Review: KOKO-DI KOKO-DA Is A Demented And Hilarious Spin On Familiar Tropes

Peter Belli, Brandy Litmanen and Morad Baloo Khatchadorian in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA. (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)

A demented and unsettling twist on the Groundhog Day trope, Koko-di Koko-da is a darkly comedic new horror film that effectively utilizes its simple concept to deliver genuine thrills and frights. Legitimately uncomfortable (in all the right ways), this movie seems destined to be one of the great midnight movies of this year. The film… Continue reading Review: KOKO-DI KOKO-DA Is A Demented And Hilarious Spin On Familiar Tropes

Review: TRAUMA IS A TIME MACHINE Is A Personal And Topical Film

Trauma is a Time Machine, written and directed by Angelica Zollo, is a personal and deeply emotional film showing how a person can be affected by a traumatic experience. Adapted from her short of the same name, this story may have been better fit to a smaller runtime but is mostly effective nonetheless. The movie… Continue reading Review: TRAUMA IS A TIME MACHINE Is A Personal And Topical Film

Review: BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE Is An Uneven Attempt At A Crowd-Pleaser

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Britt-Marie Was Here, directed by Tuva Novotny from the novel by Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove), is a new sports comedy. Hoping to be an uplifting crowd-pleaser, the film has some sweet and fun moments, but sadly lacks the magic that made the aforementioned Backman adaptation feel special. The movie tells the story of… Continue reading Review: BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE Is An Uneven Attempt At A Crowd-Pleaser

Review: AUGGIE Is A Wish-Fulfillment Romance That’s Creepy In A Bad Way

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Auggie, co-written and directed by Matt Kane, is a new sci-fi drama that feels like something that would have been released years ago. A well-meaning but creepy exercise in wish fulfillment, the film serves as a solid starring vehicle for veteran character actor Richard Kind, but precious little else. The film tells the story of… Continue reading Review: AUGGIE Is A Wish-Fulfillment Romance That’s Creepy In A Bad Way

Review: MIDNIGHT DINER Is An Unmemorable But Harmless Drama About Fate

A Chinese adaptation of the Japanese manga by Yarō Abe, Midnight Diner is a new ensemble drama about the bizarre ways in which fate unites humanity. Although the film does share many of the same issues that plague similar movies approaching these themes, it is ultimately harmless and sweet. The film is set in a… Continue reading Review: MIDNIGHT DINER Is An Unmemorable But Harmless Drama About Fate

Review: LORO Is A Meandering But Stylish Crime Dramedy

Toni Servillo as “Silvio Berlusconi” in Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro. Photo by Gianni Fiorito. Courtesy of IFC Films. A Sundance Selects Release.

Loro, the newest film from Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), is a sprawling true-crime dramedy, but of course with Sorrentino’s stylish approach. Even though this may be Sorrentino’s weakest effort yet, a lesser Sorrentino movie is still far more interesting and well-made than a majority of films that come out in a given… Continue reading Review: LORO Is A Meandering But Stylish Crime Dramedy

Review: CORPORATE ANIMALS Is A Dark And Ridiculous Satire On Business

Corporate Animals, directed by Patrick Brice (Creep) and featuring a star-studded ensemble, is a crazy and hilarious new dark comedy set in the world of corporate team-building. Although its combination of wacky and pitch black humor is unlikely to appeal to most who see the film, this is the type of movie that seems destined… Continue reading Review: CORPORATE ANIMALS Is A Dark And Ridiculous Satire On Business

Review: ZEROVILLE Is An Ambitious But Pretentious Love Letter To Hollywood

Zeroville, directed by James Franco from the novel by Steve Erickson, is yet another love-letter to Hollywood from the actor-filmmaker. However, unlike the more effective The Disaster Artist, Franco’s newest gets too caught up in the nostalgia of yesteryear to be much more than passive entertainment. The film follows a young actor who arrives in… Continue reading Review: ZEROVILLE Is An Ambitious But Pretentious Love Letter To Hollywood

Review: THE GAME CHANGERS Is Overstuffed Propaganda

Kendrick Farris. CREDIT: Courtesy of The Game Changers.

