Review: Under the Shadow (2016)

An Iranian horror movie in the vein of The Babadook.

by Benjamín Harguindey

A remake of the Australian The Babadook (2014) – one of the few original indie horror films to break out into cult success these past few years – was almost bound to happen, but you probably thought you’d see the Hollywood version before Iran had a go at it. To be fair Under the Shadow (2016) isn’t exactly a remake, but it does take one too many cues from it.

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Review: Aquarius (2016)

Brazil’s 2nd #MDQFest entry houses a powerful female performance.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Continuing our coverage of the 31st Mar del Plata International Film Festival – specifically the International Competition – today we review another Brazilian movie (following Marco Dutra’s The Silent Sky), Aquarius by Kleber Mendonça Filho, which premiered earlier this year at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (causing some controversy while at it by publically denouncing the impeachment of then-president Dilma Rouseff).

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Review: La reconquista (2016)

The evolution of Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba.

by Marina González

La reconquista (The Reconquest, 2016) participated in the official selection of the 64th San Sebastián Film Festival; now the Spanish movie competes in the 31st edition of the Mar de Plata International Film Festival, as part of the International Competition lineup.

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31° Mar del Plata Film Festival Chronicle #1

Don’t you just love it when you don’t have to score a review.

by Benjamín Harguindey

The 31st Mar del Plata International Film Festival is currently on its fifth running day. Lovely as it would be to cover all 36 competing feature-length movies across the three main categories in a 10-day span, we must compromise and as usual default to the International Competition, which after all climaxes in the festival’s top prize – the Golden Astor (in honor of tango composer Astor Piazzolla). So here’re some choice picks from the International Competition.

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Review: Don’t Breathe (2016)

In the land of the dark, the silver screen is king.

By Iñaki Oñate

Uruguayan film director (and Sam Raimi prótegé) Federico Álvarez reminds us of the power of cinema with an outstanding horror film that reinvigorates not only the genre but the possibilities of storytelling.

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Review: The Neon Demon (2016)

Women and violence in a fashionable light.

by Lisa Nieri

The Neon Demon (2016) opened in theatres a few months back this year. However late, it’s definitely worth your list of “Movies You Should Have Already Seen”. The film is the very personal point view of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, one of the main cinematic auteurs who keep giving something to talk about. He’s the kind of director who can make even the most violent scenes look beautiful.

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Review: Lady Macbeth (2016)

From the annals of the Bath Film Festival

by Joanna van der Veen

Lady Macbeth (2016) is a strange and captivating film: a hybrid that could be variously categorised as gothic period drama, cold-blooded thriller or noir-tinged romance.

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