New Mortal Kombat a brutal and bloody disappointment

New Mortal Kombat a brutal and bloody disappointment

There is a moment in the new Mortal Kombat where I wished I could have watched the film in a sold-out auditorium on opening night. There's this beat that happens right before the titanic confrontation everyone has been waiting for. An iconic catchphrase i

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Trust and collaboration: Filmmaker Ben Sharrock on rising to the challenge with his hard-hitting refugee drama Limbo

Trust and collaboration: Filmmaker Ben Sharrock on rising to the challenge with his hard-hitting refugee drama Limbo

Ben Sharrock's Limbo is a work of ethereal beauty. Funny, charming, moving, tragic, and emotionally pure, this marvelous gem of an immigration drama is as irresistible as it is unforgettable.

Haunted house drama The Banishing a supernatural disappointment

Haunted house drama The Banishing a supernatural disappointment

Can a 30-second scene right at the tail end of a motion picture derail what had been up to that point 90 minutes of solidly creepy, emotionally authentic, old-school haunted house fun? Christopher Smith's suitably atmospheric supernatural suspense yarn Th

Gory County Hell is a goofy good time

Gory County Hell is a goofy good time

The claim to fame for the tiny Irish township of Six Mile Hill is that it is the fabled gravesite for Abhartach. Local lore is that this demonic villain was the true vampire that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Niceness prevails in heroically silly Thunder Force

Niceness prevails in heroically silly Thunder Force

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Six Minutes to Midnight a serviceable historical thriller

Six Minutes to Midnight a serviceable historical thriller

SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT PVOD / Theaters

2021 Seattle International Film Festival: 10 Questions with SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett

2021 Seattle International Film Festival: 10 Questions with SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett

After one year's forced hiatus courtesy of COVID-19, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) returned last night with a gala digital screening of the Australian neo-noir murder mystery The Dry staring Eric Bana. Running through April 18, this year'

Voyagers a sci-fi trip into the emotionally twitterpated unknown

Voyagers a sci-fi trip into the emotionally twitterpated unknown

After a somewhat rushed and lumpy start, Neil Burger's science fiction thriller Voyagers, an interstellar Lord of the Flies, rights the ship and ends up in an emotionally satisfying place. While almost none of what transpires is a surprise, the film is so

Efficient Nobody packs a brutally violent punch

Efficient Nobody packs a brutally violent punch

Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is a quiet man. He goes through the monotonous drudgery of his day-to-day life because he thinks that's what is best to ensure the happiness of his wife Becca (Connie Nielsen), son Blake (Gage Munroe) and daughter Abby (Paisle

Colorful Godzilla vs. Kong a monstrous success

Colorful Godzilla vs. Kong a monstrous success

GODZILLA VS. KING KONG Theaters / HBO Max For those who thought there wasn't enough kaiju action in 2014's Godzilla or who felt the clashes between classic Toho favorites in 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters was too shrouded in darkness, mist, and ra

Nonbinary short film review: Ignorant Creatures

Nonbinary short film review: Ignorant Creatures

IGNORANT CREATURES YouTube On Friday, March 26, Little Grey Cat and Blanket Fort Films released Ignorant Creatures, a short film about a nonbinary person who struggles with coming out at work. The film dives into how members of the LGBTQIA community cope

Gory horror-comedy Slaxx worth trying on for size

Gory horror-comedy Slaxx worth trying on for size

Unlike Peter Strickland's magnificent In Fabric, also about seemingly sentient clothing that destroys anyone who wears it, Kephart and Gomez aren't entirely successful in making all of their social and political points. While they do hit the majority of t

Convoluted Cosmic Sin a misbegotten sci-fi mess

Convoluted Cosmic Sin a misbegotten sci-fi mess

Centuries from now, humanity has spread across the cosmos. On a distant planet on the outer edges of the known universe, a small mining survey team has made first contact with an alien race. Rounds are fired and chaos ensues. No one can ascertain who shot