MY SON THE PORNOGRAPHER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… The film could have been like going to therapy, given its setup, but instead it’s like watching your family get together over the holidays


Posted on February 18, 2009 by

STONE OF DESTINY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… Smith’s affectionate look back at a great slice of modern Scottish history should give audiences young and old a wee grin on their faces.


Posted on February 17, 2009 by

THE ISLANDS PROJECT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… If you’re a “foodie,” you will enjoy this- even vegetarians, though there are scenes of meat being made if you catch my drift…


Posted on February 15, 2009 by

SQUEEZEBOX

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

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… It’s not just men in dresses singing “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” it’s people, given permission to be totally free and totally themselves


Posted on February 11, 2009 by

BEFORE TOMORROW

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… The acting is so effortlessly authentic, in perfect harmony with the remote locations and passing seasons, that putting yourself in their mukluks is easy if you wish it.


Posted on February 9, 2009 by

HOTEL GRAMERCY PARK

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

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… What emerges is a metaphor for New York City itself, and a lot of what makes it special; the constant reinvention conflicting with the stubborn


Posted on February 9, 2009 by

DELTA RISING

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… The biggest problem is that the interviews are simply terrible.


Posted on February 6, 2009 by

THE AUTEUR

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

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… hands-down the funniest “nudie” movie since “Orgazmo,” a Fellini-and-Waters-make-“Stardust Memories” romp that is nothing short of skin-sational.


Posted on February 5, 2009 by

INSIDE HANA’S SUITCASE

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

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… Once in a great while, a film comes along that is so moving and soul-stirring, so emotionally powerful…


Posted on February 5, 2009 by

JUMP

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 87 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… The tension builds as we follow five US teams through the regionals, nationals and finally the world competition


Posted on February 3, 2009 by

TORONTO STORIES

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… Toronto looks great from afar, as the many location shots will attest; but up close it seems a lot like New York in the 80s, when even Woody Allen was having a hard time loving it.


Posted on February 3, 2009 by

OTTO

1 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

OFFICIAL VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2009… Imagine a young John Waters, only with no sense of urgency, more militantly queer, and tone-deaf to the subtleties of satire.


Posted on February 2, 2009 by

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

BLACK XXX-MAS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

A wildly-visual director serves up cyberpunk tastelessness, with a disturbing side of stereotyping to boot. Surrealism never felt so uninspired…


Posted on December 24, 2004 by

SEVEN AND A MATCH

SEVEN AND A MATCH
2 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

All we get here: New England scenery complete with a cop-out ending and even a gratuitous (belabored, nonsensical … I could go on but why?) sex scene…


Posted on December 5, 2003 by

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