NO PLACE ON EARTH

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 83 minutes

“No Place on Earth” is a satisfying hybrid that allows another worthwhile glimpse into courage during times of horrible tragedy…


Posted on April 15, 2013 by

DETOUR

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

Ultimately you are drawn into the dire circumstances and forget how the camera covers them as the poor protagonist gulps for air under tons of dirt. For every breath he’s grasping for, you’re holding one in, anticipating what might follow. Telecommuting might have been his better option…


Posted on March 30, 2013 by

THE AGE OF ALUMINIUM

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

There’s a lot of bad shit in the world. You wouldn’t think aluminium would be one of them. “The Age of Aluminium” puts us on notice.


Posted on March 13, 2013 by

HARD SHOULDER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

It’s not brilliant filmmaking, but “Hard Shoulders” does have its imaginative moments of character-driven craziness…


Posted on March 10, 2013 by

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Greedy Lying Bastards” is thorough in its revelations, and thoroughly depressing on how the world has been thwarted in this important attempt to heal itself. The film is intent on putting on notice all the “guilty” parties that deny the dangers of climate change…


Posted on March 9, 2013 by

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 124 minutes

“Beautiful Creatures” is a half-filled glass of teen pablum…


Posted on February 14, 2013 by

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

The score by Marco Beltrami might suggest a mission impossible, but the movie’s reality is more like a poor man’s Wile E. Coyote-Road Runner cartoon…


Posted on February 14, 2013 by

BULLET TO THE HEAD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

“Bullet to the Head” is an adequate shoot-em-up action flick. Nothing to write home about, but with some decent fight sequences, good stunts, and amusing banter between Stallone and Kang. No need to rush out to the cineplex, although worthwhile to catch on-demand later this year…


Posted on February 1, 2013 by

ZERO KILLED

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

Hot topics abound in “Zero Killed.” A contemplative step above Psych 101, and perhaps a distant cousin to last year’s off-putting “Compliance,” with occasionally blood-soaked, squirm-inducing moments. It’s not a must-see, but maybe a should-see, as long as you’re in the right frame of mind and emotionally prepared…


Posted on January 29, 2013 by

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88 minutes

There may be some wit afoot, particularly with director-writer Tommy Wirkola’s good-for-a-chuckle rethinking of the missing child notices adorning milk bottles, but the film is still just a one-note, hired guns story—with groupies…


Posted on January 28, 2013 by

MAMA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes

There’s a lot of imagination in the film’s scare tactics that remind me of the disturbing charm of Val Lewton movies of old.


Posted on January 18, 2013 by

ZERO DARK THIRTY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 157 minutes

“Zero Dark Thirty” is truly one of the best films of 2012. In my list, it is the best…


Posted on January 11, 2013 by

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

There are some nice spins on old high school clichés and enough off-center characters and good, occasionally great, dialogue (including lines about Betty Crocker/Betty Ford and bitchforks) that should make “Struck by Lightning” one of the year’s early hits in the art house market…


Posted on January 7, 2013 by

BARBARA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes

“Barbara” offers us historically motivated immorality offset by some heartfelt sensitivity, a side order of depression, and finishes off with some ennobling hope. It’s definitely one of the best foreign films of the year.


Posted on December 26, 2012 by

BROOKLYN CASTLE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 102 minutes

With “Brooklyn Castle” it’s really nice to see so many young, positive minds at play in the world, and to cheer on so many smiling children dreaming of enlightened futures…


Posted on December 1, 2012 by

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