Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Movie Reviews

  • The Playlist
    14 comments
    tweet
    14

    TIFF Review: Manic & Meta 'Seven Psychopaths' Both Exhausts & Delights

    It would seem that following the success of "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh went to Hollywood -- and didn't like the experience. A meta riff on making movies "Seven Psychopaths" is a sneering send-up of the industry that also revels in its action movie clich&eacu...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Toronto 2012: Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths' Is a Gloriously Absurd Satire of the Writing Process

    Playwright Martin McDonagh's writing hits a unique pitch between dark, bloody satire and interpersonal conflicts that makes his finest work play like a combination of Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin. From "The Pillowman" to "A Behanding in Spokan," McDonagh's plays ten...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    7

    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

    In Stephen Chbosky’s largely endearing adaptation of his own young-adult novel, nothing says “I love you” like a painstakingly crafted mix tape. The early-‘90s setting for The Perks of Being a Wallflower means that the potentially precious references to Smiths songs are appropriate to the period even if the film – which touches on issues of sexual identity and mental illness – exhibits a more contemporary sort of frankness in regards to portrayals of teens on screen. Institutionalized after the suicide of his best friend, our loner hero Charlie (Logan Lerman) is none too happy about starting high school....

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    10 comments
    tweet
    3

    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Watchtower'

    The two central characters in this modest but effective drama by Turkish director Pelin Esmer want nothing more to be left alone. And until circumstances force them into each other’s lives in Watchtower’s later stages, they are largely able to achieve this goal. That said, it’s an easier task for Nihat (Olgun Simsek), a grief-stricken man who has taken a job as a fire warden keeping watch over the wilderness from his perch in a mountainside tower. A sullen young woman who works at a nearby bus station, Seher (Nilay Erdonmez) has abandoned her university studies for reasons that remain opaque until an angry confrontation w...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    4 comments
    tweet
    7

    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Home Again'

    Jamaica is anything but an island paradise to the characters who’ve just been deported there in this well-intentioned but unconvincing drama by Toronto-based director Sudz Sutherland. All three have run afoul of recent legislation in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. that allows foreign-born persons who are convicted of criminal offences to be sent back to countries that many have not seen since they were children. Fresh from a stint at Rikers Island, Dunston (Lyriq Bent) soon finds himself working for a Trenchtown gangster and reluctantly sliding back into a criminal lifestyle. Meanwhile, Marva (Tatyana Ali) copes with the pain of being...

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments
    tweet
    2

    TIFF Review: 'The Gatekeepers' Tells Story Of Israeli Security Services Through The 'Truth Of Their Own Voices'

    It’s almost impossible to walk into "The Gatekeepers" without already feeling intrigued. Director Dror Moreh has taken care of that with the premise of his new documentary alone. Six ex-leaders of Israel’s top counterterrorism and security organization, Shin Bet, describe their experiences through a...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    1 comment
    tweet
    62

    102 Reviews From the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

    The Toronto International Film Festival continues through next weekend, but Indiewire has already reviewed a significant portion of the program at various other festivals over the past year.

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    TIFF Capsule Review: 'War Witch'

    Canadian director Kim Nguyen's intense portrait of a young African woman Komona (Rachel Mwanza, who won an acting prize for her performance at the Berlin International Film Festival) kidnapped from her village and forced to become a child soldier is both light on details and rich with them. Her country of origin never revealed, Komona endures a series of hardships that unquestionably play off Western perceptions of African strife. At the same time, as Komona takes on the role of a keen survivalist, escaping forced marriage to a gangleader and finding her way back home, "War Witch" develops into a thoroughly suspenseful tale t...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    7

    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Spring Breakers'

    "Spring Breakers" wouldn’t be a Harmony Korine movie if it wasn’t polarizing in some way. Sure enough, the latest by the director of "Gummo" and "Trash Humpers" seems calculated to outrage, titillate and/or exhaust viewers with its gleefully nihilistic portrayal of spring break in St. Petersburg, Florida, seen here as a slickly stylized, slo-mo bacchanal of keg stands, bong hits and topless coeds. Of course, this is regarded as paradise for four college students who’ve just hit town, three of whom just robbed a diner to raise the money for their vacation. Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and Vane...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    1 comment
    tweet
    11

    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology'

    The philosopher Slavoj Zizek is not allergic to the sound of his own heavily-accented voice. Fortunately, he’s a bravura lecturer with a keen sense of what draws audiences to movies.  And his extended follow-up with Sophie Fiennes to "The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema" (200...

    Read More »

Popular Posts


  • Oscar Predicts Chart 2014Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATEThompson on Hollywood
  • NYFF: Ethan Hawke Introduces 'Seymour' ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • Channing Tatum Wants You To Be In 'Magic .../Bent
  • Ambulante California Starts Traveling ...SydneysBuzz
  • Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: YA 'Maze ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • 'Madam Secretary': Téa Leoni's in the ...Criticwire
  • Weekend B.O. Sept. 19-21 (Hanging In ...Shadow and Act
  • Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon FilmsFantastic Fest Review: Movie Studio ...The Playlist
  • Fall Specialty Box Office Takes Off ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • 'Godzilla" Hops To The Top of the Itunes ...Box Office Insider
  • 'The Maze Runner" Finally Dethrones ...Box Office Insider
  • Indie Hit Or Miss: 'Skeleton Twins' ...Box Office Insider
  • Liz Heldens to Write New Show from Carol ...Women and Hollywood
  • Urbanworld 2014 Awards for Screenplay, ...Shadow and Act
  • The Maze RunnerBox-Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Takes The ...The Playlist

Latest Tweets


Follow us