Category Archives: Film Reviews

Nicolas Cage Sleazes It Up In Pulpy Motel Thriller ‘Looking Glass’

When you drink orange juice, do you love a bit of pulp in the liquid, even if that stuff gets stuck between your teeth or leads to a necessary wipe on the mouth? Nicolas Cage’s latest film Looking Glass oozes sleaze from the get go, and while some viewers may become disenchanted with this lurid noir, others will eagerly sink their teeth into another memorable Cage vehicle.

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‘Mom And Dad’ Infuses Punk Rock Storytelling In A Suburban Nightmare

People love to talk about the power of a perfect pop song, but what about punk? Director Brian Taylor (Crank) has infused his storyteller with no-nonsense adrenalized filmmaking, and while that aesthetic (like punk) has its detractors, the fans willing to enjoy the refreshingly hellish train ride known as Mom and Dad are in for a treat.

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Review: ‘Blood Stripe’ (Kate Nowlin, Chris Sullivan)

 

One of this year’s most standout performances comes from an indie film that is pretty much under the radar, but you can catch Blood Stripe this weekend at Beverly Hills’ Laemmle Music Hall.

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Noomi Rapace Delivers Tour De Force Work With ‘What Happened To Monday’

As a Brian De Palma (Passion) and Ridley Scott (Prometheus) enthusiast, Noomi Rapace has been a personal favorite. With What Happened To Monday, she delivers a tour de force performance that, despite its gimmicky plotline, is grounded in humanity. It’s premieres on Netflix today, and if you’re a sci-fi/thriller fan, it’s a must watch.

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French Noir Classic ‘Panique’ Hits Laemmle’s Royal Theatre

 

Playing this week at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, “Panique” is a French classic where romanticism and existentialism collide like bumper cars, leaving various victims in its wake. A new digital restoration, coupled with the film’s nuanced storytelling, are just several reasons to check out this unforgettable cinematic experience.

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Natalie Portman Weaves A Memorable “Tale of Love and Darkness”

Natalie Portman takes a huge chunk of ambition and runs with it as the writer, director, and lead actress behind A Tale of Love and Darkness, a feature based on Amos Oz’s coming-of-age bestseller. This is Portman’s feature writing and directing debut, and thanks to her deep connection to the material the narrative is infused with a self-assured and subtly evocative flair.

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Blu-ray Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘To Have and Have Not’

 

The comparisons to Casablanca were inevitable, as To Have and Have Not has resistance fighters, a memorable piano player (Hoagy Carmichael), and smoldering chemistry between the leads. But even then and now 72 years later, To Have and Have Not is a classic that stands on its own, and Warner Archive Collection has done a great job with this Blu-ray release. Below are five reasons to love To Have and Have Not.

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DVD Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘The American Side’

 

I woke up at 2:30 this morning, unable to shake The American Side, a first rate neo-noir that isn’t afraid to wear its homage driven heart on its sleeve. Director/writer Jenna Ricker takes those hardboiled film noirs of the 1940s-50s and the conspiracy filled thrillers of the 1970s (The Parallax View, Winter Kills) and gives us a cinematic dish that’s worth the calories. Cinephiles will gorge on the various easter eggs and references in the film, and actually the less said about this film, at least story wise, the better. Below are five reasons to love The American Side.

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‘My Golden Days’ DVD Celebrates International Kissing Day

 

Since my own love life is non-existent, I had no idea July 6 is International Kissing Day. At least my lifelong love, aka cinema, will always be with me, and I’m definitely looking forward to the DVD release of the romantic drama My Golden Days.

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Review: ‘Cry of the Hunted’ Is Swamp Filled Film Noir From Warner Archive

 

One of the distinct pleasures of scouring through the Warner Archive Collection is discovering its extensive library of forgotten and overlooked films, and thankfully they have brought much needed spotlight to “Cry of the Hunted.” Though director Joseph H. Lewis is best known for the 1949 film noir classic “Gun Crazy,” “Cry of the Hunted” reaches similar cinematic heights.

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