Month: May 2016

The Idol (2016)

“The Idol” Movie Review By Daniel Barnes

  The Idol (2016; Hany Abu-Assad) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad garnered Best Foreign Film Oscar nominations for his terrorist dramas Paradise Now and Omar, both mediocre efforts elevated by their presumed hot-button timeliness.  Abu-Assad’s latest film The Idol is something different: an intentionally […]

“High-Rise” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

High-Rise (2016; Ben Wheatley) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 13, in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Rafael. A barbecued dog is an appetizer here, human flank steak the main course, with a buffet line of sociopathic consumption and apocalyptic class war in between. Director/co-editor Wheatley […]

“Neon Bull” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

Neon Bull (2016; Gabriel Mascaro) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes A documentary filmmaker making only his second narrative feature, writer-director Mascaro invests the entrancing and upsetting Neon Bull with equal parts lived-in authenticity and dreamlike beauty. Neon Bull follows a surrogate family of cowhands and entertainers at the […]

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