Review: SAINT MAUD Delivers Unsettling Religious Journey

Saint Maud will make audiences wonder how far is too far when it comes to faith, devotion, and religious beliefs. This is a terrific directional debut that welcomes the audience to interpret the events that unfold. Of Course, A24’s attachment shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the type of films they’ve released over the years. Saint Maud is a… Continue reading Review: SAINT MAUD Delivers Unsettling Religious Journey

Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is a Legendary Piece of Cinema

The Lighthouse is one of those films that can be unpacked and interpreted in many different ways. The biggest struggle many directors face after a hit film is avoiding a sophomore bomb. Back in 2015, Robert Eggers made his directional debut with The Witch, a film regarded as one of the decades scariest stories ever… Continue reading Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is a Legendary Piece of Cinema

Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is Maddeningly Brilliant

Absolutely horrifying in its presentation, and even moreso in its delivery, The Lighthouse is chaos and hell manifested on film. Robert Eggers’ followup to The Witch takes no time throwing its viewers into the murky depths of the ocean, which is absolutely unforgiving in this film. From the constant crashes of the waves to the deafening… Continue reading Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is Maddeningly Brilliant

Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Is A One-Note Dark Comedy

The Death of Dick Long, the sophomore feature from director Daniel Schienert (one half of the duo behind Swiss Army Man), is a bizarre new dark comedy based on a single gag so weird that it’s hard to believe. However, in an attempt to go darker, Schienert loses the infectious charm that made his first… Continue reading Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Is A One-Note Dark Comedy

Review: LOW TIDE Is A Nostalgic Adventure Reminiscent Of THE GOONIES

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Low Tide, written and directed by Kevin McMullin, is a refreshingly old-school thriller. Owing a lot to classics of the genre, such as The Goonies, McMullin’s film is nonetheless a satisfying nostalgia trip, largely thanks to impressive performances and an immersive atmosphere. The movie follows a group of young troublemakers as they find buried treasure,… Continue reading Review: LOW TIDE Is A Nostalgic Adventure Reminiscent Of THE GOONIES

Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Is An Off-Kilter Crime Comedy

From its title alone, The Death of Dick Long stakes its claim as an incredibly off kilter crime caper. Taking place in rural Alabama, two friends attempt to cover up a night that gets a little too weird; yet overall feels perfectly in line with the film as a whole. Directed by Daniel Scheinert, one… Continue reading Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Is An Off-Kilter Crime Comedy

Review: MIDSOMMAR Director’s Cut Offers More Context And Is More Rewarding

Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh. Photo by Gabor Kotschy, Courtesy of A24.

Midsommar, Ari Aster’s sophomore feature re-released this past weekend in select theaters with thirty minutes of additional footage. If the original cut that was released this July wasn’t uncomfortable enough for you, Midsommar’s extended cut is certainly going to provide several more moments to make audiences feel uneasy, and disgusted with themselves. Just like the… Continue reading Review: MIDSOMMAR Director’s Cut Offers More Context And Is More Rewarding

INTERVIEW: Film Editor Matt Friedman Talks Every Frame Of The Farewell 

The Farewell is a new film starring quick-rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians) and directed by Lulu Wang (Posthumous) about a woman returning to China to say her last goodbyes to her grandmother except grandma is the only one who doesn’t know she’s soon heading off to the next level of life.  Cutting… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Film Editor Matt Friedman Talks Every Frame Of The Farewell 

Review: SKIN Goes Below The Surface Of Racism

Although it shares the same name and shares a cast member, Guy Nattiv’s English-language debut feature Skin is very different from his 2018 Oscar-winning short. That said, Nattiv still uses this film to provide effective and thought-provoking commentary on the state of race relations in America. This movie is about a man who was raised… Continue reading Review: SKIN Goes Below The Surface Of Racism

Review: THE FAREWELL Is A Surprisingly Hilarious And Beautiful Film About Family

Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma, Lu Hong, Chan Han, Aoi Mizuhara. Photo by Nick West. Courtesy of A24.

One of the most buzzed-about titles to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is truly a sight to behold. Hilarious and heartwarming (often at the same time), this is the type of personal but still highly entertaining movie that we don’t see nearly enough in the multiplexes anymore. This… Continue reading Review: THE FAREWELL Is A Surprisingly Hilarious And Beautiful Film About Family

Review: MIDSOMMAR Is A Horrific Breakup Experience

Florence Pugh as Dani crying in Ari Aster's MIDSOMMAR

After taking audiences by storm with his breakout masterpiece Hereditary, Ari Aster returns with Midsommar, which tells the most disturbing cinematic breakup tale. Aster’s sophomore feature depicts a ruthless and unnerving descent into madness between two people that don’t deserve a happily ever after. Written and directed by Aster, the film stars Florence Pugh, Jack… Continue reading Review: MIDSOMMAR Is A Horrific Breakup Experience

Review: MIDSOMMAR Doesn’t Shine Brightly Enough

(Center) Isabelle Grill. Photo by Csaba Aknay, Courtesy of A24.

Midsommar is the second film from writer-director Ari Aster, the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s freakiest horror movie, Hereditary. The film is about a group of people who travel to a rural town in Sweden for a commune’s midsummer festivities, only to find out that what they are actually attending is a more bizarre… Continue reading Review: MIDSOMMAR Doesn’t Shine Brightly Enough

Review: MIDSOMMAR Is A Beautifully Demented Fairytale

When Ari Aster put Hereditary into the world last year, many were amazed at just how deranged the film got. Absolutely horrifying, an intense look into grief, and absolutely bathed in darkness, the film was a massive success. Whatever Aster was going to tackle next was sure to leave audiences in shambles, and Midsommar does… Continue reading Review: MIDSOMMAR Is A Beautifully Demented Fairytale

Review: THE SOUVENIR Is A Slow But Deliberate And Beautiful Romance

The Souvenir is a new romantic drama film written and directed by Joanna Hogg. Based loosely on Hogg’s personal experiences, the movie chronicles the turbulent relationship between a young film student in the 1980’s and the complicated but charismatic man to whom she is drawn. It debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it… Continue reading Review: THE SOUVENIR Is A Slow But Deliberate And Beautiful Romance

Review: CLIMAX Is Film At Its Most Primal

Film can force its audience to feel a wide range of emotions. Many will elicit heartwarming elements or laughter. Some will invoke fear or heartbreak. And then there are films like Climax, the latest from Gaspar Noé, which will invoke nausea, intense disorientation, disgust, and more. Yet surprisingly, you won’t be able to keep your… Continue reading Review: CLIMAX Is Film At Its Most Primal

TRAILER: GLORIA BELL Has Julianne Moore Trying To Live Her Best Life

Gloria Bell stars Julianne Moore as a single woman in her 50s looking for love but the journey to find herself takes some wild twists and turns in this reimagining of the 2012 Chilean-American film Gloria. The film takes Moore’s Gloria to modern-day nightclubs where she meets the likes of John Turturro and Michael Cera in… Continue reading TRAILER: GLORIA BELL Has Julianne Moore Trying To Live Her Best Life