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Marshland is the latest neo-noir crime thriller from Spanish filmmaker Alberto Rodríguez (Unit 7) and it’s a gloomily rococo showpiece and a relentless shocker. Set in the autumn of 1980 in the ethereal Guadalquivir Marshes – glimpsed repeatedly and tellingly from impossible heights, suggesting the point of view of a vengeful deity – a series of brutal crimes have been… Read more »

29 September 2015 | Reviews

“Are we in another planet?’ asks a five-year-old Jack (an astonishing Jacob Tremblay) in earnest to his mother, having awoke beside her in an unfamiliar hospital room. Only the day before, Jack and his mother, Joy (a superb Brie Larson in her best role since Short Term 12), made a soaring exodus from the one-room dungeon they’d been in for… Read more »

29 September 2015 | Reviews

Its chiefest export being patriotism, and its greatest commodity being self-assurance, America is known as a proud nation. Indeed, this pride is not without merit in the fields of filmmaking. This economic powerhouse, cultural incubator, and altogether well established nation has been heavily involved in the art of cinema since its inception. Inventor Thomas Edison was at the helm of… Read more »

29 September 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Movies and music have gone together since the beginning of film, accompanying viewings before even dialogue. The passion and excitement of the story, while heavily dependent on the story and direction, can be brought to even greater levels when accompanied by a fitting musical score. While some consider film scores to be lesser than concert music because they accompany something… Read more »

29 September 2015 | Features, People Lists

As he wanders through a dusty, hard-hearted American landscape, mostly the Mojave Desert, a nameless anti-hero and ho-hum stand-up comic played by Gregg Turkington moves like a man thrown down, on a journey somewhere, maybe home. Entertainment is director Rick Alverson’s fourth feature film, following 2012’s The Comedy, and was co-written with Tim Heidecker, and Turkington, who essentially riffs on… Read more »

28 September 2015 | Reviews

What is the role of psychology in contemporary society? How is the psychologist perceived by the modern mindset? Is the therapy process recognized as a potential tool for internal reinterpretation? These questions help to explore the nature of psychology and to establish how it can be depicted in modern culture. The “cultural products” of the films created to explore the… Read more »

28 September 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The roller coaster metaphor isn’t a perfect one to describe German filmmaker Sebastian Schipper’s single take dramatic crime thriller, Victoria, but it’s apt. Especially if you’re the type who gets nauseated by endless litany, easy to anticipate spirals, and, after a tedious build, you just want it all to end. That’s not to say the whole of Victoria is a… Read more »

27 September 2015 | Reviews

“You’re a bit vanilla,” quips a clueless wannabe Lothario to Holly (Abigail Hardingham), dumping her unceremoniously in an early scene of the beautifully lensed new British horror comedy, Nina Forever. Written and directed by brothers Ben and Chris Blaine, Nina Forever is an occasionally romantic, often amusing, and outright macabre debut that showcases pronounced visual savvy and at least one… Read more »

27 September 2015 | Reviews

Co-directors Donald Mugisha and James Taylor pay an artful homage to the neo-realist movement, specifically Vittorio De Sica and his benchmark 1948 film, Bicycle Thieves, with their film, The Boda Boda Thieves. Set in the winding, crowded streets of Kampala, Uganda, the film focuses on 15 year-old Abel (Hassan “Spike” Insingoma), who must cover for his injured father (Michael Wawuyo)… Read more »

27 September 2015 | Reviews

Set in a rural present day America, Jon Watt’s (Clown) latest film, Cop Car, soon polarizes into a struggle between good and evil. Good, in this instanced, is represented by two young boys, Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford), whereas evil comes in the guise of a police man’s uniform with the shady Sheriff Kretzer (Kevin Bacon). Travis and… Read more »

27 September 2015 | Reviews

So there you are with your popcorn and your enthusiasm, waiting for lightning to strike, but instead of being blown away by $200 million worth of spectacle you get Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Nobody goes to the multiplex for Great Art, but if you can’t get two hours of decent popcorn, what’s the point? You’re better off staying at home,… Read more »

26 September 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Disaffected brothers Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) have spent the last 40 odd years at odds with one another until a scabie outbreak threatens their competing prized flocks of sheep. It may seem a thin premise to hang a tragicomic parable upon, but Icelandic writer/director Grímur Hákonarson (Summerland) is in full command of his considerable cinematic skills, and… Read more »

26 September 2015 | Reviews

The Daughter is the searing directorial debut of Simon Stone (he also wrote the screenplay), and it’s an accomplished and echoing pièce de résistance from the word go. Inspired from the Henrik Ibsen play “The Wild Duck”, which Stone previously staged in 2011 — Stone is a venerated theater director — The Daughter is a completely convincing and richly rewarding… Read more »

26 September 2015 | Reviews

When I was young 3D movies weren’t so popular and horror movies were considered unworthy of good movie theatres. That didn’t stop me, though. I have seen every horror movie I could find. Sometimes it was a filthy movie theatre where I could smell the restrooms. Other times, it was either too cold or too hot. Sound systems distorted the… Read more »

25 September 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Every decent director has only one subject, and finally makes the same film over and over again. My subject is the exploitability of feelings, whoever might be the one exploiting them. It never ends, it’s a permanent theme. Whether the state exploits patriotism, or whether in a couple relationship, one partner destroys the other” – Rainer Werner Fassbinder Fassbinder, one… Read more »

25 September 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Just watch and report back, it’s that simple,” intones the rather tenebrous and passive voice of Parker’s employer over the telephone. Parker (Lindsay Farris) is a rather plebeian private investigator who is a bit of a wreck as of late, owing to the death of his young son and the failed marriage that accrued after that tragedy. Hunkered down in… Read more »

25 September 2015 | Reviews