BLOOD, SWEAT AND BEER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 69 minutes

Hiden and Irvin make a great statement about how America is enjoying the great craft beer revolution. Drink up…


Posted on February 26, 2015 by

LITTEKENS (SCARS)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

“Littekins” fits unevenly into an edgy, ever-darkening genre of human horror thrillers, part “Seven” and “Gone Girl,” even if it’s wrapped around a low-budget story…


Posted on February 23, 2015 by

D.C. INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 17TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION

It’s back. It always is. I don’t mean Congress, which is taking one of its ill-timed breaks in advance of another possible government shutdown. No, I’m referring to Washington DC’s oldest independent film festival (DCIFF), which returns February 25th to March 1st with a slew of world, U.S., and regional premieres amongst its narrative feature, documentary, animation, shorts, experimental, and high school competitions…



Posted on February 18, 2015 by

TIMBUKTU

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes

There’s no oasis to be found in this film’s arid landscape. Peaceful co-existence is just a mirage…


Posted on February 18, 2015 by

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 125 minutes

Frankly, after watching the film, I felt ambivalent. The film’s not exhausting, at least. It’s not quite fifty shades of dreck…


Posted on February 14, 2015 by

STILL ALICE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 101 minutes

The predictable frustrations continue and escalate. The tears flow. Ilan Eshkeri’s score, flush with mournful violins and sad pianos, brings on a loneliness as well. The hankies in the audience come out…


Posted on January 22, 2015 by

STILL LIFE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

“Still Life” offers up much bittersweet comfort and joy as it reaches a most unexpected close…..


Posted on January 17, 2015 by

PREDESTINATION

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

An ambitious, slow-to-reveal, and overly meditative failure…


Posted on January 11, 2015 by

SELMA

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

“Selma,” the latest in a long string of strong biopics out over the last year, deserves your undivided attention….


Posted on January 7, 2015 by

THE BRASS TEAPOT

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

I’m left wondering: Doesn’t a teapot have better things to do than force its demonic will on others, including an innocent, naive couple? Actually, I’m not wondering about that at all. I prefer coffee.


Posted on December 28, 2014 by

INTO THE WOODS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 125 minutes

“Into the Woods” is one astonishing drink…


Posted on December 25, 2014 by

THE IMITATION GAME

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 114 minutes

It’s a lovely year end present. Near perfect, and damn entertaining with moments of thrills, triumph, and sadness…


Posted on December 13, 2014 by

MAMALIGA BLUES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 55 minutes

The nice thing about the film is the wealth of family memorabilia that Cassio sprinkles throughout. Photographs. Postcards. Talking heads with his extended Brazilian branch; lots of stories…


Posted on November 9, 2014 by

HOUSEBOUND

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

“Housebound” is terrifyingly funny. If it’s playing at a theatre near you (it’s already on VOD), it’s worth a ticket to share the communal terror and laughter…


Posted on November 1, 2014 by

CITIZENFOUR

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 114 minutes

“Citizenfour” is wintry raw and almost unworldly in its realism. It will kickstart many water cooler conversations. Quite the coming out party…


Posted on October 24, 2014 by

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