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Rating Title/Year Author
Held (2020) Anton Bitel Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing's entrapment thriller stages manipulative scenes from a marriage under patriarchy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
8/10 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Matthew Turner Here's hoping casting directors have been paying attention during the coronavirus pandemic, because Beharie ought to be a huge star. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
7/10 Gutterbug (2019) Matthew Turner A smartly directed, superbly acted and emotionally engaging indie drama that marks out writer-director Andrew Gibson as a potential talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
6/10 Northwood Pie (2020) Matthew Turner A likeable hangout comedy that succeeds thanks to its engaging performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
The Painted Bird (2019) Anton Bitel the Boy must constantly adapt to survive, while also being altered & scarred by his experiences, so that his true identity remains Protean - an Everyman, or at least Everyboy, for the shifting borders & compromised allegiances of the Second World War EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Enhanced (2019) Anton Bitel It is not that Enhanced is bad, as such - rather it is undistinguished, failing significantly to mutate, or even just to enhance, what its many predecessors have already accomplished. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Blinders (2020) Anton Bitel This cunningly constructed stalker thriller plays several blinders on the viewer. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Av: The Hunt (2020) Anton Bitel a dispiriting state-of-the-nation survival thriller in which rape and murder are validated as acceptable male behaviours, women are treated like animals, and the running can only ever end one way. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Skull: The Mask (2020) Anton Bitel Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman bring bloody bedlam and an allegory of national rapine to the streets of contemporary São Paulo. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Aquaslash (2019) Anton Bitel these kids are frolicking in a faded 1980s adventureland whose very name - Wet Valley - is suggestive of the horny pleasures that they seek, but they are also barrelling headlong into the decade of the classic slasher, where sex leads to death EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Two Heads Creek (2019) Anton Bitel Jesse O'Brien's carnivorous horror-comedy skewers English and Australian xenophobia. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
() Anton Bitel There may be gory agonies and dismemberments on display, but it is us, ultimately, being taken apart, as the film deconstructs its own target audience, and reminds us of the real people haunting the other side of our screens. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
() Anton Bitel All these stories stage - in some cases, even fancifully resolve - tensions and traumas within the Aboriginal community, ensuring that this uncanny omnibus carries plenty of unusual, urgent subtext. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
() Anton Bitel A pop psychologist tries to coax a haunted agoraphobe outside in this creaky found footage flick. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
Blind (2019) Anton Bitel Blind lacks all economy. The prolonged game of cat-and-mouse between Faye and her stalker is almost entirely one-sided (the mouse never knows that she is playing) and therefore event-free. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
() Anton Bitel Playhouse really is a gothic horror... but it is also a dramatisation of the creative process itself, as we see a writer rummaging through the shadowiest parts of himself to conjure a macabre coup de théâtre. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
() Anton Bitel This is a portrait of a network of horror-associated folk who enjoy an unusually tight and passionate bond with each other, as much social as professional - a band of misfits who love to work and play together. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
12 Hour Shift (2020) Anton Bitel Brea Grant's portrait of a nurse's night shift is a "slice of life" in more than one sense. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
I Am Lisa (2020) Anton Bitel lycanthropy serves as a broad metaphor for Lisa's emergence from victim to fighter, in a smalltown worm-that-turned narrative. Whether, having undergone this radical transformation, Lisa is still herself is a question left to us to resolve. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Sky Sharks (2020) Anton Bitel an over-bloated, prurient, unsubtle assault on the senses - but its sexed-up stupidity is not without sly political subtext, as it shows how readily the fascist madnesses of the 20th century can be revived in our own times of reactionary idiocy. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Triggered (2020) Anton Bitel Triggered offers a deeply cynical, Darwinian portrait of human nature in extremis - and no matter how close these characters come to their mortality, the formative trauma of their school days is never far behind. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Anton Bitel In Seimetz's ambiguous, uncanny memento mori, all the absurdities and anxieties of human existence are condensed to feature length. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Hail to the Deadites (2020) Anton Bitel For those who have already been initiated, Hail to the Deadites shows a familiar world of adepts... while for the more profane, less involved viewer, these enthusiasts may bring puzzlement, but also fascination, at least of an anthropological kind. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
The Columnist (2020) Anton Bitel Like any conversation on social media, The Columnist turns on a dime from comedy to romance to horror, and from warmth to cynicism to aggression... EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
Random Acts of Violence (2019) Anton Bitel While Random Acts of Violence offers all the conventional entertainments of a slasher, it frames them in a manner that flirts with the painful realities behind their fictions, while constantly interrogating the ethics of its own creation & reception. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
