Fantastic Fest 2013

‘Grand Piano’ Review
Renowned pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) comes out of retirement for one night only to play a classical concert in honor of his late mentor. What is already a pressure-filled evening for the stage fright-stricken musician quickly devolves into a nightmare when a mysterious man threatens to murder…
‘Witching and Bitching’ Review
Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia wowed audiences a couple of years ago with his dark comedic tragedy ‘The Last Circus.’ He returns this year with ‘Witching and Bitching,’ an overloaded tale of a group of male criminals who run straight into the mouth of madness when t…
‘The Sacrament’ Review
‘The Sacrament,’ Ti West‘s follow-up to 2011’s ‘The Innkeepers,’ feels like a more mature — albeit still slightly flawed — outing. A trio of reporters from bad boy news brand Vice head to a cultish compound in Africa to investigate when one of …
‘Escape from Tomorrow’ Review
‘Escape from Tomorrow‘ is a film that shouldn’t be possible — not just because it was filmed without consent at Disneyworld in Florida, but due to the sheer audacity of some of the (not always successful) ideas and visuals on display. The film follows Jim White, a middle-…
‘Machete Kills’ Review
‘Machete Kills,’ Robert Rodriguez’s follow-up to 2010’s ‘Machete,’ ditches the grindhouse aesthetic and homage, and instead tries to emulate a late-’80s, early-’90s action flick — basically, Rodriguez made the kind of movie he often make…
‘A Field in England’ Review
British director Ben Wheatley isn’t content to make the same kind of film over and over again. His last two films — ‘Kill List’ and ‘Sightseers’ — offered different tones and delightfully sinister surprises; the only consistency is Wheatley’s a…