SWEET DREAMS

SWEET DREAMS
0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

Despite not regressing into complete exploitation, “Sweet Dreams” is a video that is about nothing more than the filmmaker exercising his “power” over the medium and the audience…


Posted on October 7, 2004 by

WHEN WILL I BE LOVED

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 81 minutes

IN THEATERS! At the movie’s start, we watch Ms. Campbell masturbate, her boyfriend participate in a four-way romp in the park, Campbell and a female friend pet and pant behind a sheer curtain in her spacious NYC studio, and Campbell and Weller dry hump on a couch…


Posted on September 20, 2004 by

CRIMINAL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 87 minutes

IN THEATERS! The Soderbergh-Clooney posse is back again with the unremarkable caper “Criminal,” a poor man’s “Ocean’s 11…”


Posted on September 15, 2004 by

THE CLEARING

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! I’m not going to lie; there are half a dozen or so genuinely tense scenes that make “The Clearing” seem, if only for a moment, like a real thriller gussied up in psychological and emotional trappings. But then it releases its grip and returns to its by-the-book plotting on the way to a final act that is, discouragingly, every bit as restrained as the body of the film…


Posted on July 20, 2004 by

STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

An Oscar nominee for his effects work on the first “Troopers” and a winner for “Jurassic Park”, Tippett makes a lackluster debut at the helm. But it’s not like anyone helped him out much. Sony gave him about 5% of the original film’s budget and hi-def video instead of film, and scribe Neumeier handed in what feels like a first draft…


Posted on July 2, 2004 by

TURNED OUT: SEXUAL ASSAULT BEHIND BARS

TURNED OUT: SEXUAL ASSAULT BEHIND BARS
2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 56 minutes

The complex social dynamics that keep the system of institutionalized rape in America’s prisons intact are too intricate to document in less than an hour…


Posted on July 2, 2004 by

LOVE ME IF YOU DARE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

First-time writer/director Yann Samuell’s imaginative fantasy sequences progress from crayon-and-marker paper cutouts when Julien and Sophie are children, to fully formed 3D computer graphics when they reach adulthood…


Posted on July 1, 2004 by

I’M NOT SCARED

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

I’ll admit to not being worldly enough to know whether or not little European boys always run around in their underwear in public, as this movie and many others make it seem, but “I’m Not Scared” manages to convey a truthful approach to the beginning of the end of childhood…


Posted on June 29, 2004 by

LIGHT IS CALLING

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

Director Bill Morrison has made a career of re-shooting decaying film stock and matching it with melancholy scores from composer Michael Gordon. His films tend to either entrance or bore audiences…


Posted on June 21, 2004 by

THE STAIRWAY AT ST. PAUL’S

5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

Part giddy performance piece, part temporal experiment, “The Stairway at St. Paul’s” has screened at several festivals and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser…


Posted on June 17, 2004 by

STATESIDE

STATESIDE
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 96 minutes

IN THEATERS! A romantic comedy crossed with a coming-of-age military historical subplot could have worked well, but he got it all backwards…


Posted on June 7, 2004 by

MEAN GIRLS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes

IN THEATERS! While “Mean Girls” is a far cry from soap-operatic fare like “The O.C.” its characters do engage in their fair share of backstabbing…


Posted on June 7, 2004 by

THE MISCONCEPTION OF RANDAL BIMFORD

THE MISCONCEPTION OF RANDAL BIMFORD
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

As he waits for the bus, he exchanges patently racist small talk with whichever minority commuter happens to be at the stop…


Posted on June 2, 2004 by

FAIRYTALES FROM OHIO

FAIRYTALES FROM OHIO
1 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

Obviously, Skapin isn’t very shy about her body, though she does seem afraid to show her face on camera…


Posted on May 27, 2004 by

PERPETUAL MOTION

PERPETUAL MOTION
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 2 minutes

TRENTON FILM FESTIVAL 2004 REVIEW! This short, the 2003 Student Academy Award Winner for Animation, is an ingenious little film that postulates that cats and jellied toast can be used to create a perpetual motion machine…


Posted on May 22, 2004 by

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