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TIFF Review: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Finds Drama and Joy on 200 Acres

After getting evicted from their apartment in Los Angeles due to taking in a stray dog, filmmaker John Chester and food writer Molly Chester decide to try and cultivate a storybook farm in The Biggest Little Farm. The latest entry into the canon of films exploring food and ecosystems, like Aube Giroux’s Modified and Andrew Grace’s Eating Alabama, […]

TIFF Review: ‘Saf’ is an Illuminating Look at How the Refugee Crisis Has Changed Turkey

America isn’t the only country with a portion of its population rejecting refugee clemency (although it’s the most high profile due to international stature, economic wealth, and so-called Christian charity). It’s also not the only one blinded to its hate when confronting the matter. Because that’s what it is to look down on someone worse […]

TIFF Review: In ‘Maya,’ Mia Hansen-Løve Finds the Emotional Truth in a Familiar Story

Mia Hansen-Løve has carved a unique career for herself as a filmmaker of tacit sensitivity and stories on the margins of more familiar ones. Eden traversed the well-worn story of a rise-and-fall musician by having him never truly rise in the first place; instead exploring the tragedy of a young DJ talented enough to make […]

First Details Emerge on New Bertrand Bonello Film ‘Zombi Child’ and Lav Diaz Political Thriller

Unless his movie bears striking similarities to real-life atrocities, Bertrand Bonello is hardly a point of focus for international press. Thus word of the French writer-director’s Nocturama follow-up comes shortly before production is expected to commence: he, per Arte, has been preparing Zombi Child, which the supplied synopsis lays out (minus some possible translation snafus) like so: “On the […]

TIFF Review: ‘The Vice of Hope’ Captures a Woman’s Strength in a Unique Predicament

Less than an hour from Naples, Italy is Castel Volturno, a place marred by newspaper headlines like “Forsaken Village” and “Sex, Drugs, and the Mafia.” It shouldn’t surprise then that director Edoardo De Angelis would use it as the setting for his latest film The Vice of Hope considering child trafficking and prostitution are prevalently at […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 309 – The Predator

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by Matt Lynch to talk about Shane Black’s newest comedic action picture, The Predator. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream. Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes […]

Venice Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is Orson Welles’ Entrancing, Confounding Farewell

Never had the Netflix logo been welcomed by Venetian audiences with an applause as rapturous as the one it received when the iconic N popped up to introduce what was rightly billed the cinematic event of the year: Orson Welles’ much-awaited and finally restored The Other Side of the Wind. It was a moment 48 […]

First Trailer for ‘Captain Marvel’ Introduces the First Female-Led Solo Film in the MCU

If it feels like the hype machine of Hollywood is resting a bit easier this season it’s because, for the first time in a while, the next Marvel movie won’t be arriving until this March. Captain Marvel follows Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), who happens to be part-Kree, part-human warrior. Helmed by Anna Boden (the first […]

‘Stan & Ollie’ Trailer: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are Comedy Legends

If you are the reasonable type of person that always needs more John C. Reilly in your life, this fall is shaping up to be a satisfying one. Along with The Sisters Brothers, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Holmes and Watson, the actor is also leading a biopic capturing comedy legends Laurel and Hardy. Stan & […]

First Trailer for Gareth Evans’ ‘Apostle’ Brings Sordid Mystery and Broken Bones

The cult thriller is back in style! The first trailer has arrived for Apostle, the new film from writer and director Gareth Evans. The Welsh director made a name for himself with the staggeringly visceral action film The Raid and its ambitious sequel, The Raid 2, both of which feature delirious fight sequences and fiendish violence. Here, Evans seems […]