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Capernaum

By |02/28/2019|

Nadine Labaki's third feature film, the Oscar nominated Lebanese film "Capernaum", is a bleak and deeply disturbing neo-realist film that is unpleasant and emotionally draining to endure, but also essential [...]

Climax

By |02/28/2019|

French provocateur Gaspar Noe is back with his new film "Climax", and this time the film ironically received far less boos and backlash that he is used to. Even with [...]

Road to the Oscars: 2019 Predictions

By |02/22/2019|

This insane Oscar season finally comes to an end this Sunday night, which will not have a host and, after so much controversies and mix-ups, all 24 categories will be [...]

1st Annual Defacto Film Awards: Robert Butler’s Picks

By |02/22/2019|

To celebrate the Oscars, I am pleased to announce the Best of 2018 nominees and winners in fourteen categories. I selected the top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, [...]

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

By |02/22/2019|

It’s easy to remember the days when DreamWorks wasn’t necessarily the highest standard for animated family fare. Back in its early days, they were known for essentially making mockbusters of [...]

Road to the Oscars: Alfonso Cuarón Retrospective

By |02/21/2019|

Alfonso Cuarón is a pure filmmaking genius. He's directed a total of 8 very impressive feature films. I've seen every single one, and everyone is impressive in their own right. [...]

Isn’t It Romantic

By |02/16/2019|

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead! Romantic comedies have been a staple in the film industry since the very beginning. The classic story of man meets woman is part of everyday life, and [...]

Happy Death Day 2U

By |02/15/2019|

It hasn’t even been two years since the surprisingly good Happy Death Day, from Universal and Blumhouse, hit theaters. From the initial trailers, it seemed like a slasher version of [...]

Alita: Battle Angel

By |02/14/2019|

After being stuck in production limbo for nearly 20 years, the long-awaited big screen adaption of the classic manga has finally arrived. Penned by James Cameron and directed by Robert [...]

Road to the Oscars: Paul Schrader Retrospective

By |02/14/2019|

With many stellar screenplays in his array that include Sydney Pollack's "The Yakuza" (1975), Brian De Palma's "Obsession" (1976), Johnny Flynn's "Rolling Thunder" (1978), Peter Weir's "The Mosquito Coast"(1986), Martin [...]