Fantastic Fest

‘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…
‘Room 237′ Review
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for ‘The Shining.’ I assume if you’re curious about a documentary about ‘The Shining,’ you’ve already seen ‘The Shining.’ If I’m wrong, sue me.] The Overlook Hotel does someth…
‘Wrong’ Review
Quentin Dupieux, the mastermind behind last year’s cult hit ‘Rubber,’ has returned with ‘Wrong,’ an absurdist follow-up in keeping with his debut. When Dolph awakens to find his beloved dog missing, it sends him on a journey that will affect the lives of a lonely p…
‘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…
‘Miami Connection’ Review
Sight and Sound Magazine: it’s time for a recount in your decennial poll. ‘Miami Connection‘ is clearly the greatest film ever made — at least on whatever planet it came from. Hilarious yet oddly touching, goofy yet totally sincere, this is one of the most entertainingly …
‘Paranormal Activity 4′ Review
The capper to the second-to-last night of Fantastic Fest 2012 was a “work-in-progress” screening of ‘Paranormal Activity 4,’ the latest installment of the insanely lucrative found footage horror franchise. Since the movie is unfinished, it would be unfair to write a revie…
‘Sinister’ Review
Ethan Hawke’s Ellison Oswald may have the coolest name of a film character this year, but he’s having a streak of professional bad luck. His first true crime book, ‘Kentucky Blood,’ was a best seller than accomplished what the police couldn’t do in tracking down a …
‘Combat Girls’ Review
An angry and confused young neo-Nazi on a personal journey that will change their life doesn’t sound like anything we haven’t seen before, except in this case the angry and confused young neo-Nazi is a woman. ‘Combat Girls’ is a unique coming of age story that subverts ex…

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