BEYOND RECOGNITION: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF A FACE TRANSPLANT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! You may be familiar with this story. It’s an inspirational three-parter, with more to come.


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

RONALD

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

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! You may not be a fan of McDonald’s, but you’ll love “Ronald.” Send in this clown.


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

WE ARE THE BEST!

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

The teenage actors nail their natural, giddy-sad coming-of-age performances and Moodyson flavors the film with fine direction of its young stars…


Posted on June 17, 2014 by

SHOWFOLK

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 23 minutes

“Showfolk” is best described as an extended public service announcement, and that’s probably what the MPTF wanted. Something straight arrow and talking head.


Posted on June 14, 2014 by

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL – NEW FILMS, NEW DIRECTOR, NEW SPONSOR

Now in its 12th year, AFI DOCS (formerly SilverDocs) is still morphing into a new kind of festival. Sure, it’s always been about documentaries, and this year there will be 84 films unreeling on all three screens at the ever-glorious AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, off Metro’s Red Line in Silver Spring, and at the numerous venues in DC’s downtown Penn Quarter district…



Posted on June 13, 2014 by

WILD BOAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 26 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS SELECTION! Darkly humorous, this documentary is all about the curious mixology of obsessive compulsive personalities and road kill…


Posted on June 11, 2014 by

LULLABY

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

Inspired by events within his own family, Andrew Levitas’ feature directorial debut transforms his own script into a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve…


Posted on June 9, 2014 by

WORDS AND PICTURES

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 116 minutes

Opposites attract. “Words and Pictures”? Not so much…


Posted on June 7, 2014 by

FRIENDED TO DEATH

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

What looks cutesy-smarmy during the pre-credit sequence that jump-starts “Friended to Death,” DC-native Sarah Smick’s feature film debut, will eventually reveal a sly, yet extremely energetic wink at the dark side of our increasingly intrusive social media state of dependency…


Posted on May 30, 2014 by

IDA

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 82 minutes

Life is full of strangeness. “Ida” offers up a quixotic glimpse at the human condition, and a diversion from the expected…


Posted on May 26, 2014 by

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

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