Reviews

  • Stop The Pounding Heart | Review

    The Heart She Holler: Minervini Caps Texas Trilogy With Christian Corset A hybrid of documentary aesthetic and subdued narrative happenings, the third film in a...

  • The Maze Runner | Review

    Mazed and Confused: Ball’s Lusterless Debut Another Dystopic YA Derivative Pretty teenagers that survive the apocalypse are sure going to have it tough. Or maybe...

  • Tracks | Review

    It’s Easier For a Camel: Curran’s Curious Reenactment of a Strange Journey Early on in John Curran’s Tracks, which charts the 2,000 mile journey of...

  • The Zero Theorem | Review

    Black Holes and Revelations: Gilliam’s Cluttered Dystopia a Mixed Return to Form In what stands as his best film since 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las...

  • Space Station 76 | Review

    Earth Below Us: Plotnick’s Debut a Sweet Space Soap Opera Those familiar with the comedic genius of Jack Plotnick should be thrilled to see his...

  • The Guest | Review

    Lone Survivor: Wingard’s Latest a Near Perfect Mix of Subtext, Comedy and Satisfying Thrills After contributing to several anthology films, including the V/H/S films and...

  • Pasolini | 2014 TIFF Review

    The Gospel According to Pier: Ferrara Poetically Captures an Auteur’s Last Day on Earth It appears that 2014 marks a resounding return for auteur Abel...

  • Frailer | 2014 TIFF Review

    A Peculiar Experiment in Content Guiding Form Experimental director Mijke de Jong’s latest feature-length film, is a curious exercise in content guiding form. It’s ostensibly...

  • Tusk | 2014 TIFF Review

    Another Tuskegee Experiment: Smith’s Latest Creation Odd But Not Audacious Sure to garner all the WTF exclamatory delights that it’s had its grotesque little heart...

  • Manglehorn | 2014 TIFF Review

    Locks of Love: Pacino Engrosses in Slight Narrative from Green David Gordon Green continues his examination of masculine relationships in Manglehorn, an adaptation from first...

  • This is Where I Leave You | Review

    This is Where I Judge You: In the Great Well of Family Drama, Levy Is Dry Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Tropper, who...

  • Kelly & Cal | Review

    Shared Tendencies: McGowan’s Debut an Understated Navigation of Character While she’s not treading uncharted territories with her directorial debut, Kelly & Cal, Jen McGowan manages...

  • Miss Julie | 2014 TIFF Review

    Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888...

  • Song of the Sea | 2014 TIFF Review

    Of Myth and Men: Moore Dons Skin of the Irish Selkies To Craft Stunning Children’s Tale of Family Heritage You can probably count the number...

  • Goodnight Mommy | 2014 TIFF Review

    Mom Without a Face: Franz’s Debut a Mesmerizing Slice of Psychological Horror Once you’re made aware that Goodnight Mommy is the directorial debut of Veronika...

  • ’71 | 2014 TIFF Review

    Control: A Frenzied Look at the Early Days of the IRA Yann Demange, whose resume consists of serviceable, albeit unexceptional, television fare, has achieved the...

  • Life’s a Breeze | Review

    The Little Foxes: Daly’s Heartfelt Family Drama Pleasantly Rendered Arriving with a bit more investment than its airy title would suggest, Lance Daly returns to...

  • Bang Bang Baby | 2014 TIFF Review

    Campy Histrionics at Their Most Mediocre Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules has demonstrated an aptitude for experimenting with the cinematic form and creating hyper-realized, wildly...

  • While We’re Young | 2014 TIFF Review

    Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of...

  • La Sapienza | 2014 TIFF Review

    Style-Over-Substance in a Fancy Baroque Package French “artiste” Eugène Green’s latest work is further evidence that his overriding career trajectory of indulgent reminiscence, has a deliberately...