FEVER NIGHT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

The film has a great “Blair Witch”-style vibe going for it during its initial half, then substitutes the Val Lewton-style suggestion of horror with an anvil approach of in-your-face violence.


Posted on August 31, 2009 by

REUNION

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

“Reunion,” which tells what the lives of those lost during the Columbine tragedy might have been like, is eye-rollingly corny. I’m sorry, dudes. It is.


Posted on August 31, 2009 by

EL SEGUNDO

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

As low-budget indie Tex-Mex mystical adventure films go (and really this is a booming genre, right?), “El Segundo” is at least modestly entertaining.


Posted on August 29, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: WIZARD OF OZ (1925)

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil finds himself on the wrong Yellow Brick Road!



Posted on August 28, 2009 by

THE END OF ALL THINGS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 30 minutes

A shaky camera whip-panning back and forth during conversations drags an attempt at a documentarian feel into confusion.


Posted on August 27, 2009 by

RUN! BITCH RUN!

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Hell hath no fury like a Catholic schoolgirl disillusioned.


Posted on August 27, 2009 by

ART OF WAR (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

Anyone with a serious interest in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War will be left baffled by this chaotic approach to the subject.


Posted on August 26, 2009 by

ZEBRA CROSSINGS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Debuting director Sam Holland borrows equally from Scorsese and Guy Ritchie, though manages to maintain a unique voice in spite of the hectic camera work and flashy editorial flourishes.


Posted on August 25, 2009 by

SPEAKING OF SOULS: INTERVIEW WITH WRITER-DIRECTOR SOPHIE BARTHES

First time writer-director Sophie Barthes talks about her new film “Cold Souls” in which Paul Giamatti stars as – Giamatti!



Posted on August 24, 2009 by

DEAD SNOW (DOD SNO)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

AVAILABLE ON IFC ON DEMAND! You’d think that the Third Reichsploitation field had been done to death – and beyond…this is really “inglourious.”


Posted on August 23, 2009 by

BREAKING THE BANK (DVD)

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

“Breaking the Bank” is a sloppy and irresponsible entry that does not measure up to the “Frontline” standards of video journalism.


Posted on August 22, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil heils right in Der Fuhrer’s face!



Posted on August 21, 2009 by

THE HEADLESS WOMAN (LA MUJER SIN CABEZA)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “The Headless Woman” settles into the episodic without the necessary character development – it’s a slice of life too slight for its own good.


Posted on August 21, 2009 by

THE GOODS: LIVE HARD, SELL HARD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

Ninety minutes of the gag-plastered, variously surreal, and deliriously dumb.


Posted on August 20, 2009 by

PERFECT HIDEOUT (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Like Gina Gershon in “Showgirls” before him, Billy Zane is the only one who knows what kind of movie he’s in, and decides to make the best of it.


Posted on August 19, 2009 by

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