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‘Son of Saul’ tackles the Holocaust at a new angle

‘Son of Saul’ tackles the Holocaust at a new angle

Aidan Watson-Morris

March 12, 2016

Is there a genre more repugnant than holocaust kitsch? The commercial exploitation of the atrocities committed under the Third Reich rarely offers fresh political or moral insight. It is a cheap means of circumventing creativity or controversy, for who needs creativity when the stories can be endl...

‘Mustang’ rides strong

‘Mustang’ rides strong

Aidan Watson-Morris

January 26, 2016

“Mustang” opens with the line, “It’s like everything changed in the blink of an eye,” and it’s appropriate. When the innocent beach play of five orphaned sisters living in small-town Turkey is misconstrued by the community as sexual deviancy, their uncle suddenly forces them to live in...

The Green Inferno (2015) by Eli Roth

October 7, 2015

Courtesy of Blumhouse Productions ★★★1/2 If you’re a lover of gore porn, Eli Roth’s Green Inferno will satisfy your thirst for blood, guts and absurdity. The story begins as a group of eager college activists travel to Peru to stop the destruction of the rainforest and the native...

Review: ‘Phoenix’

September 22, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Relatively slow-moving and sparse in plot points, “Phoenix” is thick with the kind of tension that will test your patience, culminating in a way that risks leaving some viewers underwhelmed in the hopes that most will be satisfied. The film begins with its m...

“The Gunman” fires a blank Sean Penn movie shoots itself in the foot

April 7, 2015

A movie that is bad is one thing; a movie that’s both bad and boring is something entirely different. Sadly, this is the ultimate outcome of Sean Penn’s strange outing as an action hero. Penn, who normally finds himself in polarizing movies such as “Milk,” is comically miscast in direc...