Cairo 2014 Review: SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF PORTRAIT Will Break Your Heart

We often see fleeting images of war and its victims, or brief scenes of torture on the news, but these are often presented in a sensational way, or sometimes sanitized, or more than often, ignored if they are happening in... More »
  

Third I 2014 Review: MEET THE PATELS Mixes Modern Love And Timeworn Tradition

Ravi Patel is an actor. He's one of those guys. You know, that guy. The guy who plays a doctor or a lawyer on TV, typical Indian American jobs. He's not setting the world on fire, but he makes a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Cairo 2014 Review: A CINEMA OF DISCONTENT Deftly Explores Censorship

I'm sure many cinephiles are familiar with the Motion Picture Production Code, used by Hollywood in the mid-20th century to govern 'morality' in films. A self-imposed censorship, it banned any sexual acts beyond kissing, excessive violence, profanity, and many other... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE BOY AND THE WORLD, Wonderous Animation and Storytelling

Within the first few frames, it's easy to see why The Boy and The World won both Best Feature and the audience award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, considered to be the most important of its kind. This is... More »
  

Review: PARASYTE PART 1, Slow Burn Alien Takeover Paves Way For Part 2

After becoming one of Japan's most bankable directors off the back of mega-hit The Eternal Zero, Yamazaki Takashi is bound to have another success on his hands with his latest, an adaptation of Iwaaki Hitoshi's popular manga, Parasyte. Himizu's Sometani... More »
  

AFI Fest 2014 Review: 10,000 KM And The Space Between

10,000 KM is a film that knows exactly what it means to be in a long distance relationship. Having lived through one himself, director Carlos Marques-Marcet ingeniously communicates the experience through a minimalism that tugs at the heartstrings far... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Cairo 2014 Review: QUEEN AND COUNTRY, Funny and Heartfelt Nostalgia

John Boorman's 1987 film Hope and Glory, about the London Blitz seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy, is a favourite in the Rowan-Legg household (seriously, we can all quote it almost verbatim to the point of annoying guests).... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014 Review: FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: THE STORY OF RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Salutes The Mexican Guitar Duo

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is a straight celebration of Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo and Gabriela, going from their origins in Mexico City to their eventual worldwide success. Mexican journalist and the documentary's director... More »
  

Review: BUTTER ON THE LATCH, A Fascinating And Truly Original Work Of Art

One of the most fascinating and fully-formed talents to emerge this year is director, actress, and performance artist Josephine Decker, who now has two accomplished features under her belt. The first, Butter on the Latch, had its world premiere at... More »
  

Review: ROSEWATER, A Disappointing Passion Project By Jon Stewart

It's safe to say that for the last several decades Jon Stewart has been one of the most powerful voices in comedy. Since taking over The Daily Show, his show has been a beacon for popular American political satire, showing... More »
  

Review: BAD TURN WORSE, A Crackling Small Town Thriller

The feature debut from directorial siblings Simon and Zeke Hawkins is a tense and earthy film noir that wears its pulp influences proudly on its sleeve as it weaves a tale of love, betrayal and escape through the underbelly of... More »
  

Review: FOXCATCHER, A Rewarding Look Into A Cold And Strange World

John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the heirs to the vast Du Pont fortune, had it all, it seemed. Wealthy almost beyond measure, he studied and wrote on ornithology and was an avid philatelist, having paid a record (at the... More »
  

St. Louis 2014 Review: THE MAKINGS OF YOU Makes A Noteworthy Debut

Whenever Hollywood comes to St. Louis, Missouri (my hometown) the filmmakers are inevitably bowled over by the architecture, the vibe, and the sheer possibilities the city has to offer in terms of diverse filming locations. In the past few decades,... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: Kurosawa's SEVENTH CODE, More Complex And Thrilling Than It First Appears

Those expecting another genre bending, bone-chilling spectacle from J-horror master helmer Kurosawa Kiyoshi may be a little disappointed with his low-budget, brisk, slow-moving 2013 feature Seventh Code. Without explaining anything, Kurosawa throws the viewer into a story that at... More »
  

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 Slows Series To A Crawl

With two global smashes that have banked $1.5 billion between them, the Hunger Games series has captured the imagination of spectators around the world with a well-balanced combination of spectacle and emotional depth. Mockingjay - Part 1, the first part... More »
  

Book Review: Shawn Levy's DE NIRO: A LIFE Opens Up The Life And Films Of Robert De Niro

For me, a good writer makes you want to re-watch movies you've seen a dozen times. That's what Shawn Levy does with De Niro: A Life (Crown Archetype, 2014, 600 pages), a new biography that digs respectfully into the actor's... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE CHALLAT OF TUNIS, Brilliant And Disturbing Satire

The words 'satire' and 'mockumentary', when referring to films, might automatically be thought to reference humour. But there is no humour, except very dark, in director Kaouther Ben Hania's brilliant The Challat of Tunis. It is a searing portrait of... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE CUT, A Good Epic Journey

With the exception of Atom Egoyan's Ararat, the Armenian Genocide has not had much attention in Western cinema. German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin, whose previous films have often looked at issues of the marginalized, transnational cultures and violence, attempts to tackle... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THEEB Doesn't Quite Live Up to its Promise

Stories of war or violent conflict can often seem more acute and terrifying through the eyes of a child, especially if it is only from the periphery, when the child knows less than the audience. Theeb, Jordanian director Naji Abu's... More »
  

Review: FROM INSIDE Rides A Depressing Train Of Thought

(For those who thought Snowpiercer wasn't somber enough...) Cee, a young pregnant woman, sits on a giant train which drives through a post-apocalyptic landscape. Nobody knows if the train's destination still exists, or even if there are tracks beyond the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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