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Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Film Review: The Rocket

The Rocket is a Lao-language drama by Aussie filmmaker Kim Mordaunt about a luckless 10-year old boy named Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) who gets blamed for the family’s misfortunes beginning with the displacement of their village by the construction of a dam. It is Mordaunt’s first narrative film but not his first to be set in

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Childhood visions of love adrift: Philippe Garrel’s “La Jalousie”

If someone were to screen La Jalousie with no warning, it could be mistaken for something peeled right from the peak of the French New Wave. Shot in black and white on stunning 35mm, Philippe Garrel delivers...

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

imagineNATIVE: “Mystery Road” film review

Mystery Road opens with a truck driving through an empty, deserted road. The driver gets out of the vehicle to check the lights on the truck to get distracted by the oddity of the sounds and smell....

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Film review: “A Touch of Sin”

“Did you know that animals commit suicide?” Jia Zhangke’s latest film, A Touch of Sin, is a stunning portrayal of four individuals in modern day China who struggle and evolve within ultimately harsh, unfulfilling and debasing environments....

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Film Review: “Muscle Shoals” Shoal Power

Between the late 1950s and early 1970s, a small Alabama town called Muscle Shoals would become the improbable source of a distinct body of classic Soul and R&B recordings that competed with the era’s major hit makers...

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Film review: “We Wanted More”

We Wanted More is a fifteen minute short co-written by Margaret Lester and director Stephen Dunn about a young female singer named Hannah (Christine Horne) who loses her voice on the eve of her first world tour....

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Film Review: I AM BREATHING

I AM BREATHING is a poignant and delicately composed documentary from Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon about the final months of Neil Platt, a 34-year old husband, father, and architect who became paralyzed from the neck down...

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Fantasia Film Festival: Love Eternal

Upon witnessing the death of his father at a young age, Ian (Robert de Hoog) develops into a self-proclaimed ‘defective human being’, incapable of forming any formidable human connection. Ian chooses a life of solitude, confining himself...

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Fantasia Film Festival: The Broken Circle Breakdown

Keeping their programming eclectic, Fantasia, which is known for its genre content, can also surprise audiences by delivering such fine dramatic features as The Broken Circle Breakdown, the new film by Felix van Groeningen. The film is...

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Fantasia Film Festival: “Antisocial” is conceptually adept horror

Using familiar horror tropes and bending them enough to make the film feel fresh is one of the great strengths of writer/director Cody Calahan’s directorial debut “Antisocial.” The film is staged around a New Year’s Eve party...

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