Review: Landon's 'Freaky' is Body Swap, Blood-Spattering Horror Fun

By: FirstShowing.net

13Nov2020

Body swap movies have been with us for as long as we can remember. In the original Freaky Friday from 1977, Jodie Foster's character switches places with her mom, played by Barbara Harris. In 18 Again!, it's a grandfather and his grandson. The switch...

Review: With a Few Stumbles, 'The Craft: Legacy' is Still Quite Magical

By: FirstShowing.net

28Oct2020

For as long as I can remember, I have always been very interested in witches – especially on screen. I used to watch "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "Charmed", and many other shows. Hence, it's no surprise that when I discovered The Craft, I immediate...

NYFF 2020: The Price and Power of Storytelling in 'Night of the Kings'

By: FirstShowing.net

16Oct2020

Philippe Lacôte's Night of the Kings follows a young pickpocket in his first night at the "MACA", one of the main prisons in Abidjan, the largest city in the Ivory Coast. As the Ivory Coast's entry for International Feature Film at this upcoming Aca...

Review: Brandon Cronenberg's 'Possessor' is an Engrossing, Mind-Altering Horror-Thriller

By: FirstShowing.net

9Oct2020

A body-penetrating, mind-controlling horror-thriller that exists somewhere between Scanners, Beyond The Black Rainbow, and Upgrade, Possessor is the second feature film by visionary writer-director Brandon Cronenberg, son of David and Carolyn. The To...

NYFF 2020: Religious Brutality and Stagnation in 'Beginning'

By: FirstShowing.net

7Oct2020

The first shot of Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili's debut feature Beginning settles into the back of a small chapel. Patrons waft in and sit on either side of the aisle, with men taking up the majority of the right side, and women and children...

NYFF 2020 Review: Religious Brutality and Stagnation in 'Beginning'

By: FirstShowing.net

7Oct2020

The first shot of Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili's debut feature Beginning settles into the back of a small chapel. Patrons waft in and sit on either side of the aisle, with men taking up the majority of the right side, and women and children...

TIFF 2020: Tomm Moore's Animated Film 'Wolfwalkers' is Magnificent

By: FirstShowing.net

28Sep2020

One of the very best independent animators / filmmakers making movies right now is Tomm Moore. This isn't even a subjective opinion, it's pretty much just a fact at this point. Moore's third feature film is titled Wolfwalkers, and it premiered at the...

Fantasia 2020: Natasha Kermani's 'Lucky' is a Dark, Chilling Thriller

By: FirstShowing.net

25Sep2020

Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. It seems as if one of the common themes in many films this year is stalking. Back in February, we got to see Elisabeth Moss fighting the "Invisible Man". This heinous act, appearing...

Fantasia 2020: 'Unearth' is a Chilling Eco-Horror Film About Farmers

By: FirstShowing.net

25Sep2020

Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. When nature is one of the key elements of a film, it usually touches on humanity's relentless power of destruction. This theme is a major part of the newest eco-horror feature, Unear...

TIFF 2020: Francis Lee's Lovely Seaside Romance Film 'Ammonite'

By: FirstShowing.net

24Sep2020

"I don’t want to go back to the life I had before you..." Love is a powerful force. And love can be a beautiful thing, especially when it connects two people who don't have any interest in love. But true love is also rare, and honestly hard to find...

TIFF 2020: 'Shadow in the Cloud' Creature Feature on a B-17 Bomber

By: FirstShowing.net

18Sep2020

One of my favorite things about film festivals is discovering exceptional filmmakers by stumbling upon their break-out features. This film is one of the best discoveries of the 2020 Toronto Film Festival, playing in the prestigious Midnight Madness c...

TIFF 2020: 'Another Round' is One of Thomas Vinterberg's Best Films

By: FirstShowing.net

18Sep2020

"The world is never as you expect." That's the truth, even when we don't want it to be. Originally selected as a 2020 Cannes Film Festival premiere (before that fest was cancelled this year), Thomas Vinterberg's latest film is instead premiering at t...

Venice 2020: Chloe Zhao's Soulful, Gorgeous 'Nomadland' Journey

By: FirstShowing.net

13Sep2020

Home is where the heart is. And as they say in this film: a house is not the same as a home. Being house-less is not the same as being homeless. That's a lesson we can all learn. Nomadland is the third feature film made by acclaimed filmmaker Chloe Z...

Venice 2020: Gia Coppola's 'Mainstream' Gets Right Up in Your Face

By: FirstShowing.net

8Sep2020

The internet is a fame machine. It can turn nobodies into world famous celebrities in the blink of an eye. We all know how it works, of course, but is internet fame really a good thing anymore? Probably Definitely not. But everyone is still addicted...

Venice 2020: 'Pieces of a Woman' Will Break You Then Rebuild You

By: FirstShowing.net

6Sep2020

Life is not only happiness and love and wonderful moments, as much we all wish it were. With all the good in life, there is also the bad, and every last one of us struggles greatly with the weight of emotions during these tough times when they find u...

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