Film Reviews: Puzzle, American Animals, Hurricane and more…

PICKING UP THE PIECES: Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan in Puzzle (Image: Linda Kallerus) Puzzle ★★★★ (Cert 15, 103mins) A RE film-makers running out of ideas for underdog sports movies? After maths quiz drama X+Y and chess flick Queen Of Katwe comes a film about a jigsaw puzzle contest. Thankfully, this is nowhere near as desperate […]

The 7 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘RBG,’ ‘American Animals,’ and Universal Monsters

One of last year’s most controversial movies is available this very instant for your streaming pleasure (and confusion), as is as a compelling frontier story you probably haven’t heard. This week’s disc new releases include a summer documentary hit and a fascinating hybrid of doc and narrative forms. And from the catalog, we’ve got a striking […]

Lost Ember’s exploring animals discover Gamescom’s indie award

Indie developer Mooneye Studios announced today that its upcoming game Lost Ember won the Gamescom Indie Award 2018. The honor was given out during last week’s Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany. Lost Ember has you exploring a beautiful world through the lens of 15 playable animals, including wolves, birds, and fish. It is coming out […]

3 Pennsylvania men charged with 1,460 counts of ‘sexual intercourse with animals’

Three Pennsylvania men have been arrested and charged with 1,460 counts of “sexual intercourse with animals,” in addition to animal abuse and endangering the welfare of children, according to Clearfield County District Attorney. In what District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr described as one of the “most extreme cases of animal abuse,” the three suspects were […]

Drug-addicted pet owners may abuse their animals to secure opioid fix, study warns US vets

Some opioid addicts have been known to injure their pets to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs to satisfy their cravings, a new survey in Colorado has revealed, calling for more oversight on drug prescription by vets. Arguing that authorities have overlooked the issue of a “supply and demand equation” of prescription opioids in […]

Animals. Season 3 Premiere: Who (and What) Survived the Green Bomb?

The Season 3 premiere of Animals., HBO’s idiosyncratic, animated comedy, brings with it lots of changes. Gone are the entries with multiple storylines and animated humans, making way for new stories that span entire episodes and — BRACE YOURSELF — live actors (hello, Demi Moore)! Of course, the casual banter, out-of-place realism and surprise guest […]

Harvard’s robot arm can grab squishy sea animals without hurting them

As you might imagine, you can’t just grab extra-soft sea creatures like jellyfish or octopuses when you want to study them. Not if you want them to remain intact, anyway. Thankfully, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have a far more delicate solution. They’ve created a robot arm (the RAD sampler) whose petal-like fingers can quickly […]

Floppy Animals Play Silly Sports In ‘Sausage Sports Club’

Sausage Sports Club gives you a suite of goofy-looking, sausage-like animals like corgis, flamingos, pigeons, and more, letting you play some fun games with them (and maybe seven other close friends) as you work your way through a sports-themed reality show. With some silly physics at work, though, you can expect this to be a […]

‘We the Animals’ Trailer: Jeremiah Zagar’s Dreamy Sundance Hit Channels Terrence Malick

A lot of filmmakers can try to imitate the lyrical, dreamy style of Terrence Malick, but few can replicate it. And the auteur’s acclaimed Tree of Life certainly comes to mind while watching Jeremiah Zagar‘s hypnotic We the Animals trailer. But there’s an unsettling wildness that sets Zagar’s Sundance darling apart. We the Animals Trailer Stunning and visceral, […]