Review: PARASITE Is Peak Filmmaking In A Lane Of Its Own

With his latest film Parasite, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho puts on a masterclass of storytelling. After winning the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, all eyes were on Joon-Ho, so the necessity of this hitting the mark was crucial. And it’s definitely fair to say that he not only reaches his mark with… Continue reading Review: PARASITE Is Peak Filmmaking In A Lane Of Its Own

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Review: MONOS Is Horrifying And Brutal, But Important

Monos, co-written and directed by Alejandro Landes, is a new Colombian war film that is packed with emotion and harrowing depictions of the horrors of war. Extremely hard-to-watch, but ultimately rewarding, this movie will surely be part of the discussion for Best International Feature come awards season. The film follows a group of child soldiers… Continue reading Review: MONOS Is Horrifying And Brutal, But Important

Review: ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE Is A Creatively-Told Animated War Movie

Another Day of Life, co-written and directed by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow, is a new international animated film with a unique style and approach to its story. With this movie, Nenow and de la Fuente take an already compelling story and make it even more captivating thanks to innovative storytelling. The film… Continue reading Review: ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE Is A Creatively-Told Animated War Movie

Review: ÁGA Is A Beautiful And Minimalistic Tale

Ága, co-written and directed by Milko Lazarov, is a new slice-of-life film that is among the most gorgeous you will see all year. Although the meandering pace of the story will likely be trying for some audiences, the beautiful cinematography makes it a movie that is absolutely worth watching. The film follows a couple living… Continue reading Review: ÁGA Is A Beautiful And Minimalistic Tale

Review: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID Very Nearly Roars To Life

Tigers Are Not Afraid, written and directed by Issa López, is a new Mexican fantasy horror film that feels almost as if Pan’s Labyrinth had been transposed to the modern day. Although it is nowhere near as visionary as that masterpiece, this is nonetheless a mostly effective dark fairy tale told from a unique voice.… Continue reading Review: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID Very Nearly Roars To Life

Review: THE HEIRESSES Feels Longer Than Probate

The Heiresses, written and directed by Marcelo Martinessi, is a new Paraguayan drama that is unlikely to make a particularly big splash stateside. Perhaps due to the fact that a majority of the film’s commentary feels aimed at residents of its home country or possibly because it just isn’t that compelling, this movie is ultimately… Continue reading Review: THE HEIRESSES Feels Longer Than Probate

Review: THIS IS NOT BERLIN Is A Passionate But Somewhat Uneven Portrait Of Counterculture

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This is Not Berlin, co-written and directed by Hari Sama, is a new Mexican coming-of-age film about what it means to not fit in with society. A mostly interesting portrait of counterculture, this movie may not quite match the heights of other similarly-themed films, but its clear voice allows it to stand out among the… Continue reading Review: THIS IS NOT BERLIN Is A Passionate But Somewhat Uneven Portrait Of Counterculture

Review: END OF THE CENTURY Is A Visually Grand But Slow Romance

Juan Barberini and Ramon Pujol in Lucio Castro's END OF THE CENTURY. Courtesy of Cinema Guild.

End of the Century, written and directed by Lucio Castro, is a new summer romance film set in the beautiful city of Barcelona. With gorgeous visuals that take full advantage of the movie’s beautiful setting, this film is mostly solid, even if it doesn’t add anything new to the genre in terms of story. This… Continue reading Review: END OF THE CENTURY Is A Visually Grand But Slow Romance

Review: THE DIVINE FURY Is Visually Impressive But Narratively Lacking

The Divine Fury, written and directed by Kim Joo-hwan, is a new Korean supernatural horror movie that is very different from anything you would see coming out of America. Much more ambitious than a majority of most other foreign horror films, but still flawed, this movie ultimately suffers from what seems to be over-indulgence. The… Continue reading Review: THE DIVINE FURY Is Visually Impressive But Narratively Lacking