Film Festival Today https://filmfestivaltoday.com Founded by Jeremy Taylor Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:15:35 +0000 en hourly 1 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/wp-content/images/cropped-fft-logo-square-canvas-512x512v2-32x32.png Film Festival Today https://filmfestivaltoday.com 32 32 Film Review: Intriguing Setup of “Come Play” Quickly Falters https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-intriguing-setup-of-come-play-quickly-falters https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-intriguing-setup-of-come-play-quickly-falters#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:15:35 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=36050 Come Play (Jacob Chase, 2020) 1½ out of 4 stars. Though I am neither autistic nor a parent to an autistic child, I suspect that some might find the new horror film Come Play, from director Jacob Chase (The Four-Faced Liar), a somewhat problematic – or at least superficial – portrait of a kid on the […]

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Film Review: In Vivid “His House,” the Ghosts Are Real https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-in-vivid-his-house-the-ghosts-are-real https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-in-vivid-his-house-the-ghosts-are-real#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 03:57:10 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=36042 His House (Remi Weekes, 2020) 3½ out of 4 stars. The horrors of the real world are often too overwhelming to contemplate, the accumulation of tragedy and grief numbing the mind beyond comprehension. How many documentaries about the many refugee crises of our era can we watch before our cumulative reactions blur into an inchoate […]

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Film Review: “The True Adventures of Wolfboy” Is an Emotional, Metaphorical and Intimate Coming-of-Age Story https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-true-adventures-of-wolfboy-is-an-emotional-metaphorical-and-intimate-coming-of-age-story https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-true-adventures-of-wolfboy-is-an-emotional-metaphorical-and-intimate-coming-of-age-story#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:15:46 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=36033 The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Martin Krejcí, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars.  Very rarely do the creature-feature genre and the teenage dramedy find themselves coming together to form a solid work of cinema that mutually benefits both sides of the film’s classification. Attempting to bring these subgenres together, The True Adventures of Wolfboy is […]

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Film Review: “Fire Will Come” Warms the Mind, If Not the Soul https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-fire-will-come-warms-the-mind-if-not-the-soul https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-fire-will-come-warms-the-mind-if-not-the-soul#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:03:49 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=36023 Fire Will Come (“O que arde”) (Oliver Laxe, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Amador is haunted by flames past and present, those he has set ablaze and those that ignite of their own accord. Just released from prison, where he has spent an indeterminate number of years for arson, he returns to his small […]

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Film Review: “May the Devil Take You Too” Is a Horror Sequel That Matches Its Predecessor in Terror and Tops It in Senselessness https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-may-the-devil-take-you-too-is-a-horror-sequel-that-matches-its-predecessor-in-terror-and-tops-it-in-senselessness https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-may-the-devil-take-you-too-is-a-horror-sequel-that-matches-its-predecessor-in-terror-and-tops-it-in-senselessness#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 02:45:17 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=36009 May the Devil Take You Too (Timo Tjahjanto, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. As far as horror sequels are concerned, a continuing franchise must add some new and interesting elements to the story, ones that propel the protagonists forward and bring the stakes and obstacles to new levels. For director Timo Tjahjanto’s newest film, […]

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Film Review: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” https://filmfestivaltoday.com/victoria-alexander/film-review-borat-subsequent-moviefilm-delivery-of-prodigious-bribe-to-american-regime-for-make-benefit-once-glorious-nation-of-kazakhstan https://filmfestivaltoday.com/victoria-alexander/film-review-borat-subsequent-moviefilm-delivery-of-prodigious-bribe-to-american-regime-for-make-benefit-once-glorious-nation-of-kazakhstan#respond Sat, 24 Oct 2020 23:03:31 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=34190 It’s Baron Cohen’s commitment to the character and no wink to the audience that still captivates. Last year, in October 2019, I spent 3 weeks traveling through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and ended up in the showstopper country, Turkmenistan. A dictatorship or a highly polished jewel? To get an advanced viewing of BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, […]

