Rotterdam 2014 Review: TAMAKO IN MORATORIUM Pleasantly Idles Along

(Now I feel tempted to not write a review for a year...) Director Yamashita Nobuhiro is probably best known for his 2007 film Linda Linda Linda, which managed to wring a lot of enjoyment out of a pretty mundane subject.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

International TV Roundup: A Quality Quartet From The BBC In 2014

While the bulk of our coverage here at Twitch is dominantly film related we do love a good bit of TV, particularly when the TV in question is ... well ... good. And though the year is early it is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: ILUSIÓN NACIONAL, Little More Than A Recap Of Mexico's History In The World Cup

The professional Mexican football (soccer) league had one of its darkest chapters just last weekend, because of an extremely violent confrontation between members of a firm and the police inside a stadium in Guadalajara. In this country, as in many... More »
  

Review: LOCKER 13 - Don't Throw Away The Key For This Thriller Anthology Just Yet

Locker 13 is a horror/thriller anthology, a collection of five cautionary tales about making the right choice. The wraparound story, The Other Side, stars Jon Gries as Archie. Archie is introducing Skip (played by voice actor Jason Spisak) to the night... More »
  

Review: BLOOD AND TIES Loses Direction And Eventually Succumbs To Melodrama

Due to a circumstantial, if not completely absurd, turn of events a young woman begins to suspect her loving father of being a ruthless kidnapper-cum-murderer the whole country's been trying to catch for almost 15 years. As a result, she... More »
  

Review: SABOTAGE, A Genuinely Gripping And Suspenseful Thriller

What's easy to forget about Arnold Schwarzenegger is that he excels in roles that maximize his strengths. His range may be limited, but make him the unquestioned leader of a hard-bitten team of DEA undercover operatives, give him a script... More »
  

New Directors/New Films 2014 Review: SHE'S LOST CONTROL Gets Intimate

Professional intimacy takes center stage in Anja Marquardt's She's Lost Control. 'She' in this case is Ronah (Brooke Bloom), a thirty something, confident, determined woman pursuing a masters degree who makes living as a sexual surrogate - arranged by her... More »
  

Review: HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES, A Daring And Complex Portrait Of Childhood

In childhood, those magical spaces and feelings of curiosity and wonder; those feelings and urges that could propel you to great heights and even greater adventures, sit so precariously close to what one can only describe as apocalypse: those weighted... More »
  

Review: THE RAID 2 Sets A New High Point For Violent Action Cinema

It was no hyperbole when we called The Raid: Redemption "the best action movie in decades." That film redefined martial arts cinema for the 21st century and announced Gareth Evans as one of the most exciting young directors working today.... More »
  

Review: BREATHE IN, A Heartbreaking Romance

Drake Doremus does one thing very, very well. He is a master at making the audience feel the emotions of his characters -- without relying on the typical protagonist story structure. His 2011 Sundance US Dramatic Competition-winning Like Crazy took... More »
  

Review: FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Delves Into A Mystery Well Worth Investigating

I became aware of Vivian Maier's beautiful photographs through my photographer friend about a year ago when he showed me a photo book he just purchased called Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. Those Rolleiflex medium format shot black and white photographs of... More »
  

Review: CESAR CHAVEZ Gets It Right

I gotta admit that I was very skeptical going into this movie. There is something very dreadful about patronizing Hollywood biopics that makes me shudder. But with its largely Mexican-American cast and Mexican actor-turned-director Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien,... More »
  

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Is A Taut, Engaging Conspiracy Thriller

"How do we know the good guys from the bad guys?," Anthony Mackie's Falcon (real name: Sam Wilson) asks in the midst of the climax to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's a line that is played for laughs and... More »
  

Review: FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT... And Enjoy The Flight

Ha Jung-woo of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea fame begins his screenwriting and directing career with Fasten Your Seatbelt, a congenial and expertly paced airborne comedy that blends lighthearted social satire with simple yet crazy-addictive humor within quite possibly... More »
  

Review: Don't Go to HAPPY CAMP

First time writer-director Josh Anthony's Happy Camp indulges in all the worst elements of the found footage genre to such an extent that for the first half of the mercifully brief film, I thought it was heading toward some clever... More »
  

Hong Kong 2014 Review: ABERDEEN Is Pang Ho Cheung's Most Mature Work Yet

Pang Ho Cheung delivers a beautifully observed portrait of a modern Hong Kong family that fuses social commentary with fantastical imagery and his trademark cheeky humour to wonderful effect.In a notable shift in tone from his recent successes, Hong Kong... More »
  

DVD Review: TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES - There Is A Tale For Everybody

Tom Holland's Twisted Tales was a web series hosted by our friends over at FearNet. The 'Twisted Tales' are nine short films, all written and directed by Tom Holland (Child's Play and Fright Night). They are stories about revenge seeking technology, tales of... More »
  

Review: NOAH, Good Vs. Evil Is Not As Simple As It Sounds

With a length of little more than two hours, Darren Aronofsky's Noah is many things. It is an exploration of some of the themes the director already touched on in The Fountain, but it also functions as new territory for Aronofsky,... More »
  

Okinawa 2014 Review: ONE THIRD Is A Darkly Comic Crime Caper

Shinagawa Hiroshi follows up Slapstick Brothers with a fast-paced, light-on-its-feet caper that cruises on its bulging ensemble cast even when the convoluted plot threatens to combust under the weight of its myriad twists and double crosses.When gambling-addicted nightclub manager Shu... More »
  

Review: MUPPETS MOST WANTED, A Sequel That Delivers What Fans Want

It was halfway through a press conference this week that someone asked the talent propped up at the front of the assembled media about the inconsistencies that one can find between the various tales that have served as the eight... More »
  
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