THE IMMIGRANT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

The huddled masses will probably be waiting for this one’s arrival in the land of video on demand…


Posted on May 25, 2014 by

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 131 minutes

You really should see “X-Men: Days of Future Past” on the big screen. The heart-pumping effects are worth it alone. And the cleverness and wit are outstanding. Maybe the best is yet to come “X-Men: Apocalypse” (due in 2016), but for now, the best is here…


Posted on May 23, 2014 by

OFIR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 58 minutes

Kudos are definitely in order for Ofir and his marvelous efforts, and a grand thank you to the McDannald brothers for pushing Ofir’s efforts out into the public eye. Hopefully, word will spread as “Ofir” gets more exposure…


Posted on May 13, 2014 by

NEIGHBORS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 96 minutes

As a leave-your-brain-at-home flick, “Neighbors” throws enough nonsense about to cook up an adequate stew of laughs and groans within its infantile framework…


Posted on May 12, 2014 by

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 144 minutes

Its web is half-spun and all you’re gonna be left with at the end is an empty box of popcorn and the filmmaker’s sad sense of tired complacency…


Posted on May 1, 2014 by

BAD JOHNSON

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

Oh well. They got half the title right…


Posted on April 30, 2014 by

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

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