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Interview with “Black Boys” Director Sonia Lowman https://filmfestivaltoday.com/interviews/interview-with-black-boys-director-sonia-lowman https://filmfestivaltoday.com/interviews/interview-with-black-boys-director-sonia-lowman#respond Sat, 24 Oct 2020 17:57:14 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=34031 I had the wonderful opportunity, a few weeks ago, to remotely interview director Sonia Lowman about her moving and insightful documentary Black Boys (which I had previously reviewed). The movie examines persistent systemic racism in the United States and how it affects Black males, especially. Here is a condensed digest of our conversation, edited for […]

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Series Review: “The Queen’s Gambit” Delivers Passable Strategy, If Not Much More https://filmfestivaltoday.com/breaking/series-review-the-queens-gambit-delivers-passable-strategy-if-not-much-more https://filmfestivaltoday.com/breaking/series-review-the-queens-gambit-delivers-passable-strategy-if-not-much-more#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 03:49:40 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=32913 The Queen’s Gambit (Scott Frank, 2020) 2½ out of 4 stars. A seven-part adaptation of Walter Tevis’ eponymous 1983 novel, Scott Frank’s The Queen’s Gambit follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon from orphaned childhood to the top of the rankings, starting in the 1950s and ending in 1968. As the teenage and adult Beth, Anya Taylor-Joy […]

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Film Review: “Radium Girls” Has a Strong Message but Weak Direction https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-radium-girls-has-a-strong-message-but-weak-direction https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-radium-girls-has-a-strong-message-but-weak-direction#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 01:22:13 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=32844 Radium Girls (Ginny Mohler/Lydia Dean Pilcher, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. “My bones will glow forever,” says Bessie, a teenage dial-painter at the American Radium company in 1920’s New Jersey. She speaks this line to one of the men who quite literally manufactured her and her sister’s looming deaths by lying to them and […]

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Film Review: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” Is a Mostly Glorious Sequel https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-borat-subsequent-moviefilm-is-a-mostly-glorious-sequel https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-borat-subsequent-moviefilm-is-a-mostly-glorious-sequel#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:50:23 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=32806 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Jason Woliner, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. Comedian provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen first created Borat, one of his numerous aliases, as a supporting player on Da Ali G Show, which ran from 2000 to 2004. Then, in 2006, he gave him his own starring role, in the feature film Borat: Cultural […]

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Film Review: Scary Yet Formulaic, “32 Malasana Street” Weaves a Suspenseful Yet Unsurprising Horror Tale https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-scary-yet-formulaic-32-malasana-street-weaves-a-suspenseful-yet-unsurprising-horror-tale https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-scary-yet-formulaic-32-malasana-street-weaves-a-suspenseful-yet-unsurprising-horror-tale#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 03:30:33 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=32194 32 Malasana Street (“Malasaña 32”) (Albert Pintó, 2020) 2½ out of 4 stars. Spanish filmmaker Albert Pintó (Killing God) releases his latest, chilling work of cinema with 32 Malasana Street, a film that succeeds in shocking the audience with jump scares and frightening imagery. While Pintó is able to capture the essence of cinematic horror […]

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Film Review: “White Noise” Needs Fine-Tuning https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-white-noise-needs-fine-tuning https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-white-noise-needs-fine-tuning#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:33:29 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=32006 White Noise (Daniel Lombroso, 2020) 2 out of 4 stars. There is always a danger when making a film (or any nonfiction work) about problematic individuals whose views one may not agree with, but whose platforms one wishes to examine, that the showcasing of those views leads to their further propagation. Such was the narrow needle somewhat […]

