Knocking – Film Review

Following a traumatic experience, Molly (Cecilia Milocco) is dispatched from a psychiatric facility only to move into an apartment where strange knocking can be heard each night. Fearing for the worst, Molly falls down a dangerous rabbit hole to find the source of the knocking no matter the cost. Described as “twisty” and “claustrophobic”, director …

Old Henry – Film Review

Tending to his farm, widowed farmer Henry (Tim Blake Nelson) and his son (Gavin Lewis) come across an injured man with a bag full of money. Their quiet life is quickly turned upside down when a group of men arrive looking for the injured man. When was the last time you watched a film and …

13 Minutes – Film Review

_MG_0114.jpg 13 Minutes is a different breed of disaster movie. Unlike Twister or Into the Storm, it focuses more on the characters of a small town in the midwest and the problems that (dis)connect them from each other. The largest tornado on record threatens to ravage a small town, leaving residents with only 13 minutes …

We Need to Do Something – Film Review

Retreating to their bathroom to escape a storm, Melissa (Sierra McCormick, American Horror Stories) and her family soon find themselves trapped with no sign of rescue. As the hours go by, Melissa begins to realize that this may not be just an ordinary storm and her family is in grave danger. Based on writer Max …

The Noise of Engines – Film Review | SSIFF ’21

Being placed on leave from work, Alexandre (Robert Naylor) returns home to his quiet Canadian hometown. Soon, Alexandre becomes the center of an investigation into explicit drawings popping up around town. What stuck out to me most about The Noise of Engines is how much it seems to pay tribute to films such as Hot …

Infinite Light – Film Review | SFFF 2021

When Alex’s girlfriend, Sarah (Emma Elle Paterson), unexpectedly dies during a camping trip, he tries to move on with his life, but when he and his best friend (who’s also Sarah’s brother) uncover a family secret, they believe they can bring her back from the dead. Eric Dubois showcases enough skills in his feature directorial …

La donna scimmia (The Ape Woman) – Film Review

The recently restored in 4K version of The Ape Woman is finally being released on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Marco Ferreri’s (La grande bouffe) original cut, and the producer’s cut with “happy ending” which garnered a Palme D’Or nomination at the 1964 Cannes Festival, are both included on the disc. A movie so …

Cadejo Blanco – Film Review | TIFF ’21

Waking to find the disappearance of her sister, Sarita (Karen Martínez) travels to the coastal town of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Desperate for answers, Sarita dives headfirst into Puerto Barrios’ gang circle, risking her life and finding her courage along the way. From the outset, Cadejo Blanco is a “simple” tale about a woman’s determination to …

Farha – Film Review | TIFF ’21

Based on true events. Set in 1948 Palestine, Farha tells the story of a 14-year-old girl (Karam Taher) whose dreams of receiving a formal education are taken away from her due to the start of what would come to be known as the Nakba (the catastrophe). Confined to a small supply room, Farha watches as …

Dear Evan Hansen – Film Review

We have a few big screen adaptations of popular Broadway musicals headed our way, like it or not, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is definitely one of the more highly anticipated ones. Does Stephen Chbosky’s film version hit the right notes? Evan Hansen (Ben Platt) is your (stereo)typical angsty, nerdy, pill-popping high school teen. Nobody knows he …