NYFF Film Review: ’13th’ Could Be One of the Best Documentaries Ever Made

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In this political landscape where racial tensions are at an all-time high, and humanity is desperately searching for a peaceful compromise of understanding, Ava DuVernay‘s “13th” from Netflix is about as timely as a film can be. A passionate powerhouse of emotions and content, DuVernay somehow manages to top her […]


Film Review: ‘Do Not Resist’ Paints a Sobering Portrait of Modern Law Enforcement

Craig Atkinson‘s debut feature “Do Not Resist” opens with scenes which have become all too familiar. A group of protesters take to the streets to march against the latest incident of police brutality. A young black man has been unjustly killed, leaving many to wonder how it happened and whether justice can be truly served […]


NYFF Film Review: ‘Moonlight’ Captures Urban Truth in a Masterful Manner

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: A magnificent portrait of urban life, Barry Jenkins‘ astounding “Moonlight” captures the essence of a generation. Acting as urban cinema’s “Brokeback Mountain” and “Boyhood,” it’s as if we got to see “Ennis” and “Mason” grow up in a different culture and era. In this case, it’s even more powerful and profound. […]


NYFF Film Review: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Soars on Wit, Humor and Heart

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: What a joyous, funny and moving portrait of man. “I, Daniel Blake” from director Ken Loach ravishes and lives in the mind and hearts of its characters, holding tightly the raw and emotional power that they bestow upon their world. The centerpiece is that of the two invigorating performances from its stars […]


Film Review: ‘Other People’ Offers a Sensitive and Beautiful Tale With Molly Shannon Shining

First-time director Chris Kelly‘s sensitive and thoughtful “Other People” is one of the year’s most joyous surprises. Smart, subtle, and utterly heart-wrenching, Kelly constructs an exceptional dramedy that touches all the senses. Boasting two sensational performances from stars Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon, it’s one of the best independent features to hit screens this year. […]


TIFF Review: ‘Vaya’ and ‘We Are Never Alone’ Bring Harrowing Tales of Two Cities

When it comes to international film festivals, it’s almost a given that there will be at least one dark multi-narrative film among the lineup. This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was no exception. Hailing from two countries as vastly different as South Africa and the Czech Republic, respectively, directors Akin Omotoso and Petr Václav brought a […]


TIFF Review: Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is a Promising, Passionate Debut

When Nate Parker‘s directorial debut “The Birth of a Nation” was announced as a Sundance selection, the knee-jerk reaction was to be expected. Many groaned that we didn’t need another “slavery film.” The concern was understandable, especially in a year that included “Underground” and “Roots” on TV. But as its Sundance reception showed, this passionate […]


TIFF Review: ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ Is an Unsettling True Crime Story

Disturbing, unsettling, infuriating. These are the adjectives that will likely come to mind in response to “Joe Cinque’s Consolation,” the debut feature from director Sotiris Dounoukos. A misanthropist’s delight, this unflattering portrait of Australian society truly gets under the skin. Based on a true story which was later adapted into a book, “Joe Cinque’s Consolation” retraces […]


Film Review: ‘The Hollars’ Reminds Us Why We Go to the Movies in the First Place

In a theatrical landscape littered with roles shamelessly written for statue-seekers, multiple comic book universes, and controversial subject matter intended to rile audiences into a social media frenzy, it is refreshing to finally see a film that reminds you why we go to the movies in the first place. At the core, we watch movies to feel. […]


TIFF Review: ‘Death in Sarajevo’ Is a Middling Sociopolitical Satire

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This seems to be the overarching thesis guiding award-winning Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanović and his new film “Death in Sarajevo”. A cynical sociopolitical satire, this labored drama critiques the unsavory legacy of Europe’s checkered past. As we learn from TV journalist Vedrana (Vedrana Seksan) in […]


TIFF Review: ‘A Monster Calls’ Is a Bittersweet Fable With a Poignant Message

After a summer movie season widely regarded as one of the worst in many years, many film lovers are understandably pessimistic about the future of the “popcorn flick”. The mainstream summer slate was almost universally criticized as vapid, noisy and simply lacking in “fun”, it reignited fears about the death of cinema. But of course, […]