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Film Review: “Rebecca” Offers Visually Rich, Dramatically Poor Landscape https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-rebecca-offers-visually-rich-dramatically-poor-landscape https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-rebecca-offers-visually-rich-dramatically-poor-landscape#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:22:38 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=31819 Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2020) 1½ out of 4 stars. British writer Daphne du Maurier published her fifth novel, Rebecca, in 1938. Two years later, her compatriot, film director Alfred Hitchcock, turned it into his first American feature, starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson, winning two Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Black-and-White Cinematography, […]

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Film Review: “The Mothman Legacy” Documentary Explores Its Titular Creature in Unique New Ways https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-mothman-legacy-documentary-explores-its-titular-creature-in-unique-new-ways https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-mothman-legacy-documentary-explores-its-titular-creature-in-unique-new-ways#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 03:36:30 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=30817 The Mothman Legacy (Seth Breedlove, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. The Mothman Legacy is a documentary by writer/director Seth Breedlove that is centered around the infamous Mothman, a legendary creature with a human-like figure, red eyes, wings and the ability to fly, resembling a human-sized moth. Reported sightings of the entity have occurred in […]

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Film Review: “Chop Chop” Is a Rustic, Poorly Executed Presentation of an Otherwise Interesting Concept https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-chop-chop-is-a-rustic-poorly-executed-presentation-of-an-otherwise-interesting-concept https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-chop-chop-is-a-rustic-poorly-executed-presentation-of-an-otherwise-interesting-concept#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 03:30:53 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=30808 Chop Chop (Rony Patel, 2020) 1 out of 4 stars. Director Rony Patel feature-film debut, Chop Chop, offers an utterly confusing and lackluster story that misses the mark on almost all elements of cinematic form. As a concept, Chop Chop seems as if it has the potential to balance both a comedic and horrific tone, […]

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Film Review: “Time” May Feel Brief, but Its Message Is Infinite https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-time-may-feel-brief-but-its-message-is-infinite https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-time-may-feel-brief-but-its-message-is-infinite#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:39:31 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=28699 Time (Garrett Bradley, 2020) 2½ out of 4 stars. Fox Rich is a woman who understands time like no other. Spending the last two decades raising her six sons on her own after her husband was sentenced to 60 years in prison for a botched bank robbery, every single minute to Rich feels like a […]

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Film Review: Walton Goggins Channels Absolute Mysticism and Buffoonery in “John Bronco” https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-walton-goggins-channels-absolute-mysticism-and-buffoonery-in-john-bronco https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-walton-goggins-channels-absolute-mysticism-and-buffoonery-in-john-bronco#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 21:15:51 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=28605 John Bronco (Jake Szymanski, 2020) 4 out 4 stars. In a year of pandemic carnage, social unrest and political corruption, a year that cannot end soon enough, I am more than happy to accept the new Hulu mockumentary short, John Bronco. John Bronco, portrayed by Walton Goggins (Them That Follow), is the salesman to end all […]

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Film Review: “S#!%house” Offers Sweet College Dramedy https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-shouse-offers-sweet-college-dramedy https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-shouse-offers-sweet-college-dramedy#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 01:30:14 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=28028 S#!%house (Cooper Raiff, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. In Cooper Raiff’s debut feature, S#!%house, the writer/director/star plays Alex, a college freshman whose first year away from home is not going as he had hoped. Originally from Texas, he now finds himself in Los Angeles, at Occidental College, where his social awkwardness does not help […]

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Film Review: “Honest Thief” Is a Fun Ride with an Overly Familiar Destination https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-honest-thief-is-a-fun-ride-with-an-overly-familiar-destination https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-honest-thief-is-a-fun-ride-with-an-overly-familiar-destination#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 01:07:17 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=28020 Honest Thief (Mark Williams, 2020) 2 out of 4 stars. In his latest movie, Honest Thief, Liam Neeson is given yet another chance to fill the role of our ideal action hero. Focusing on a former bank robber named Tom who decides to turn himself in after falling in love, the movie tells a story […]

