DVD Review: ‘Snowtown’

★★★★★ What the hell happened to sunny Australia? Starting with Greg Mclean’s chillingly bleak Wolf Creek (2005), continuing with David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom (2010) and seen most recently in Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown (2011), Australian cinema now seems fixated with grim portrayals of life down under. Kurzel’s debut, now available to own Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Take Shelter’

★★★★★ Following his assured 2007 debut Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols asserts himself as a major new voice in American cinema and with Take Shelter (2011) may have crafted his first masterpiece. Unfolding as a dark fable for our times, the film follows Michael Shannon’s Curtis as he begins to Continue Reading