COMING TO MY SENSES

COMING TO MY SENSES
1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

Diane wakes up one morning to discover her senses have begun to heighten…


Posted on September 7, 2005 by

ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESSWAY

ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESSWAY
2 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 38 minutes

Despite an enthusiastic cast, “Atlantic City Expressway” is too deeply rooted in genre conventions we’ve seen a thousand times before to truly impact the audience…


Posted on September 7, 2005 by

RUSH NIGHT

RUSH NIGHT
1 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Few films have close to matching either the brains or laughs provided by “Animal House”. Yet another riff on an already worn out formula is Zac Adams’ “Rush Night”…


Posted on August 27, 2005 by

SEX IS COMEDY (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

“Sex is Comedy” is an insightful glance at the world of filmmaking and the tensions that lie within…


Posted on August 26, 2005 by

SMITHEREENS (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 1982
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

While Seidelman has been all over the map throughout her career directing both successful projects and failures, her first feature is a rough gem and a true inspiration to indie filmmakers…


Posted on August 25, 2005 by

THE CONSTANT GARDENER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN THEATERS, AUGUST 31! Following the international success of the epic “City Of God” and the follow-up television series “City of Men,” Fernando Meirelles’ newest film, “The Constant Gardener,” is in many ways a departure from his previous efforts, both quieter and subtler but still able to maintain the humane spirit present in all of his work…


Posted on August 19, 2005 by

SIDE EFFECTS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

Attempting to sound the alarm against the pharmaceutical industry for which she worked for years, Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau’s “Side Effects” is a well meaning but flawed examination of the behind the scenes workings of one of our country’s most successful and dangerous businesses…


Posted on August 16, 2005 by

GRAND SLAM (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1967
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 119 minutes

Not exactly high art, “Grand Slam” is nevertheless a fun crime film…


Posted on August 15, 2005 by

MISSING JANE

MISSING JANE
4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

I’ll admit that for the first five minutes of “Missing Jane” I had a bad feeling. CGI war footage of American bombers fighting off German planes seemed well and good for a video game but in a feature length live action film?


Posted on August 8, 2005 by

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED AT QUICK MART

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED AT QUICK MART
4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

In the case of David Yarovesky’s hilarious short “A Funny Thing Happened at Quick Mart” the punchline is a classic…


Posted on August 7, 2005 by

DOOMED TO FAILURE

DOOMED TO FAILURE
3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

DJ Summit’s “Doomed to Failure” adequately sums up in seven minutes the inherent frustrations of shooting a short when you are new to the film world…


Posted on July 23, 2005 by

NOVEMBER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 78 minutes

IN THEATERS! Perhaps the easiest way to describe Greg Harrison’s “November” is it’s “Run Lola Run” meets “Pi” with a splash of “Seven”…


Posted on July 22, 2005 by

SEANCE (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

The key to “Seance” is the slow build, the film reveals its sinister motive over time allowing the audience to grow attached to the lifestyle of Sato and Junko…


Posted on July 16, 2005 by

YES

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Sally Potter’s “Yes” explores the issue of racial stereotyping within the context of an affair between an unhappily married molecular scientist and a former Middle Eastern surgeon now reduced to working as a chef since moving to England…


Posted on July 8, 2005 by

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! Painfully awkward. Those would probably be the best two words to describe the uncomfortable character study present in Maren Ade’s “The Forest for The Trees”…


Posted on June 26, 2005 by

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