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Series Review: “Social Distance” Draws Us Closer with Each Episode https://filmfestivaltoday.com/breaking/series-review-social-distance-draws-us-closer-with-each-episode https://filmfestivaltoday.com/breaking/series-review-social-distance-draws-us-closer-with-each-episode#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2020 01:17:38 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=27348 Social Distance (Hilary Weisman Graham = creator, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. A Netflix anthology series made up of 8 approximately 20-minute episodes, Social Distance, from creator Hilary Weisman Graham (a producer on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black), sets its different narratives against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic, each one focusing […]

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Film Review: “The Mortuary Collection” Reestablishes the Horror Anthology Archetype with a Fun and Creepy Tone https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-mortuary-collection-reestablishes-the-horror-anthology-archetype-with-a-fun-and-creepy-tone https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-mortuary-collection-reestablishes-the-horror-anthology-archetype-with-a-fun-and-creepy-tone#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2020 01:08:14 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=27340 The Mortuary Collection (Ryan Spindell, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. While it should be noted that the horror anthology subgenre seems to make an appearance once a year around Halloween time, The Mortuary Collection hits the screen with all the nostalgia and thrill of the classic anthology pieces (immediately I am reminded of Tales […]

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Film Review: “The Complex: Lockdown” Deviates from its Interactive Video Game Roots and Suffers the Consequences https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-complex-lockdown-deviates-from-its-interactive-video-game-roots-and-suffers-the-consequences https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-complex-lockdown-deviates-from-its-interactive-video-game-roots-and-suffers-the-consequences#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:28:56 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=26492 The Complex: Lockdown (Paul Raschid, 2020) 2 out of 4 stars. Very rarely does a video game-based film rise to the occasion and match (or surpass) the quality and visual awe of its predecessor, often falling short and creating a less appealing version of the story. With The Complex: Lockdown, director Paul Raschid (White Chamber) […]

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Interview with “The Wall of Mexico” Stars Carmela Zumbado and Marisol Sacramento https://filmfestivaltoday.com/interviews/interview-with-the-wall-of-mexico-stars-carmela-zumbado-and-marisol-sacramento https://filmfestivaltoday.com/interviews/interview-with-the-wall-of-mexico-stars-carmela-zumbado-and-marisol-sacramento#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:21:49 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=26451 I recently had the opportunity to speak with actresses Carmela Zumbado and Marisol Sacramento about The Wall of Mexico, a film in which they both star. In the movie, a wealthy Mexican-American family builds a wall to stop the impoverished townspeople from stealing their well water, which supposedly has special properties. The film is an […]

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Newport Beach Film Festival Review: “Where Is Nancy?” Explores the Personal Life and Tragic Outcome of Nancy Paulikas https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-where-is-nancy-explores-the-personal-life-and-tragic-outcome-of-nancy-paulikas https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-where-is-nancy-explores-the-personal-life-and-tragic-outcome-of-nancy-paulikas#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:57:59 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=26442 Where Is Nancy? (Thiago Dadalt, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. A film about the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease, Where is Nancy? strikes a cord with viewers who have personal ties or know people who suffer from the condition. Audiences who have seen loved ones struggle with Alzheimer’s, or any disease that warps the minds […]

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Film Review: “The Forty-Year-Old Version” May Be Long of Tooth, but Still Bites Hard https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-forty-year-old-version-may-be-long-of-tooth-but-still-bites-hard https://filmfestivaltoday.com/film-reviews/film-review-the-forty-year-old-version-may-be-long-of-tooth-but-still-bites-hard#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:32:11 +0000 https://filmfestivaltoday.com/?p=23532 The Forty-Year-Old Version (Radha Blank, 2020) 3 out of 4 stars. Writer/director/star Radha Blank, making her feature debut with The Forty-Year-Old Version, leads an appealing ensemble through an often entertaining – sometimes less so – meditation on the challenges of getting older as an African American woman facing multiple hurdles to success. Though the obstacles […]

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