Fantastic Fest

‘Red Dawn’ Review
I’ve seen plenty of airbrushed actors in my time, but I don’t know if I’ve ever watched an airbrushed movie before the new version of ‘Red Dawn.’ This remake of John Milius’ conservative ’80 classic strips away almost all of the material’s poli…
‘Berberian Sound Studio’ Review
I spent the summers between my junior and senior years of college interning at an independent production company that specialized in schlocky horror movies. I worked as a post-production assistant, and when I wasn’t running errands, I was sitting next to one of the editors, watching him cut. …
‘Tower Block’ Review
‘Tower Block’ is about the last residents of a condemned housing project in London, who are riding out the final days before a government eviction kicks them out of their homes. One seemingly random morning, they wake to find themselves under fire from an unseen sniper, picking off as …
‘The American Scream’ Review
“When you are scared, you are more alive,” says Victor Bariteau, the central subject of ‘The American Scream,’ Michael Paul Stephenson’s follow-up documentary to ‘Best Worst Movie.’ The quote, a nothing special bit of pop psychology ubiquitous in any …
‘Lee’s Adventure’ Review
Everyone has regrets. Despite the time-shifting mixed-media razzle dazzle of Li Yang and Guo Fan’s ambitious and exuberant film ‘Lee’s Adventure,’ this universal truth can’t be ignored. The attempts to change the past can sometimes consume an entire life, and expos…
‘Memory of the Dead’ Review
Horror movies don’t necessarily need rules, but if they’re going to go to the trouble to establish some, they might as well follow them… at least for a little while. The Argentine ghost slasher gorefest ‘Memory of the Dead’ sets up this whole conceit about a Satani…
‘Holy Motors’ Review
Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors’ is the best dream you’ll ever have without actually falling asleep. It’s a blast of pure, unbridled subconscious — or maybe superconscious — and a brilliant and melancholic love letter to movies, the craft of acting and life…
‘Graceland’ Review
We’d all like to think that if our backs were up against it and we had to fight for our loved ones, we’d all become Liam Neeson in ‘Taken.’ Of course, not everyone has “a particular set of skills.” Or maybe your skill is to try and appease everyone as chaos …

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