Category: B-

The Killing of Two Lovers

Director, writer, editor Robert Machoian‘s The Killing of Two Lovers is one I’ve been keeping an eye on since it got picked up by NEON. A pseudo-thriller seamlessly disguised as a very raw marriage break-up story, focusing on a small-town high-school sweetheart couple who has, after four children, decided to take a break. When our…

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HELD

“Isn’t that heaven on earth. It’s the way a marriage should be, before feminism and political-correctness muddied the waters. Simpler. Better times.“ Directed by the duo behind Blumhouse’s The Gallows, Chris Lofing and Travis Cliff, Frightfest official selection HELD sees a departure from the supernatural horror aspect. With some #MeToo movement subtext, HELD bolsters more…

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Rent-A-Pal

David is your average lonely guy. He lives with his elderly mother, who calls him by his father’s name. He takes care of her (and watches old Cary Grant flicks with her) and the small neighborhood home they inhabit. He’s also subscribed to a retro version of Tinder, where your dating profile is recorded onto…

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Tenet

If you’ve started reading this review against your better judgement, worried about spoilers, rest assured there is no cause for concern here. I could certainly divulge plot details—minor and major—but they would soon get lost in the shuffle. To say Tenet is heavily plotted would be an understatement. In the early stages especially, it is…

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The Burnt Orange Heresy

An art dealer is hired to steal a painting from one of the most enigmatic painters of his day, and he is consumed by his own greed. Insecurities rise as this operation spins out of control. The Burnt Orange Heresy is a slightly uneven but engaging arthouse thriller, led by two fantastic performances and a…

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Siberia

Last we saw of Abel Ferrara was with still-undistributed Cannes premiere Tommaso in 2019, starring Willem Dafoe as an aging, self-hating director. Siberia, premiering at Berlinale less than a year later, is perhaps the director’s elusive, hypothetical film. Starring Willem Dafoe again, who had previously collaborated with the auteur on projects like Pasolini, New Rose…

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The Hunt (2020)

I would have been very happy to review The Hunt back in September when the very provocative first trailer was making the rounds. After the tragic shootings in Dayton and El Paso (and Donald Trump decrying the film on his ever monstrous Twitter account), Universal pulled the film indefinitely, only to release it a few…

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Bloodshot

“They filled my head with nightmares and sent me on a suicide mission.” To those not well versed in the tangible world of physical media comic books, the names Bloodshot and Valiant Comics may not ring any bells. Odds are you wouldn’t be the only person to question or hear confusion over whether this new…

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Blood on Her Name

Opening with a pool of blood and panicked breathing, Blood on Her Name is a fairly typical neo-noir that’s well crafted enough to still be worth watching. It’s an anxious look at guilt and responsibility, and is well suited for lovers of genre fare who don’t need something entirely inventive to have a good time.…

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Emma.

Emma Woodhouse is a young woman described as having faced few things that vexed her in her life. She is often selfish and snobbish and was described by Jane Austen as a heroine who no one but Austen herself would much like. Yet, despite Austen’s apparent attempt to dissuade readers from liking her, Emma is…

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