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Review: Molly

In the post-apocalyptic wilderness, a lone woman roams. She's armed to the teeth and keeps a trusty hawk as a lookout. She's an escapee from an experimental lab where she was injected with a mysterious super-juice in an attempt to turn her ...

 
 
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Review: Let the Corpses Tan

From its eye-catching classic poster, to its high-noon soundtrack and a sweeping vista, Let the Corpses Tan gives the impression of a modern twist to the spaghetti western. Though this French interpretation of an Italian interpretation of a...

 
 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Five Fingers for Marseilles

Five self-appointed protectors watch over the railroad town of Marseilles. They ride through rolling parries, the rock faces of mountains filling the background. The iconography of the American western is alive and well through the South Af...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Tigers Are Not Afraid

A mythic force is spiriting people away in a rundown Mexican town, leaving droves of abandoned children to cluster together and wander the streets themselves. This force is responsible for the disappearance of 10-year-old Estrella's (Paola ...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Tokyo Vampire Hotel

Tokyo Vampire Hotel has a scene in which a legless Geisha vampire who feeds people to the hotel through her vagina laughs maniacally as a fountain of blood streams from an open wound into her mouth and heavy metal music pulses and pounds in...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch

Let's get this out of the way right now: If you're a little girl alone in a creepy hotel at night, whatever you do, don't enter room 666. Age shouldn't even matter. Just don't do it. Parents need to teach their children some common sense. I...

 
 
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Review: Under the Tree

Neighbors suck. They're loud. They complain. They get in your business. They fight, bicker, air their laundry (not the sexy stuff) in front of you, and offer nothing of value to anyone's lives ever. The best kinds of neighbors are the ones ...

 
 
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The Night of the Virgin trailer looks like grotesque fun

Gross movies are a blast for me. I know not a lot of people agree, but there's something about splurts of goo and guts whizzing past the screen that fills me with a childlike glee. Needless to say, I'm intrigued by the upcoming The Night o...

 
 
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Review: Number 37

Number 37 is the first feature from South African director Nosipho Dumisa, which uses Hitchcock's Rear Window as a skeleton around which it wraps a thriller of drug dealers and debts. Randal (Irshaad Ally) has been left paralyzed ...

 
 
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Review: November

Imagine if you will a rotating wheel formed of wood and axes with a steam-breathing cow skull filling its center. In stuttering animation, this contraption rolls across a hill to a shed where a cow is chained. The contraption uses its ax-le...

 
 
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Review: The Square

The Square, the latest film from Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund, reveals its entire thesis in its opening scenes. Anne, an art journalist (Elizabeth Moss), interviews Christian, an art museum curator (Claes Bang). She quotes a bi...

 
 
 
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NYFF Review: Zama

Zama is a novelistic film, but not because it's an adaptation of a 1956 Argentinian novel by Antonio di Benedetto. Watching Zama creates a feeling that's similar to reading. The shots are so carefully composed, the sound design so meti...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Thelma

Each critic has their own process. Some take notes while watching a film and others will rush home to type up their thoughts immediately after a showing. Others still don't write anything for a while, preferring to mull it all over in their...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Endless Poetry

In what may be the final years of Alejandro Jodorowsky's life, his work has turned inward and become sentimentally personal. He's exploring his own autobiography, but retelling it in his own odd way. Jodorowsky's previous film, 2013's The D...

 
 
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The 2017 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) starts today

It's that time of year again. One of the best film festivals in the city is about to get underway. The New York Asian Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The annual showcase of Asian cinema runs from June ...

 
 
 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: King of Peking

There's something undeniably charming about Sam Voutas' King of Peking. I smiled my way through a lot of the film, and snippets of its feel-good score (AM radio easy listening, in a good way) have been stuck in my head this week as I'v...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: Mr. Long

Juzo Itami's Tampopo was a quirky blend of western tropes and epicurean delight. SABU's Mr. Long is sort of like a nihilistic Tampopo. We follow a skilled assassin from Taiwan named Long (a brooding Chen Chang) who gets waylaid after a botc...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: November

I want to describe the opening scene of Rainer Sarnet's November because it's absolutely bonkers. There's a sentient creature comprised of three scythes and a cow skull. It moves in a herky-jerky fashion using its scythes as feet and l...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: Rock'n Roll

I feel like I might have appreciated Rock'n Roll more if I was familiar with French pop culture and the country's film industry. Writer, director, and star Guillaume Canet packs his comedy with real-life French celebrities playing surreal c...

 
 
 
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Review: Your Name

Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all-time, and it hasn't even come out in the United States yet. It beat Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away; give it a few more months and Your Name may beat Spirited Away as the h...

 
 
 
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Review: Raw

While playing at film festivals last year, the hype over Raw was insane. Writer/director Julia Ducournau's coming-of-age horror/cannibal drama purportedly caused audience members to faint, to vomit, to leave screenings in distress. These ar...

 
 
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Review: My Life as a Zucchini

There's this pervasive idea that children are resilient, that they're able to cope well even in dire circumstances. In stories about forlorn kids, a combination of optimistic pluck and boundless imagination helps them through their troubled...

 
 
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Review: Ugetsu

The films of Kenji Mizoguchi have been a major blind spot in my life as a filmgoer. I've seen plenty of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu films, but for some reason Mizoguchi had always hovered on my to-watch list, always put off until recent...

 
 
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Review: We Are the Flesh

Reviewing We Are the Flesh from writer/director Emiliano Rocha Minter is tricky. On the one hand, it's a deeply flawed film aimed at a limited audience. It's transgressive in the extreme, sexually explicit bordering on pornographic, nonsens...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Toni Erdmann

There's no way Toni Erdmann could ever live up to its hype. Reviews from Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival touted the German film as a 162-minute screwball comedy masterpiece, packed with high emotional stakes and major lau...

 
 
 




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Halloween"You can teach an old slasher new tricks"

 

Castlevania (Season 2)"Let us go out this night for exposition"

 

Wild Rose (London Film Festival)"Country music, without the Western"

 

Johnny Gruesome"A GWAR T-shirt come to life"

 

First Man"Spaceman says everybody look down"

 

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween"It'll make you cry like an anime fan on prom night"

 

Apostle"This is not The Raid 3"

 

Daredevil (Season 3)"Angsty, but self-aware"

 

Titans (Season 1)"A show that wants to take your lunch money"

 

NYFF Roma"Alfonso Cuaron has made one of the best movies of the decade"

 

NYFF The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"Them Coen brothers made a buncha rootin' tootin' western subgenre homages, yessir, if that be yer tonic"

 

A Star is Born"That's how you get tinnitus"

 

Private Life"Netflix does indie drama"

 

Bad Times at the El Royale"Good times with bad people"

 

Venom"This is what it was like before the MCU"

 

Wobble Palace"A bit wobbly"

 

Death Kiss"Bronsonsploitation"

 

Molly"A shaky apocalypse"

 

Free Solo""I hope you have your sh*ttin pants on""

 

Smallfoot"There's a Freaks reference in this film"

 

The Old Man and the Gun"Wine, dine, holy crap he's 89"

 

Little Italy"As good as deep dish pizza"

 

Mermaid's Song"I think you mean Siren"

 
 
 
 
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