Review: Black Bear

Director: Lawrence Michael Lavine Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon If Aubrey Plaza's against-type performance in festive charmer Happiest Season hinted at her abilities in a more serious role, Black Bear brings that promise to fruition. That she appears here in a three-hander with Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon only adds to the film's cache. … Continue reading Review: Black Bear

Review: Vampires vs the Bronx

Director: Oz Rodriguez Stars: Jaden Michael, Sarah Gadon, Imani Lewis There are strong Attack the Block vibes coming off of this New York teen-horror picture new to Netflix. Set within the neighbourhood of the title, Oz Rodriguez's playful feature takes aim at opportunistic real estate firms buying up properties to wholesale gentrify urban communities. Capitalist … Continue reading Review: Vampires vs the Bronx

Review: Enemy

Like that bit in Akira where the long-frozen pod cracks and Tetsuo gets to discover the truth about the government's secret project, Denis Villeneuve's Enemy finally gets a UK cinema release - two years after production and 11 months after it's US run. Whether it was shelved due to thematic similarities to Richard Aoyade's The Double or whether … Continue reading Review: Enemy

Review: Maps To The Stars

Maps To The Stars seems to cement David Cronenberg moving into a new third phase in his career. Having made a name for himself in the 70's and 80's with provocative and perverse body horror pictures, his output since has been almost entirely literary, adapting disparate or 'unfilmable' source materials (his last self-written film was 1999's eXistenZ). … Continue reading Review: Maps To The Stars