*After a 2014 dominated by revenge narratives, Argentinean director Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Wild Tales is the revenge film to end all revenge films, a glorious and bonkers blast of visual creativity and storytelling energy, and one of the most purely entertaining films of the year.
*The San Antonio Current published a slightly different edit of my Wild Tales review.
*David Cameron Mitchell’s deeply unsettling and nightmarishly lucid horror film It Follows feels like Texas Chainsaw Tobe Hooper directing a Richard Linklater rewrite of Under the Skin.
*Although its Sacramento premiere was pushed back, the Israeli courtroom drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem is still a minimalist and moving combination of A Separation and Anatomy of a Murder.
*TV and music video director Yann Demange makes an extremely promising feature debut with the harrowing thriller ’71.
*The slick but superficial Russian hockey documentary Red Army is a 76-minute feature in search of a short film.
*Run All Night has Liam Neeson once again playing a seemingly washed-up alcoholic and deadbeat dad who secretly possesses a particular set of skills, most of which revolve around the ancient art of wasting fools.
*The well-intentioned but shameless anti-bullying drama A Girl Like Her attempts an ill-conceived blend of found footage and faux documentary that never works.