VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL 2009 IS UNDERWAY

Like the queen it is named for, Victoria is cowed by no-one, and its festival reflects that sort of quiet pride.



Posted on January 31, 2009 by

THE GREATEST

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… “The Greatest” explores just why dealing with how other people grieve can be as difficult as grieving yourself.


Posted on January 31, 2009 by

ENDGAME

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… Halfway through “Endgame” I squinted down at my program and read the synopsis again. It is that indecipherable.


Posted on January 31, 2009 by

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON 4.0 (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

If you’re a “Battlestar Galactica” (or just “BSG”) fan like me, you know what I’m about to say…


Posted on January 31, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can only be found on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil saddles up with a landmark Western.



Posted on January 30, 2009 by

“DISTRICT B13″ SPROUTS A SEQUEL

“DISTRICT B13″ SPROUTS A SEQUEL

Nobody was really asking for it, but damn are we glad it’s here – it’s the sequel to “District B13”, “District B13: Ultimatum”. The first movie screened at SXSW. Perhaps this one will, too. Hmmmmmmm?



Posted on January 30, 2009 by

UP THE IRONS IN APRIL!

UP THE IRONS IN APRIL!

Iron Maiden, the band that separates the real metal heads from obnoxious bro-rockers, now has its very own documentary and it’s supposedly hitting theaters worldwide on April 21st…



Posted on January 30, 2009 by

SHOUTING FIRE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… I appreciated the witty, intelligent references that the film uses to fill-in-the-blanks without an unnecessarily amount of explanation.


Posted on January 30, 2009 by

THIS WAY UP

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 9 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… This is the rare bit of animation that is just as concerned with writing as it is with image. It deserves every bit of its Oscar nomination.


Posted on January 30, 2009 by

2009 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL SETS DATES

2009 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL SETS DATES

The 11th Annual CineVegas Film Festival will be held June 10 – 15, 2009 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas…



Posted on January 29, 2009 by

AN EDUCATION

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… “An Education” takes a look into how social constructions and traditions attempt to put both men and women in their respective roles.


Posted on January 29, 2009 by

THE GLASS HOUSE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… “The Glass House” will not screen in Iran. The girls are seen too often with their scarves off – not to mention the rapping that could get Nazila arrested.


Posted on January 29, 2009 by

TAKEN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes

What makes the film work is the commanding lead performance from Liam Neeson. This is a wonderfully blunt, thoroughly compelling star turn.


Posted on January 28, 2009 by

PASSING STRANGE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

OFFICIAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… Going into “Passing Strange,” the only things I knew about the film was that it had something to do with Spike Lee (my favorite director) and a Broadway play. Here’s what I didn’t know…


Posted on January 28, 2009 by

INKHEART

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 103 minutes

This children’s fantasy flirts with the dark side, though family values win out.


Posted on January 27, 2009 by

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