CARRIE (2013)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

The recipe in today’s reimagining of Carrie White, her psycho-religious mom, Margaret, and the misguided school chums who end up the worse for wear at their high school prom, calls for the same servings of thrills and shrills, making the new film a serviceable approach to the King classic…


Posted on October 24, 2013 by

BLUE JASMINE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

There’s a reason why Woody Allen’s screenplays have been nominated for 15 Academy Awards®. Comic genius, dramatic wit, sharp observation, great characters. With “Blue Jasmine,” he has taken effete snobbery to glorious heights….


Posted on August 2, 2013 by

TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

Your brain will be overflowing with information by the end of this short 79-minute exercise. Taxing? Perhaps. Entertaining. Yes…


Posted on July 30, 2013 by

THE HUNT (JAGTEN)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

The cornerstone to “The Hunt” is the mesmerizing performance by Mikkelsen, whose portrayal of a Danish everyman’s shattered descent into a horrifying nightmare is one of the most powerful performances I’ve seen in recent memory…


Posted on July 29, 2013 by

RUSHLIGHTS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

Stutz has crafted a decent thriller, actually. A lesser-man’s “Body Heat”…


Posted on July 28, 2013 by

THE NEW BLACK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

Richen and her crew have fashioned a well-polished and informative piece that hopefully will provide a blueprint for other communities in states that refuse to legalize gay marriage…


Posted on July 27, 2013 by

WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

Like the Leap Day tornado that hit the area in 2012, there’s a resiliency afoot here. “We Always Lie to Strangers” won’t muster up storm-size crowds (well, it might if they play it in Branson), but it’s a nicely observed slice of life…


Posted on July 2, 2013 by

REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

While it may not be an exceptional film, it is an exceptional story of an unique, ephemeral event, captured with an unfettered eye and not a single special effect…


Posted on June 30, 2013 by

A WILL FOR THE WOODS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

With more than 40 green burial sites across America, “A Will for the Woods” will help build awareness of the movement while also telling an immersive (for everyone, including the embedded filmmakers), heartwarming tale of one man’s passionate struggle to find both peace on earth and peace in earth…


Posted on June 30, 2013 by

MOLLY’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY

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

Jeff Lipsky’s world is somewhere between Venus and Mars, and I’m still not sure if that means Earth…


Posted on June 20, 2013 by

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

It’s hard to say if Tom Berninger could make another film that clicks like this one, at least one which keeps him out of the frame. Yet, he has made an adorably lumpy movie. Go figure…


Posted on June 18, 2013 by

THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Fitfully depressing and bravely open, Gurchiani’s film commiserates on life’s fleeting and often harrowing destinies…


Posted on June 18, 2013 by

I LEARN AMERICA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

The film takes the omnipresent camera approach, following the students and their teachers and social workers as they progress through one day at a time for a year…


Posted on June 17, 2013 by

CAUCUS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

This isn’t a pulse-pounding documentary, but a well structured slice of election life. What “Caucus” shows best is that politics isn’t a very glorious job…


Posted on June 15, 2013 by

MOSTLY LOST 2: SILENT FILM ARCHAEOLOGY

Anyone with an interest in American silent film history should consider traveling to Culpeper, Virginia for this enlightening program…



Posted on June 12, 2013 by

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