Coming Home in the Dark – Film Review

When a peaceful picnic in rural New Zealand gets interrupted by two mysterious men, schoolteacher Hoagie (Erik Thomson – Storm Boy) and his family are irreversibly ripped apart and taken on a hellish joyride into the depths of the night. James Ashcroft’s ‘Coming Home in the Dark’ kicks things off shockingly effective. A parent’s worst …

Dusk Stone (Piedra Noche) – Film Review | Venice 2021

A year after the mysterious disappearance of their son, Greta (Mara Bestelli) and Bruno (Marcelo Subiotto) have resigned to selling their home in a rural coast town and leaving the past behind them. Joining them in preparation for the move is Greta’s childhood friend, Sina (Maricel Álvarez), an outsider from the city. Sina is the …

Erasing Frank – Film Review | Venice 2021

Gabor Fabricius’ debut feature follows punk rock singer Robert Frank (Benjamin Fuchs), who after getting arrested by the police for singing words that are too political, gets sent to the open ward of a psychiatric clinic. Angry at the state, he’ll stop at nothing to express his feelings, but freedom of speech doesn’t go without …

Swan Song – Film Review

Inspired by a true icon Tucked away in an assisted living facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier), a former hairstylist, who after suffering a stroke, is living out the rest of his days quietly. When Rita Parker Sloan (Linda Evans), a former client, passes away, her final wish was for him to …

Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon – Film Review

Ainbo (voiced by Lola Raie), a young orphan living in the deep parts of the Amazon, yearns to find her calling as a warrior in order to save her village from an unknown “curse”. Joined by two spirit guides – Dillo and Vaca (voiced by Dino Andrade and Joe Hernandez respectively) – Ainbo sets off …

The Ice Road – Film Review

Mike McCann (Liam Neeson), a weathered big-rig driver, answers the emergency call of the Canadian government to deliver vital drilling equipment that will save a group of trapped miners in the Canadian far north. Together with his “brother” Gurty (Marcus Thomas), rebellious Tantoo (Amber Midthunder), crew leader Jim (Laurence Fishburne), and insurance actuary Tom (Benjamin …

Danny Doom – Film Review

Danny (Gavin Michaels) is your average youth from small town Washington. Mom left when he was young and was left in the care of his sociopathic father. Lost in his ways, he was sucked into a cult by a local pastor and begins his journey into preaching the will of god to anyone who will …

Free Guy – Film Review

Free Guy is the story of your “average joe” bank teller, Guy (Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool) discovering that his role in life is not as clear-cut as he thought. He is actually a non-playable character (NPC) in a video game and his whole world is about to change when he meets “MolotovGirl” aka Millie (Jodie Comer, …

Bloody Oranges – Film Review | Cannes 2021

“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” ― Antonio Gramsci Alex (Alexandre Steiger) is a lawyer looking to make his way up in the world when he starts working with the corrupt Financial Secretary of France, Stéphane (Christophe Paou), who is trying to change …

La Traviata, My Brothers and I – Film Review | Cannes

My Brothers and I beautifully explores the intricacies of what it means to be a family, growing up too soon, and learning to find yourself despite what others have planned for you. Director and screenplay writer Yohan Manca crafts a rich tale of the young Nour (Maël Rouin Berrandou), youngest of four brothers, and his …