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 »
  

Dallas 2014 Review: WORDS AND PICTURES, A Rivalry In Search Of A Romance

In my youth, a cigarette company advertised their product with the tagline, "What do you want, good grammar or good taste?" It was a false analogy, of course -- the correct answer is, "Why can't I have both?" -- yet... More »
  

Review: For Gina Carano, Fighting Bad Guys Is IN THE BLOOD

Survivors have scars. Losers have funerals. That is an example of the sage advice that Ava's father, an outlaw in his own right -- played with the neck straining vigor that only Stephen Lang can deliver -- gave her as he... More »
  

Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Gives A Frustratingly Accurate Portrait Of Our Image Of Donald Rumsfeld

A snow globe shaking back and forth, little white flecks - snowflakes - swirl and obfuscate whatever is in the globe. Oh my, what a loaded image. It is one of the chief ones Errol Morris employs in The Unknown... More »
  

Review: NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME II Brings The Pain...

The day after I reviewed Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac Volume 1, as spoiler-free as possible, I ran back to the cinema for the premiere of Nymphomaniac Volume 2, and this leaves me in a rather uncomfortable spot for reviewing it.... More »
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Review: GOODBYE WORLD Waves Farewell In Fantastically Entertaining Fashion

Man has always been fascinated with the end of the world, but filmmakers seem extra intrigued recently, with World War Z, It's A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling the... More »
  

Review: ALAN PARTRIDGE Keeps The Stakes Low And The Comedy Hilarious

The highly anticipated big screen debut of Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge arrives in Alan Partridge a blissfully straightforward and outrageously hilarious comedy that finds the titular character caught up in a hostage situation at the local radio station in Norfolk... More »
  

Review: UNDER THE SKIN Burns Brilliantly, Bafflingly, Bleakly

A long shot of a man waiting for a bus on a cool, foggy morning. The road winds through a valley where the stop and bench are at the bottom, and snakes up the other side. A woman walks into... More »
  

Review: Baseball Epic KANO Hits A Home Run

From the team behind Taiwanese epic Seediq Bale comes a rousing big screen sports saga telling the incredible true story of the Kano baseball team, a multiethnic squad of rural highschoolers who made it to the national championships in Japan... More »
  

Review: THE WORD Explains The Mechanics Of Manipulative Revenge

From the very beginning a deep sense of an impending tragedy pervades The Word (Obietnica), Polish filmmaker Anna Kazejak's naturalistic and somber coming-of-age thriller, creating a strangely disturbing yet thoroughly intriguing aura of uneasiness around the two main characters. A... More »
  

Okinawa 2014 Review: FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS

Fujita Yosuke's bittersweet comedy Fuku-Chan of Fukufuku Flats reflects on themes of loneliness and love but never loses sight of its comedy heart, thanks to a wonderful central performance from Oshima Miyuki.Fukuda Tatsuo, 'Fuku-chan' to his many friends, paints buildings... More »
  

Review: DOM HEMINGWAY, A Cheeky, If Slight, Gangster Character Study

Petty gangster, safecracker, loud mouth, loose cannon, thief, deadbeat dad, pint guzzling, word-smithing, cat killing, thug Dom Hemingway is the type of guy you would have no tolerance for in real life, but generally gravitate towards on screen. Twelve years... More »
  

Review: THE RETRIEVAL Quietly Takes On Loss, Life, And Hope

Chris Eska crafted the finely-honed, modern-day drama August Evening, which featured a resilient, stoic Mexican immigrant who dealt with life's challenges as they arose. The Retrieval is Eska's followup, and it's a similar, low-key, high-quality affair that etches portraits of... More »
  

Review: THE INHERITANCE 2 (Dědictví aneb kurvaseneříká) Packs A Social Satire In A Time Capsule

The year 2014 is certainly the year of sequels for Czech cinema. A beloved cult film, The Inheritance or Fuckoffguysgoodday, got a sequel (and several others are getting ready for a release), an event that only few would say will come true.... More »
  

Review: THE TENDER WAVES (Nežné vlny) Delivers Retro Maudlinism

Czech filmmaker Jiří Vejdělek has acquired the status of a successful commercial filmmaker with several domestic romantic comedies, Men in Temptation and Women in Temptation. His latest film, The Tender Waves, also falls under the niche of romantic comedy. (After a... More »
  
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