KICKING SAND IN YOUR FACE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

Even with a telegraphed twist ending, this short is entertaining and performed with competence.


Posted on July 7, 2009 by

AKAI

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

Richly saturated cinematography, a few scares, and a bit of gore all help to lift the short “Akai” a notch above its peers.


Posted on July 4, 2009 by

EPITAPH (GIDAM)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

Call it something lost in translation, call it a failure of scripting or editing, or call it a puzzle film with ill-fitting pieces, but a plot summary in this case is futile.


Posted on July 1, 2009 by

INN FOR THE NIGHT (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 40 minutes

Splatter and slatter some more – with hardly any story.


Posted on June 13, 2009 by

THE KEY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

The cast members are all exactly the characters you’d expect them to be, from pony-tailed bartender to greasy landlord.


Posted on May 16, 2009 by

JURY DUTY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

If all mainstream thrillers were as briskly paced, carefully constructed, and convincingly performed as “Jury Duty” is, then the mainstream in general would be a lot more interesting.


Posted on May 13, 2009 by

FOUR MINUTES (VIER MINUTEN)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

Jenny’s final performance, which ends in a freak-out of epic proportions, reminded me of Rutger Hauer’s last stand in “Blade Runner.”


Posted on May 10, 2009 by

PROXIMA: THE LAST SCI-FI MOVIE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 119 minutes

As science fiction films go, “Proxima” is both ambitious and miserable, but much more of the latter than the former.


Posted on May 7, 2009 by

HOLLOW

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

Though richly shot, carefully lit, and tightly edited, this incomprehensible film makes the viewing experience a (sorry!) hollow one.


Posted on May 6, 2009 by

ACHILLES AND THE TORTOISE (AKIREAU TO KAME)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 119 minutes

Completely withdrawn from the events surrounding him, Machisu sleepwalks though life, oblivious even to the death that seems to follow him everywhere he turns.


Posted on May 2, 2009 by

DUNYA AND DESIE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! The subtle wallflower Dunya is the emotional core of this movie; perhaps the fact that her name is listed first in the title is by design.


Posted on April 20, 2009 by

CORRECTION (DIORTHOSI)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! A limp attempt at a suspense film that crawls at an impossibly slow pace.


Posted on April 10, 2009 by

STRANGERS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! A film with a pro-Israeli slant, “Strangers” presents a sterling example of a son to be proud of who gets mixed up with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.


Posted on April 7, 2009 by

AN ALTERNATIVE TO SLITTING YOUR WRIST

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Making a documentary about yourself is a pretty narcissistic thing to do, unless you’re the son of an alcoholic father and the victim of multiple childhood rapes by a neighbor.


Posted on April 7, 2009 by

RAMCHAND PAKISTANI

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! In “Ramchand Pakistani,” bright colors and bleak dust make for a nice contrast and a few visually arresting images.


Posted on April 4, 2009 by

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