Review: KILLING LOVE Kills Off Comic Potential Way Too Quickly

Polish mainstream comedy has been in a state of stagnation for quite some time now. The many recent attempts at reviving its former glory, unfortunately, almost always ended in -- more or less comical -- disaster. It seems that the country's... More »
  

Imagine 2014 Review: DEADLY VIRTUES: LOVE. HONOUR. OBEY Is Lean, Mean, And Surprising

(An alternative title could be "Home Invasion: Rope. Torture. Show.") One of the titles world premiering at the Imagine film Festival Amsterdam this year is Ate de Jong's Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey., his first film since the costly flop... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: SOFT IN THE HEAD, A Drama That Hits Hard, Harder, Hardest

Filmmaker Nathan Silver's cinema is a cinema of people. Hard and foul and furious and loveable and resilient people.Now I know that may seem like a rather odd statement to make, when, after all cinema is full of people. But... More »
  

Review: PROXY Dwells On The Dark Side Of Parenthood

Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. The central idea around which everything swirls in Zack Parker's Proxy is as brilliant... More »
  

Review: 13 SINS, An Ambitious, Gruesome Thriller

Nicely-demented, Daniel Stamm's 13 Sins functions best as a gruesome thriller with a sense of humor. The deck is stacked quite heavily against Elliot (Mark Webber), a salesman who's preparing to marry his pregnant girlfriend Shelby (Rutina Wesley, from True... More »
  

Review: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Is Filmgoing Hell

Eternal paradise is all well and good, but the notion of spending the afterlife floating on clouds while wearing white gowns, halos and playing the harp doesn't thrill people like it used to. Even organized Christianity, a wide swath of... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: ANINA, An Animated film about Palindromes and Empathy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. A highly stylized animated feature from Uruguay which examines childhood conflict called ANINA.  The eponymous little girl with the palindrome name has an evocative imagination that... More »
  

Imagine 2014 Review: THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA Is A Cute And Clever Hybrid

(When Charles Manson met the Carpet-Bag-Monster...) Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a documentary? It's... The Creep Behind the Camera! One of the World Premieres at this year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, The Creep Behind the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

DVD Review: Don't Send Your Kids To CAMP DREAD

Eric Roberts plays Julian Barrett, director of a fictional 80s horror trilogy "Summer Camp". Barrett is hoping to reignite his career by rebooting the franchise as a reality television show. He auditions at-risk young adults, who, for various reasons, are... More »
  

Review: PATAGONIA OF DREAMS Gets The Period Right, But The Looks Wrong

Chilean cinema has been the talk of the town in film festivals lately. That's notably the case since Sebastián Silva managed to make not one, but two films with Michael Cera, as well as the selection of Pablo Lorrain (director of... More »
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: THE HOUSE OF MAGIC Review

Twitch's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFFKids film festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema.  Willem (Age 11) and Miranda (Age 9) kick off these video micro-reviews with the French/Belgian animated 3D CGI film The... More »
  

Review: Blame It On RIO 2

If kids entertainment in the 90's taught us anything, it's that recycling is an essential aspect of environmentalism. So I suppose we should be applauding Blue Sky Studios in their success at recycling so impressively many of that era's tropes... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: DRAFT DAY Fumbles, Repeatedly

A lethargic version of Moneyball that has been licked clean by the official approval of the National Football League, Ivan Reitman's Draft Day is a kitten desperately pretending to be a lion. The film plays like a 109-minute commercial, advertising... More »
  

Review: THE RAILWAY MAN, Confused And Emotionless

Japan's involvement and subsequent denial in its atrocities of World War II has always been a difficult point to convey. The Railway Man, which is based on the incredible true account of soldier Eric Lomax, attempts to tell this story... More »
  

Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Brings A Cosmopolitan Maturity To The Ailing Vampire Genre

Detroit is the new Transylvania in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully detached vampire reverie Only Lovers Left Alive. The film manages to build significantly upon and outdo Neil Jordan's recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent... More »
  

Review: OCULUS, Mirror, Mirror, Dark And Twisted

Of all the things remarkable about Oculus, and there are many, it's that this is a slow burn film with a deliciously creepy mood, yet at the same time it remains exhilarating throughout. The fact that a "creepy mirror" film... More »
  

Review: JOE Paints A Searing Portrait Of Rural Torment

Nicolas Cage has enjoyed a varied career, to say the least. From big budget blockbusters to notable indies, many would call his decision making curious, if not downright bizarre. In a lot of ways, this echoes the directing choices of... More »
  

Review: CUBAN FURY Shakes Some Good Moves, But Falls A Bit Flat

Romantic comedies have hit a bit of a slump in recent years, at least ones from big Hollywood and UK studios. The same patterns, cliched images, characters, and formulas have become predictable and dull. And in many ways, Cuban Fury... More »
  

Review: I WISH I KNEW Is Jia Zhangke's Wonderful Ode To Shanghai

Shanghai's emergence as the commercial and financial center of mainland China has obviously got a lot to do with the whole country's gradual and enormously impressive transformation, but in order to comprehend what really happened over the course of years... More »
  

Hong Kong 2014 Review: THAT DEMON WITHIN Has Problems Throughout

Hong Kong's reigning champion of pyrotechnic mayhem continues to move outside of his comfort zone with the psychological crime drama That Demon Within, but the results fail to hit the mark as poor plotting, loose direction and an increasingly preposterous... More »
  
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