15 articles written by Byron Bixler
Off the Rails (Hot Docs Review)
A serial impersonator of subway workers is documented in this compelling portrait of institutional neglect.
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful (Hot Docs Review)
A lyrical ode to a First Nations tribe and the land they call home.
Aside from a neat visual gimmick, 'Pandemic' is a dull, schlocky affair.
Even with low stakes, the execution in filmmaker Philippe Muyl's 'The Nightingale' is bland and conventional.
EUFF 2015: The Sinking of Sozopol
Memory and depression effectively intermingle in this story of a man, ten bottles of vodka and a town slowly drowning.
TIFF 2015: Horizon
A documentary about a landscape painter that will only satisfy art enthusiasts.
We Come as Friends
A raw glimpse into South Sudan that lacks conciseness, but mostly works due to its elemental, figurative approach.
The Kindergarten Teacher
A child prodigy and his obsessive teacher make for a hauntingly evocative but ambiguous tale.
Call Me Lucky
Humor and poignancy collide in this surprisingly moving doc about the best comedian you’ve never heard of.
Frank the Bastard
A psychological thriller about a woman confronting her dark past is riddled with superficial characterizations and inconsistencies.
Dominic Purcell sleeps through this lazy and incoherent remake of an exploitation cult classic.
The Little Death
A ribald Aussie anthology that proves to be mildly amusing and frustratingly sloppy.
I Dream Too Much
Poor direction and a hollow script tarnish this well-meaning coming-of-age dramedy.
Set Fire to the Stars
A semi-biographical drama featuring Dylan Thomas struggles to find its own narrative poetry.
Spartacus and Cassandra
Spartacus and Cassandra is a highly empathetic documentary that finds subtle power in story of Roma immigrant siblings searching for a better tomorrow.