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

PINK & BABY BLUE

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

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! I don’t get all the symbolism (i.e., a woman dribbling milk out the side of her mouth), but if there’s a statement in here, I assume it is: You’ll get through it, girl…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

LOVE LETTER

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SELECTION! It’s an oddly textured film in Basil’s broken world. A psychiatrist might better understand this dream of a movie, but, alas, it only left traditional ole me adrift…


Posted on January 18, 2014 by

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes minutes

If you’re going to resurrect the likes of John McClane or Jack Ryan, it might be wise to put a few more bucks and minutes into developing a decent story….


Posted on January 17, 2014 by

THE BEST OFFER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 126 minutes

What a nice way to start 2014, with this intricate, multi-layered tale of mystery, deceit, and delicate anxiety…


Posted on January 6, 2014 by

IF YOU BUILD IT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

“If You Build It” works successfully as a human interest story, albeit one with a bittersweet ending that condemns the stingy, misguided minds running at least one of our country’s school boards…


Posted on December 26, 2013 by

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 161 minutes

Jackson’s latest, too lengthy, excursion to Middle-Earth is a muddle in the middle of an overwrought trilogy derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel…


Posted on December 13, 2013 by

ABOUT TIME

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 123 minutes

In the end, it’s a charmer. For those of you who have liked Curtis’ previous rom-coms, come along for a lovely joyride…


Posted on November 6, 2013 by

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