ONE PLEASE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! I won’t point out the twist, or try to figure out what it means, but this light-hearted piece of dark whimsy has a ton of dark charm filling its six minutes…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

FINDING NEIGHBORS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Our everyman could have the motto: Truth, passion, and the American way of procrastination. “Finding Neighbors” is a mournfully honest look at unlikely relationships…


Posted on February 20, 2014 by

3 MILE LIMIT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

Youngsters may not comprehend the crackle heard on old transistor radio sets (vs. the sometimes-too-smooth delivery of today’s digital music) as the Yellow Sprockets greeted the listeners a half-century ago, but they should latch onto the film’s anti-establishment bias…


Posted on February 17, 2014 by

16TH ANNUAL D.C. INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 19-23, 2014

The oldest independent film festival in Washington, D.C. adds another chapter to its previous 15 fests when it arrives Wednesday, February 19th, with most screenings and events at the US Navy Heritage Center…



Posted on February 16, 2014 by

THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73 minutes

Director Shearer plays the film for sly laughs, whether his camera is hovering over his actors, waiting for them to react to the sludge in their environment. Or he bombards our aural senses with a weird soundtrack of singing cats…


Posted on February 15, 2014 by

WINTER’S TALE

0 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes

Some of us may remember Akiva Goldsman for his dual Razzie nominations (1997′s “A Time to Kill” and 1998′s “Batman & Robin”). This may be the year he wins…


Posted on February 14, 2014 by

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

By the time the end credits start to roll, you’re comfortably satisfied, but never full…


Posted on February 3, 2014 by

THE SQUARE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

“The Square” doesn’t slack for a minute. Quite a voice. Quite a film…


Posted on January 26, 2014 by

ODYSSEA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! Maltz lets the symbols do their own talking. Red roses. Red flags. Red Blood (or is it wine?). I’ll let the viewer do his or her own translation. For me, in the words of the Grateful Dead, it’s a long, strange trip, albeit in a 12-minute film…


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

OLD MOON

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! Bonnet uses a naturalistic approach (amazing and poignant, considering it was shot on a micro-budget) with some nice camerawork from Cristian Carretero. Subtlety has its benefits…


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

BRADFORD-HALIFAX-LONDON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! Lee, a character actor with appearances in a handful of British tv series over the last two decades, has recently turned to writing and directing shorts, and he’s got a deft touch for handling dialogue here, even if a few words are lost in stateside translation because of the Yorkshire dialect…


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

MILK AND BLOOD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! Basically a two-character skit, the performances of the two leads are nicely drawn. Englmair’s story (written with co-producer and director of photography, Ugla Hauksdóttir) is seriously flippant…


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

TRAUMA

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! While the shadowy cinematography is okay, the limited dialogue and story line could have used better writing…


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

WE KEEP ON DANCING

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! Sure, it may be a one joke movie, but it also provides a heartwarming breath of human kindness. A great pick-me-up…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

NOT FUNNY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! I won’t give away the moral of the tale, but the 15-minute journey, courtesy of Spanish director-writer Carlos Violadé Guerrero, is worth the wait…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

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