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: MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Explores The Influences On The Classic

Memory: The Origins of Alien, directed by Alexandre O. Phillipe, is an essential film for any fan of Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi-horror movie that has stood the test of time. By no means is this a conventional behind-the-scenes documentary, but it still provides some fascinating insight into the beloved film’s origins. The main purpose of… Continue reading Review: MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Explores The Influences On The Classic

Review: CELEBRATION Is A Unique Celebration Of A Fashion Icon’s Career

Celebration, directed by Olivier Meryou, is a documentary about fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, though it does not take the form of the typical biography. Rather, it is a captivatingly artistic, frequently experimental, and sometimes bizarre snapshot of the legend in his element. Rather than providing a broad survey of Laurent’s life, the film focuses… Continue reading Review: CELEBRATION Is A Unique Celebration Of A Fashion Icon’s Career

Review: SEMPER FI Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Namesake

(L-R) Nat Wolff as Oyster and Jai Courtney as Callahan in the thriller / drama, “SEMPER FI,” a Lionsgate release. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Semper Fi, co-written and directed by Henry Alex Ruben, is a new thriller dealing with the injustices of the modern American prison system. Hoping to be more incendiary than it actually is, this film is an ineffective, albeit somewhat diverting, exercise in trying to make a political statement through cinema. In the movie, a police… Continue reading Review: SEMPER FI Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Namesake

Review: FIRST LOVE Is A Bloody And Brutal Gangster Neo-Noir

First Love, the newest movie from Japanese cult film icon Takashi Miike, is a brutal, stylish, and surprisingly hilarious gangster movie. Over-the-top and messy yet undeniably fun, it takes a while for this movie to come together, but once it does, it ends up being one of the most entertaining action flicks of the year.… Continue reading Review: FIRST LOVE Is A Bloody And Brutal Gangster Neo-Noir

Review: DIEGO MARADONA Is A Unique Sports Biography

Photo: Alfredo Capozzi/HBO.

Diego Maradona, from acclaimed documentarian Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), is a new film chronicling the life and career of the eponymous Argentine footballer. An interesting, if overlong portrait of a public figure’s fall from grace, this is an all-around well-made documentary that will interest audiences even if they are unfamiliar with the subject at its… Continue reading Review: DIEGO MARADONA Is A Unique Sports Biography

Review: ELEVATION CHANGE Is Shallow But Not Below Sea Level

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Elevation Change, directed by Marion Mauran, is the latest documentary to chronicle an amazing athlete on their quest to achieve an unbelievable and record-breaking feat. Although the documentary already reached what was likely its peak last year, this is nonetheless a pretty inspiring and fascinating tale of perseverance. The story of the film focuses on… Continue reading Review: ELEVATION CHANGE Is Shallow But Not Below Sea Level

Review: ECO-TERRORIST: BATTLE FOR OUR PLANET Is A Hilariously Bad Eco-Doc

Eco-Terrorist: Battle for Our Planet, directed by Peter Jay Brown, is a follow-up to documentary Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist, documenting the exploits of the environmental group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Although it is extremely difficult to mess up an eco-doc, Brown has done just that, delivering one of the most dated and laughable documentaries… Continue reading Review: ECO-TERRORIST: BATTLE FOR OUR PLANET Is A Hilariously Bad Eco-Doc

Review: SISTER AIMEE Is A Hilarious Stranger Than Fiction Comedy

Sister Aimee, written and directed by Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann, is a new comedy inspired by a true story so bizarre that it is almost unbelievable. Witty, charming, and very well-made, this light but cynical comedy is exactly the reprieve that audiences need in this time in which everything seems to be taking itself… Continue reading Review: SISTER AIMEE Is A Hilarious Stranger Than Fiction Comedy

Review: ABOMINABLE Has A Frozen Heart

Abominable, a new co-production between Dreamworks and Chinese animation studio Pearl, is another animated film focusing on the myth of the Yeti. However, unlike last year’s more enjoyable Smallfoot, Abominable is lacking in any originality or cleverness that would make the movie appeal beyond its core audience of young children. The film tells the story… Continue reading Review: ABOMINABLE Has A Frozen Heart

Review: JUDY Isn’t Over The Rainbow

Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in the upcoming film JUDY. Photo credit: David Hindley. Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions.

