Reviews

  • The Heart Machine | Review

    Feel It In Your Heart Beat: Wigon’s Debut Explores Jagged, Media-Moderated Romance Film critic Zachary Wigon makes his directorial and screenwriting debut with The Heart...

  • Life of Riley | Review

    Time to Leave: Alain Resnais’ Elegant Swan Song Alain Resnais, that reluctant member of the French New Wave, passed away in March of 2014, not...

  • Stonehearst Asylum | Review

    Crazy in Love: Anderson’s Gothic Sprinkled Romance Deserves to be Tarred and Feathered Fresh off the surprise box office success of 2013’s Halle Berry headlined...

  • Exists | Review

    The Pictures Got Small: Sanchez Unwisely Revisits Found Footage The co-director of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, returns to the fold of the...

  • The Dark Valley | Review

    Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance: Prochaska’s Grimly Pleasing Revenge Yarn Selected as Austria’s entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, The Dark Valley is perhaps...

  • Dirty Weekend | VOD Review

    Boiler Plate Weekend: Granier-Deferre’s Familiar, Forgettable Getaway Inappropriate lovers contending with a criminal while trapped in an isolated locale is hardly an original premise on...

  • Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

    Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the...

  • Fury | Review

    This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning...

  • The Golden Era | Review

    A Complicated Life: Hui’s Sprawling Biopic as Malcontented as Its Subject Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s extensive filmography has been largely unavailable, though she’s steadily...

  • Summer of Blood | Review

    Hemogobble: Turkel’s Latest Assay into Misanthropy Indie filmmaker Onor Turkel seems determined to remain hilariously unlikeable as his self-effacing, self-directed on-screen alter ego with his...

  • Felony | Review

    Patch of Blue: Saville’s Sophomore Film Lost in Endless Ellipses For his first film since his 2007 feature debut Noise, Australian director Matthew Saville returns...

  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya | Review

    Princess from the Moon: Takahata Bows with Feminist Spin on Fable Following the news of Hayao Miyazaki’s possible retirement after the release of 2013’s The...

  • Default | Review

    Piracy Politique: Brand Uses Topical Subject for Common Critique Colombian born filmmaker Simon Brand cashes in on the current fascination with hijacking pirates for his...

  • In the Basement | 2014 BFI London Film Festival Review

    Dungeons, Nazis and Latex Babies: Seidl Puts Modern Cave Dwellers on Display Paradise trilogy helmer Ulrich Seidl returns to docu form in what could easily...

  • Diplomacy | Review

    Paris is Burning: Schlondorff Continues Plumbing the Depths of WWII Playwright Cyril Gely (who also wrote the play upon which Safy Nebbou’s 2010 film Dumas...

  • Housebound | Review

    Home is Where the Horror Is: Johnson’s Ozzie Horror Tickles Rather Than Chills Fans of Peter Jackson’s early works of zany, comedy horror will most...

  • Nothing Bad Can Happen | Blu-Ray Review

    After scooping up the New Auteur Award at AFI Fest 2013, Nothing Bad Can Happen continued to garner a decidedly divisive response upon a limited...

  • The Goob | 2014 London BFI Film Festival Review

    Goober is Great: Norfolk Sets the Scene for Myhill’s Debut Rebellious youths riding motorbikes down dirt roads aside, while there are some similarities to Pawel...

  • Birdman | Review

    Bullets Over Broadway: Inarritu’s Vibrant, Exuberant Portrait Of Celebrity, Relevance, and Creative Passion Not only is Birdman (or The Virtue of Ignorance) arguably the best...

  • Young Ones | Review

    Young at Heart: Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Western is All Dried Up Dystopic draught heralds the end of times for the parable that serves as Jake Paltrow’s...