Festivals

TIFF 2019: Audiences React to World Premiere of Noah Hawley’s ‘Lucy in the Sky’

Noah Hawley's "Lucy in the Sky" world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Academy Award winner Natalie Portman as astronaut Lucy...

Telluride Film Review: Kitty Green’s ‘The Assistant’ Highlights Complicity With A Star Making Turn...

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Kitty Green writes and directs a heavy, dour look into the makings of a monster, and the complicit nature in...

TIFF Film Review: ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ is Eddie Murphy’s Triumphant Return to the...

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Eddie Murphy is a comedic legend who has reached a status that many can only dream about. With nearly...

TIFF Film Review: ‘Blackbird’ Paints a Conventional but Moving Family Portrait

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: It is never easy to accept the impending death of a loved one. Even more troubling is the knowledge...

TIFF Film Review: ‘The Lighthouse’ Is a Haunting Meditation on Isolation, Identity, and Madness

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There are certain films where you can tell immediately after watching that they’re destined to be written about for...

TIFF Film Review: ‘Instinct’ Plays a Dangerously Sexy Cat-and-Mouse Game

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: People have long claimed that women prefer bad boys. Whether this is true or not, this widespread belief has...

TIFF Film Review: Stellar Cast Can’t Wash Away Stains of Sodebergh’s ‘The Laundromat’

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: You know those times doing your laundry when you over-stuff the washer—against all warnings and your own good judgment—and...

TIFF 2019: First Audience Reactions Are In For Kasi Lemmons’ ‘Harriet’

Kasi Lemmons' "Harriet" world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival Tuesday evening. The film follows the unforgettable true story of Harriet Tubman ("Widows"' Cynthia...

TIFF Review: Taika Waititi Amazes with the Hilarious, Poignant ‘Jojo Rabbit’

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: With a filmography that includes such heartwarming comic gems as "Thor: Ragnorak" and "Hunt for the Wilderpeople", Taika Waititi...

TIFF Film Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Is an Endearing Tribute to...

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "It's not really about Mister Rogers." So remarks a character in Marielle Heller's new film "A Beautiful Day in...

Telluride Film Review: ‘Parasite’ Works In Perfect Synchrony With Story and Bliss

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: The imagination and mind of renowned director Bong Joon-ho have fluttered around our cinematic universe for years with inventive and...

TIFF Film Review: ‘Knives Out’ is the Perfect Whodunit That Slashes Expectations

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: If there's a case for a film that should be experienced purely with an audience, Rian Johnson's "Knives Out"...

Telluride Film Review: ‘Marriage Story’ Finds the Keen Insight Into Family and Divorce

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: The alluring qualities of Noah Baumbach have been felt in many of his particular outings such as "Kicking and Screaming,"...

TIFF Review: Anthony Mackie Brings Star Power to Gloomy ‘Synchronic’

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: If you ever wondered what a gritty cable drama about paramedics would look like, it would probably be something...

TIFF 2019: First Reactions to Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Are Jaw-Dropping

Taika Waititi's hotly anticipated "Jojo Rabbit" saw its World Premiere on Sunday night at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Already positioned as a...

TIFF 2019: First Reactions to Roger Michell’s ‘Blackbird’ Find Charm in a Delicate Narrative

Toronto International Film Festival saw the premiere of Roger Michell's latest "Blackbird," a remake of the award-winning Danish drama, "Silent Heart." First reactions are...

TIFF 2019: First Reactions Are In for Marielle Heller’s ‘A Beautiful Day in the...

Marielle Heller's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and it was received with open arms as critics are calling...

TIFF 2019: Praise Pours In for Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

Rian Johnson's much anticipated "Knives Out" had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival to raving first reactions, describing this ensemble whodunit as...

TIFF 2019: First Reactions For ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Applaud a Dynamite Performance From...

According to first reactions out of Toronto International Film Festival, Eddie Murphy is triumphant in Craig Brewer's "Dolemite Is My Name." Murphy, an Academy...

Venice Film Festival: Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ Wins The Golden Lion

The 76th Venice Film Festival held their awards ceremony Saturday with Todd Phillips' "Joker" taking home the big prize with this year's Golden Lion....

TIFF 2019: World Premiere of ‘Just Mercy’ Receives Standing Ovation and Positive First Reactions,...

Destin Daniel Cretton's "Just Mercy" premiered at Toronto International Film Festival Friday evening. At the conclusion of the screening, it received a standing ovation with...

TIFF Film Review: A New Twist On an Old Latin American Ghost Tale in...

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: One cannot tell of the history or heritage of Latin Americans devoid of myth, spiritualism, and complex motherly figures. Nor...

TIFF Film Review: Destin Daniel Cretton’s Stirring ‘Just Mercy’ Speaks Truth to Justice

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: When a director gets an inherently powerful story, it doesn't take a herculean effort to make a film that...

TIFF Film Review: Faith and Teen Angst Vividly Collide in ‘Disco’ and ‘Hala’

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: If you delve into the various sections of the Toronto International Film Festival this year, you'll find a number...

TIFF 2019: First Reactions Are Calling ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield:’ “Delightful, Hilarious,...

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival welcomed the world premiere of Armando Iannucci's "The Personal History of David Copperfield," starring Academy Award nominee Dev...

Telluride Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’ Begrudgingly Brings Malick Back

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Terrence Malick has been a director that has been experimenting not just with his own filmmaking abilities, but cinema as...

Telluride Film Review: ‘The Two Popes’ Is The Answer To Our Cinematic Prayers

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: As a film-enthusiast, or even a casual viewer of the medium, we often can be our own worst enemies,...

Telluride Film Review: ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Stylistically Stumbles

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: The history of film has weaved through genres that wet the appetites of the audiences that surround the theaters.  Three-time...

Venice Film Festival: First Reactions for Shannon Murphy’s Debut ‘Babyteeth’ are Singing Praises for...

Though only one of two woman-directed films in competition, Shannon Murphy's painfully endearing "Babyteeth" is making quite the impression on the Lido. The 76th...

Telluride Film Review: Kelly Reichardt’s ‘First Cow’ Is a Tale of Friendship On the...

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Fans of Kelly Reichardt's past work (most notably her grim western "Meek's Cutoff") are sure to be excited about her...

Telluride Film Review: ‘Varda by Agnès’ is a Nostalgic Return to Film School

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Agnès Varda is one of the more influential directors in French film. In her final film, "Varda by Agnès," we...

Telluride Film Review: Love and Art Mesh in Exquisite ‘Portrait of a Lady on...

2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: On the surface, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the Best Screenplay winner at Cannes that just played at the...

Telluride: First Reactions for Kelly Reichardt’s ‘First Cow’ Call It Another “Wondrous” Journey Into...

The 46th Telluride Film Festival welcomed the premiere of Kelly Reichardt's "First Cow," a story about companionship critics are calling "wondrous" and another sweet...

Venice Film Festival: David Michôd’s ‘The King’ Bows to Strong First Reactions, Chalamet and...

The 76th Venice Film Festival saw the world premiere of David Michôd's "The King," where Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet reportedly turns in a...

Telluride Film Review: Adam Driver’s Amazing Year Continues with Scott Z. Burns’ ‘The Report’

Telluride Film Festival: Writer and director Scott Z. Burns delivers a tightly drawn docudrama with "The Report," a film that premiered out of Sundance...

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