The Game Changers, directed by Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenneger, and Jackie Chan, among others, is a new documentary about a revolutionary trend going on in the field of competitive sports. Ultimately serving more as propaganda than anything else, this film is relatively sloppy but manages to get its message… Continue reading Review: THE GAME CHANGERS Is Overstuffed Propaganda

Review: DON’T BE NICE Is A Poetic Documentary About Social Issues

Don’t Be Nice, directed by Max Powers, is a new documentary film shining a spotlight on the lesser-known art of slam poetry. Offering both an interesting exploration of the artform and what its artists have to say, this is a fascinating documentary that is much more important than it may initially seem. The movie follows… Continue reading Review: DON’T BE NICE Is A Poetic Documentary About Social Issues

Review: MIDNIGHT TRAVELER Is A Touching Snapshot Of The Immigrant Crisis

Midnight Traveler, directed by Hassan Fazili, is a powerful new documentary that chronicles the refugee crisis from a firsthand perspective. A mostly gripping tale of humanity, the film does have a few sequences that drag, but for the most part, is a harrowing and important documentary. The movie follows Fazili and his family as they… Continue reading Review: MIDNIGHT TRAVELER Is A Touching Snapshot Of The Immigrant Crisis

Review: RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL Is A Bizarre And Chaotic Drug Smuggling Thriller

(L-R) Laurence Fishburne as The Man and Nicolas Cage as The Cook in the crime thriller RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL. Photo courtesy of Quiver Distribution.

Running with the Devil, written and directed by Jason Cabell, is the newest insane B-movie thriller starring Nicolas Cage. However, unlike other similar films, Cage somehow seems like the most sane person in this entire venture, everyone and everything else around him being what is off the rails. The movie is about two high-level members… Continue reading Review: RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL Is A Bizarre And Chaotic Drug Smuggling Thriller

Review: CRACKED UP Is A Personal Documentary About Comedy And Trauma

Darrell Hammond with Dr. Nabil Kotbi who Hammond attributes with having saved his life by properly diagnosing him with childhood trauma. From the documentary film Cracked Up.

Cracked Up, directed by Michelle Esrick, is a new documentary telling the story of former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond, albeit in an interesting and unique way. Focusing less on Hammond’s career and more on how his experiences with depression and trauma affected him, this is a fascinating and personal documentary that needs… Continue reading Review: CRACKED UP Is A Personal Documentary About Comedy And Trauma

Review: PROMARE Is An Ambitious Feature Debut From Studio Trigger

The hotly-anticipated feature debut of anime company Studio Trigger, Promare is an original action-adventure anime that can’t be faulted for a lack of creativity. Even though the film’s level of energy can become a bit overwhelming at times, Promare proves that the creators at Trigger have a bright future ahead of them. Perhaps the biggest… Continue reading Review: PROMARE Is An Ambitious Feature Debut From Studio Trigger

Review: AMERICAN DREAMER Has Its Head In The Clouds

American Dreamer, co-written and directed by Daniel Forte, is a new thriller featuring Jim Gaffigan’s latest effort as a dramatic actor. Thanks to Gaffigan’s committed performance, this film is able to overcome a problematic script to be a passable watch. The story follows a divorced rideshare driver as he decides to kidnap the infant child… Continue reading Review: AMERICAN DREAMER Has Its Head In The Clouds

Review: TATTOO OF REVENGE Isn’t Permanent

Tattoo of Revenge, directed by Julián Hernández, is a new Mexican revenge thriller that takes a female-empowerment approach similar to the Millennium Series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Hernández has an obvious vision with the film, but vision alone does not amount to a satisfying thriller. The movie follows a vigilante who seduces, tortures,… Continue reading Review: TATTOO OF REVENGE Isn’t Permanent

Review: CANDY CORN Will Give You A Cavity Of The Mind

Candy Corn, written and directed by Josh Hasty, is a new horror movie showing an obvious admiration for the classics of the genre. However, Hasty unfortunately seems to get too caught up in paying homage to the greats, preventing his film from ever standing on its own. The movie follows a group of bullies who,… Continue reading Review: CANDY CORN Will Give You A Cavity Of The Mind

Review: TOKYO GHOUL S Is A More Horror-Focused Sequel

The first Tokyo Ghoul, a live-action adaptation of the manga series by Sui Ishida, was a surprisingly fun action flick set in a captivating world. The sequel, Tokyo Ghoul S, takes the series in a new direction, dialing up the horror and delivering a film that is not only tons of fun, but also opens… Continue reading Review: TOKYO GHOUL S Is A More Horror-Focused Sequel

Interview: POPAXIOM Talks FREAKS with Amanda Crew and Lexy Kolker

A horror-thriller with superhero influences, Freaks comes to theaters on September 13. The film tells the story of a young girl (Lexy Kolker), who is trapped by her father (Emile Hirsch) in their house in an attempt to protect her, all the while experiencing visions of a mysterious woman (Amanda Crew) in her closet. You… Continue reading Interview: POPAXIOM Talks FREAKS with Amanda Crew and Lexy Kolker

Review: HUSTLERS Is A Fun And Well-Made Riff On The True-Crime Comedy

Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star in HUSTLERS.

Hustlers, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) from the magazine article by Jessica Pressler, is a fun new riff on a typically male-dominated genre. Thanks to witty dialogue, excellent editing, and inspired casting, this is a thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly compelling true-crime comedy. The film follows… Continue reading Review: HUSTLERS Is A Fun And Well-Made Riff On The True-Crime Comedy