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CFF Review: Bryan Connolly’s Charming Indie Comedy ‘Make Popular Movies’ Punches Up at Hollywood

One of the most exciting things about independent movies is being able to bring to life a concept that big studios wouldn’t fund, such as Bryan Connolly’s scathingly accurate satire of the Hollywood film industry Make Popular Movies. After opening with an absurdist skit involving a disruptive gorilla in a theater, which turns out to be a shoot for a […]

Sundance Review: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead Dig Deeper With ‘Something in the Dirt’

There’s few voices in independent film who can weave a cinematic universe with enough depth to rival some of Hollywood’s biggest studios in terms of layered storytelling spanning multiple movies, however it seems to be second nature to filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead who alongside their longtime producer David Lawson Jr. aim to do precisely this every time […]

Review: Matthias Schweighöfer’s ‘Army of Thieves’ Raises The Stakes and The Takes

A prequel that’s actually a traditional heist film not centered around zombies is something nobody could’ve expected upon watching Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead when it released earlier this year, but that’s exactly what audiences will be getting when Matthias Schweighöfer’s Army of Thieves hits Netflix on October 29. The film follows a young Ludwig Dieter, the oddball safe […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Casey Tebo’s ‘Black Friday’

Working retail during the yearly “Black Friday” sales that in modern times start on Thanksgiving night is something almost anyone would agree is a nightmare. In Casey Tebo’s darkly comedic holiday horror film Black Friday it’s taken to the extreme, as this year’s festive bargain hunting is interrupted by a meteor shower that ends up unleashing a parasitic alien life […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Charles Dorfman’s ‘Barbarians’

Movies centered around dinner parties are always interesting to behold because they can go in so many different directions, and Charles Dorfman’s debut feature Barbarians is certainly no exception. Here the filmmakers opted to go in multiple ways instead of just one, which works surprisingly great at keeping the viewer on their toes. The film is split into chapters, the […]

Review: Mandibles

There are very few people in the industry quite like Quentin Dupieux who has made a career out of telling wholly original stories unlike anything else out there. From “Rubber,” a movie about a serial killer tire, to “Deerskin,” a film about a man who buys a deerskin jacket that convinces him that he should be the only one in […]

CFF Review: Robert G. Putka’s ‘Mister Limbo’

A meandering yet meaningful exploration of what it means to be “a good person” in a world filled with so much moral grey area, Robert G. Putka’s “Mister Limbo” is a heartfelt mumblecore dramedy set in a surreal desert wasteland. Though it’s setting is fairly fantastical it doesn’t rely on visual effects or lean too heavily on the gimmick of […]