Outside of maybe The Babadook, It Follows is probably the most critically revered indie horror movie of recent years. As with most horror, the less you know going in, the better.
So there's this actor, right? And usually he's all reserved and British and Oscar-y, but this one time he made a movie with the director from Kick-Ass and he was all kicking and shooting and, well, maybe still a bit Oscar-y (but we won't hold that against him). And explosions! And a lady with knives for feet! And Samuel L. Jackson! And I rest my case.
No No, a biographical documentary about 1971 MLB all-star pitcher Dock Ellis, premiered at Sundance to rave reviews and currently sports a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Ellis is most famous for having thrown a no-hitter while allegedly tripping on LSD (wonderfully animated in a mini-documentary that's freely available on YouTube), and of course No No takes its name from that incident, but also builds a surprisingly rich portrait of a man and his times, of his addictions and his place in the changing cultural landscape of baseball and of America. Recommended.
The Soviet hockey team was one of the most dominant dynasties in sports history. Get the whole inside story in this riveting, crowd-pleasing documentary focusing on captain Slava Fetisov. Na zdorovie!
On the other hand, it really seems like Hollywood dropped the ball on this whole Tony Jaa thing. Now, I'm a bigger Dolph Lundgren fan than most self-respecting film buffs will admit to in public. But Tony Jaa is two short steps from the kind of A-List headline starpower that Jet Li and Jackie Chan had at their peaks and should in no way be relegated to direct-to-video, even if Dolph Lundgren is awesome.
How can I convince you of the merits of Spring? If I say it's an effective indie horror-romance hybrid, it's bound to conjure images of so many cut rate Shaun of the Dead knock-offs. If I so much as utter the words "Paranormal Romance" I ... Wait! No, wait! Really! Come back! It's good! Okay... whew... let's see, one more try.... How about this: imagine Richard Linklater's arthouse-beloved Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight as conceived and directed by pre-Videodrome-era David Cronenberg. "Hey now! I'd watch that, if such a thing existed," you say. Well, I have good news for you...
That's right: It's a documentary all about Sriracha-brand hot sauce. What more do you need to know?
Sweden's third-highest-grossing movie of all time, Felix Herngren's adaptation of the international bestseller played at this year's Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival, and scored universally positive press.
Yes, the trailer looked stupid. But while critics may have been divided, there were enough "quite clever"s (Christy Lemire) and "the gimmick works like gangbusters" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) amid the "substandard rubbish"s (Tirdad Derakhshani, Phildephia Inquirer) to suggest that, if not quite the find that It Follows was, it may be an above average horror movie.
Darling of the arthouses, director Noah Baumbach's latest adds another witty, thoughtful look at being witty and thoughtful to his no-longer-quite-so-small body of work. Starring Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried (as well as the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz), you know it will live up to his films' usual high standards for acting.