Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen, with 12 Years a Slave, has now made three films that take on large, pertinent, and political topics (the Irish hunger strikes, sex addiction, and pre-Civil War American slavery), only to pare away elements that would most easily mark them as ideologically bent, instead taking under consideration a single subject, with all the limitations of perspective that come with this approach.

Film Review: To the Wonder

What To the Wonder does is place this same reaching beyond—Malick’s questions and invocations of beauty—in the obviously present day, locked into the spaces his images typically seem to try to escape.

Frank shows what the head within the head looks like

On the surface, Frank appears to be the polar opposite of Lenny Abramson’s prior works, which were characterized by naturalistic dialogue and settings that emphasized the grey and drab side of Ireland.

Film review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Eight years ago, director Zach Synder introduced us to a world of battles, legends, and oiled eight-pack abs. His adaptation of Frank Millar’s graphic novel was an entertaining film for its amazing CG work, the intensity of the action scenes, and the ridiculous physique of its Spartan warriors. While it was severely overblown, it presented itself as a Greek storyteller might have done, exaggerated and morphed into something forcibly inspiring.

Fan feedback takes different forms in Veronica Mars and Muppets Most Wanted

Film reviews of both Veronica Mars and Muppets Most Wanted.

Nymphomaniac explores more than just mindless sex

Writer and Director Lars von Trier’s two-volume Nymphomaniac will leave you hot and bothered — but mostly bothered, as any valuable film should.

Film review: Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor offers one of the most intense narratives I have experienced in years. Not since Black Hawk Down or Saving Private Ryan has a film been so engrossing with its characters and their war-defined obstacles.

This week’s VIFF offerings: Haemoo, Corn Island, and Black Coal, Thin Ice

By Josh Friesen (Contributor) – Email Print Edition: October 15, 2014 Haemoo South Korean cinema is flourishing. Chan-wook Park and Joon-ho Bong, South Korea’s leading auteurs, have successfully transitioned into the English language with Stoker and Snowpiercer,...

The Muppets: Heartfelt revival or nostalgic fan-fiction?

Amy Van Veen and Nick Ubels take a look at what works, what doesn't, what's true to Henson's vision, what's plastered on by Segal's, and everything else that in and about The Muppets

Film Review: The Counsellor

Cormac McCarthy’s prose is inimitable, but his words are increasingly making it into the mouths of people on screen.