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Venice 2022 Review: SKIN DEEP, A Melancholic Exploration of Gender Identity

Director Alex Schaad's feature-length debut uses the subtle sci-fi concept of body-swapping to explore gender identity and body dysmorphia.

Friday One Sheet: SHE'S MINE NOW

Here is a handsome, minimalist, poster. Was it Godard who said, "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun"? Clearly, he overlooked the cute little purse dog, and besides: domestic animals are good for one's...

Friday One Sheet: TRIANGLE OF SADNESS

This poster, for Palme d'Or winning Triangle of Sadness, will turn some heads, although maybe in disgust. Projectile vomit is a way to grab attention. The highly-stylized 'liquid gold' look of it, which I am sure is intentional, is perhaps...

Fantasia 2022 Review: WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD, With Neighbors Like These

In the not too distant future, the outside world is a profoundly unsafe place. It is more broken, more threatening that it is today. Note that things can always be worse. A family tensely walks through the woods, with frightened...

Celebrating David Cronenberg: The Last Decade

From 'A Dangerous Method' to 'Cosmopolis' to 'Maps to the Stars.'

Berlinale 2022 Review: RIMINI, A Seaside Vacation By Ulrich Seidl

Michael Thomas, Tessa Göttlicher, and Hans-Michael Rehberg star in the latest work by the renowned Austrian provocateur, a signature Seidlian tragicomedy.

Review: GREAT FREEDOM, Franz Rogowski Stands Tall in Prison Drama

Directed by Sebastian Meise, the film beautifully illustrates the genuine human connection, while examining the injustices done to generations of people who were persecuted just for being who they are.

Review: FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS, Decadence Before a Nazi Storm

Directed by Dominik Graf, the romantic drama from Germany stars Tom Schilling, Albrecht Schuch and Saskia Rosendahl.

Review: FRANCE Finds Faith in a Celeb News Personality

Léa Seydoux stars in director Bruno Dumont's new film, opening in theaters and virtual cinemas.

Review: WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? Tells a Modern Day Fairytale About the Power of Cinema

Directed by Aleksandre Koberidze, the film from Georgia is gentle, joyous, and beguiling, floating like a calm river.

Review: SPENCER, Pablo Lorrain Balances Formalist Approach with Humanism

Kristen Stewart stars in yet another major film from director Pablo Larrain, a modern master in cinema. Do not miss seeing the film on the big screen.

Toronto 2021 Review: THE MIDDLE MAN, A Deadpan Comedy about Life

The small midwestern town of Karmack is dying. Figuratively, as its principal industry, a rail-yard, have been lost to the vagaries of globalization. Also, quite literally, as there has been a lengthy string of fatal accidents that prompts the town...

Friday One Sheet: THE MIDDLE MAN

I remain committed to showcasing key art that makes good use of textured wallpaper. In this case, the poster is for a Canadian/Norwegian production from deadpan director Bent Hamer. Hamer's films are difficult to describe, oddball dramas, subtle comedies, ultra-niche...

Locarno 2021 Review: ZEROS AND ONES, Abel Ferrara Destroys Vatican, Spy Thrillers in Perplexing Pandemic Film

Ethan Hawke stars in Abel Ferrara's puzzling punk spy thriller.

Review: USEDOM: A CLEAR VIEW OF THE SEA, Where Nothing Ever Happens, Except Everything

Director Heinz Brinkman's documentary is an absorbing look at a Baltic Sea Island, diving beneath its surface beauties.

Review: BLOOD RED SKY, Vampires on a Plane, Bloody, Gory Fun

Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch and Alexander Scheer star in the action-horror-thriller, directed by Peter Thorwarth, now streaming on Netflix.

Review: SIBERIA, Willem Dafoe on an Abel Ferrara Roller Coaster

Willem Dafoe, Dounia Sichov and Simon McBurney star in a European horror fantasy, directed by Abel Ferrara.

Review: UNDINE Reinvents the Mythical Water Creature Story

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski star in an alluring tale of romance and betrayal, directed by Christian Petzold.

Interview: Christian Petzold on UNDINE

Melding this fantasy with the tumultuous history of the city of Berlin, Petzold concocts another beautifully written and gorgeously realized film that is at once seductive and thought provoking.

Review: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, Highly Successful, Though Mixed Bag

Burhan Qurbani directs the latest adaptation; Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch and Jella Haase star.