No one asked for a reboot of Ben-Hur, one of the greatest cinematic and religious epics ever made, so I suppose the best that can be said about a loose remake helmed by the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is that it isn’t consistently awful.
While it doesn’t exactly elevate the usually routine trappings of stories featuring delinquent teens struggling to find their way in the world, the French drama Standing Tall makes up for its use of clichés by way of strong direction, well honed performances, and a sense of dramatic depth.
A terse family drama that increasingly gives way to a more intense psychological thriller, Edge of Winter, the debut feature from filmmaker Rob Connolly, takes a simple approach to a simple idea and results in a simple, but well mounted film.
Two time Oscar winning documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County U.S.A., American Dream) takes a look at a soul singer battling cancer and the stresses brought on by rising success in the crowd pleasing, but remarkably well rounded film Miss Sharon Jones!.
Unlocking the Cage, the latest documentary from acclaimed veteran filmmaking duo Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, takes a look at one man’s quest to grant certain animals the same rights as human beings.
The sundrenched and dirt-caked crime drama Hell or High Water doesn’t break a lot of new ground when it comes to modern day neo-noir, and it doesn’t need to.
The stop motion animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings might not be the best offering from the perpetually underrated Laika animation studios, but it still boasts more stunning visuals and wild imagination than most any other high concept adventure this summer.
For his debut feature, Edge of Winter (in select Canadian cities this Friday, July 19), American filmmaker Rob Connolly took …