THE NINES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! This movie is metaphysical fun, and while some elements are predictable, it’s an engaging mystery. Some scenarios and combinations are more interesting than others, but each fits together in the over-arching theme…


Posted on September 3, 2007 by

INTERVIEW

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! To their credit, Miller and Buscemi engage the audience’s interest in what is essentially an extended conversation for an extraordinarily long time…


Posted on July 14, 2007 by

JOSHUA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Played with a creepiness that only kids can achieve, the character of Joshua is one that we’ve seen before in countless horror movies…


Posted on July 7, 2007 by

IN THE LAND OF MERRY MISFITS

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2007 CINEVEGAS NARRATIVE FEATURE! The flaws are so numerous that it only gives me a headache to enumerate them–suffice to say that it is altogether best to skip this dour experience…


Posted on June 19, 2007 by

PENELOPE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

2007 CINEVEGAS NARRATIVE FEATURE! All told, “Penelope” is a quirky, modern day fable that appeals to both children and adults. While the terminally cynical will dismiss this film as fluff, the movie is nevertheless heartfelt and sweet…


Posted on June 19, 2007 by

CARELESS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

2007 CINEVEGAS NARRATIVE FEATURE! “Careless” is equal parts detective story and character study, but unfortunately, the film ends up being particularly compelling as neither…


Posted on June 16, 2007 by

HAVE LOVE, WILL TRAVEL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 115 minutes

2007 CINEVEGAS NARRATIVE FEATURE! They’re private dancers, dancing for money, and they’ll do what you want them to do…


Posted on June 16, 2007 by

SLIPSTREAM

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

2007 CINEVEGAS NARRATIVE FEATURE! The film isn’t weird just for the sake of being weird. It is a carefully orchestrated madness that has its own logic…


Posted on June 15, 2007 by

ON THE ROAD WITH JUDAS

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

2007 AFI FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Though the movie elevates Judas to the level of iconic legend, it does so with a wink. He and his quirky friends may be the subject of “talk show” interest, but the mundaneness and normalcy of their story is apparent…


Posted on June 15, 2007 by

BROKEN ENGLISH

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2007 CINEVEGAS NARRATIVE FEATURE! You can’t find true love until you love yourself? Hasn’t Dr. Phil been telling us that for years?


Posted on June 13, 2007 by

BLAME IT ON FIDEL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! Watching the dawn of Anna’s political consciousness is a delight. Incredibly spirited, she doesn’t hesitate to challenge the ideologies of the various revolutionaries hanging around her kitchen…


Posted on January 29, 2007 by

THE GOOD LIFE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! The film spends what seems like interminable hours driving home the brutal truth that the world is better off without Jason Prayer, and, despite the anemic flip-flop of the last twenty seconds, it’s hard to disagree…


Posted on January 22, 2007 by

TEETH

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! More than just a horror-comedy, the film highlights the consequences of a society that makes sex a taboo subject and imposes impossible standards on its youth…


Posted on January 22, 2007 by

GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE! Incorporating the viewpoints of political officials, prison guards, and detainees, the film discusses the state of demoralization, fear, exhaustion, and frustration that informed the abuses at the prison…


Posted on January 21, 2007 by

BURIED DREAMS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! While well crafted, the film is nevertheless flawed. The director strives for quiet performances and inferences, but in doing so, the characters’ motivations are often ambiguous…


Posted on January 20, 2007 by

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