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Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for IONCINEMA.com, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)
  • The End of the Tour | Review

    The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt...

  • Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation | Review

    This Time, It’s Rogue: Cruise Continues Singing It Forever Just Because Arriving nearly four years after the highly celebrated and significantly lauded fourth Mission Impossible...

  • Jenny’s Wedding | Review

    Portrait of Jenny: Heigl’s Performance Buoys Social Issue Context There are several aspects to admire in Mary Agnes Donoghue’s sophomore directorial effort, Jenny’s Wedding, her...

  • Prime Cut | Blu-ray Review

    Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of...

  • Phoenix | Review

    Return From the Ashes: Petzold’s Compelling Resurrection of WWII Aftermath At the head of the cinematic movement referred to as the Berlin School of filmmaking...

  • 3 Hearts | Blu-ray Review

    Premiering at the 2014 Venice Film Festival with little fanfare, and received a limited theatrical release in March, 2015 in the US, Benoit Jacquot’s latest...

  • Cemetery Without Crosses | Blu-ray Review

    Filmed during the height of the Euro Western craze of the late 60’s, Robert Hossein’s Cemetery Without Crosses is an obscure gem rejuvenated by Arrow...

  • King of the Gypsies | Blu-ray Review

    A forgotten gem of the late 1970s comes to Blu-ray for the first time, Frank Pierson’s adaptation of the novel King of the Gypsies. Notable...

  • Cesar and Rosalie (1972) | Review

    Love’s Connections: Sautet’s Frustrating, Savvy Love Story Out of the many representations of cinematic emotional complexities French filmmakers master over most is the messy actuality...

  • Five Star | Review

    A Star is Born: Miller’s Returns to Saga of the Streets Director Keith Miller returns to a similar style of filmmaking with his sophomore film...

  • Paper Towns | Review

    Me and Earl and the Pixie Girl: Schreier Adapts Teen Schmaltz for Sophomore Effort Director Jake Schreier takes on the saga of author John Green...

  • Pixels | Review

    The King of Kong: Columbus Peddles Dopey Sandler Comedy Hailing from some parallel universe where Never Never Land must be the capital is Pixels, a...

  • The Vatican Tapes | Review

    Better the Devil You Show: Neveldine’s Solo Outing Can’t Quite Reach its Inner Demon It’s hard to figure out who these religious themed horror films...

  • Video Interview: Christian Petzold (Phoenix)

    [Editor’s note: This interview took place at the 2014 edition of TIFF. Sundance Selects releases the film in limited theaters and On Demand on July...

  • Video Interview: Nina Hoss (Christian Petzold’s Phoenix)

    [Editor’s note: This interview took place at the 2014 edition of TIFF. Sundance Selects releases the film in limited theaters and On Demand on July...

  • Max and the Junkmen (1971) | Review

    Crime and Punishment: Sautet’s Enthralling Policier an Obscure Neo-Noir Following the international acclaim of his 1970 film The Things of Life, Claude Sautet re-teamed with...

  • Dark Was the Night | Review

    Into the Woods: A Creature Was Lurking in Heller’s Rudimentary Sophomore Film If it’s nifty poetic title manages to reel you in, you’ll discover a...

  • Unexpected | Review

    Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris...

  • 10 Cent Pistol | Review

    The Bonds of Bonding: Martin’s Debut a Choppy Crime Caper Sustained by a likeable cast of notable character actors, screenwriter Michael C. Martin’s directorial debut...

  • Ned Kelly (1970) | Blu-ray Review

    Long considered to be one of British auteur Tony Richardson’s greatest miscalculations is his 1970 film Ned Kelly, certainly the most notable but arguably the...

  • Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) | Review

    Lonely Hearts: Sautet’s Elegant Final Film on Passionate Restraint Winning Best Director as well as Best Actor for Michel Serrault at the 1995 Cesars, Nelly...

  • The Fabulous Baker Boys | Blu-ray Review

    Twilight Time brings the famed musical romance The Fabulous Baker Boys to Blu-ray for the first time, the late 80’s classic which snagged a small...

  • I, Madman | Blu-ray Review

    Scream Factory brings late 80’s horror thriller I, Madman to Blu-ray, one of two notable cult classics from Hungarian/Canadian director Tibor Tabaks. Beginning in Canadian...

  • A Glaze of Sautet: Five Films from a Neglected Auteur

    Rialto Pictures resurrects five classic titles from French auteur Claude Sautet in brand new DCP versions for a mini-retrospective one week run in Los Angeles...

  • Southpaw | Review

    My Left Fist: Fuqua’s Sports Drama a Familiar, Emotionally Charged Comeback After another recent dalliance in action genre schlock, director Antoine Fuqua returns with the...