Reviews

Writer/director Garin Hovannisian’s Truth to Power, a new documentary on System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, will likely entrance fans of the band looking to get an in-depth tale of the politically-active singer and musician, but anyone else in search of a focused tale will find the film desperately lacking.

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‘Minari’ is an instant American Classic about the American Dream to a Korean family finding themselves cultivating a farm in rural Arkansas.

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‘Nomadland’ is a stunning character study incorporating meditations on aging, legacy, industrialization, and the vanishing American middle class.

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The latest film from Adam Egypt Mortimer, ‘Archenemy’ (out February 16 on DVD and Blu-ray from RLJE Films), sees the writer/director once again applying his independent lens to a new genre.

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This distasteful witch trial horror offering from Neil Marshall has a heavy-handed tone, clunky dialogue, and a refusal to concede to the realities of basic human physiology.

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‘The Night’ starts strong following the story of a married couple with many issues trapped inside a haunted hotel. Kourosh Ahari sets up his film well, but things take a turn for the worse with a complicated direction in the second half.

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‘Savage State’ is narratively vacant, historically nonsensical, and emotionally barren. Skip it.

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A gritty meditation on class, globalization, family, and destiny, ‘The White Tiger’ is the story of one man’s struggle with his destiny.

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Were it not for the fact that it’s drenched in violence, blood, and assorted alien fluids, the heart of ‘Psycho Goreman’ makes it charming enough to watch with your kids.

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It’s great to see that the rockers featured in the documentary really seem to enjoy getting to interact with fans on this level, where they’re kinda / sorta peers, but even those interviews come across more as advertising fodder for the camp, rather than digging deeply into what it means for them personally.

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‘Promising Young Woman’ is an exploration of sexual assault and accountability in a post-#MeToo era aware of the present yet largely foggy on the past.

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‘Greenland’ is an emotional, prescient suspense drama that’s got no right being as good as it is.

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There’s a lot to take from Steve Byrne’s ‘The Opening Act,’ but the main takeaway is if you’re willing to take a chance, enjoy it while it lasts, rather than worrying about what happens if it doesn’t go exactly as planned.

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The superhero genre gets darker in Adam Egypt Mortimer’s newest feature Archenemy. To get out of a world of hyper-violent crime, two teenagers partner with a drunken man who claims to be a superhero from another dimension.

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‘Dear Santa’ examines Santa’s helpers, hundreds of volunteers and postal workers who make sure the letters to the Big Guy become Christmas wishes to remember.

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