The tension was palpable. In the moments (and days?) following Julia Roberts’ announcement that Green Book had won Best Picture at the 91stAcademy Awards, there were almost as many cheers and celebrations as there were anxious and angry responses. While some denounced it for simplifying racial arguments and a ‘White Savior’ complex, others proclaimed that it… [Read More]
Directed by Kim Sung-Hoon, Rampant is an unexpectedly fascinating mashup of genres as classical Asian cinema meets horror film. After all, a period piece about a Korean prince who returns home amidst political turmoil hardly screams zombie apocalypse. Somewhat surprisingly, however, Rampant proves itself to be a fun and engaging film that breathes fresh life into the… [Read More]
In the port city of Buenaventura, Columbia, a young man and his friends struggle to escape their poverty. Their weapon in this war is dance. In We Are the Heat, Harvey and his crew battle corruption, drug traffickers, and other dance crews as they try to find not just a new life, but redemption from… [Read More]
“Your life is full of love, whether you recognize it or not.” – Andrea Moodie (Writer/Director, 52 Words for Love) 52 Words of Love tells the story of Alice, a young woman dying of cancer to launches the titular website, in which she posts a new synonym for love each week for a year. As the site gradually… [Read More]
“This is a dead isle. We’re only here because we have no choice.” In The Isle, three seamen survive an unexplainable shipwreck. They find themselves in a rowboat in thick fog. When the fog begins to lift, they see an island and make their way to it. They find that there are only four people… [Read More]
“When a man tries to play God, the darkness awakens.” Based in Jewish folklore, The Golem is a tale of looking for a savior, but finding instead destruction. Set in seventeenth century Lithuania, a Jewish village is under attack by local Gentiles who blame the Jews for a plague that is killing people. How should… [Read More]
An optimist sees a glass as half full; a pessimist sees it as half empty. A nihilist will dump the water from the glass and marvel at the emptiness. Bruce Thierry Cheung’s Don’t Come Back from the Moon is a study of such emptiness.
Ten-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), are formidable magicians. When Lewis accidentally resurrects a deceased enemy, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs… [Read More]
‘Tis the season of heartwarming holiday movies featuring cute kids, Santa Claus, and the joy of the season.
There are a couple of twists that take place, neither terribly earthshattering. So the story plays out as an action thriller with very little credibility.