CHASING GHOSTS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE! “Chasing Ghosts” reminds us of the time when the basics were plenty fun and the kings of the arcade could rule for several hours (or days) on one quarter…


Posted on January 31, 2007 by

SUMMER RAIN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 118 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE PREMIERE FEATURE! Banderas, and cinematographer Xavi Giménez create some lush, alluring visuals that just cry out for the movie to be loved. But they squander them on a limp, increasingly tedious story whose climax makes you wonder why it existed at all…


Posted on January 30, 2007 by

DRIVING WITH MY WIFE’S LOVER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! Two questions circle around “Driving with my Wife’s Lover:” What is the main character planning to do, and will he actually do it?


Posted on January 30, 2007 by

SNOW ANGELS

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

David Gordon Green’s cinematic adaptation of Stewart O’Nan’s novel poetically studies the divide between innocence and tragedy, discovery and disappointment. With a deep understanding of his characters, Green has crafted a film that’s devastating and uplifting without sounding a false note…


Posted on January 28, 2007 by

FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN

1 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE SPECIAL SCREENING! Jennifer Fox’s series “Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman” may be presented as a six-hour film at the Sundance Film Festival, but I can describe it in one word: Unwatchable…


Posted on January 26, 2007 by

CHAPTER 27

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

2007 SUNDANCE PREMIERE FEATURE! With the weight gain, makeup and glasses, Leto does actually look quite a bit like Chapman, but that means little in terms of the actual performance, which is limited to the script’s depth and scope…


Posted on January 26, 2007 by

WONDERS ARE MANY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE SPECTRUM FEATURE! The film oddly attempts to combine the backstage production footage with history-lesson segments featuring voice-of-god narration by Eric Owens. While skillfully crafted, the two stories never quite mesh, and neither go deep enough to work on their own…


Posted on January 25, 2007 by

AUTISM EVERY DAY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 44 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE SPECIAL SCREENING! The documentary is too short to really go into details with these specific people’s lives and personalities, yet the last 15 minutes still feels partly recycled…


Posted on January 24, 2007 by

WAITRESS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Adrienne Shelly’s film is a fun but sincere exploration of this conundrum, full of off-kilter characters who don’t talk like anyone in real life, but sound a truthful chord…


Posted on January 23, 2007 by

BANISHED

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

2007 SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE! While Williams fails to create a compelling argument or discovery about the reparations issue, “Banished” contains enough insights into race relations to be worth watching…


Posted on January 23, 2007 by

GHOSTS

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

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! This isn’t a movie to watch while devouring a bag of popcorn unless you have a stomach of steel or enjoy watching globs of random meat and unclean bathrooms as you swallow…


Posted on January 23, 2007 by

HOT HOUSE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE! Whether you agree or disagree with Israel’s policies, it’s hard to argue against the imprisonment of the inmates, all but one of whom admits to involvement in terrorist attacks that killed innocent civilians…


Posted on January 22, 2007 by

PROTAGONIST

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE! Director Yu offers no introductory overview of who the four men — all from different backgrounds — are, what they will become or why they were selected as subjects…


Posted on January 22, 2007 by

ONCE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! John Carney’s direction is unassuming and without a hint of pretension, and his short screenplay lets the music do a lot of the talking…


Posted on January 22, 2007 by

JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 123 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE! “Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten” searches for the truth about the musician who shifted from hippie to punk, expanded the scope and possibility of his newfound genre, then quit at the pinnacle of the fame he initially craved…


Posted on January 21, 2007 by

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