TIFF Review: ‘The Forgiven’ Is a Hot Cast of Names in an Average Drama

The Forgiven Review

A party at a castle in the Moroccan desert brings together rich snobs in writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s The Forgiven. The “rich white people doing bad things” narrative is becoming a genre in and of itself, but they can make for good entertainment (see Knives Out and Ready or Not

Fantasia 2021 Review: ‘All the Moons’ Is One of the Best Vampire Films of All Time

All The Moons Review

Our image of a vampire is simple: A frightening figure all in black with fanged teeth and a thirst for blood. If you cross one’s path, don’t expect to live. Their image has made it hard not to consider them monsters. Even just by looking at Bela Lugosi’s depiction of

Fantasia 2021 Review: ‘The Last Thing Mary Saw’ Is a Queer Horror Tale of Supernatural and Spiritual Malevolence

The Last Thing Mary Saw Review

The Last Thing Mary Saw is quick to envelop you in its atmosphere. In its very first seconds, first-time feature writer and director Edoardo Vitaletti swiftly establishes a dark and suffocating environment. Through the film’s cinematography, Southhold, New York, in 1843, seems to live in constant fog and candlelight but

‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ Review: Lena Headey and Karen Gillan Are a Brilliant Mother-Daughter Duo in this Badass, Neon-Soaked Action Thriller

Gunpowder Milkshake Review

Women often follow in their mothers’ footsteps, whether it’s a career choice or aspects of their personal lives. But what if your mother is a lethal assassin and a killer for hire? Gunpowder Milkshake is a mother-daughter action film full of empowering female characters fighting for life and autonomy. With

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborly Advice Leaves Much to Chew on in ‘Werewolves Within’

Werewolves Within

In Werewolves Within, Harvey Guillén’s Joaquim describes the whodunnit he finds himself in as a “dinner theatre murder thing.” One where he’s having “a horrible time and can’t go home.” Understandable, since this detective story involves a werewolf. Based on the medieval fantasy game of the same name, the film

‘Luca’ Is a Heartwarming Adventure That Celebrates the Underdog

Luca Movie Review

Italian director and storyboard artist, Enrico Casarosa, has established what kind of stories he wants to tell. His short film La Luna, and now his feature debut Luca, are both films set in Italy and inspired by the filmmaker’s childhood. The films’ characters coming of age in an individualistic and unique way,

‘Cruella’ Is a Punk Infused Blast and the Best of Disney Live-Action

Cruella Movie Review

It’s the adrenaline. The feeling of being surrounded by a group of people all in eager anticipation. A range of emotions and a crescendo of sounds make the setting feel like it’s pulsating. Then, the lights dim, and your favorite rock star rises from beneath the stage surrounded by fog.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review: A Classical Epic Powered By A Bold Vision And Heart

Zack Snyder's Justice League Review

In a world where studio-driven blockbusters are the norm, Zack Snyder’s work in the DC Extended Universe was quite the anomaly. With a signature style that has drawn much controversy since his work on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, ardent supporters and detractors were at each other's throats

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Fails to Capture the Soul of a Legend

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Lee Daniels chooses to open his biopic on Billie Holiday’s life provocatively – with an image of grotesque violence and inhumanity. A lynching. A horrifying act of hatred that Holiday lyricized in the song “Strange Fruit.” In 1937, the year where a bill to ban the lynching of African Americans

Promising Young Woman Review: Emerald Fennell’s Debut Feature Veers From the Sweet Tale of Revenge It Promises

Promising Young Woman Review

In Charles Laughton’s, The Night of the Hunter, the film’s misogynistic serial killer protagonist, Rev. Harry Powell, says, “Not that you mind the killings. Your book is full of killings. But there are things you do hate, Lord. Perfume-smelling things. Lacy things. Things with curly hair.” Writer-director Emerald Fennell perfectly

Wolfwalkers Review: The Best And Most Beautiful Animated Movie Of The Year

Wolfwalkers Review

The search for the next Studio Ghibli is neverending. Though the answer is not one you can pinpoint easily, the latest film from the acclaimed Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Wolfwalkers, feels like a strong contender. Taking visual cues from The Tale of Princess Kaguya and with a narrative that feels

Safety Review: A Heartwarming Tale of Brotherly Love

Safety Movie Review

Ray Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves) believes he’s made it. And who can blame him? He’s a red-shirt freshman playing safety for the Clemson Tigers football team. He has a dorm, is acing his classes, and is standing out in practice. But his dream comes under threat when his mother is

Black Bear Review: A Hilariously Chaotic, Gripping, Shocking, and Emotional Story of Artist and Muse

Black Bear Review

The sound of water moving to the gentle kiss of wind normally signals tranquillity. Our favorite lake, favorite beach, the place we want to run to for respite. But in an introduction with a score resembling Tibetan meditation music rising to create something much more piercing, and Aubrey Plaza’s blank

Mank Review: A Gorgeous Movie About Legacy And Failure That’s Devoid Of Emotion

Mank Netflix Review

David Fincher's Mank is brilliantly summarized by its titular character when he says "You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave an impression of one." Sadly, the impression Netflix's Oscar-hopeful leaves is not a very lasting one, but a surface-level, distant

Happiest Season Review: Director Clea DuVall Makes History and the Yuletide Gay With the Best Rom-Com of the Year

Happiest Season Review

The yuletide has never been gayer. The release of Happiest Season is a big moment for the closeted lovers of women out there who get stuck watching Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas with their mom every year where each film is either about a regular girl falling in love with a