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Gloria Bell

By |03/22/2019|

Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio's US remake of his 2013 Chilian romantic dramedy "Gloria" is surprisingly a radiant joy that succeeds and actually exceeds the original. Little often do Hollywood remakes [...]

Birds of Passage

By |03/21/2019|

Part gritty crime drama with the execution of a origin story that plays out like a ethnographic documentary, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's follow-up to the Oscar nominated "Embrace of the [...]

Everybody Knows

By |03/14/2019|

Dramatically involving and multilayered in theme and tone, "Everybody Knows" is every bit as deeply compelling and engaging as Iranian auteur Asghar Faradhi's previous films that include the two Oscar [...]

Never Look Away

By |03/06/2019|

Each year the Academy Awards nominates that one handsomely polished Best Foreign Language film that ends up being very schmaltzy and contrived, and most of the time they are just [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]