THE HURT LOCKER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! A realistic war story can also be great cinema. But the language of “The Hurt Locker” doesn’t marry well with the violence. It makes for a pretty schizophrenic film-going experience.


Posted on June 30, 2009 by

PARTY GIRL (DVD)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

Nicholas Ray is credited as the director, but there is little here to confirm his trademark style.


Posted on June 29, 2009 by

IRVING KLAW CLASSICS: VOL. 1-4, 1951-1956 (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

The loops on this four-DVD set that were produced in the 1950′s for grindhouses as well as for various “Stag” circuits have an odd, almost poignant charm.


Posted on June 29, 2009 by

JAMES KENDRICK: THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Critic/scholar James Kendrick’s new book recalls the 1980s, a decade when the silver screen ran red.



Posted on June 28, 2009 by

THE SEVENTH SEAL: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Bergman’s masterwork contains plenty of humor, despite its reputation as a dour film, and is eventually life affirming.


Posted on June 28, 2009 by

HOLLYWOOD, JE T’AIME

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2009 LOS ANGELES ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! This one’s probably worth checking out for those planning to venture out to Los Angeles to live the Hollywood dream. Not to discourage them, mind you. Just for maybe a smidge of a reality check.


Posted on June 27, 2009 by

THE HURT LOCKER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Director Kathryn Bigelow has made everything from schlock (“Near Dark”) to engaging pop (“Point Break”) to dystopic sci-fi (“Strange Days”), and now she’s unexpectedly delivered a film of convincing psychological realism.


Posted on June 27, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE EXECUTION OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

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 presents the first FX flick ever made.



Posted on June 26, 2009 by

YEAR ONE

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes

Harold Ramis once embodied hip, cutting edge film comedy, so it’s sad to see him channeling late-career Mel Brooks.


Posted on June 26, 2009 by

2ND ANNUAL PHILADEPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL RUNS JUNE 25-28

The grassroots-style festival is back!



Posted on June 25, 2009 by

EMBODIMENT OF EVIL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2009 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Wake up, gorehounds. There is a bountiful feast here.


Posted on June 25, 2009 by

JOHN HUSTON’S WISE BLOOD: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 106 minutes

Huston stays true to the novel’s events but draws from the story all the black comedy he can find. We are in strange territory.


Posted on June 25, 2009 by

ACADEMY UPS BEST PICTURE NOMINATIONS TO 10

ACADEMY UPS BEST PICTURE NOMINATIONS TO 10

Get out your Oscar bait! The 2009 Oscars will have 10 Best Picture nominees.



Posted on June 24, 2009 by

YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

Gertrude Berg, a long-forgotten pioneer in American entertainment, was a dynamic and compelling force of nature.


Posted on June 24, 2009 by

HARMONY AND ME

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

2009 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Once you get into the groove of “Harmony and Me,” you’ll quickly be won over.


Posted on June 24, 2009 by

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