Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

There are few filmmakers capable of changing their careers overnight. However, the arrival of Missing at Fantastic Fest 2022 may do just that for Shinzô Katayama. Missing lands at the festival as an explosive breakthrough. After working with Bong Joon Ho on a pair of films as his assistant director, Katayama made his own debut … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

Review: ‘See How They Run’ Struggles to Shine Despite All-Star Cast

The whodunit came back with a vengeance after the success of Knives Out and Murder on the Orient Express. each movie was a box office success and inspired sequels. They each received critical acclaim as well, snagging Oscar nominations. With Bodies Bodies Bodies already landing earlier this year, See How They Run makes its theatrical … Continue reading Review: ‘See How They Run’ Struggles to Shine Despite All-Star Cast

TIFF 2022: ‘The Umbrella Men’ Delivers a Flawed But Fun Heist Adventure

When jumping into a genre as defined as the heist film, you must bring something unique to the table. In the case of The Umbrella Men, a South African caper from John Barker, we are introduced to an entirely new world. Featuring a unique background in terms of place and style, Barker crafts a fun … Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘The Umbrella Men’ Delivers a Flawed But Fun Heist Adventure

Review: ‘Breaking’ Brings out the Best in John Boyega

Some actors struggle to break out of the roles that bring them attention. For a few years, it seemed as if the toxicity surrounding the sequel Star Wars trilogy could prevent John Boyega from reaching superstardom. However, after an award-winning performance in Small Axe, Boyega distanced himself from blockbuster entertainment. Focusing on smaller, quality projects … Continue reading Review: ‘Breaking’ Brings out the Best in John Boyega

Review: ‘Zola’ (2021) Shines Bright Thanks to Bravo, Paige, and Domingo

When Zola debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, it was like a bomb had gone off. The famed festival had launched many phenomena before, including Reservoir Dogs, The Blair Witch Project, and Clerks. A comedy focused on two sex workers taking a trip to Tampa for the weekend was already a wild proposition. Add … Continue reading Review: ‘Zola’ (2021) Shines Bright Thanks to Bravo, Paige, and Domingo

Retrospective: ‘River of Grass’ (1994)- Directed By Kelly Reichardt

Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt has become one of the definitive voices of cinema over the past twenty years. While her independent style has not caught the attention of mainstream moviegoers, she has become a mainstay at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival. The director’s first film, River of Grass, was born from her … Continue reading Retrospective: ‘River of Grass’ (1994)- Directed By Kelly Reichardt

Rewind: Before Oppenheimer detonates-revisit Christopher Nolan’s Following

With the teaser trailer release of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Oppenheimer set to arrive at movie theaters in the summer of 2023, we decided it was a good time to revisit Nolan’s first movie: Following. Back in 1998, armed with nothing more than a few dollars, a handheld camera, and an idea, Christopher Nolan tells … Continue reading Rewind: Before Oppenheimer detonates-revisit Christopher Nolan’s Following

Review: ‘Ambulance’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Michael Bay

When one thinks of Michael Bay, explosions are sure to follow. The blockbuster director remains one of the few maximalist filmmakers in the industry, with a filmmaking style that many write off as tacky. Yet to know Bay's filmography is to know the pleasures and tribulations of excess. While the films themselves create a salad of … Continue reading Review: ‘Ambulance’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Michael Bay

SPOILER Review: ‘The Batman’ Hunts a Bloody Serial Killer, While the Cat Steals the Spotlight

Perhaps the most influential comic book character in film history, a young billionaire crimefighter known as The Batman, returns to theaters this weekend. He first graced the big screen in 1943 with Lewis Wilson donning the cowl for the little-seen (and often forgotten) Batman. Nearly 80 years later, Batman and Bruce Wayne are more popular … Continue reading SPOILER Review: ‘The Batman’ Hunts a Bloody Serial Killer, While the Cat Steals the Spotlight