The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling

Ars chats up The Guilty writer/director Gustav Möller in a particularly Ars-y (and dark) karaoke room at Fantastic Fest 2018 (produced/edited by Nathan Mattise; transcript available). (video link) AUSTIN, Texas—Browsing through written descriptions (whether in this year’s Fantastic Fest brochure or this weekend’s movie listings), The Guilty might sound remarkably unremarkable: a cop on desk […]

REVIEW: The best new rock albums – including releases by Saxon, Martin Barre, Nazareth

SaxonThe Eagle Has Landed(BMG)★★★★★ Considered the cornerstone of live albums from the NWOBHM era upon its release in 1982, this expanded re-release buttresses the original recording with six extra bonus tracks. From the roar of the chanting Saxon crowd and the revving intro to Motorcycle Man, this essential live document from Saxon’s classic Denim and […]

Review: Istanbul: The Dice Game rules the bazaar

Enlarge (credit: Nate Anderson) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. When it comes to gaming, I am a man of simple pleasures. I need no boxes of sculpted minis, no hour-long setup, no manuals the size of novels. Let me chuck huge […]

Mailbag: Producer/Executive Producer Differences, Review Writing Process, Film Adaptations, Halloween Plans, Translated Interviews & More

On the October 19 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to answer reader e-mail in the Mail Bag. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the […]

Review: The BMW X4 can’t decide what it wants to be

Enlarge / The 2019 BMW X4 xDrive 30i. (credit: BradleyWarren Photography) BMW’s display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show was bewildering. Among the massive lineup of vehicles, the company had at least four obviously different models that were all connected by a common thread. From biggest to smallest, the BMW had a bunch of fastbacks—the […]

Lying Low in the Heart of Waikiki: A Review of The Laylow in Honolulu

Review: The Laylow in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Advertiser Disclosure The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.com receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). This site does not include all […]

‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ Review: Ben Wheatley’s Dysfunctional Family Drama Feels More Like a TV Pilot Than a Film [Festival du Nouveau Cinéma]

It’s the tried and true experiment: stick a dysfunctional family in a big house for a day and see what happens. When done well, it can be a like a cathartic claustrophobic symphony. But Ben Wheatley‘s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead doesn’t pack a punch. This particular story of family dysfunction is set in the […]