AWAY FROM HER

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

2007 SUNDANCE PREMIERE FEATURE! With the exception of some questionable flash forwards, Polley manages it all nicely in her feature debut, confidently relying on the strength of her actors, but with a strong visual sense…


Posted on January 21, 2007 by

THE ISLAND

2 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! Director Pavel Lounguine intends to continually change the background and credibility of Anatoly, but never shows any evidence that any of his advice and/or antics have helped anybody…


Posted on January 20, 2007 by

OFFSCREEN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2007 SUNDANCE NEW FRONTIER FEATURE! In the age of videotape, anyone can turn themselves into a protagonist by flipping around their digital-video camera. At least, some people let themselves believe that’s the case…


Posted on January 19, 2007 by

DRAINED

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

2007 SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION FEATURE! “Drained” is the kind of film that requires the most delicate tonal precision from its director. It wants to be funny, dark, shocking and emotionally resonant. But it’s a dissonant mess, as frustratingly bad as it is boldly ambitious…


Posted on January 19, 2007 by

DELIRIOUS

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

2007 SUNDANCE SPECTRUM FEATURE! The story’s surprises range from clever to annoying, but DiCillo manages to hold it all together with his consistently amusing cast members, who make you laugh at their characters’ self-absorbed folly…


Posted on January 19, 2007 by

LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN

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

IN THEATERS! If a film is going to yank an audience around for its duration, the least it can do is avoid belabored explanations of rather obvious twists. This simple guideline could have helped provide a better ending for “Lucky Number Slevin…”


Posted on April 6, 2006 by

BRICK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 119 minutes

IN THEATERS MARCH 31ST! Joseph Gordon-Leavitt plays the film’s hardened, shutoff hero, who has been eating lunch in the back of the school for the past three months. It might not make sense at first, but it’s about time the dark, seedy underworld of the detective noir was transferred to high school…


Posted on March 26, 2006 by

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

IN THEATERS! The state of discourse in modern news no longer depends on the facts, but on who can better twist them to their will. Jason Reitman’s “Thank You for Smoking” provides a very observational study of the sort of rhetoric used to distort the facts and win over public opinion, but places these observations into a conventional and predictable story…


Posted on March 20, 2006 by

NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 103 minutes

SXSW 2006 REVIEW! After making the best concert film of all time in 1984, you’d think that Jonathan Demme would quit while he’s ahead…


Posted on March 10, 2006 by

GAME 6

2 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

IN THEATERS MARCH 10TH! While it may be a clever idea to make a film about life’s failures and disappointments to the backdrop of the Red Sox’s disastrous World Series loss in 1986, Michael Hoffman’s “Game 6” fails to make use of its clever dialogue and concepts as it attempts to become something more profound…


Posted on March 8, 2006 by

THE ILLUSIONIST

2 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

SUNDANCE 2006 PREMIERE REVIEW! While it might have made a good short, as a feature film “The Illusionist” comes across like a magician whose tricks are transparent. The most insight the film provides is that turn-of-the-century Vienna looks pretty…


Posted on February 7, 2006 by

THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

SUNDANCE 2006 PREMIERE REVIEW! Some people carry with them deep scars, physical and emotional, that shape the rest of their lives. We’re often too busy to notice these people as they pass us, serve us and perhaps work with us every day. “The Secret Life of Words” follows a person who says and reveals little about herself, and investigates who she really is…


Posted on February 7, 2006 by

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

SUNDANCE 2006 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION REVIEW! “The World According to Sesame Street” examines the impact that this export has had on many of the world’s cultures in the sweet tone that you’d expect from such inspirational subject matter…


Posted on February 5, 2006 by

A LITTLE TRIP TO HEAVEN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

SUNDANCE 2006 PREMIERE REVIEW! Baltasar Kormákur’s “A Little Trip to Heaven” opens in an insurance company’s office, where a widow is bullied into signing for a check lower than the amount that her husband’s policy indicated…


Posted on February 3, 2006 by

MATCH POINT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124 minutes

IN THEATERS DECEMBER 28TH! “Match Point” is one of Woody Allen’s strongest films this decade…With some recollection of “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” this dark tale of societal comfort combines Allen’s witty writing with the confusion and distress of making major life decisions…


Posted on December 5, 2005 by

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