Film Review: ‘Beyond the Hills’

★★★★☆ Awarded the coveted Palme d’Or prize back in 2007 for the desperately melancholic, Bucharest-set 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu returns to our shores this week with Beyond the Hills (După dealuri, 2012), a slow-burning satire of groupthink and religious indoctrination. Jettisoning some Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Maniac’

★★★☆☆ We’re not in the Shire anymore, Mr. Frodo. Former hobbit Elijah Wood cuts an immeasurably darker figure in Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (2012), a remake of William Lustwig’s original 1981 horror. Reminiscent of Wood’s homicidal turn as psychopath Kevin in 2005’s Sin City, here we are presented with a deeply disturbed Continue Reading