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Rating Title/Year Author
The Show (2020) Andrew Mack Moore's Northampton may not be a safe place to be but it is a hell of a lot more interesting than the alternative EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2021
Dune (2021) Kurt Halfyard It is unquestionably neato, but it all feels obligatory. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2021
3.5/5.0 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) Peter Martin A poignant story about a talented man who was born at the wrong time in history for his many talents to be nurtured and fully appreciated. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2021
Bedevilled (2010) Peter Martin As a first-time director, Jang builds the atmosphere and mood in an unusual way. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
Halloween Kills (2021) J Hurtado Let's just get this out of the way: Halloween Kills is bad. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2021
The Monopoly of Violence (2020) Dustin Chang I think the film is an exemplary in reflecting these thoughts after one of the most violent and prolonged civil unrests in France's modern history. And I hope we can learn from that. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
4/5 The Power of the Dog (2021) Shelagh Rowan-Legg The Power of the Dog bristles with longing and jealousy, at once staring straight ahead and sneaking up behind you, leaving its clues like muddy bootprints tinged with sorrow. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2021
4/5 Iké Boys (2021) Andrew Mack Kindhearted tribute to the life lesson moments at the end of every episode of Power Rangers. The action is just a fun way to reward yourself for learning something other than how to land a proper hero stance off your living room couch. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
In Front of Your Face (2021) Dustin Chang The film may lack Hong's narrative and structural inventiveness but it has a nasty hook that gets you at the end, defying the conventional romance narrative. It's wickedly funny, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
Neptune Frost (2021) Dustin Chang Think of it as a spiritual, joyful lo-fi cousin of The Matrix and Bacurau. The message might be the same, but with more music and dancing. And it still manages to look like a badass cyberpunk film. Neptune Frost is a future cult classic in the making. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
Memoria (2021) Dustin Chang Memoria, with languid long takes and tranquil setting, is a deeply contemplative film that offers you to experience a dreamscape in a place strange yet familiar, where you can embrace the mysteries of life. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
Petite Maman (2021) Dustin Chang Guileless and astute in its observation of childhood, Petite Maman is a fairytale without fringes and definitely one of the most touching films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
4/5 18 1/2 (2021) Susan Leighton If you are in the mood for a fast-paced, highly intelligent effort with an intricate plot and surprising twists and turns, then '18 1/2' ticks all the boxes EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2021
Introduction (2021) Dustin Chang Clocking at mere 65 minutes, is an unusually serene drama for the director. Perhaps it was the result of our collective helplessness and fear for the future that Hong felt when he conceived the project, in regards to the younger generation. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) Dustin Chang Maybe it's the Covid time thing, but there is a pleasure seeing characters just talking to each other at length in Hamaguchi's delicately written dialog. It's one of those films you want to see it again immediately after finishing it. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
Drive My Car (2021) Dustin Chang The film more than justifies its three-hour running time, by developing relationships among its characters and audiences in a natural, unhurried pace. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
The Souvenir Part II (2021) Dustin Chang It's a marvelously inventive, self-effacing film that is also immensely affecting and moving. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
The Tsugua Diaries (2021) Dustin Chang Fazendeiro and Gomes create a delightful little summer movie that is cinematically inventive while reflecting the state of the worldwide pandemic and its effect on filmmaking. The Tsugua Diaries is a perfect antidote of a movie in our trying times. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) Dustin Chang At best, The Tragedy of Macbeth feels like a vanity project where a director trying to please his wife a role she always wanted to play (for 15 years apparently). It also gives a clue to which Coen might be a Garfunkel of the duo. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
Bergman Island (2021) Dustin Chang All the ingredients to make a great Hansen-Løve film are here: great assemblage of talented, intriguing actors, great location, self-reflexive storytelling, young love. But it doesn't quite gel together. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
The Village Detective: A Song Cycle (2021) Dustin Chang The Village Detective: A Song Cycle is a celebration of cinema that reflects life and art and its resilience to the test of time both metaphorically and physically. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
Eyes of Fire (1984) Susan Leighton A unique take on tired tropes. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2021
5/5 There's Someone Inside Your House (2021) Susan Leighton A smart, humorous and well-crafted tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2021
