Cameron Fairchild

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Dear Tenant: An Earnest but Dour Social Drama (Review)

Dear Tenant conceals a straightforward social drama in the trappings of a nonlinear crime film, tackling homophobia and class relations with grace.

Wife of a Spy: The Harsh Light of Day (Review)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s love-letter to classic genre films radically integrates a stark stylistic departure from his inspirations.

Under the Open Sky: Kōji Yakusho Excels in Patient Drama (SIFF Review)

The legendary Japanese actor Kōji Yakusho invigorates Miwa Nishikawa’s Under the Open Sky, a sturdy but meandering adaptation of crime writer Ryūzō Saki’s novel “Mibuncho”.

Captains of Zaatari: Skimming the Surface of Refugee Camps (SIFF Review)

Captains of Zaatari is a sympathetic portrait of Syrian refugees, but it leaves the thorniest details of its subject on the sidelines.

Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace: Understanding Jan Švankmajer (SIFF Review)

In Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace, czech animator Jan Švankmajer makes for a fascinating subject in an otherwise routine about-the-artist documentary.

Caterpillars: Central African Republic Documentary Enlightens (SIFF Review)

In Caterpillars, documentarian Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino tells a slight but powerful story in the seldom-filmed Central African Republic.

Drive All Night: Dreamy Noir Takes a Few Wrong Turns (Cinequest Review)

Bay area director Peter Hsieh’s debut Drive All Night nails its neon noir aesthetic but suffers from an underdeveloped script.

The Funeral Home: Stylish Horror Marks a Solid Debut (Review)

The Funeral Home, the debut feature from Argentinian director Mauro Iván Ojeda, is well-tuned in fits, but remains somewhat indistinct.

Spoor: Agniezska Holland Goes Hunting for the Human Condition (Review)

Agniezska Holland ’s crime thriller Spoor uses its pulp trappings to locate uncomfortable and compelling truths about its wonderfully drawn characters.

Imperial Blue Offers Realism and Fantasy in Unequal Doses (Review)

Imperial Blue’s detailed character work and sense of place is rewarding, if occasionally let down by its attempt at low-stakes fantasy.