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

HAUNTER

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

“Haunter” isn’t an extraordinary ghost tale, but it’s got a nice lyrical blend of fear, gloom, and unsettling evil moments…


Posted on October 28, 2013 by

BACKWATER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

It’s nice to see a script that dares to elevate beyond the usual platitudes. “Backwater” turns a nice stroll in the woods into a journey into a dark, terror-filled dimension. This is not your daddy’s Twilight Zone…


Posted on October 26, 2013 by

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

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