GOD LOVES UGANDA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Matters of faith are inherently complex issues, and a more rounded presentation usually makes for a more compelling argument…


Posted on October 11, 2013 by

A TEACHER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The movie itself doesn’t take enough risks. It’s too reluctant to push into ugly territory in order to unearth any substantial revelations…


Posted on March 8, 2013 by

IT FELT LIKE LOVE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT SELECTION! Lila’s misguided foray into adulthood is so insanely dangerous, you want to grab her shoulders and shake her, hard. The young cast delivers strong performances, and Persanti captures the reckless stupidity and false bravado of a girl who thinks she is making grown up decisions, while actually tottering willingly toward danger…


Posted on January 30, 2013 by

FILL THE VOID

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SELECTION! Director Rama Burshentein offers a fascinating portrait of Hasidic Jews, a community of law and ritual that is also one of mutual support and interconnectivity…


Posted on January 24, 2013 by

AUSTENLAND

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Hess offers a wry, modernized take on a perennial favorite, and indeed, it is catnip for the ovaries…


Posted on January 22, 2013 by

COMPUTER CHESS

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Characters crop up, but with no real purpose, no depth, and no appeal, they fail to do anything of interest…


Posted on January 21, 2013 by

WHEN I WALK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, the documentary eschews the maudlin and instead focuses on the realities of the filmmaker’s life…


Posted on January 21, 2013 by

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “What Just Happened?” is an industry in-joke between director Barry Levinson and his friends, who just happen to be Hollywood’s heavy weights…


Posted on October 18, 2008 by

HOUNDDOG

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! If it was a better quality film, the infamous scene might be justified if it served to enhance the whole. In a bad film, however, it just feels exploitative…


Posted on September 19, 2008 by

PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND

PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! With such strong talent, the main flaw of the movie is found in its plot. The “Wonderland” motif, which could be a really cool framework for the story, is little more than a sparse reference point…


Posted on September 13, 2008 by

HELP ME EROS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

As he approaches his descent with blasé detachment, I can’t help but wonder, why doesn’t he just get a job?


Posted on June 25, 2008 by

MOMMA’S MAN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! The movie is quiet and minimal in its dialogue, and it has flashes of humor and thoughtfulness. However, it’s also unbearably slow…


Posted on June 25, 2008 by

HANK AND MIKE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2008 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Swallow the premise of “Hank and Mike”—that the men dressed in rabbit costumes are bona fide Easter bunnies—and you’ve got a pretty funny movie…


Posted on June 20, 2008 by

GO GO TALES

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

2008 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! On paper, “Go Go Tales” seems like a winner. Edgy director. Strong cast. Exotic dancers. However, for a film about a strip club, it’s surprisingly boring…


Posted on June 20, 2008 by

THE COOL SCHOOL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2008 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! It’s easy to imagine that without this project, this little known slice of history would be lost…


Posted on June 20, 2008 by

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