drama

Only Lovers Left Alive Movie

Only Lovers Left Alive

You couldn’t ask for two actors better suited to play a couple of sharp-featured, hipster vampire lovers than Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, two actors who’ve hit the absolute peak of coolness at this point in their respective careers. And who better to direct them than Jim Jarmusch, the indie godfather who always seems to Read More
A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness Movie

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

The central figure of Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness takes the form of a silent man (musician Robert A.A. Lowe). The film is comprised of three acts, with Lowe providing the only connective tissue between them. We first see him as part of an Estonian commune, where Read More
Under the Skin Movie

Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer’s otherworldly Under the Skin feels somehow…forbidden. Hyper-artistic movies like this are a rare species, unwelcome in the tentpole Hollywood landscape. And yet, at the center of the film is one of the most recognizable young actresses in the industry, Scarlett Johansson, in one of her best, most sophisticated turns yet as an alien in a woman’s Read More
The Reunion Movie

The Reunion

Anna Odell’s The Reunion is split into two distinct halves, each half appearing to be directly inspired by a different film. The first half, called “The Speech”, clearly owes a lot to Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration. It opens at a 20 year class reunion, where everyone appears to be having a great time. Things change Read More
On My Way Movie

On My Way

What’s surprising about On My Way, a latter-life crisis road trip film starring Catherine Deneuve, is that the film flounders and fumbles while the French living legend is alone at the helm. Only when a talented young actor (Nemo Schiffman) tags along on her directionless journey does the film begin to find its way and bare Read More
The Raid 2: Berandal Movie

The Raid 2: Berandal

Welsh-born filmmaker Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemtion shook up the martial arts movie genre in 2011 with its exhilarating action, scintillating fight choreography, and no-holds-barred brutality. The film didn’t have much of a plot to speak of: A police raid on an apartment building filled with deadly gangsters doesn’t go as planned, and voila! We’ve got Read More
Hide Your Smiling Faces Movie

Hide Your Smiling Faces

The title of the film serves as a grand forewarning for what unfolds in this atmospheric indie drama about adolescent siblings questioning their own mortality as they deal with tragedy. Daniel Patrick Carbone’s coming-of-age film features a highly allusive narrative that gives off the haunting impression that danger is right around the corner, reinforced by Read More
Rob the Mob Movie

Rob the Mob

Rob the Mob opens with a robbery, but not the perilous kind the title suggests: In early 1990′s New York, Tommy and Rosie (Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda, both delivering terrific turns), a frantic, foul-mouthed young couple, botch a barely thought-out flower store stick-up, earning Tommy a ticket to jail for 18 months. Rewind to Read More
Veronica Mars Movie

Veronica Mars

“A long time ago, we used to be friends…” The theme song to Veronica Mars the TV show may not open its first film counterpart, but it might as well have jumped in with “Previously on Veronica Mars“, because whether you’ve seen a single episode of Veronica Mars‘s three season early 2000′s teen-noir or not, Read More