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Jason Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori in The Long Dumb Road

SIFF Review: The Long Dumb Road

The Long Dumb Road is, mostly, great fun. So let’s start with the great fun, but stay tuned for that “mostly,” because it’s a big one. The movie, directed by Hannah Fidell, is a worthy iteration of the mismatched buddy road-trip comedy with the added bonus of starring two comedic actors—Jason Mantzoukas from The Good […]

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Naples in Veils

SIFF 2018: week three highlights

A buzzy comedy debut by Boots Riley, a tidy British melodrama starring m’lady Emma Thompson, and an irresistibly glorious Italian murder-mystery are among the must-sees of SIFF 2018’s final week and closing weekend (6/1 – 6/10). DON’T MISS: The Children Act {6/3 12p Uptown} Emma Thompson’s beautifully restrained performance elevates this (mostly) intriguing BBC Films production, […]

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Anita, Little Tito, and Uncle Tito in front of a pop-up sci-fi tent

SIFF Take: Little Tito and the Aliens

Anita and Tito’s loving and eccentric father has recently died, and he’s sent them to live with their significantly more eccentric uncle who’s stranded himself very deliberately out in the desert near Area 51 to do either Mysterious Scientific Things or possibly Nothing Much (it’s hard to say), and who is in nearly as much […]

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Nico on stage

SIFF Review: Nico, 1988

First, let’s talk about the movie. Then let’s talk about a little bit about feminist film. Ok, so do you know who Nico is? I’ve been sort of aware of her forever but I’m not steeped in Nico lore, so if you’re an acolyte already, you can skip ahead a bit. Or just skip this […]

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Virus Tropical

SIFF 2018: week two highlights

Fresh coming-of-age dramas, a loving docu-tribute to Mr. Rogers, and a simply stunning animated feature are among the must-sees of SIFF 2018’s second week (5/25 – 5/31). DON’T MISS: Hot Mess {5/26 8p Shoreline} I’m sure you’ve known messier hot-messes than 25-year-old Loz, the budding playwright and college dropout at the center of this Australian […]

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Blue My Mind

SIFF Take: Blue My Mind

Mia’s a 15-year-old just like any other; she wants to hang with the popular girls, smoke cigarettes, make out with boys, drink, drop molly, and asphyxiate her friends for pleasure — HOLD UP A MINUTE. Either some things have changed dramatically since I was a teen, or Swiss teenagers are into some really kinky stuff. […]

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American Animals

SIFF 2018: week one highlights

Here we go again! Our annual celebration of cinematic overconsumption arrives tonight with The Bookshop – the beginning of a 25-day long-haul. And even if you’re not into the whole opening night soiree situation (I am really not), there’ll be plenty more to feast your eyes and ears and emotions on before the cinematic smorgasbord unspools […]

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Revenge SIFF 2018

SIFF Review: Revenge

HolyCRAP. I was not expecting Revenge to live up to its amazing hype, but it is absolutely worthy of every single bit of praise its getting from critics and fans. Aspiring actress Jen (Matilda Lutz – who was great in the otherwise dreadful Rings, but is AMAZING here) arrives with her super-rich, married boyfriend at […]

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Kristen Schaal and Vera Farmiga in Shana Feste's feature Boundaries

SIFF Take: Boundaries

In Boundaries, writer and director Shana Feste introduces us to Laura (Vera Farmiga): a woman working through some serious family boundary issues, and a rescuer of animals with special needs. Like, a LOT of them. Just when she’s feeling ready to be more independent, two things happen: her son, Henry, (Lewis MacDougall) gets kicked out […]

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