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Movie Review: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ – ‘Alien’ and a Ticket for a Tat


If you were at the NuArt Theater in Los Angeles on May 15 or 16, you could have gotten a ticket for a tat. If that tattoo was based on the work of H.R. Giger, that is, and you wanted to see the premiere of 'Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World.' H.R. Giger was a relatively obscure surrealist artist until 1979 when the world saw his design work in Ridley Scott’s 'Alien'. From that moment, the world of science fiction and horror, rock music album covers, punk and goth culture, and tattoos and fetish art was changed forever. Read More »

Movie Review: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

Clouds of Sils Maria-IFC Films

Assaya’s talent for cleverly depicting the complex insecurities of these women makes for mesmeric storytelling in 'Clouds of Sils Maria.' Read More »

Movie Review: George Miller’s Spectacular ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’


George Miller makes a triumphant return to the genre he created. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Pound of Flesh’ Premiere with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Princes, and Vine Stars


like most action films, the stakes get higher and the problems multiply as the heroes get closer to their goal. But the challenges in 'Pound of Flesh' are not only physical, but moral. The ultimate obstacle is not physical at all. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad

The Wedding Ringer, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

"The Wedding Ringer" mistakes vulgarity for comedy. Read More »

2015 Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Palio’ in Its World Premiere

'Palio,' Cosima Spender, Siena, Italy, Tribeca Film Festival World Primere 2015

The Palio, the phenomenal horse race which has been held every summer since 1238 in Siena, Italy is indescribable in its beauty, its corruptions and its excitement. The Palio's culture and the strategies necessary to understand in order to win the race have been like following a dark passage into the arcane unknown, until now. Read More »

2015 Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Bridgend’ in Its North American Premiere

'Bridgend,' Josh O'Connor, Hannah Murray, Tribeca Film Festival 2015

When mysterious suicides bring an inspector and his daughter Sara to the town of Bridgend, Wales, there is no respite for the father and daughter. Both caught up in the evil atmospheres of the town and the surrounding dark forests. Sara becomes estranged from her father and the inspector grows more tyrannical as the situation moves from bad to worse. There is no explanation why teens are killing themselves and everyone wonders who will be next. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – Marvel and Whedon Are the Real Dynamic Duo

Avengers Age of Ultron

Another impressively well written, structured and acted film from the "Marvel universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron" will not disappoint the fans. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu- Three Crime Dramas’ by Yasijuro Ozu

Courtesy The Criterion Collection

Effortlessly cool and smooth crime dramas from a Japanese master that prove great storytelling on film does not require either color or sound. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: Panna Rittikrai’s ‘Vengeance of an Assassin’

Panna Rittikrai, Vengeance of an Assassin, Tony Jaa, Ong Bak, Muy Thai

Wait until you see what happens when a Jeep, a helicopter, and a train get into a fight in "Vengeance of an Assassin" Read More »