Fantastic Fest

‘The Tribe’ Is a Provocative Exercise in Show vs. Tell
There are brilliant and daring conceits that elevate and enhance the viewing experience of a film, and then there are shameless and hollow gimmicks that do little more than hook the viewer in and fail to deliver anything meaningful. 'The Tribe' both promises and delivers on the former with…
Reel Women: The Women Were Fierce at Fantastic Fest 2014
The Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin provides us with tons of genre films every year, and as such, we’re often treated to some grim and violent narratives -- narratives which can typically include violence perpetrated against women and can sometimes skew a bit on the masculine side of t…
‘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 …

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