Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Crocodile Gennadiy | 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Review

    Soviet Nostalgia: Hoover’s Complex Portrait of a Ukrainian Vigilante Pastor Opens Cultural Can of Worms Steve Hoover’s sophomore feature opens on a Ukrainian industrial landscape...

  • 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...

  • The Reconstruction of William Zero | Review

    Less Than Zero: Bush’s Blend is a Well-intended but Exhaustive Piece Drama stimulated by an identity crisis set against a science fiction backdrop poses for...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Félix et Meira | Review

    What’s Under the Hat?: Giroux Proposes Unorthodox Paradox Confectioned with a what makes us different makes us the same counterargument, Maxime Giroux’s third feature is...

  • 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...

  • Ex Machina | Review

    Imitation Game: Garland’ s Compelling Debut Explores Human’s Technological Hubris Excitingly presented and intelligently written, screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina is certainly one...

  • The Harvest | Review

    Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990),...