Film Festivals

AFI Fest Review: Hostiles – Still Unforgiven After 25 Years

Unforgiven wrote the book on postmodern westerns. There’ve been better and worse varieties since then. The Quick and the Dead and Open Range are personal favorites, while Wyatt Earp and The Assa...

Ithaca Fantastik: Franchise Fred Returns To Ithaca

The city of Ithaca opened my cinematic world in many ways, so it was fitting that I returned as a professional journalist to cover The Ithaca Fantastik film festival. I got my degree at Ithaca College...

Ithaca Fantastik Review: Inflame Ignites With Unease

Inflame is based on a true story but it need not be. It could just as well be an ambiguous portrait of a woman dealing with mundane circumstances that become extraordinary before she realizes it. Hasr...

AFI Fest Review: ‘I, Tonya’ Trashes The Competition

There’s something great about seeing a biopic that leans into the irony and allows supposed facts to contradict themselves. I, Tonya focuses on the life of the infamous American figure skater Tonya Ha...

8 Great

AFI Fest Review: Thoroughbreds – Thoroughfred Approves

Thoroughbreds is a female friendship movie with balls. This is not the Disneyfied version of teenage girls coming of age together. If it were that, Thoroughbreds would probably not be a movie for Sund...

AFI Fest Review: ‘In The Fade’ Tackles Topical Drama Well Enough

There’s an awful lot of satisfaction to get from seeing punishment given to those partaking in ugly ideological practices in movies. In the Fade delivers that sort of drama by placing its lead charact...

7 Good

Ithaca Fantastik Review: Hagazussa – It’s Art, Man

When I heard that Hagazussa was the director’s thesis film, it felt appropriate to be watching it at Ithaca Fantastik. Here I am back in Ithaca watching student films again! In four parts, Albru...

AFI Fest 2017: I, Tonya Review

Ashley Menzel reviews I, Tonya which tells the story of the famed figure skating icon, Tonya Harding & the event that changed her life.

9 Amazing

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