Scheme Birds just won Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca and with good reason. It’s a beautifully shot, often heartbreaking slice-of-life tale that quickly pulls the viewer in with its captivating lead, who we just want to see turn out okay by the end.
More than just a Training Day clone, Crown Vic is an at-times-thrilling police story that acutely conveys both the physical and emotional turmoil police officers must contend with every night that they take out that squad car.
Although I was gutted by the time it reached its conclusion, The Gasoline Thieves is an assured and tremendously strong feature debut from Edgar Nito, which fluidly blends a coming-of-age drama with a timely and socially conscious topic that has claimed hundreds of lives.
Something Else is an effective genre blend that will no doubt divide audiences with its focus on the relationship drama over the horror elements, but despite the overabundant hipster vibes and slow pacing, it’s an intriguing film with a few surprises and a handful of solid performances that ultimately delivers a satisfying conclusion.
It may be almost as messy as the trucks heading back from the Yacht Club, but movies like this are a gateway into the nooks and crannies of our country and serve as a sociological time capsule of this time and place.
Despite another quality release from Arrow, Scared Stiff is not a title I could see myself revisiting in the future, and even its over-the-top climax can’t save it from being a relatively mediocre experience, albeit one that I could see many other horror fans enjoying.