When a fragile and imaginative teenage girl enters a convent, her obsessions with blood, sainthood and comic book superheroes converge.
Despite being a film soaked in blood, obsessed with blood – blood noses, menstruation, miscarriage and stigmata – The Book of Birdie, the debut feature from UK-based writer-director Elizabeth E. Schuch manages to be lusciously pretty. It’s...
Fresh meat, same formula
For a franchise to make it to film number eight, it must be doing something right. And yet, for much of the Alien saga, most of what the franchise did was remind audiences of earlier, better films. The first was a monster movie classic, a...
There's plenty of gas in the tank of the action series, but the engine is running a little rough
Family. There’s so much family in this latest instalment of the Fast and the Furious franchise that for once Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) can’t handle it all.
Chris: Somebody gambled big on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and on one-time Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam. Gilliam of course directed Jabberwocky and Time Bandits before hitting the cult jackpot with his Orwellian fantasy Brazil....
'Harry Potter' offshoot packs a lot in, offers room to improve
It only takes one word to scare a fantasy film fan: “prequel”. Years of bitter experience has shown that, more often than not, prequels mean lazy storytelling, bloated run times, and the unmistakable feeling that making a buck was the first thing...