Bones of Crows – Film Review | TIFF 2022

Montreal, 1942 World War II is well underway in Europe. The day he is put on a train to go fight in London, Adam (Phillip Lewitski) marries Aline (Grace Dove) moments before they are separated. Aline goes back to work as a Morse code operator. After graduating from the academy, she is sent over to …

Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Film Review | La Biennale di Venezia 2022

Based on an important event in director Antonio Lukich’s life, Luxembourg, Luxembourg tells the story of twin brothers Kolya & Vasya setting out on a journey to see their long-absent father, who’s found sick in Luxembourg, one last time. Everyone has a different bond with their parents, but when a parent leaves early on in …

Tell Me Lies – TV Review (Ep. 1 – 5)

Lucy Albright (Grace Van Patten – Nine Perfect Strangers), a young woman just starting college, finds herself falling for a charming man, who’s just a little too good at lying. Although their relationship begins like any typical campus romance, they quickly fall into an addictive entanglement that will permanently alter not only their lives, but …

Here Be Dragons – Film Review

Bosnia, 1993. Englishman David Locke (Nathan Sapsford) is stationed in Bosnia. Two months after his arrival, he meets a charming young woman he thinks he could have a future with. That is until his run in with Ivan Novak (Vladimir Gvojic), a sadist who loves his country and wants the English out. He offers David …

Squeal – Film Review

Lost in an undisclosed remote part of Eastern Europe, Samuel is a foreigner in search of his biological father. When he hits a pig with his car, the local pig-farmer’s daughter invites him over to her home, where she captures Samuel and makes him her slave. Aik Karapetian’s dark fairy tale ‘Squeal’ is unlike anything …

Millie Lies Low – Film Review

“I just got dumped by my future” Before she can start her new life in New York City as an intern at an architecture firm, Millie (Ana Scotney) has a panic attack (even though she doesn’t have those) and has to leave the plane. Back in Wellington without a car, no job, no money, nowhere …

Les pires (The Worst Ones) – Film Review | Festival de Cannes 2022

During the summer, four teenagers from the Picasso projects in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, get street cast to star in a feature film. Everyone claims they picked “the worst ones”, but while filming we get a closer look at who they really are. Director/writers duo Lise Akoka & Romane Gueret wonderfully blend filmmaking and storytelling on- and off-screen, …

The Innocents – Film Review

The Innocents follows four children who become friends during the bright Nordic summer holidays. Out of sight of the adults, they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen. While numerous superhero franchises try (and succeed) …

Monstrous – Film Review

It’s the 1950’s and everything is bright, clean and shiny. Laura (Christina Ricci) and her young son, Cody (Santino Barnard) are on the run. They end up in rural California and try to start a new life in a big house. Things are great at first, but after Cody goes for a walk down by …

Firebird – Film Review

Tom Prior stars as Sergey and Oleg Zagorodnii as Roman in Peeter Rebane’s FIREBIRDPhoto Credit: Herrki-Erich MerilaCourtesy of Roadside Attractions, LLC / The Factory “Black thorns and roses, smiles and tearsThey’re sown together and grow so near.”  1977, Haapsalu, Estonia. Private Sergey Serebrennikov (Tom Prior) is finishing up his mandatory service and is about to …