CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

In Robert Wiene’s (“The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari”) take on the Dostoyevsky classic, Gregory Khmara is too mature and healthy to be the young, starving student Raskolnikov.


Posted on May 31, 2009 by

THE BROTHERS BLOOM

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 113 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! A little bit of screwball comedy and a lot of film noir, add a dash of suspense-drama, and half a dozen card tricks too, then you have “The Brothers Bloom.”


Posted on May 31, 2009 by

SPRING BREAKDOWN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE NOW ON DVD! The flat-out hilarious “Spring Breakdown” proves that women can be just as crass, hilarious, and horny as their male counterparts.


Posted on May 31, 2009 by

SURVEILLANCE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE JUNE 26TH! If you don’t figure out the puzzle early on, you simply sit there waiting for the reveals. If you’ve figured them out already, the film is almost unbearably dull.


Posted on May 30, 2009 by

PAPER HEART

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 88 minutes

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Part documentary, part improvisational narrative, “Paper Heart” is an atypical yet authentic romantic comedy for people who normally find such things insufferable.


Posted on May 30, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: BEGOTTEN

AND SPEAKING OF HOLY HELL… This week, Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files serves up an acquired taste: Merhige’s haunting silent, “Begotten.”



Posted on May 29, 2009 by

DRAG ME TO HELL

5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99 minutes

Resistance and rebellion to the studio routine resounds throughout “Drag Me to Hell,” and as a return to the filmmaker’s original witty shocks and gross-outs, how goddamn touching it is.


Posted on May 29, 2009 by

IN THE LOOP

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 109 minutes

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT FILM! “In the Loop” is generous with its humor and spares no sacred cows, especially when it comes to the American political system.


Posted on May 29, 2009 by

GENERIC THRILLER

0 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

An utterly painful, unwatchable piece of celluloid.


Posted on May 28, 2009 by

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN

1 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 105 minutes

Welcome to the Museum of Stupid Movie Clichés.


Posted on May 28, 2009 by

JEAN GENET’S UN CHANT D’AMOUR (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

So playful that it plays like a series of whims with little sensibility to unify them. Artistic inspiration is undoubtedly at work, but the ideas cannot solidify into art.


Posted on May 27, 2009 by

TERMINATOR SALVATION

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 115 minutes

For a film that constantly opines about the strength of the human heart, “Terminator Salvation” lacks the very heart and soul that brought humanity to the first three pictures.


Posted on May 27, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: FAST COMPANY (1979)

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production.
This week’s entry checks out an oddball early work in the very odd career of David Cronenberg.



Posted on May 26, 2009 by

BIG MAN JAPAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 113 minutes

“Big Man Japan” is awfully funny, with surprisingly potent social commentary just underneath the quirkiness.


Posted on May 26, 2009 by

CANNES ANNOUNCES ONEDREAMRUSH SERIES

CANNES ANNOUNCES ONEDREAMRUSH SERIES

ONEDREAMRUSH Enlists 42 World-Class Directors to Create Short Films About Dreams – European premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2009 and simultaneous screening at the National Film Museum in Beijing, China. CANNES AND BEIJING 18 May, 2009 – The world’s most awarded vodka 42BELOW renown for doing things differently created a unique project, ONEDREAMRUSH 42Second Film […]



Posted on May 25, 2009 by

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