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Review: ‘Hostiles’ Is One of the Most Brutal Westerns Ever Made, but Hardly One of the Best — Telluride

"Out of the Furnace" director Scott Cooper reteams with Christian Bale for a bloody meditation on violence and the American soul.<p>“Hostiles,” a sturdy …

Timothée Chalamet

Film Review: ‘Tomorrowland’

With:George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson, Pierce Gagnon, …

Framing

The Uninvited

Taking a much more mature and subtle (maybe too subtle) approach to the ghost story, Korean film ‘The Uninvited’ is a serious, quietly disturbing …

Horror

HIDE AND SEEK (2016) review

A very close remake of Huh Jung’s 2013 Korean sleeper hit of the same title, Liu Jie’s <i>Hide and Seek</i> tells of Zhang Jiawei (Wallace Huo), who enjoys a …

Home Invasion

League of Gentlemen

<i>“Demobilized officer, finding peace unbearably tedious, would welcome any excitement. Legitimate, if possible, but crime of humorous description, no</i> …

The Mackintosh Man (1973)

By Richard Winters<p><b>My Rating: 6 out of 10</b><p><b>4-Word Review:</b> Infiltrating a spy ring.<p>Joseph Reardon (Paul Newman) is a spy that is recruited by the British …

Suspicious Death of a Minor

The serving plotline begins with a frizzy-haired young hooker being stalked during and after a wedding celebration by a sinister man in sunglasses …

Crime

Korean thriller 'Tunnel' may make you rethink your commute

What "Psycho" did for showers and "Jaws" did for the ocean, the Korean disaster flick "Tunnel" won't likely do for, well, tunnels. But after watching this often gripping, humanistic thriller, you may just think twice before driving into one.<p>On a typical day's ride home from his job selling Kias, …

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

It might be number 5 in the series, but the adventures of Ogami Ittō and Daigoro continue to entertain…I’ll ‘fess up. Asian Cinema is a big and wide …

Action Hero

Isle of Dogs review – Wes Anderson's scintillating stop-motion has bite

Marooning a pack of dogs on a dystopian Japanese island, the auteur’s new animation is an inspiringly detailed and surprisingly rough-edged treat<p>It’s well known that for Wes Anderson, the world is one big toy box. The prodigious American auteur proved that with his last feature, The Grand Budapest …

Isle of Dogs

'The Salesman': Cannes Review

Dir/scr: Asghar Farhadi. Iran. 2016. 124 mins

Asghar Farhadi

Sleepwalking in Suburbia (2017) Directed by Alex Wright

Basing an entire drama/thriller centered around sleepwalking, isn't that a bit crazy? Well, yes it is. Not just crazy, but certainly a bit silly as …

Sleep Disorders

Bluebeard – Well Go USA (BluRay / DVD Combo)

Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 2017 Director: Soo-youn Lee Writer: Soo-youn Lee Cast: Jin-woong Jo, Goo Shin, Dae-Myung Kim, Chung-ah Lee, …

South Korea

Film Review: Custody (dir by James Lapine)

Last night’s Lifetime movie premiere, <i>Custody</i>, didn’t really feel like a Lifetime film.<p>This was largely because it really wasn’t. <i>Custody</i> was written …

Entertainment

Mysterious Object at Noon

(International sales: Firecracker Film Co., Bangkok.) Directed, written, edited by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Camera (B&W), Prasong Klinborrom. …

Rotterdam

Film Review: PRIVATE PARTS (1972, Paul Bartel)

Stars: 4 of 5.<br>Running Time: 87 minutes.<br>Notable Cast or Crew: Paul Bartel, Andrew Davis, Laurie Main (WINNIE THE POOH narrator), Lucille Benson (DUEL, …

The Crimes of the Black Cat/7 scialli di seta gialla

<b>Italy, 1972</b> <b><br>Directed by Sergio Pastore<br>Cast:</b><b><br>Anthony Steffen, Shirley Corrigan, Sylva Koscina, Renato De Carmine, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Umberto Raho,</b> …

Are You Here | Film Review

They say that Matthew Weiner is a control freak, exerting his will on the tiniest details of <i>Mad Men</i>. They say, or at least <i>The Atlantic</i> says, that he …

30 DAYS OF FANDOR, DAY 15: ZOU ZOU (1934)

(Waylaid by a few days of feeling under the weather, but on we go:)Day 15 – <b>ZOU ZOU</b> (Marc Allégret, France, 1934)The iconic Josephine Baker’s first …

Women of Color

It Always Rains on Sunday Blu-ray - Googie Withers

<b>Search DVDBeaver</b><p><b>S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r</b><p>H D - S E N S E I<p><i>A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze</i><p>(Robert Hamer , 1947)<p><b>Review by Gary …

Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Director:Taika WaititiWith:Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate BlanchettRelease Date:Nov 3, 2017<p>Rated PG-13 2 hours 10 minutes<p>Hey, comicbook fans, …

Marvel Universe

The title is part of the effect in Mario Bava’s erotic masterpiece, the curled whip becomes erect in the scoundrel’s hand. The seaside castle offers …

The Bloodstained Butterfly

Coming to prominence around the same time and often revolving around similar subject matter, there was frequent crossover between the <i>giallo</i> and</i> …

PSYCHLO BABBLE / Comic-book nuttiness is part of fun in Travolta's sci-fi fantasy `Battlefield Earth'

BATTLEFIELD EARTH: Sci-fi fantasy. Starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Roger Christian. (Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.)<p>John Travolta never ceases to amaze.<p>In his pet project, L. Ron Hubbard's "Battlefield Earth," he has transformed himself into a …

Come and Find Me

Pseudo-suspenseful romantic-drama "Come and Find Me" does not work. That needs saying up front because the thing itself is not an unworkable premise, …

Relationships

Game Night amiably goofs on the slick crime thrillers of David Fincher

Dropping meek suburban boobs into life-and-death ordeals has become one of Hollywood’s go-to comedic formulas. What’s more hilarious, after all, than …

Watch ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ and You’ll Know What the Show Was Really About: Incest and Rape

Through the darkness of futures past, David Lynch's prequel deserves a second look.<p>After “Twin Peaks” concluded, people wanted answers. Resolution, …

Iken-eiga - Critiques du film - Meurtre dans un jardin anglais

Premier coup de coeur de la critique pour Greenaway, ce suspens tarabiscoté prend place dans un décor de rêve : Une bâtisse grandiose, un jardin …

Forced to marry her rapist: Kinoshita’s 1961 “Immortal Love”

“Immortal Love” (Eien no hito, which means something more like perpetual ownership of a person, 1961; though not a translation of the title, “Bitter …

Film Review: ‘It Comes at Night’

Director:Trey Edward ShultsWith:Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough.Release Date:Jun 2, 2017<p>Official …