The premise of “Cryptozoo” (2021) appears simple. Lauren (Lake Bell) tries to help capture the Baku, a dream-eating cryptid, and then the moral dilemma of, “should we put these creatures on display or should they remain hidden” arises. Lauren goes on her quest with a gorgon named Phoebe (Angeliki Papoulia). Continue reading Sundance Review: “Cryptozoo”
Call me the worst feminist stereotype you can think of, but I’m glad that female rage and revenge are starting to be a big thing in movies. So you’d think I would be just the audience for “Amulet,” a horror film that’s also the feature directorial debut of actress Romola Garai no less. Alas, while the movie exudes a whole lot of righteous, well-earned anger, without a real focus it’s merely one nonsensical plot twist after another.
Tomaz (Alec Secareanu) is a former soldier whose past traumas have left him homeless. But a chance encounter (or maybe not so chancy) leads him to a rapidly decaying home, where a young woman named Magda (Carla Juri) is caring for her ailing mother. Continue reading Sundance Exclusive Review: Amulet