KILLING THEM SOFTLY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

It’s a middling gangster film, but belabored with too much Sturm und Drang, particularly in banging over the audience’s head the constant reminders of the fiscal cliff…


Posted on November 30, 2012 by

MASQUERADE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 131 minutes

Following in the long tradition of lavish Asian epics, this new South Korean entry is a beautiful addition to the genre of period prince-and-the pauper themed films…


Posted on October 25, 2012 by

SPOOKY MOVIE INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR NINE DAYS OF GENRE FUN

The 9-day Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival starts off Wednesday night, October 10, with Richard Bates, Jr.’s disturbing debut feature “Excision” at AFI’s Silver Theatre in Silver Springs, Maryland…



Posted on October 9, 2012 by

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

Somber and moody, with assured direction by Ava DuVernay overseeing an exceedingly at-ease cast, the mood poem that is “Middle of Nowhere” is one of the best little films of the year…


Posted on September 28, 2012 by

BACHELORETTE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88 minutes

“Bachelorette” is a poor-woman’s “Bridesmaids,” in need of a bit more laugh-inducing moments…


Posted on September 9, 2012 by

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

Life’s sadder moments are quite well displayed in Trier’s nuanced approach. For many popcorn munchers, that regrettably doesn’t translate as a must-see movie in today’s crowded marketplace…


Posted on August 19, 2012 by

RUBY SPARKS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes

While Kazan and Dano don’t (yet) capture the deep-rooted romantic whimsicalities of Tracy and Hepburn, their off-screen chemistry has certainly helped make “Ruby Spark” one of this year’s more enjoyable moments on screen…


Posted on July 25, 2012 by

TO ROME WITH LOVE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

“To Rome With Love” is a triumphant examination of life and love’s many splendors, spilt out on the streets on Rome at their wickedly absurd and poignantly profound moments…


Posted on June 30, 2012 by

BRAVE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 95 minutes

With all its spunk and determination, it’s easy to see how close “Brave” gets to the bull’s eye of Pixar perfection.


Posted on June 22, 2012 by

ROCK OF AGES

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 123 minutes

Plenty of music bursts forth on the “Rock of Ages” soundtrack, but glam-rock–and the self-reflexive humor that apparently has made the original show such hit–are dealt a death blow. Watching paint dry would be time better spent…


Posted on June 15, 2012 by

HYSTERIA

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

It’s the writing that sinks “Hysteria,” and there’s no machine that can alleviate that…


Posted on May 26, 2012 by

RED TAILS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes

… for the curmudgeons amongst us, it walks too close a line that separates war’s harsh realities with Lucas’s odd Saturday afternoon serial approach to the subject…


Posted on January 26, 2012 by

CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

Saturated with faux dust and artificial film scratches, occasional image registration jumps and a picture often pulled out of focus, “Corman’s World—Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel” is a campy look at the by-the-bootstraps career of producer-director Roger Corman…


Posted on January 15, 2012 by

INTO THE ABYSS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

As it winds to its inevitable conclusion, viewers are left to ponder right and wrong, and most will have the same mixed feelings they had before they took their first bite of popcorn…


Posted on November 14, 2011 by

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes

As it battles Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the last week of July, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is a pleasant retro surprise with decent 3D work…


Posted on July 22, 2011 by

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