All posts tagged "U.S. Indie Film Review"

  • Always Shine | Review

    All About Actresses: Takal’s Flavorful Psychodrama Treads Familiar Territory As she conveyed in her 2011 debut feature Green, Sophia Takal has a particular interest in...

  • Man Down | Review

    Little Drummer Boy: Montiel’s Misguided and Manipulative PTSD Allegory Since his autobiographical 2006 debut A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, director Dito Montiel has been...

  • The Eyes of My Mother | Review

    And Soon the Darkness: Pesce’s Debut a Superbly Stylized Nightmare If Portugal were the portal to some Lynchian netherworld of dreams deferred, it would look...

  • Manchester by the Sea | Review

    The Fire Last Time: Lonergan’s Austere Portrait of Razed Emotions in Chilly New England Kenneth Lonergan musters yet another masterful portrait of pervasive trauma with...

  • Dark Night | 2016 AFI Film Festival Review

    Night of Your Life: Sutton Explores Tragedy as Intersecting Connective Tissue The sentiment behind Paul Haggis’ 2005 Best Picture Winner Crash, in which various disparate...

  • Hunter Gatherer | Review

    Happy-Go-Lucky: Locy’s Odd, High-Spirited Portrait of a Scam Artist A mere glance at the extensive list of executive producers (which includes David Gordon Green, Jody...

  • The Hills Have Eyes | Blu-ray Review

    Wes Craven left an indelible mark on American genre cinema thanks to innovations which inspired two iconic horror franchises, including the origination of Freddy Krueger...

  • Private Property | Blu-ray Review

    Cinelicious continues its tradition of resurrecting lost and obscure cinematic gems with its new 4K digital restoration of the 1960 title Private Property. Receiving a...

  • The Love Witch | Review

    Busty Black Magic: Biller’s Feminist Sexploitation Cinema Serving as a satire on pulp serials and brimming with all of the elements that would make Russ...

  • Dog Eat Dog | Review

    Hot in Cleveland: Schrader Returns with Gritty, Entertaining Crime Drama The dog days aren’t over, or so it would seem in director Paul Schrader’s glorious...

  • Trash Fire | Review

    Trash Humping: Bates Deliver Unkempt Dysfunctional Family Thriller Director Richard Bates Jr. cuts a bit too deeply with third feature Trash Fire, a film which...

  • The Pickle Recipe | Review

    How do ya Like them Cucumbers?: Manasseri Offers Kosher Silliness Potentially could be considered in the same food produce aisle subgenre as Veggie Tales, Michael...

  • Loving | Review

    United States of Love: Nichols Falters with Hokey Prestige Picture In 1967, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark civil rights decision with Loving...

  • Porto | 2016 BFI London Film Festival Review

    In Remembrance of Loves Past: Klinger’s Quiet Meditation on Romance, Time & Memory Two foreigners stumble upon a chance encounter and spend an intimate evening together...

  • The Unspoken | Review

    Here We Are Again: Wilson’s Last Hell House in the Town that Dreaded the Woods There are quite a considerable amount of mediocre movies in...

  • The Whole Truth | Review

    Truth, Be Told: Hunt Returns to Moral Grey Zone with Courtroom Drama The only real anomalistic quality to Courtney Hunt’s long awaited sophomore feature The...

  • Moonlight | Review

    When the Rainbow is Enuf: Jenkins Returns with Exceptional, Moving Character Portrait It’s been eight years since indie filmmaker Barry Jenkins debuted his exceptional directorial...

  • Christine | Review

    Mad as Hell: Campos Paints a Moving, Psychological Portrait of Sensational Subject For his third and most psychologically complex feature to date, Antonio Campos presents...

  • Certain Women | Review

    All I Desire: Reichardt’s Exceptional Triptych of Tenacious Women Though she’s already touted as one of the most talented American contemporary directors, Kelly Reichardt accomplishes...

  • The Birth of a Nation | Review

    Born Again: Parker Resuscitates Turner Narrative in Painful Labor of Love An odd, continued legacy of unquestioned applause greets the reception of actor Nate Parker’s...

  • The Neon Demon | Blu-ray Review

    After premiering to divisive responses at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it played in competition (jeers were mixed with waves of derisive laughter along...

  • Colossal | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    Seoul of the Matter: Vigalondo’s Environmental Impact Creature Feature Unique but Wonky Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo scores major points for ambition and uniqueness in his...

  • (re) Assignment | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    A Dish Best Served Bold: Hill’s Revenge-Thriller a Sleazy Mix of Action and Body Horror Grindhouse groupies will have something to celebrate with the latest...

  • Message from the King | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    To Live and Die in LA: Du Welz Explores the Los Angeles Underbelly in Revenge Noir Belgian auteur Fabrice Du Welz makes his English language...

  • The 9th Life of Louis Drax | Review

    One Life to Live: Aja’s Childhood Abuse Drama a Soapy Misstep Once at the forefront of the French horror wave of the early to mid-2000s...