Cry Macho (2021) Susan Leighton If you are looking for Clint Eastwood's typical, gruff on-screen persona, you will see very little of it in this effort. Instead, you will see an actor at the top of his game who can still carry a picture after six decades in the business. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2021
4.5/5.0 Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest (2021) Peter Martin This little movie ... has lasting power to affect. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2021
Dug Dug (2021) Kurt Halfyard Ritwik Pareek's debut film is a masterclass in visual storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
Zeros and Ones (2021) Martin Kudlac Ferrara keeps the audience in a constant state of alertness disputing what is actually unfolding in front of their eyes. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2021
Blue Bayou (2021) Dustin Chang Justin Chon writes, directs and stars alongside Alicia Vikander in a timely, humanistic drama, set in the backwaters of Louisiana. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
4.5/5.0 The Story of Looking (2021) Peter Martin A meditative essay that surges with passion and energy. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
Kate (2021) Mel Valentin Action-thrillers with a revenge twist don't get more rote or routine. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
The Card Counter (2020) Mel Valentin Another searing indictment of American politics and ideology. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
Malignant (2021) Mel Valentin See 'Malignant.' Then see it again. Chances are, you won't regret it. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
4/5 Night Raiders (2021) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Night Raiders is a nail-biting story, filled with drama, pathos, some good action, and a little magic, the best kind that comes from a place of anger, hope, and determination. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
Tin Can (2021) Kurt Halfyard The experience is of a piece with classic David Cronenberg joints: body horror fused with social anxiety. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
4/5 Language Lessons (2021) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Language Lessons is smart and funny, heartwarming without being sacchrine, and genuinely moving, it's a testament to the performers, and to all of us who have had to figure out a different way of being, and being together. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
Faya Dayi (2021) Dustin Chang Transcending categories, 'Faya Dayi' achieves a deeply spiritual and contemplative viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
4/5 Anne at 13,000 ft (2019) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Anne at 13,000 Ft is a remarkable film, a true indie that asks us to be front and centre in the protagonist's mind and heart, unflinching and raw in its portrayal of a spirit that cannot fit into expectations. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
Hotel Poseidon (2021) J Hurtado For a film that has truly not a single element of what most would consider cinematic horror, Hotel Poseidon is one of the most skin-crawling experiences of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
The Sadness (2021) J Hurtado There's no sugar-coating The Sadness, it is an absolutely brutal film that seems expressly constructed to shock and offend. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
Indemnity (2021) J Hurtado [A] raucous conspiracy thriller with action to spare EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
Hellbender (2021) J Hurtado [F]ascinating, bloody, at times funny, and always interesting. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
King Knight (2021) J Hurtado King Knight is a return to the kind of intelligent satire where Bates works best. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
5/5 Candyman (2021) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Candyman is powerful and disturbing, one that keeps the audience on the other side of the mirror, watching as that individual and collective trauma is forced to be inescapable to those left vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2021
1/5 Demonic (2021) Andrew Mack All of the 'big' moments that happen outside of the relationship between Carly and Angela are left to aftermaths and outcomes. It is just too bad that everything else takes a second seat to Carly and her mom, including the scares. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
4/5 What Josiah Saw (2021) Andrew Mack Robert Patrick is an absolute force to be reckoned with. A tremendously tense and terrifying horror thriller, it will forever rank among the best southern gothic films. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
Baby, Don't Cry (2021) Kurt Halfyard It is bloody, and awkward, discomfortingly obsessive, and exceptionally alive. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
5.0/5.0 Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2019) Peter Martin A bittersweet tale, [yet] it's also educational in the best way possible for film enthusiasts. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
5.0/5.0 Confetti (2021) Peter Martin Beautifully shot and constructed, with an easy rhythm to watch and enjoy the rather intimate and perceptive performances, 'Confetti' is frustrating yet rewarding. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
4.5/5.0 Usedom: A Clear View of the Sea (2017) Peter Martin A reflective, calming meditation on the price of becoming known for only one thing, even as multitudes of possibilities bob beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
3.0/5.0 Respect (2021) Peter Martin Catching fire whenever music erupts, the film is otherwise a muddled mess. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021