poignant masterpiece from seasoned filmmaker Jia Zhangke.

Blu-ray Review: 24 FRAMES Mischievously, Compellingly Lulls to the End of Abbas Kiarostami's Life, Career

Though not always a popular talent in his homeland, or even abroad, it’s fair to assess Kiarostami as a kind of “filmmaker’s filmmaker”.  Jean-Luc Godard has said, "Film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami." Godard is always...

SXSW 2019 Review: TALES FROM THE LODGE Tells Grown Up Campfire Stories To Uneven Effect

A group of middle-aged pals gather at a lodge in the woods to celebrate the life of a fallen friend in director Abigail Blackmore's debut feature, Tales From the Lodge. While this basic one-liner for the film is nothing...

SXSW 2019 Review: AURORA, Fresh Romantic Sparks in Finland

Mimosa Willamo and Amir Escandari star in Miia Tervo's refreshing debut feature.

Review: RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR, Animated High-Art Action Caper

The Hungarian animated film is an action-packed mind-bender for grown-ups.

Miami 2019 Review: AN AFFAIR Has No Easy Answers

There are so many international films playing here at the Miami Film Festival 2019, that it would be nearly impossible to watch them all. I've just seen Director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken's fifth feature, An Affair, and it treads some rough cinematic waters...

Miami 2019 Review: IS THAT YOU?

I'm here in fabulous, balmy Miami for the 2019 Miami Film Festival and while it's always hard to leave home, where I live (Greater Boston) got 14 inches of snow the other day, and I'm glad for the escape. One...

Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL is a Force to be Reckoned With

Marvel films have enjoyed success over the past several years for a number of reasons, among them that they follow a certain formula when it comes to a superhero's origin story. We had a pretty good idea of the various...

Review: SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES, Filipino True Crime Drama Pushes Boundaries

Impeccable form and deep-seated social commentary make up for the plot trappings of Raya Martin's adaptation of the Philippines' "first crime novel."

Review: CLIMAX, Tense, Unpredictable, Terrifying

Master provocateur Gaspar Noe returns with Sofia Boutella and a cast of non-actor dancers to spike the punch and see what happens.

Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, A Satisfying Conclusion

One of the more endearing and imaginative animated series of recent years, How to Train Your Dragon has reached its finale (as far we can guess in today's film world of constant reboots), and audiences should be satisfied not only...

Review: THE CHANGEOVER, A Dark Fantasy From New Zealand

A young woman finds her inner strength in Miranda Harcourt & Stuart McKenzie's dark fantasy film The Changeover. Based on a popular 1984 novel by Margaret Mahy, The Changeover follows the plucky sixteen-year-old Laura Chant (Erana James) as she tries to...