NICOTINA

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “Nicotina” is an uncertain, but also unboring, neo-noir comedy that has more than its share of gimmicks. Its characters smoke quite a bit, and they talk about the demon weed with roots in Winston-Salem more than Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega discussed burgers…


Posted on August 23, 2004 by

JUDITH WESTON: IT’S ALL PART OF THE ACT

The Culver City-based acting and directing teacher has a method which she’s expounded on in fascinating detail in two shockingly readable books and in classes which she’s taught all around the world…



Posted on August 13, 2004 by

EXTRA CREDIT

EXTRA CREDIT
4 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

It’s a movie that starts well, then stops and basically just tells us what Bourget’s film is about without actually forcing us to sit through it…


Posted on April 29, 2004 by

MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP

5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! With it’s touching story of a guileless man in one of the world’s most guile-full businesses, “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” is compulsory viewing for anyone with the slightest interest in rock history or the power of celebrity…


Posted on March 28, 2004 by

DOUBLE AGENT

DOUBLE AGENT
4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 123 minutes

Spying is probably the world’s third or fourth oldest profession. Wars, cold and hot, aren’t going away anytime soon…


Posted on March 9, 2004 by

SMASHIN’ IT UP

1 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

It’s a truism that even making a really bad film is hard work…


Posted on February 13, 2004 by

GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes

Making us laugh about being bored without actually boring us is much easier said than done…


Posted on January 12, 2004 by

IN AMERICA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “In America” contains enough magic and sincerity to cover the proverbial multitude of cinematic sins. And, better yet, for all the Irishness, it contains not a single alcoholic and not one barroom brawl!


Posted on December 30, 2003 by

KAMCHATKA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

Written by Marcelo Figueras and ably directed by Marcelo Piñeyro, “Kamchatka” doesn’t break any new ground, but it is a touching paean to true family values…


Posted on December 6, 2003 by

THE FOG OF WAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 95 minutes

Since his 1978 breakthrough, “Gates of Heaven,” master documentarian Errol Morris has made a career out of exploring the psyches of oddballs, enigmatic loners, criminals and the occasional hero and/or genius. Morris’s latest subject is a little of all those things…


Posted on December 6, 2003 by

SPIN

SPIN
1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

Maybe James Redford should have paid more attention to “Only Angels Have Wings”…


Posted on December 3, 2003 by

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

“Conspiracy of Silence” just might help alter the course of 21st century Catholicism…


Posted on November 30, 2003 by

RUB AND TUG

RUB AND TUG
4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

There are some things we’d rather do for ourselves. Others are more interesting if someone else lends a hand…


Posted on November 24, 2003 by

TEMPTATION

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

Everyone knows that holding on to your integrity in Hollywood filmmaking is hard. How much harder is it in San Fernando Valley porn?


Posted on November 20, 2003 by

ANYTHING BUT LOVE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE, NOVEMBER 7TH! It’s really kind of a shame. Ms. Rose is a better than average singer and probably a competent actress, but the film she co-wrote does what it can to undermine her at almost every turn…


Posted on November 5, 2003 by

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