SAVAGE GRACE

SAVAGE GRACE
2 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! If I never again have to hear Tony Baekeland simper, “I love you, Mommy,” that will be perfectly alright with me…


Posted on May 30, 2008 by

SON OF RAMBOW

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “Son of Rambow,” by director/screenwriter Garth Jennings, delivers a nostalgic ode to childhood that reminds us of what it’s like to be a kid. It’s charming and touching, and the best part is, it manages to be so without saccharine sweetness…


Posted on May 2, 2008 by

THE ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT

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

2008 SXSW SPOTLIGHT PREMIERE FEATURE! All in all, director Brett Simon’s film is a cute, fun little lark that produces its fair share of chuckles, but it’s not going to break the genre mold…


Posted on March 12, 2008 by

MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH

MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH
3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2008 SUNDANCE DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE FILM! “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” boasts only one core mystery: how one can take such promising material and render it completely unmemorable?


Posted on January 30, 2008 by

TRANSSIBERIAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

2008 SUNDANCE PREMIERE FEATURE FILM! Director Brad Anderson is a great hand at atmosphere, and he works it to his advantage…


Posted on January 24, 2008 by

DOWNLOADING NANCY

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2008 SUNDANCE DRAMATIC FEATURE COMPETITION! “Downloading Nancy” is a singularly joyless, soulless venture…


Posted on January 24, 2008 by

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILINGS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2008 SUNDANCE WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE FILM! Though you won’t discover anything revolutionary, “A Complete History of My Sexual Failures” remains a fun romp…


Posted on January 24, 2008 by

GOOD DICK

GOOD DICK
4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! I am going to say it: everyone should experience “Good Dick”…


Posted on January 23, 2008 by

THE WAVE (DIE WELLE)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

2008 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! “The Wave” certainly is relevant; open any newspaper and you’ll find the dangers of group mentality…


Posted on January 20, 2008 by

PERRO COME PERRO

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

2008 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! The film wants to make a statement, but doesn’t seem to know what it is; unfortunately, for as seriously as it takes itself, nothing much happens…


Posted on January 20, 2008 by

THE SAVAGES

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Director Tamara Jenkins focuses on the largely unexplored relationship between brothers and sisters, and she does so beautifully, thanks to the extraordinary talents of Hoffman and Linney…


Posted on December 2, 2007 by

BEOWULF (IMAX 3D)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 115 minutes

Certainly, modern interpretations should add their own spin to an ancient tale, but in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, “Beowulf” becomes silly…


Posted on November 16, 2007 by

BIG RIG

BIG RIG
3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2007 AFI FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE! The film achieves what it sets out to do: it draws to the forefront an underappreciated workforce, introducing to us people well worth knowing while also showing us the vast beauty of America…


Posted on November 7, 2007 by

ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Despite a few jarring elements—which include incest and masochism, “Adrift in Manhattan” is a quietly moving film about alienation and connection…


Posted on September 23, 2007 by

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! So many movies have been made about astronauts, it’s hard to imagine that another one would be necessary, much less relevant. However, “In the Shadow of the Moon” is a surprisingly fresh take on familiar material…


Posted on September 9, 2007 by

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