7/10 Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) Laurence Boyce Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles is an often complex affair that tries to fit much in within a scant 75-minute runtim EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
La llorona (2019) Anton Bitel ...not only resurrects this folkloric figure in contemporary Guatemala, but makes her the calmly vindictive representative of an entire nation in mourning over the losses and injustices that it has suffered. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Alice (2019) Anton Bitel A mistreated mother rediscovers herself through the oldest profession in Josephine Mackerras' strong feature debut. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) Anton Bitel In the macabre melodrama of Impetigore, Anwar himself proves the ultimate puppet-master, wrangling richly atmospheric sets and dreamy lamp-and-candle lighting to cast a beguiling illusion over us all out of shudders and shadow play. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Pool (2018) Anton Bitel A fun, fraught, knowingly farcical fish-out-of-water survival thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
2/10 Toss It (2019) Matthew Turner The film's eventual conclusion seems like little reward after nearly two hours of soul-searching dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
9.5/10 Bad Education (2019) Matthew Turner Cory Finley goes two-for-two with this gripping embezzlement drama that's based on a jaw-dropping true story and features a career-best performance from Hugh Jackman. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
The Beach House (2019) Anton Bitel Brown lets his Lovecraftian apocalypse wash up just slowly enough not to overwhelm too soon, while his attention to the microcosm formed by a small group of people only adds to the rising sense of dread and desperation on a much larger scale. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Anton Bitel Clay merges the religious opportunism and charlatanism of Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General (1968) and the sexual repression of Robert Eggers' The Witch (2015), while positioning his film as both melodramatic thriller and Western avant la lettre. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
8/10 You Don't Nomi (2019) Matthew Turner An entertaining, even-handed and well-argued documentary that will hopefully inspire multiple rewatches of Showgirls, whether ironic or not. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
8.5/10 Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Matthew Turner Utterly charming and blessed with a pair of terrific central performances, this is an extremely accomplished piece of work that marks Bird out as a director to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Parasite (2019) Anton Bitel under the guise of an engaging, thrilling, rip-roaring piece of entertainment..., Bong has delivered a spectacular deconstruction of the late-capitalist society in which we all must live together - if not all on the same level. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985) Anton Bitel It is broad as hell, but if you are looking for a camp-tastic 80s retrospective that is as mercurial as it is absurd... this may just be the cinematic UFO for you. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
Only the Animals (2019) Anton Bitel Dominik Moll brings together tales of crossed purposes, animal drives and amour fou in this superbly performed ensemble drama. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
8/10 The Half of It (2020) Katie Smith-Wong All three characters...bring a realism to the traditional teen romance that reminds audiences that sometimes, the happily ever after can be delivered in a different way. And in the case of The Half of It, it makes it all the sweeter. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
8/10 The Wretched (2019) Matthew Turner A genuinely creepy and sharply written teen horror that deserves to find a wide audience. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
7/10 The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2019) Matthew Turner An engaging portrait of a particular side of the Dalai Lama that's both inspiring and revealing. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
Unsane (1982) Anton Bitel all at once twist-heavy giallo & sophisticated meta-giallo, as Giermani & Neal, in repeatedly discussing the mechanics & modes of Neal's chosen literary form, are also providing a constant commentary on the genre in which they have become involved EDIT
Posted May 24, 2020
Noroi: The Curse (2005) Anton Bitel This is the truly demonic power of the filmmaker's tools & of horror in general: to mask the utterly ordinary with the unbelievably extraordinary. On any reading, though, in pursuing the unknown & the occult, Kobayashi invites the devil into his home EDIT
Posted May 10, 2020
Z (2019) Anton Bitel Even if all this is perceived as a mere allegory of domestic dysfunction and a reified return of the repressed, its interpretation remains utterly bleak. For whatever haunts the Parsons family is hereditary... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Ema (2019) Anton Bitel Pablo Larraín's portrait of a lady on fire burns with destructive chaos and new order. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Anton Bitel Jeff Barnaby's tense, provocative zombie horror shows an indigenous community that has always been under siege. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
The Shadow of Violence (2019) Anton Bitel Calm With Horses boasts an extraordinarily contained central performance from Jarvis, and a strong sense of place that brings new, real tensions to old gangland tropes. This Irish noir is an arrestingly assured debut for Rowland. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020
The Reflecting Skin (1990) Anton Bitel a portrait of America that is, in all its estranging hyperrealism & 'magic hour' sheen, both iconic & oneiric - a dreamy, doomy antidote to nostalgia in which rural naturalism, gothic touches and a constant mood of menace all combine EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2020
The Host (2020) Anton Bitel Andy Newberry's knowingly derivative thriller reimagines Psycho as a modern, gender-switched clash of classes. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2020