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Lost Girls and Love Hotels

Directed by William Olsson and written by Canadian author Catherine Hanrahan (adapting from her semi-autobiographical novel of the same name), Lost Girls and Love Hotels follows Margaret (Songbird’s Alexandra Daddario), an American with a steady job in Tokyo who fills in her loneliness with alcohol, one-night-stands, and kinky sex.  One evening, she crosses paths and has a sincere connection with a stoic gentleman named Kazu (Takehiro Hira).  Kazu doesn’t feel as enamoured as she does at first…

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Minari

In Minari, a Korean family travels from California to build a new homestead in Arkansas;  in hopes that they’ll be able to create a farm and make a decent living selling their culture’s food to local markets.  This premise, however, is merely a clothesline for writer/director Lee Isaac Chung to hang up different moments in this family’s life that will, eventually, piece together their memories and future.

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The Mauritanian

By: Jolie Featherstone Based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary,” The Mauritanian details the harrowing true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being imprisoned without charge – or any solid evidence – by the US government in the wake of September 11.

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The Vigil

Fans of last year’s spooky slow burn His House should be interested in Keith Thomas’ The Vigil as well, a bottled horror that has even more paranoid, claustrophobic dread also set against cultural values.

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Wrong Turn

Over the course of its direct-to-video sequels, the Wrong Turn franchise has built an impressive cult following;  starting with the fun 2003 original that gave viewers a surprising amount of thrills and kills.  But, it also fell back on a genre stereotype that even Wrong Turn fans have deemed rote – mangy country folk will always be portrayed as villains.  With 2021’s Wrong Turn, in an attempt to breathe life intro this outdated trope, director Mike…

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Synchronic

Written by Justin Benson and directed by Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Synchronic is the filmmakers’ follow-up to 2017’s The Endless and boasts the same brand of trippy, time-travelling science fiction.

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Paradise Cove

I can’t endorse Paradise Cove, but I also wouldn’t stop you from watching this trashy thriller about a homeless former model terrorizing a couple of homeowners who are new to the neighbourhood.  Before the film becomes unforgivably dumb, it’s a shameless guilty pleasure.

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Cowboys

Jillian Bell (Office Christmas Party) and Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman) play against their comedic type in Cowboys, a solid family drama that could also be interpreted as an unconventional buddy western between Zahn and young breakout Sasha Knight.