Category: Theatrical Review

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Pain & Glory: Tied Up, by David Bax

This review originally ran as a part of our TIFF 2019 coverage. In many ways, Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain & Glory feels like a departure. It’s not that the hothouse melodramas that make up most of his output have resisted personal...

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Abominable: Believe in Magic, by David Bax

Jill Culton (2006’s Open Season) establishes her skills as both writer and director early on in Abominable. In a lively and largely wordless sequence detailing how she spends an average day of her summer vacation, we learn everything we need...

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First Love: Slap Happy, by David Bax

This review originally ran as a part of our TIFF 2019 coverage. Takashi Miike’s world is one of commonplace sociopathy. In his newest film, First Love, as in his others, the criminals aren’t just criminals. They’re ice cold sadists and...