All posts by Nicholas Bell

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 Water Diviner | Review

    Turkey Dressing: Crowe’s Well-Intentioned Debut Ultimately Mundane In the comparable tradition of Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner, actor Russell Crowe makes a big budget, historically...

  • Blackbird | Review

    The Boys in the Choir: Polk’s Antiquated Rendition of the Rural Gay Narrative The blatant underrepresentation of black gay characters in film, whatever letter they’re...

  • 24 Days | Review

    Barbarian Invasion: Arcady Hits the Headlines for Procedural Recounting a bizarre kidnapping case from 2006 that reflects the continuing cultural mutation of anti-Semitism and the...

  • Just Before I Go | Review

    Drop in the Bucket: Cox’s Uneven Directorial Debut Actress Courtney Cox makes her directorial debut with Just Before I Go, based on the first feature...

  • A Perfect Man | 2015 COLCOA Film Festival Review

    Words With Friends: Gozlan’s Stylish Noir all Amalgamated Pulp Enjoyably anxious, director Yann Gozlan’s sophomore feature A Perfect Man (Un homme idéal) would better recall suspense...

  • Criterion Collection: The River | Blu-ray Review

    Criterion repackages Jean Renoir’s 1951 classic The River for Blu-ray, one of the master filmmaker’s several titles in the collection (fans may recall that Renoir’s...

  • Cooley High | Blu-ray Review

    Forty years after its theatrical release, Michael Schultz’s poignant early title Cooley High (1975) comes to Blu-ray. A prominent figure in film in the 70s...

  • Adult Beginners | Review

    Arrested Development: Katz’s Debut an Affectionate Familial Dramedy A familiar yet generally charming vehicle that impressively utilizes a pair of actors known mostly from a...

  • Alex of Venice | Review

    Touch of Venice: Messina’s Understated, Observational Debut There’s much to admire in actor Chris Messina’s assured, astutely observed directorial debut, Alex of Venice. Namely its...

  • Monsters: Dark Continent | Review

    This Time, It’s… Bore: Green’s Debut Piggybacks Indie Sci-Fi Seeing as the cephalopod shaped extraterrestrials have only managed to move from conquering Mexico in Gareth...

  • Child 44 | Review

    Dirty Snow: Espinosa’s Ungainly Yet Enjoyable Soviet Era Mystery Grazing lightly over the Soviet era politics of the period and featuring a handsome, gussied up...

  • Unfriended | Review

    Face to Face: Gabriadze’s Topical Mutation of Technological Terror How effectively chilling it is may be arguable. But there’s no denying that Levan Gabriadze’s English...

  • The Dead Lands | Review

    Dead and Buried: Fraser’s Sumptuously Filmed, Familiar Revenge Drama Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and snagging the distinction of representing New Zealand as the...

  • Roar (1981) | Review

    We Bought a Zoo: Marshall’s Early Eighties Oddity Resurrected In the annals of cinema, there are very few examples of entire film productions resulting in...

  • Tangerines | Review

    Fruit of the Land: Urushadze’s Straightforward Anti-War Sentiment The horrors of war are quietly examined in Tangerines, a period situational drama from Georgian director Zaza...

  • The Passionate Thief (1960) | Review

    Miracolo!: Monicelli’s Exuberant, Digitally Restored Classic There hasn’t been a performer that’s come close to equaling the vibrant energy of Italian actress Anna Magnani, that...

  • That Man From Rio & Up To His Ears | Blu-ray Review

    Two of director Philippe de Broca’s earliest renowned titles get new restorations and are available for the first time on Blu-ray, That Man From Rio...

  • The Babadook | Blu-ray Review

    Jennifer Kent’s disturbing directorial debut The Babadook arrives on Blu-ray this week, scoring some of the most critically acclaimed notices ever for a recent psychological...

  • Massacre Gun | Blu-ray Review

    Arrow Video restores a rare title from director Yasuharu Hasebe with his sophomore directorial effort, Massacre Gun. A late 60’s yakuza narrative, the film displays...

  • True Story | Review

    The Killer Beside Me: Goold’s Debut Warps Grisly Headline into Funereal Pallor The rapidly fluctuating career of James Franco got a dramatic jumpstart with a...

  • Broken Horses | Review

    Goodbye Horses: Chopra’s Nonsensical English Language Debut The point of Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s English debut Broken Horses seems lost, along with a whole...

  • Kill Me Three Times | Review

    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kill Me: Stenders’ Comedy Noir a Blend of Standard Tricks Australian filmmaker Kriv Stenders lands his highest profile project yet with...

  • Black Souls | Review

    Now I Lay Me Down to Kill: Munzi’s Enjoyably Reserved Mafia Film Premiering last fall at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, where it picked up...

  • Farah Goes Bang | Review

    Impeach My Bush: Menon’s Debut a Spirited Period Road Trip Exploring a provocative dark chapter in the voting tendencies of the United States general public...

  • Day of Anger | Blu-ray Review

    In the enduring, boundless shadow of Sergio Leone’s legacy, a deluge of neglected and forgotten Italian genre titles languish undeservedly, ready for rediscovery. Arrow Video...