‘Calibre’ Is a Mean, Hollow Thriller of the Lowest… Caliber

Matt Palmer’s feature-length writer-director debut Calibre is a film that flirts at two particular things and/or identities. First, its intriguing and poetic socioeconomic subtext hints at a greater meaning to be extracted, making its relatively familiar setup less familiar. Vaughn (Jack Lowden) is a father-to-be, and a lifelong pal of his, Marcus (Martin McCann), takes…

‘Gemini,’ and the Two Appropriately Diametrically Opposed Reactions That Followed

Aaron Katz’s latest writer-director venture Gemini begins with one of cinema’s most recognizable visual cues for the inescapable feeling of “something’s not quite right”: an upside-down shot. Immediately, as we look upon the palm trees silhouetted against a darkened dusk sky, we are drawn to the notion that something, whatever tangible or philosophical something that…

The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

Half the year gone once more, and in comparison to last year, it’s been… kind of strange. Specifically 2018, cinematically speaking, has been a tough reminder that wherever you go, whether it be a movie theater, VOD or streaming subscription service platform, bad movies will always find you. Last year, I went out to the…

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ – Just… Why?

Some movies’ existences perplex you so profoundly aside from the content contextualizing the questions you may have, even if said movie were a sequel to a film you generally or genuinely enjoyed. Case in point: what earthly reason have we got for a sequel to Sicario? The easy answer is that Lionsgate – when they…