Judy, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Renée Zellweger, is a new biopic about Judy Garland, legend of the stage and screen. Unfortunately, despite a committed performance by Zellweger in the lead role, the film is far too conventional for its own good, failing to give its iconic subject the treatment she deserves. The movie… Continue reading Review: JUDY Isn’t Over The Rainbow

Review: THE GOLDEN GLOVE Will Shake You To Your Core

The Golden Glove, writer-director Fatih Akin’s follow-up to his award-winning thriller In the Fade, is one of the year’s most challenging films and is sure to be extremely divisive. Thoroughly disgusting but on purpose, it is understandable why this movie won’t work for most, but it will stick in one’s mind long after the credits… Continue reading Review: THE GOLDEN GLOVE Will Shake You To Your Core

Review: THE DAY SHALL COME Is A Timely And Crazy Satire

Marchant Davis as “Moses” in Chris Morris’ The Day Shall Come. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

A dark satire about the relationship between the government and the people which it is supposed to serve, The Day Shall Come is the newest film from Christopher Morris (Four Lions) and co-written by Jesse Armstrong (Succession). Although a bit on-the-nose at times, this is a very funny and surprisingly hard-hitting movie. The film follows… Continue reading Review: THE DAY SHALL COME Is A Timely And Crazy Satire

Review: EMPATHY, INC. Is Virtually Great

Empathy, Inc. is an ambitious new indie sci-fi movie that takes advantage of an excellent premise to make an effective thriller. Admirably old-school, yet addressing relevant and timely themes, this is a refreshing surprise showing that there is still potential in the genre. The film tells the story of an investor in a VR company… Continue reading Review: EMPATHY, INC. Is Virtually Great

Review: ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH Isn’t Affecting Enough

Dandora Landfill #3, Plastics Recycling, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016. Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York / Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is yet another new nature documentary exploring the impact that humans have had on the Earth. Although the message the film has is undeniably timely and important, the way in which it is presented is not fascinating enough to make it stand out among the sea of other similar movies that… Continue reading Review: ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH Isn’t Affecting Enough

Review: SEEDS Had Plenty Of Room To Grow

Seeds, directed by Owen Long, is a new psychological horror-thriller that hopes to mess with the mind of the audience. Although there are some interesting ideas at play, the film ultimately goes too far with the weird and uncomfortable elements and not far enough with the horror for it to be truly effective. The movie… Continue reading Review: SEEDS Had Plenty Of Room To Grow

Review: DRIVE ME HOME Is An Unimpressive Road Movie

Some of the best road movies of all-time came out of Europe, but unfortunately Drive Me Home, from Italian filmmaker Simone Catania, does not live up to that legacy. Lacking a sense of purpose that would have driven the movie along, the film is watchable, but not as meaningful or thoughtful as the genre usually… Continue reading Review: DRIVE ME HOME Is An Unimpressive Road Movie

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: AD ASTRA Is An Inferior APOCALYPSE NOW In Space

Brad Pitt stars in “Ad Astra”. Credit: Francois Duhamel. Copyright Twentieth Century Fox.

Ad Astra, co-written and directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z), is a new star-driven sci-fi epic, a breed of film once thought to be extinct. Visually phenomenal, but lacking in original ideas, this derivative and sometimes tedious meditation on exploration is a disappointingly tedious feast for the eyes. The movie follows an… Continue reading Review: AD ASTRA Is An Inferior APOCALYPSE NOW In Space

Review: RAMBO: LAST BLOOD Is Disappointingly Bloodless

Sylvester Stallone stars as ‘Rambo’ in RAMBO: LAST BLOOD. Photo Credit: Yana Blajeva.

Rambo: Last Blood, directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo), is the newest and supposedly final entry in the series starring Sylvester Stallone as the toughened Vietnam vet who can’t seem to catch a break. Although the series has never been known for its exceptional quality, Last Blood takes it to a new low with… Continue reading Review: RAMBO: LAST BLOOD Is Disappointingly Bloodless